Who are you?
CROS ONE representing Freestyle Session and Armory Massive.
Where are you from and what do you do?
I am from San Diego, CA. I call myself an Ambassador for Hip Hop. I travel around the world promoting my event Freestyle Session which is mainly b-boy/ b-girl based and I also DJ and promote parties around So Cal & San Diego when I'm home.
Are there people in your field you look up to? Why?
I do so many different components, but for promoting I look up to Thomas from Battle of the Year. His event is what got us going when I was breaking in the 90's. I believe it was through that event that the whole world got back into it. Crazy Legs from Rock Steady Crew has been doing Rock Steady Anniversaries as well and he remains an active b-boy which is crazy being that he's around 50 years old now. As far as DJing is concerned, there are so many. But I'd say Dj Shortkut from the Bay. He’s a master of damn near every style of DJing from Turntablism to Rocking Parties and digging up the funky older joints. Oh and to top it off he plays dancehall reggae too.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Go back to sleep. Naw just kidding. I usually will check my phone and go through all my texts and emails real quick to see what kind of day it's going to be.
What’s one thing you carry daily? Why is this item essential?
Definitely between my smart phone and my laptop. These both are the basis of my daily business.
What musical artists have had the biggest impact on your life? How?
I'd say Rakim. The song Paid in Full is the basis for business. Lol. Plus his rhyme style changed rap as we knew it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
No matter who you are, no one owes you anything. You gotta work and get it on your own.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever given?
Go big or go home. Lol. Seen tons of busts trying to follow those sentiments.
How would you describe yourself in one word?
What inspires you to keep going everyday?
The next Generation. After my first event, I saw a bunch of kids huddled up in a circle trying to emulate the things they had seen at the event the week prior. Ever since then, I've been on a mission.
When will you stop?
Next year is the 20th Anniversary of my event Freestyle Session. I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing it up or just finding something else to do, but I dunno. I said that for the ten year anniversary and it didn't happen. I'll probably never stop being involved in Hip Hop.
My goal is to to keep elevating whatever I'm doing from business to djing and promotion - just anything I'm involved with.
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