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Meka

Website: 2DopeBoyz
Twitter: @MekDot
Favorite Rapper: N/A

I don't really listen to a lot of rap music recreationally these days. Working in the music world, it at times dominates a large amount of my time. When I am "off the clock" I like to listen to a lot of Latin jazz and bossa nova, with my favorite artist of that genre being Stan Getz. My rap playlist today runs the gamut from current to classic, shuffling from everything from Sean Price to OverDoz., from Rich Kidd to Roc Marciano, from Cam'ron to the entire TDE crew.

My favorite rapper, however, isn't even a rapper at all: It's producer/turntable maestro DJ Premier. Growing up in Long Beach I was fascinated by his sample chops, snares, and signature scratches. I credit him for me wanting to pursue a career in the music world and begin spinning as well.

Oh, and Jay Z's "So Ghetto" has forever remained my favorite Jigga song. But that's for another time.

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