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DJ Envy knows how to make an entrance. The man born RaaShaun Casey in Queens, New York, who is known professionally as DJ Envy, strolled onto the rolling out set dressed to impress from head to toe. He was wearing a gold chain thick enough to tow a car, but for the rolling out crew, it wasn’t his shiny jewelry or nice clothes that shone the brightest; it was his personality. Anybody with his level of prestige in the music industry might have an attitude, outrageous demands, and a clique with a list of demands as well. The Envy we met was a humble, hilarious, encouraging man who utterly loves his wife and family. "The People's Choice,“ Envy is one of the most powerful deejays in the industry. Known for his infamous music mixes, when it comes to radio, Power 105‘s "The Breakfast Club" is uppermost in most people's minds. The show has become so popular that it airs in 15 markets around the country. A proud graduate of HBCU Hampton University, Envy has used his degree to make smart moves in business; he's owned a number of businesses and continues to find ways to invest his money and make it work for him. Envy takes us on his journey to success, talks about his family life, and explains why he loves music. Find out what he said about his hustle that made us green with envy. Growing up in Queens when the hip-hop era was booming, how did you know you would become a professional DJ? Well, I didn’t know. It was a hobby at first and then I started making money. I went to college for marketing and management at Hampton University so I thought I would be on Wall Street working for a hedge fund, but I really enjoyed music because it didn’t feel like a job. How do you think hip-hop has transitioned since your Hot 97 days or since DJ Clue's Desert Storm mixtape days? I think it's the era of the internet now. When I would do a mixtape, people waited for my mixtapes, whether if it was out for four weeks or you had to mail it and it took five days to get [it], they would wait. But when the internet came you no longer had to wait, they would want music much faster. So once the mixtapes started dying down, I started doing radio and parties more, then I started transitioning from being a mixtape kid to a radio kid. How did the "Breakfast Club" opportunity come about? I left Hot 97 and took a job with Power 105 in the afternoons, and it was great. The program director and music director wanted a new morning show and they wanted something young and fresh, and asked if I would do it and I was like no. I don’t want to get up at 4 a.m. anymore, I like to get when I get up, I like taking my kids to school. But then they made an offer I couldn’t refuse and I was like, "I’ll try it." They put me in a room with Angela Yee and Charlamagne [Tha God] and it worked. Nobody fought for attention; it just grew naturally and organically to what it is today.
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