On the path to making a name for yourself, your bound to come across obstacles that will veer you away from your dream. Critics will try and call you out. Haters may go behind your back. Deals might go sour. Regardless, you need to make it your mission to keep plowing through, and if you’re DJ JS-1, you need to have the mentality of “Whatever It Takes.” For the latest single in promotion for his producer compilation LP, It Is What It Isn’t, which is now available, the Queens-based deejay/producer, concocts a teeth gnashed banger, that boasts notable guest appearances from Cali’s independent veteran, Murs, and the rising star, Fashawn. Adorned with a Premo’esque hook, both artists successfully expose the interesting duality of what it takes to make it. Whereas the Strange Music rapper drops bars detailing his humble beginnings on the grind, the Mass Appeal Records’ signee speaks on enjoying the moment and the problems that come from it. ‘It Is What It Isn’t,’ includes guest features from KRS-One, Erick Sermon, Ras Kass, O.C., Homeboy Sandman, Buckshot, Sadat X, The Artifacts, Breeze Brewin’, Soul Khan, Torae, AG and more, and is available on CD and vinyl, as well as digital download, through all major digital retailers.
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