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Daily Inspiration: Meet George Menjivar

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Menjivar.

Hi George, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started writing songs when I was ten years old. The first Hip Hop album I ever listened to was “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” by 50 Cent, and that’s when Hip Hop became a part of my life. I always wrote songs but never took it seriously except when it came to freestyle Fridays during high school lunches.

It wasn’t until I got to college at Cal State Fullerton and joined Titan Radio in Fall 2015 that I started to become more serious about being a recording artist. I had a live radio show where I interviewed local upcoming rappers, singers, bands, and producers. I started connecting myself with more artists, photographers, producers, and DJs.

This year I have been helping run an independent radio station called Tru1Hundred Radio. We recently hosted a concert at FTG Productions where I and seven other artists performed which led the station to create a lot of local media attention.

A music video called “Pioneers” that I am featured in will be showing at The Frida Cinema in Downtown Santa Ana, and I am currently in the process of creating much more content including an EP that is making progress; due date is TBD. I believe right now with the momentum my team and I have puts us in a good position.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. One of the most challenging obstacles you face as an independent artist is not having the capital to make your art to the quality you picture it. At the same time, though, that’s when you have to get extra creative and surround yourself with the best team and resources to accomplish your goal. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by a community of like-minded creatives that see and understand the visions and help you get there.

Time management is difficult at times when it comes to balancing work, life, and music. Other struggles are internal as well. Having doubt and feeling lost or stuck. All these emotions get to you but what always helps me get through these humps is my family—seeing how hard they work motivates me to work harder to take care of them eventually.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am YBG, a Hip Hop recording artist and creative. I make music; I am a radio personality; I organize live events, produce digital content, and am a marketing coordinator.

I am proud of the team and community I have surrounding me. I am proud of the work and professionalism that we try to bring into all we do; whether it’s a photoshoot, recording session, or event, my team and I go all in.

I believe my work ethic is what sets me apart from others. Juggling multiple things is not always easy, but I still always try to give 100 percent in everything I do, especially when working with other people, because I always want to be remembered as someone who doesn’t give up on what they want.

What are your plans for the future?
Overall to continue growing everything.

Growing as an artist, as I mentioned, I have an EP on its way. I have a commercial and a couple of music videos coming.

Growing Tru1Hundred Radio. We have future events in the plans, as well as expand our programming and networking.

And growing as a human. There are more things I would love to do to give back to my community, and it’s only a matter of time that things will fall into place.

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