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Meet NaJacie of Money Division in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to NaJacie.

NaJacie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m originally from central Florida. At the age of five, my grandfather had the idea to put me in piano lessons, and If it wasn’t for that, nothing would be the same today. That introduction to music later opened the door for me to be accepted at the Osceola County School for the Arts where I received a pretty dope education on Jazz music from Middle school to High School. Those years were vital to my musical foundation that to this day, I continuously build upon. Life in Florida not only shaped my identity as a man, but it’s trippy as hell and DEFINITELY not for everybody. America sees the news about the bizarre happenings in that state, but it’s one thing to actually grow up there and experience that shit in real life. Anyways. At age 21, I left home in Florida to pursue my endeavors out here in California and it’s been a wrap ever since I met Don Dadah and the team.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not in the slightest. For a period of time, I was surrounded by such negativity It affected my personal life to the point where I had no energy to create. For like four years, it was a dark place for me mentally but once I got out of it, I found my self again. I realized my current situation would not dictate my future and if I wanted to pursue my dreams and succeed, I had the power to do that. That period of darkness later lead to the life-changing epiphanies that woke me out of that sleep, and here I am today doing what I love.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Today I’m one of the newest additions to Money Division; an extremely dope collective of artists/producers. I’m a musician/producer, I specialize in New Wave/New School Hip-Hop. Definitely my piano-based musical upbringing helps me in my production today. I got some music on the way so I’ll let you guys hear for yourselves.

What were you like growing up?
I was definitely a mischievous, extremely rebellious youth. You couldn’t tell me what to do. Anybody that knew me from before can pretty much attest that my will was strong, and nobody could break or take that away. Anything that had to do with wildin’ out in the nightlife, hip-hop/rap music events, and music-making had my full attention. Fast-forwarding to nowadays, my lifestyle is much calmer, and I’m fortunate enough to have the right people in my circle that are on the same page as me.

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