Vega Benetton is a DJ/Producer who undeniably instills a raw and uncompromised sound back into Hip-Hop music. As a native New Yorker and Harlem representative, Vega consistently reminds us of the elements that truly make a solid DJ: scratching, mixing, blending and taking the crowd to the pinnacle of their overall Hip-Hop experience.
It was at St. John’s University where he first debuted his skills, spinning at various campus events, local hot spots and hosting his own college radio mix show on WSJU Radio. Since then he has performed on multiple radio shows, with much larger audiences, that have all helped him to build a solid on air reputation. Vega has made several appearances on stations like 89.9 FM with Timm See and Sucio Smash (The Stretch & Bobitto Show), Lisa Evers’ “Street Soldiers” on Hot 97.1 FM, and multiple shows on Sirius Satellite Radio. Currently Vega can be heard on his own weekly show called “The Pre-Game Show” on PNCRadio.fm where he spins the best in Hip-Hop & R&B and plays host to a slue of guest artists, DJs, taste makers and trend setters.
Vega made his first television debut on BET’s legendary Hip-Hop video show, “Rap City“, and gave their audience their first taste of his dedication to music along with his skills on the turntables. Ever since the airing of “Rap City“, Vega has been seen DJ’ing in a variety of New York City hot spots such as Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, Santos Party House, Club Touch, Katra, Pranna, Studio 21, Lexicon, Pianos, Red Rooster and Corner Social along with several others. He has shared the stage with legendary DJs Marley Marl, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip and has a celebrity clientele that ranges from Derek Jeter to Justin Bieber.
Producing mixtapes fast became a way for Vega to hone his DJ and production skills all at the same time. Some of his most noteworthy mixtapes featured several collaborative efforts with the legendary DJ Premier while others included guest stars: Redman, Smif-N-Wessun, Fab 5 Freddy, and Common. These mix tapes have landed Vega in Hip-Hop publications such as The Source, XXL, Scratch, Urban Ink, Don Diva and Complex Magazine. More recently, Vega has assumed the role of Executive Producer for the “PNC Radio Mixtape Series” which highlights multiple PNC Radio DJs alongside a featured artist.
Vega has also spent the last few years developing into a multifaceted producer working with artists such as M-1 of Dead Prez, Smif-N-Wessun, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Torae, KRS-1, Skyzoo and more.
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Location:New York, NY
Length: 1 hour
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