Jack Thriller sits down with Dubb and talk about his start in rapping the Av8ers movement & more. Dubb is an up & coming West Coast rapper that has been putting out a lot of dope material recently if you aren’t familiar with him get familiar.
Here is some music by him below
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Coming off the release of his debut album “Mind Of A Hustler” Frank Da Don is back performing at the coast to coast showcase this video shows the day & events leading up to the show.
This is the 2nd video released from the “Mind Of A Hustla” album which is out now hit him up for copies link will be on datpiff shortly. A hard copy is a must though this a classic.
given i recently picked up (@UncleRush)Russell Simon’s new book on meditation, Success through Stillness, i decided to search instagram to find 8 photos(to parody the 8 limbs of yoga) that other people felt captured an essence of stillness. enjoy.
This Tuesday, we’re honored to announce that we had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of the New York City based clothing brand: Burassi. As stated on his website, the brand “was created to promote and inspire people to follow what they love, and to never stop chasing it. Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it. No one can make things happen but you. The Burassi Lifestyle.”
The 19 year old is able to design his clothes, brand and market them, ship out, all while juggling his collegiate studies at the same time. His intelligence surprised us, and even in off-topic conversations he presented himself as a down-to-earth guy that keeps himself busy not just dreaming, but doing.
With his newly released Fall/ Winter line, we found some time to get an unfiltered interview with Greg and realized that there’s a lot more thought that goes into running a successful clothing label. Lets jump right in with Burassi.
SocialToro | So lets say were in an elevator with limited time, who are you and what is your business / brand about?
Burassi Apparel | My business is a New York City based clothing brand called “Burassi” that I started almost 2 years ago at 17 years old and have since sold to almost all 50 states and over 10 other countries. It was created to promote and inspire people to follow what they love, and to never stop chasing it. Some people dream of success; while others wake up and work hard at it. No one can make things happen but you. This brand is my story.
ST | What made you venture into the clothing industry? Was it about the entrepreneurship lifestyle, the creativeness of designing and branding your product, or the act of marketing your product? One, all or mix?
BA | Basically throughout my senior year of high school I started getting interested in the industry. I would check out what items the top brands were putting out and seeing what brands kids were wearing in my school. I was always extremely interested in business and the possibility of starting my own business. For a while I had been tossing around the idea of starting a brand and after a few months of doing my own research and figuring out how everything could be done, I decided to go for it. I was 17 years old at the time and had decided to start a clothing brand for two reasons. One reason was because it would be the perfect way to get some experience running my own business. The other reason was that with a clothing brand, I felt like it was a perfect way I can help inspire other kids. I had read and seen many entrepreneur success stories prior to this and wanted to show what I’ve got too. We honestly have such a great amount of access to the world around us and everyone is connected to each other somehow. Anyone can start something and anybody can be something. Through networking and utilizing the power of the Internet, anything is possible if you put the work and time in. Here I was, just a 17-year-old kid with a dream and this brand was my story.
ST | So lets talk about marketing for a minute. You’ve obviously done well as a young entrepreneur, and your designs and brand are on point. For the sake of the topic, how do you rank the importance of traditional marketing (print, ads, radio), digital marketing (blogs, social media, forums), and word of mouth on a 1-10 scale?
BA | Marketing the brand right was something I really focused on. I like things done properly and with a plan. Never try to create something without a plan, it most likely won’t work out. I was always a very observant person and took notice of many things around me. The way I work is very influenced by what I’ve seen people do and what has been successful. Right now I wouldn’t say marketing by print, ads, and radio is dying, I would say they are just less effective in certain industries. With the younger generation, if you want to make an impact through marketing, the obvious choice is through social media. For Burassi, I’ve only used twitter and Instagram to promote the brand. It’s pretty clear that digital marketing is the best method right now.
ST | So we can agree that digital marketing is an important factor to a brand or products success. So what are your go-to platforms that you use to promote yourself? And what is your reasoning behind them? Is it a time issue or is it because you see potential in the untapped markets of certain platforms?
BA | Like I said in my last answer, the only platforms I use are twitter and Instagram. These are the best way to promote the product and connect with the audience. It’s extremely easy to communicate with all your followers and it’s almost instant when providing new information or updates to your followers. I can’t think of a better system to promote a brand.
ST | So you’ve amassed an impressive following base of almost 9,000 to date on Instagram. Without exposing your secrets and tricks, what is one tactic you use to make not only your followers into customers but into returning customers?
BA | I really try to answer and communicate to all my followers and have good communication. I find that they really respect that because its something that these bigger brands cant necessarily provide. I’m the one who answers the questions on emails and run the social network pages, so when someone is asking a question, they are talking to only one person, which makes things simpler as well as helps create a better relationship between the customer and the brand. I also find it interesting because most of the times I find myself communicating with someone all the way across the country or even in a different country. What started with a dream, and now I’m meeting and networking with people all around the world in just a matter of months. Creating positive relationships is definitely key to a striving business.
ST | What is your personal view of the art and demise of hash tagging?
BA | I’m not too into it. I put some hash-tags on the Instagram pictures but its usually only one or two that are relevant to the picture. It’s not one of the most effective ways of marketing. The hash-tag that is most relevant is the #burassi hash-tag which allows people to see that people are wearing our products and organizes all the pictures into one place.
ST | After looking through your website, it seems to us you like to stay simple and stick to the point. How has having your own website helped your business? Have you ran into obstacles? And what are your views on the legitimizement of a business that has a website compared to a business that only has a Spreadshirt, or Big Cartel storefront?
BA | Yes, simplicity is brilliance. I think I got that from Nicky Diamonds? But anyways, when you keep things simple then it’s easy to understand and is straight to the point. People are less patient these days and may only give you a few seconds of their time to check out what you’re saying. Therefore, make it a quick and easy experience. Don’t put long piece of writing or irrelevant information on your website or social networks. Having the website has definitely helped the brand by giving it a professional feel. At the end of the day, I’m still just this 19 year old kid running the brand out of my dorm, but I’ve had people tell me that their first impression was that the brand was a major company and run by adults. It’s always cool to see people’s reactions when they hear that, and it just goes to show what I said earlier. The Internet is a powerful tool; take advantage of it.
ST | What is the message you would want to give to an aspiring business owner, hesitant to enter the digital marketing arena?
BA | The world is yours, honestly. Whatever you want to create, it’s possible. Plan your work then work your plan. Don’t take shortcuts and stay patient. And also… dream BIG.
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About the Author:
Julio Resendez is the owner and founder of SocialToro.com a web, logo, creative marketing, and consultation company based in Houston, Texas. His roots are founded by working with two successful record labels and his knowledge in guerrilla marketing led him to start SocialToro and help small businesses, companies, and individuals grow a following. He can be found on his blog writing about the intricacies of web developing, creative marketing, and holding weekly interviews with successful young entrepreneurs.
These days any & everyone is online sharing info somewhere.. The social networks have taken over the days of privacy an going out to meet people have pretty much gone away. Most people search there area and find people they know an meet new people they see in there area. There is so many choices of social networks that you gotta have at least one. Although they rob you off ya privacy Facebook for example gives you the ability to search an find people you may have lost contact with over the years. Instagram let’s you upload pictures an serves as a photo album for everything.. Last is my favorite twitter which is basically a no holds bar say an post what u feel. It’s also a great spot to network you can speak with people from all over world & do business. Bottom line if you ain’t on any social network these days your losing.