DJ Mere One rose to become one of the California Bay Area's leading hip-hop DJs through a lot of hard work and networking. Born and raised in Oakland, Mere One got his start as an intern at a street promotions company, namely Streetwise Promotions, then run by his cousin, Sway (of the popular radio show duo Sway & King Tech). He was only 17 at the time, and he learned a lot about the rap game from his days in the promotions business. He also met a lot of people, and his extensive network of contacts began to pay dividends when it came to his DJing. He hopscotched from one radio station to the next: from KSJS to KZSU to, most notably, KMEL. As part of his relationship with KMEL, he did a lot of street mixing, including opening slots for an abundance of major rap acts who came through town (some gigs as major as the Up in Smoke and Anger Management tours). Mere One also turned out a lot of mixtapes over the years, and over time this became a serious business for him as mixtapes became increasingly popular.
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