I was born and raised in Chicago Southside, born the oldest of seven kids. So my ambition to suceed was noticable right from the jump. I started rapping around the time that the fat boys came out with that crazy ass video on yo-mtv raps a long ass time ago. I liked the sound and to catch on at first was quite simple but more serious artist made he game some what intimidating back then. But now it ain't the same man fake artist, fake ass music ain't shit real no mo' that's why I can't stop fooling with this. I am always working and it ain't just on my free time either. It's full time from here on out. This is me!!! Boxed in a studio the size of a walk-in closet, the rappers of Hustle Stack Entertainment shuffle to an Aretha Franklin vocal that hums off the walls of Don Borgis'' bare basement storage room. Besides the rappers, the room contains only a desk, a chair, a microphone and a pile of notebooks on a shelf. These are meager conditions for Mr. Borgia and his Sioux City rap labelmates, but it's where they work to spark their own underground hip-hop revolution. For nearly two years, they've taken their music to local open-mic nights in search of an audience. In time, locals have become more rap-friendly and now, the musicians have secured a performance spot every other Thursday at the Chesterfield. From which organizers have pulled away from recently, saying that they wanted to work on other key components of the companys infrastructure. 'Hustle Stack is more than a record company. It's a movement.' I would hope we could possibly bring in some bigger shows,' he said. The 33-year-old Don Borgia is also the label's in-house producer and employs some of the same techniques as fellow Chicago native Kanye West. Some songs feature sped-up versions of old soul songs, while others use a cosmic-sounding loop. 'I'm the only guy in the 'hood who deserves five mics from the Source,'states Borgia, referring to a rating system used in the rap magazine. 'When it comes to hip-hop in Sioux City, better yet the world I want everybody to know who I am.' The best way to back up his bravado is with a quality sound, he said. Borgia spends at least 10 hours a day writing rhymes, making beats and coming up with marketing concepts. Along with promoting his own album, 'Allow Me to Introduce Myself, Autograph, and Round 3,' Borgia works to establish other local acts. Chesterfield co-owner Rick Swanson offered them a spot at the club. 'We just wanted to offer the club atmosphere with a bigger sound,' Swanson said. 'Based on what I've seen, these guys are serious,' Swanson said. There are quite a few talented rappers in the Sioux City area, Borgia said, and he hopes the label's continued success will open more opportunities for them. The more people hear local hip-hop, the more they'll appreciate it, Borgia said. Ultimately, Don would like to work with artists in other Midwestern states. 'We know we got the good music, we know we got talented artists,' Borgia said. 'It's going to be a big challenge. You feel better after a long day's work. I hope it will pay off.' Get some.
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