College in New York, especially in this era, is about the hustle. When you're in need of something better and have a love of hip hop you try to make a name for yourself. Kholani aka DJ Not Nice is our next #Glazed Girl and is nicknamed The Pioneer for several reasons. Born in Queens, NY and raised in Elmont, NY, Not Nice has made a name for herself at her school and in her community. A pioneer is someone that can navigate their personal journey and take not of her success and failures. Starting her passion for DJ'ing before college, she has been apart of multiple activities on and off campus. DJ Not Nice is one of the most popular student DJs that St. John's University has to offer.
With her smooth transitions and personality to get any event live, DJ Not Nice is one to watch and definitely the one to book for any event in the NY area. She not only is a full-time student but this Glazed Girl has had multiple opportunities to share her talents on a broader scale. Her most accomplished memory to date is when she got to DJ on Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM Shade45. It’s definitely one of her favorites because she had the opportunity to showcase her talent/passion to 30+ million subscribers all around the world on one of the best morning shows. Talk about the power of women in hip hop even at the age of 21.
I first met DJ Not Nice during our time at St. John's. Every time that we've seen each other in passing throughout the years she's always had a smile on her face and a warm personality. The time that I knew that she would be one of the DJs at the extravagant wedding was her set at The SJU Red House Fashion Show. Her time mixing both runway bops, billboard hits, and even a few Caribbean tunes just shows how diverse she is with her craft. Everyone who worked on the logistics and planning of that fashion show can attest to how much a pleasure DJ Not Nice is to work with. She is a collaborative perfectionist, who truthfully takes into account what people want but also can put the crowd on to a new tune that they've never heard before.
With the #GlazedGirls that I actually interview I proposed some fun questions that show the influence of other women in hip hop have on each other.
Who is one woman in hip hop you’ll tell your grandkids about + why?
One woman in hip hop I’ll tell my grandkids about is Nicki Minaj. Her whole come up was during my middle & high school days and is still ongoing now as I’m finishing college. I remember it all vividly. I believe she’s an inspiration. Beyond how social media has been recently trying to portray her, she’s definitely grown a lot as an artist and person. I believe she’s made some timeless tracks and has branched out smoothly into different genres and avenues such as movies and now her own radio show. I’ve been a supporter since day one. Her story is inspiring. Her being from NY is dope since I’m from NY. She’s also a Sagittarius and I love all my Sag music artists, since I relate to them the most.
If you’d have to make a female rap concert, two opening acts and a headliner who would they bed?
If I had to make a female rap concert, with two opening acts and a headliner, the headliner would be Nicki Minaj and Rico Nasty and Dreezy would be the two opening acts.
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I can spend days and even weeks at a time on youtube. Just watching lots of interviews, documentaries and DJ/Producer/Engineer routine/tutorial videos. Always trying to gain some more insight and knowledge.
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