By STERLING G.
This week's Black History Month spotlight figure is DJ Alizay.
Born in 1980, Hyattsville, MD native Alizay was birthed in the fertile years of hiphop. Turntablling ran rampant in Alizay's bloodline--his father and seven uncles all DJ'ed.
In 1999, Alizay notched a position with Radio One's 93.9 WKYS in Washington, D.C. He became the youngest DJ to ever grace the airwaves, at 19. Alizay quickly climbed the ranks and gained notoriety as one of the best DJs in the nation's capital.
In 2004, up-and-coming D.C. rapper Wale approached Alizay about being his manager. After listening to his music, he recognized the young rapper's potential and agreed to manage him the following year. Thus, beginning his career in A&R through his company, Capitolville Entertainment.
Throughout his notable career, the 36-year old has DJ'ed for President Obama and several music festivals to include the Rock the Bells, the BET Jazz Festival and the Good Vibrations Music Festival.
Alizay is driven by his passion for hiphop music and the community. However, he claims despite all the success and notoriety he receives, he will always remain true to himself.