The Hood’s Voice of Reason: Vito

Brewer, a Democrat, represented southeast Queens in the Assembly from 1969 to 1977 and served as the state’s first black majority whip for several years…-

Courtney Dentch , Times Ledger

“Name one Queens independent artist out here getting paper off their music!?”

Vito says to me, as we sat during a recording session at Dat0wn Studios in the heart of Jamaica; Queens located on at 90-10 Merrick boulevard off Jamaica avenue, once studio to legendary DJ Jam Master Jay (rip). I started to name some artists but leave it to Vito to crush any thought of me winning this unknown debate we was engaging in lol… Vito wins this argument after he drops some jewels on what’s really good with some of Queens prestigious select group of popular artists who “seem” to be getting money but actually are being funded by those who have big money aka Silent Partners. Vito was like C.C.(me) I make more money off my urban fashion line “Guy Brew” than the music I create aint that some sh*t?!  Vito is a proud product from Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in  Southeast Jamaica, Queens also known as Southside Queens.

Last year Vito dropped The Yellow Tape mixtape which was hosted by the infamous DJ Roughandz of Southside Jamaica; Queens (R.I.P), recorded and mixed by Flushing, Queens own Teardropz head engineer at the Dat0wn studios with features from artists like California’s own popular Glasses Malone, Solar Don aka MadBushgibeatz (Rosexan, Skrrr) and Queens own Bynoe . Vito isn’t your typical Queens artist, Vito is Queens hip hop savior with a message called “Self Love”. The song P.S.A. off The Yellow Tape featuring StarKim is a call to the masses especially in the hood to wake up and realize how beautiful we as a people are. When I say we, People of Color. There is hit after hit on The Yellow Tape, Yo Bad featuring Doley Barneys speaks on recognition of those who actually live this hustle life rather than fronting like they about that life. Vito also brings it down a notch with a Bryson Tiller infused track entitled How you Love Dat featuring Merv Maxwell. There’s also a track for our Cloud nine folks called T.H.C. featuring  Krondon of Los Angeles and Rosexan famed 821 producer/songwriter Madbushgibeatz aka Solar Don who lays down amazing vocals for this layback banger. Vito currently runs a business called “Guy Brew” which is an urban wear fashion line very popular amongst people of Southeast Queens and all over the Queens borough area. The story behind the name “Guy Brew” for Vito’s clothing line comes from a personal stance, Guy R. Brewer was the first man of color to be Assemblyman in Southeast Queens and also first man of color to be majority whip in New York Legislature from 1969-1977. The Assembly man Brewer passed away October 1978 from prostate cancer, Guy R. Brewer boulevard is named after him, this is where Vito is from. Vito’s also familiar with the affects of cancer due to the passing of his grandfather and his father to the fatal disease. The financial proceeds from the clothing line, a percentage of it goes to the Cancer Society in an effort to finding a cure for a disease that affects Vito family till this day. You can catch Vito on Guy Brewer Boulevard front and center like the King he is, in these streets or on social media on Instagram/@grbvito . Support his movement and cop a “Guy Brew” shirt, tell him the Qweens sent ya! Peep more of the great music off The Yellow Mixtape at Soundcloud/prestigiouspenner

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