RaaShaun Casey (born September 3, 1977), known professionally as DJ Envy, is an American disc jockey (DJ), record producer and radio personality.[1][2] He is one of the three hosts of the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, alongside Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God on Power 105.1.

DJ Envy
DJ Envy in 2014
DJ Envy in 2014
Background information
Born (1977-09-03) September 3, 1977 (age 44)
New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop, R&B
Occupation(s)
  • Disc jockey
  • record producer
  • radio personality
Years active1994–present
Labels

EducationEdit

Casey graduated from Hampton University in 1999 with a degree in business management.[3]

CareerEdit

A native of Queens, New York City, DJ Envy, then called DJ Shrimp, was tutored and mentored by neighborhood acquaintance DJ Clue,[4] who introduced him to the mixtape circuit in the mid-1990s. DJ Clue took him under his wing as he climbed up the disc jockey ranks, and by the early 2000s he was hosting commercials and exclusives for big-name rappers like Hahflamez, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and The Lox. Off of his building reputation in the industry DJ Clue? signed him to his record label Desert Storm. In 2003, he released his debut studio album entitled The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party, Vol. 1.

DJ Envy's big break on the radio came when he mixed once a month for Hot 97's show called "Takin' it to the Streets", hosted by Angie Martinez from 12:00 am to 4:00 am, but later filled in when Martinez became pregnant.[5] He then co-hosted Hot 97's morning show with Miss Jones from 6 am-10 am daily. His run on the morning show ended in July 2008 when Miss Jones moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DJ Envy spun on his own mix shows on Hot 97 called "The People's Mix" on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and "The People's Choice Hit List" on Sundays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. He had a segment on Hot 97 titled "New at 2", where he played the newest hits from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. He hosts Hip-Hop Nation's afternoon show on Sirius XM Radio on weekdays from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST and on weekends he used to do a show from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Power 105.

On Monday December 6, 2010, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God began hosting the morning show on Power 105 as The Breakfast Club. In September 2016, he voiced support for stop-and-frisk, and later apologized after constant criticism.[6][7][8][9]

DJ Envy has made appearances on Juelz Santana's and Lloyd Banks's music video "Beamer Benz or Bentley" and various television shows, such as 106 & Park, Entourage, and Tha Corner, which he hosts on the Music Choice channel.[5] He was featured in the 2006 film Blood of a Champion, credited as Shadow's enemy friend.[10] He also appeared in The Raw Report of Gucci Mane documentary. On March 21, 2010, DJ Envy took over as VJ of MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown.

He recently released a record entitled "Still A Fan" featuring recording artist, songwriter, and producer "Rico Love". This leads many to believe he may be planning a new mixtape or album in the future. He and his wife Gia Casey host a podcast called "The Casey Crew" that talks about the good, bad, ugly, and beauty of relationships and family.

[11]DJ Envy is now an author following the release of his book with his wife, Gia Casey. The couple released a book on April 19, 2022, called, ""Real Life, Real Love: Life Lessons on Joy, Pain, and the Magic That Holds Us Together".[12]DJ Envy interviewed his wife alongside this two co-host on The Breakfast Club to share the release of their book.

A car enthusiast, DJ Envy is the founder and curator of the "Drive your Dreams Car Show" auto show which began Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The second annual event took place On September 7, 2019, at the same venue to occur closer to his birthday both sponsored by Lincoln Tech.[13] After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled events in 2020 the show has returned in 2021 traveling to Atlantic City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia, and October 2021 with a car show in Detroit, Mich. About 5,000 people showed up at the TCF Center to witness luxurious cars, souped-up cars, and designer cars owned by celebrities and Detroit residents.

[14]Prior to naming his car show, the "Drive your Dreams Car Show", DJ Envy dubbed his car show as "Carchella".[15]Following a legal notice from Coachella threatening a lawsuit, the DJ dropped the name and reintroduced his car show under the now existing name.

"I try to take the car shows to markets I'm already successful in, so we started in the New York/New Jersey area, then we went out to Atlanta, we went to Atlantic City, Philly. … Now we're in Detroit, and next month (December 2021) is a holiday show in Miami, Florida". Autos owned by other celebrities are also featured in the exhibition, including cars courtesy of 50 Cent, Fabolous, Icewear Vezzo, 42 Dugg, and Detroit's Royce da 5'9" and Richard Wershe Jr.(White Boy Rick).[16]

The next scheduled show is Sunday, June 19, 2022, at the NRG Park in Houston, Texas.[17]

Awards and recognitionEdit

On January 24, 2020, Mayor Marty Small of Atlantic City, New Jersey, officially declared January 23, as "Breakfast Club Day" in Atlantic City.[18] DJ Envy was presented separately with an official Key to the City of Atlantic City for his "outstanding efforts to market and promote Atlantic City."[18]

In August 2020, DJ Envy and his Breakfast Club co-hosts, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Casey is married to Gia Casey, who is of Chinese-Jamaican heritage.[20]

He has been a resident of Kinnelon, New Jersey.[21]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

ProductionEdit

  • "Feel the Hate" – The Murderers (2000)
  • "Broken Silence" – Foxy Brown (2001)
  • "The Bad Guy" (featuring Pain in da Ass) – Fabolous (2001)
  • "Right/Wrong" (Cradle 2 the Grave OST) – DMX (2003)
  • "Getting Down" (Cradle 2 the Grave OST) – DMX, Kashmir, Bazaar Royale (2003)
  • "Wait a Minute" – Joe Budden (2004)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c DJ Envy at Allmusic
  2. ^ Baker, Al (May 13, 2006) D.J. Is Arrested Over His Threat to Rival's Child. The New York Times
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ DJ Envy Return of the Hustle. Xxlmag.com (July 27, 2007). Archived version dated December 1, 2007, accessed via Internet Archive on October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b DJ Envy's 5 DJ Commandments. SOHH.com
  6. ^ "DJ Envy Supports Stop and Frisk, Twitter Bites Back". BET.com.
  7. ^ "DJ Envy, stop-and-frisk supporter, says he was recently shot at in N.J." NJ.com. September 30, 2016.
  8. ^ McCann, Mac (September 27, 2016). "DJ Envy Is Catching Hell for Defending Unconstitutional Stop and Frisk Policing". Complex.
  9. ^ "DJ Envy Condemns Stop-And-Frisk After Talk With John Legend". Vibe.com. September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Blood of a Champion (2006) – Full cast and crew. IMDb.com
  11. ^ Gia Casey Talks New Book "Real Life, Real Love", Cheating Scandals, Rags To Riches + More, retrieved April 28, 2022
  12. ^ Gia Casey Talks New Book "Real Life, Real Love", Cheating Scandals, Rags To Riches + More, retrieved April 28, 2022
  13. ^ "Car Show Bernie".
  14. ^ "DJ Envy's 'Carchella' Officially Shut Down". Digital Music News. October 5, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  15. ^ DJ Envy Sued By Coachella For Using The Name "Carchella", retrieved April 28, 2022
  16. ^ "200 custom and luxury vehicles due Saturday for Drive Your Dreams Car Show at TCF Center".
  17. ^ "DJ Envy's – Drive Your Dreams Car Show | NRG Park". April 7, 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Mayor Marty Small Proclaims 'Breakfast Club Day' In Atlantic City". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  19. ^ ""The Breakfast Club" inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame". August 17, 2020.
  20. ^ Video on YouTube
  21. ^ Hyman, Vicki. "DJ Envy's Kinnelon mansion on market for $2M, bedazzled bathroom and all", NJ Advance Medis for NJ.com, March 16, 2016, updated January 26, 2019. Accessed February 19, 2020. "Nationally syndicated hip-hop DJ RaaShaun Casey, who goes by DJ Envy on Power 105.1 FM's morning show The Breakfast Club and also hosts a Sirius XM show, is looking to leave his lavish Colonial on seven gated acres in Kinnelon."
  22. ^ "Full Breach Mixtapes".
  23. ^ "DJ ENVY PLANS TO SATISFY EVERY MOOD WITH UPCOMING ALBUM 'JUST A KID FROM QUEENS'". XXL Magazine.