DJ Infamous: Inside the DJ Booth
a new teen club in Lansing.
"The club was this abandoned building downtown," he adds with a smile. "They rented lights, sound and equipment. Then they used glow-in-the-dark spray paint to decorate it. It was mad ghetto and hood. But to have a teen club in my city was a big thing because there weren't any and I helped start that."
Two years later, he was enrolled at Alabama A&M University, where he continued spinning at every party and event. In the summer before his senior year, he interned for Atlanta radio station V103. "I'd pretty much done all I could do in Huntsville where my college was," he admits. "I just told myself I needed more of a challenge."
After graduation, Infamous moved to Atlanta for good, but he held on to his shift at the local station in Huntsville. He took the three hour drive between the two cities every week determined to be busier than his peers. After about a year of pushing, doing demos and mixing for free, Infamous was finally hired at V103.
For many DJs, radio would be where the story ends but not for Infamous. "I've had a relationship with [Ludacris] since 2004," he reveals. "When I interned at V103, I interned at Disturbing Tha Peace at the same time. They took me to New York and I was on 'Rap City' with Luda. They kinda always got at me for certain things."
Last September, the Atlanta rapper brought Infamous on as his official DJ. He says that the energy with Ludacris is better than he's experienced with any other artist. In less than a year, Infamous has had his passport stamped in places like Singapore, Korea, India, China and Germany.
His life today is a far cry from what it was a few years ago when an unprecedented storm hit Atlanta in 2009, flooding half of the city and leaving it paralyzed for weeks. Infamous lost everything.