There is an old adage which states: "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." In an industry which killed more dreams than made them, it is a mantra the Elizabeth, New Jersey, recording artist, Kertasy, not only believes in, but lives by. The pitfalls of the industry do not scare him, mainly because his passion for music and the ability to create it overpowers any obstacle which is placed in his way. He makes music for the essence. He makes music for the passion inside him and the enjoyment of others.
The young man who has opened for acts such as Eve, Benzino, Lil Kim, Sean Paul and worked alongside R&B icon R. Kelly has an interesting back story as it relates to his name. Always known as a gentleman with the ladies, the name "Kertasy" also extends to his prowess behind the microphone.
"It's a metaphor for me being 'nice' at whatever I do from rapping, to the way I dress, to the way I conduct business. Plus, it has a ring to it and the ladies love it!"
Stemming from New Jersey, Kertasy understands the rich cultural history of its Hip-Hop scene. Artists such as Queen Latifiah, Redman, Naughty By Nature and Joe Budden have all gone on to achieve their own level off acclaim. Similar to his song, Kertasy states the claim that he is the beginning of a "Breath Of Fresh Air" of artists from the third state. His resume' may support just that. Backed by an acclaimed mixtape – Just Out Of Kertasy, the Elizabeth resident has seen his release getting more attention & feedback then he expected specially with the 1st Three music video released off the tape titled “Your Love” , “Shake The Cake” & “Late Night Action” . Kertasy looks to bring the commercial and mainstream appeal the state has been missing in recent years
In the grand scheme of things, Kertasy is built in the same vein as everyone who wakes up each morning - uncertain of what the future holds, but positive his work ethic will take him to heights the previous day did not.
"My music is for everyone, young or old. I want my music to reflect what's going on in my life at the time. I can make a song for every different emotion a human has."