We had the good fortune of connecting with Lasan “ RASTAA “ Johnny and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lasan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was out of the need to understand and own my own products. I realized I couldn’t trust my ideas to another company who didn’t hold the same appreciation for art, originality and creativity the way I do.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the most interesting thing about my art is I had to teach myself how to do it. I couldn’t put two words together, let alone be a rapper but I knew that’s what I wanted. I learned everything I possibly could about music and the music industry before even working on the music. I learned production, engineer, the legal side of the business industry, copyright law, publishing law all by the time I was 19. This type of care I have for what I love and my appreciation and need for every detail is exactly how I make my music. With attention and detail to every moment.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since things are finally opening back up, this is what I think would make a good trip to Raleigh, NC

Places to eat
RAW Raleigh
Kabob & Curry

Places to go
NC museum of art
Eno River
The pour house music hall

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family as a whole but specifically my sister. She has been at every show, every business launch since I started my journey in 2009. The most amazing thing is that she opened her own company in 2018 and I was able to use lessons from my journey to help her with hers. It’s full circle and that’s the biggest reward.

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