Only one year into the rap game and already blazing, Cartel has collaborated with Mizay Entertainment’s Waka Flocka Flame on the street-certified mixtape Salute or Shoot Me 2.5 hosted by DJ Ace and Trap-A-Holics. While the title may suggest conflicting meanings, it was produced with the intent of having a positive impact towards the elimination of violence within the Mexican and African-American communities; a project Cartel is proud to have initiated.
Born in East Los Angeles, CA, which is known for its rampant gang activity, Cartel’s family moved to Atlanta, GA to build a more quality life free from the inner-city perils; but while the youngster’s address was new, his mentality wasn’t. Cartel was living the fast life- all gas and no brakes; that is until he experienced a personal tragedy. “I lost one of my homie’s to some nonsense, which is actually how I got my start. He was so passionate about music it’s like when he died, I inherited his motivation. So I picked up where he left off and been keeping his spirit alive ever since. Now that I’m here, it’s no turning back.”