MEET THE HOST, JUDGES & DJ

JAY CLAXTON
JAY CLAXTON
HOST / EMCEE

Jay Claxton, got his start with Unruly Records as the Record Pool Director, which got him in the door at WERQ FM Baltimore (92Q Jams). After an impressive, initial stint as a DJ from 2am-6am, Jay was put on the #1-rated “Big Phat Morning Show” to do the “Week Day Workout” mix. After peaking in station ratings, he was transitioned to the “5 o’clock Ride” which is still the highest-rated hour at WERQ, and later became the Mix Show Director. Claxton was nominated by the Mix Show Power Summit for the “Afternoon Deejay of The Year Award” in 2004, and in 2005, the “East Coast Deejay of The Year”. In 2009, City Paper voted him the Best Deejay of the Year. He has also been the official face and host of Remy V.S.O.P’s “Voices of The City” initiative, Converse’s “Rock the MicEvent, and is a brand ambassador for Under Armour apparel. Currently, he hosts the “Big Mixxfrom 11:45am-2pm daily on 92Q; and is the face of DTLR Radio and the on-air personality for a show called, The Franchise Movement, which is a daily 4-hour, power-packed showcase of interviews with major artists, and a variety of live mixes which can be heard around the country in DTLR’s 110 stores and on DTLRradio.FM.

DJ / Radio Personality - 92Q & DTLR Radio
DJ REYMO
DJ REYMO
RESIDENT DJ

DJ ReyMo is respected internationally for his high-energy style and eclectic mixing skills as a master of Hip-Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Reggaeton and Latin music. ReyMo can be heard spinning weekly on the nation’s #1 hip-hop and R&B radio station, Power 105.1 FM, as well as, alongside hip-hop maven, Angie Martinez, on her own show. He was part of BET’s “106 & Park” show, where he worked with the hottest stars in the world. He has been the featured DJ on several national tours including HBO Latino, Patron Tequila and Rémy Martin, and has played legendary venues such as the world-famous Playboy Mansion, Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium (NY), the Prudential Center (NJ), as well as, abroad in Canada, Europe and Asia. He has also been honored to play for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and politician and Junior US Senator Cory Booker. As a DJ and producer, ReyMo has released several successful mixtapes and collaborated with names such as DJ Khaled. He is one of the leading guest deejays on DJ LOBO’s (Heavy Hitter and ROC Nation family member) music streaming app which has over 2 million downloads and counting.

DJ / Mixer - Power 105.1
Vashon “Rap” Straws
Vashon “Rap” Straws
JUDGE

For over a decade, Vashon “Rap” Straws has been recognizing new talent, breaking records and building pop culture icons such as NasBeyoncéLyfe Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Melanie Fiona, Nelly and Akon. His illustrious career also includes: launching independent artist, Webstarand his record “Chicken Noodle Soup”, garnering national exposure to the Harlem cultural phenomenon; achieving record-breaking radio goals that helped secure a distribution deal for Kedar Entertainment; and even developing a national radio show with DJ S&S called FatBoy Radio” on Sirius/XM, which gained over 13 million listeners. He has worked at Sony Music, Universal Motown, and today, as the Senior National Director of Rap Promotions and Lifestyle Marketing at Republic Records, continues to be one of the most valuable players in the music industry working with some of the biggest artists today including Drake, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Belly, and T.I..

National Director of Rap Promotion & Lifestyle Marketing - Republic Records
Rebekah Espinosa
Rebekah Espinosa
JUDGE

Rebekah Espinosa is an entertainment professional offering over a decade of experience across the industry specializing in Pop, Latin, Hip-Hop and R&B. She has marketed artists such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, T-Pain, Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. As Associate Director of Marketing at Sony Music, Rebekah provides opportunity and synergy between the artists at each Sony label and major brands including, liquor distributors, apparel, footwear, festivals, hospitality and the in-house brand Playstation. She also works with label and publishing A&Rs to develop marketing strategies for artists. Alongside her day-to-day, Rebekah is also the President of Verge Nation, a tech start up for the creative economy building opportunity for aspiring creators around the world.

Associate Director of Marketing - Sony Music
Theo Brown
Theo Brown
JUDGE

As the National Director of Mix Show/Marketing at Atlantic Records, influencer Theo Brown is responsible for creating awareness of new music and artists throughout the streets, internet, radio, television, mix shows, and clubs. He currently works with major artists such as: Bruno Mars, Kevin Gates, Trey Songz, Meek Mills, and Wiz Khalifa. Previously, at Interscope Records, he promoted a roster of leading artists including: Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, M.I.A., Soulja Boy Tell Em, Keri Hilson, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Fergie, Common, Timbaland, Gwen Stefani, and Lil John. His expertise has also been called upon by Beats by Dre, for which he drove awareness by enlisting DJs nationally; and the And 1 Mixtape Tour, for which he booked talent and handled marketing and promotions. Theo owns one of the largest college/university event planning companies, TB Events, and most recently signed on to manage famed hip-hop artist and producer, Soulja Boy.

National Director of Mix Show Promotions - Atlantic Records