Thanks in part to a loyal fan base built during his time at New York’s Power 105.1, DJ Self was established long before he joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop New York. Despite the added attention of reality TV, Self has stayed consistent, putting together a series of mixtapes and events including the successful Gwinin Festival. This season the LHHNY cameras were rolling as the showcase returned just in time to crown fellow cast mate Young B (also known as Bianca Bonnie) the winner.

Self explains, “Gwinin Fest is something that I throw, that helps unsigned artists get seen by people that I know.”

Sitting down with HipHopDX, he discussed his time on the show and more importantly, giving female emcees a platform to share raw talent. Self explains “Whether you like them or not, you still know them.”

Check out the interview in full below and let us know what you think.

Reporting by Steve Raze Cecilia Smith.