“You See Me” is the lead single off of Kertasy’s new EP releasing in 2019. This record is about coming up, changing from a bad situation to a better one while the video reflects on being careful of the choices you make to get in a better situation. It may not always be the right one. The motion picturesque flick keeps the audience glued in from beginning to end.
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 brought them to reality, this saying is a mantra recording artist, Kertasy, not only believes in but follows. Stemming from New Jersey’s northern city, Elizabeth, his passion for Hip-Hop was first rooted from a seed formed in the sixth grade. Specifically during his black history month talent show in music school. Understanding the historical culture connected to Hip Hop he studied performers such as Jay-Z, Biggie, Mase, and Fabolous. Since discovering his gift that day he has developed and maintained a positive work ethic which consistently elevates him to new heights. He chose the name Kertasy because it reflected his mannerisms towards the females. It’s also a metaphor of how “nice” he is in everything he does musically.
In 2002, Kertasy relocated to Chicago, Illinois to work with an indie label in hopes of creating new music and developing his sound. It was in Chicago where he met legendary R&B singer, R.Kelly who decided to mentor Kertasy; assuring him that he would assist the rapper in the launch of his debut project. Unfortunately, after a series of mistrials and events, R.Kelly’s ability to pursue his agenda prolonged. He was sent back to New Jersey but with a new mindset; ready to push his career with no more hold backs.
Since then, Kertasy has opened for acts such as Eve, Benzino, Lil Kim, Sean Paul to name a few. His first tour was the “VIBE Magazine College Tour” which consisted of talented acts such as Amanda Seales, Juelz Santana, Biz Markie, and other notable talents. He has been a featured actor, with a lead role in DJ Khalid’s ‘Never Surrender’ video feat. Scarface, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Akon, John Legend & Anthony Hamilton. Kertasy has worked on two well-developed projects called “Just Out Of Kertasy” and “Kertasy Of”. In 2010 he created brand, Lead Team. An indie label & merchandise line with a message of pursuing all visions & goals and being your own leader in the music industry. His single, “You See Me” went viral worldwide after a dance challenge was created on the popular app platform Musical.ly.
The pitfalls of the industry do not scare Kertasy, mainly because his passion for music and the ability to create it overpowers any obstacles that are placed in his way. He makes music for the essence. He makes music for the passion inside him and the enjoyment of others. Most recently he signed to artist agency, Mor.Value and is expected to release a new EP and visual January 2019. Kertasy is currently focusing on touring within the states and across major global cities with hopes of intruding his sound to new audiences.