Recap: Up Close & Personal with Rico Love and David Banner

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    Pictured L-R: DJ GQ, Rico Love, and David Banner
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    David Banner gives a shout out to the crowd.
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    Rico Love and David Banner discuss their current projects.
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    Pictured L-R: DJ GQ, Rico Love, and David Banner.
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    Florida Chapter Executive Director, Kenny Cordova, welcomes the audience.
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    David Banner speaks to the audience about his latest release.
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    Rico Love discusses the importance of partnerships between artists and creatives.
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    Pictured L-R: DJ GQ, Rico Love, and David Banner.
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    Florida Chapter Board Officers with David Banner, DJ GQ, and Rico Love. (L-R: Doug Emery, Jeremy Norkin, Kenny Cordova, David Banner, DJ GQ, Rico Love, Lee Levin).
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    Florida Chapter Board members with Rico Love and David Banner.

On July 11, members of the Florida Chapter gathered for an in depth discussion and Q&A with GRAMMY Award nominees Rico Love and David Banner. Moderated by DJ GQ (Y100), this Up Close and Personal event was held at Studio 26 in Coral Gables.

The event kicked off as Rico and David discussed musical influences, songwriting processes, and current projects. Starting out, there were many sacrifices that both artists made in order to succeed and they highlighted the importance of supporting each other within the music community in order to help it grow. Both artists also stressed the importance of working in multiple areas outside of being an artist, such as production, songwriting, and business endeavors. They also mentioned their passion for using their voice to lead community and advocacy endeavors.

After the interview, members were able to network with Rico Love, David Banner, & DJ GQ, and discuss topics further.

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