A Prince George’s County rap artist took home the top prize in Jack Daniel’s Jack’N for Beats music competition, which sought to find burgeoning talent in the D.C. region.
Osiris Green, 25, was awarded Thursday a check for $5,000 during the finale event at the Blind Whino in Southwest D.C. by representatives for the whiskey company’s Tennessee Honey brand, who had rolled around the DMV in a mobile studio for six weeks offering local rappers the opportunity to enter the “Jack’N for Beats: We Got Bars Tour” competition.
Rapper and celebrity judge Jadakiss presented the check to Green, who said he has high expectations for his music career going forward.
“This is what I expected, because I am competitive. I expected to be challenged, but I was ready for it,” he said. “I want this to be my bread and butter. I want to make a living off of what I love to do.”
Just a couple months ago, Green said he couldn’t imagine he would be winning money for his talent and life-long passion, but after winning he is as determined as ever to invest in himself.
“I will use the prize money and newfound notoriety to put back into my craft,” he said. “I need new equipment, so I will definitely use the money for that.”
Over 50 contestants faced off in three different rounds of competition, including online voting, but Green beat out the field to make it to the end.
“The DMV music scene is about to blow [up],” he said. “There is a renaissance going on with so much talent, nobody sounds alike.”