Compton rapper branching out

Compton has a rising star by the name of Problem, and he’s beginning to get known throughout the nation. 

Born in Germany but raised in the Hub City, Jason Martin, 28, started his career by ghost writing a verse for the track “Be thankful” on Snoop Dogg’s 2006 compilation album The Big Squeeze.

Noticed by rappers Nas and Talib Kweli, Problem began recording with other legendary West Coast artists DAZ, DJ Quick and Kurupt. Snoop is responsible for Problem’s underground break when he heard a recording produced by Terrace Martin called  “Neva have to Worry.” 

Snoop was impressed by his bars and that led to him writing three tracks on Snoop’s 2009 album Ego Trippin’. In 2008, Problem started his own label Diamond Lane Music Group, and in 2009, signed a short-lived major label deal with Universal. 

Grinding for three years and selling out small venues, his big break came last November when his track “Like What”, became an instant hit and peaked on the billboard charts. Gaining momentum heading into 2013, Problem was featured on a track with E-40 and YG called “Function.” 

This track was considered to be Problem’s best feature because of known mainstream artists that he was featured with.  Since then, the track has opened doors for the upcoming rapper. 

“I love problem and it’s good to hear him getting big in other parts of the country,” said Christina Robinson, a freshman theatre major.

He’s worked with stars such as Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Game, Bobby Valentino, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and John Legend. 

His latest mixtape “The Separation had many guest appearances, such as DC native Wale, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Game, Tyga and Tank. Many students on campus said they are big fans of the artist. 

 Junior mass communication major Corin Canillas said Problem is one of her favorite artist to listen to. 

“Problem is one of my favorite turn-up rappers,” said the Los Angeles native. “I like how he has the ability to get people up and have fun.”