Raashaun Casey, better known with his stage name DJ Envy, is an American disc jockey and celebrity who is well known as one of the three hosts of the radio show The Breakfast Club. He is also well known for his high-quality hip-hop musical records and his roles in a handful of films. His breakout compilation album The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party, Vol. 1 was a critical success, putting him on the face of the map in the hip-hop industry.
It would also interest you to know that his skills have allowed him to produce music not just for himself, but for other artists like Fabolous, Foxy Brown, DMX, and Joe Budden. DJ Envy was also involved in the production of the soundtrack of Cradle 2 the Grave, a movie he had a role in.
DJ Envy Began His Foray into Music in the 90s
The talented DJ was born on the 3rd of September, 1977 in Queens, New York where he grew up with his siblings. His interest in music blossomed in the early years of his life and upon graduating from Hampton University in Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration back in 1999, he delved into the hip-hop world thanks to his neighborhood acquaintance Ernesto Shaw a.k.a. DJ Clue ?. Shaw was responsible for introducing Raashaun into the mixtape circuit, allowing him to try his hands on compiling music and making commercial sounds.
On the wings of his mentor, Envy showed a lot of dedication to his work and this made him climb up the ranks. By the early 2000s he was able to work with big hip-hop names like 50 Cent and Jay-Z. He went on to feature on the Hot 97 radio show Takin’ it to the Streets, mixing for it once every month. It was hosted by Angie Martinez until he filled in for her when she got pregnant. He moved up a notch when he became a co-host on the radio station’s morning show with Miss Jones. This stint as co-host ended in July 2008 when Miss Jones moved to Philadelphia.
Following this, Envy ran his own shows where he played his mixes and the latest music; The People’s Mix and New at 2 on Hot 97, Hip-Hop Nation’s afternoon show on Sirius XM radio and a weekend show on Power 105.
Raashaun Garnered More Fame on the Breakfast Club
On the 6th of December, 2010 he joined Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God to host the Power 105 show The Breakfast Club. Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee as co-hosts of The Breakfast Club. In about 2 years on the show, it was named the number 1 radio talk show as well as one of the most informative talk shows with a mix of entertainment in recent times.
The show later came up with Weekends with the Breakfast Club and this production showcases the 20 hottest songs on the charts. It also includes sizzling hot interviews by the show’s host Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee with music icons like Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber. They have also had the likes of hip-hop megastars like Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, and Waka Flocka come on air with them.
His Albums and Collaboration
DJ Envy is also famed for his albums and collaborations he has made over the years. This aspect of his career also started back during his days with DJ Clue? who signed him to his record label Desert Storm. In early 2003, Envy went on to produce a commercial debut album titled, ‘The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party, Vol. 1’.
He went on to drop his second album in 2007 titled, ‘The Co-Op’ in collaboration with Red Cafe. A third album followed suit in 2009 entitled, ‘It’s Moovin’. In 2011, Envy’s 4th album ‘Love and Envy’ was released and during that same year, he dropped ‘Audio Uprising, Vol. 1’. He also created for ‘Full Breach. Vol 5’ and ‘Just A Kid From Queens’ released in 2018.
DJ Envy has collaborated with big shots in the music industry like DMX, Fabolous, Joe Bidden amongst others to release tracks like, Feel The Hate, Right/Wrong, Broken Silence, The Bad Guy and Wait a Minute. More so, the celebrity DJ is also known for his film appearances in production like 106 & Park, Tha Corner, Entourage, and many more.
DJ Envy’s Marital Struggles with His Wife Gia Casey
DJ Envy tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Gia in 2001. Nothing is known about where or on what date they got married. Together they have welcomed five children; three girls and two boys. The girls are Madison, London, and Brooklyn. The boys are Logan and Jaxson. It’s also interesting to know that Gia Casey is more than just the wife of a popular DJ as she is also an established digital broadcaster. Together with her husband, DJ Envy, she hosts a podcast called The Casey Crew. They talk about the ups and downs one encounters in family and relationships.
A notable marital crisis incident the couple had dated back to 2013 when DJ Envy made headlines for his affair with Erica Mena, a reality star from Love & Hip Hop. Envy had to come on air on The Breakfast Club show to ask Gia to forgive him calling the act as an evil affair. Mena also responded to the DJ’s revelations on the show that, he had cheated on Gia because he was ashamed of her. After all the charade, the couple was able to patch things up forged ahead because of their belief in God.
Another sex scandal linked to Envy sprout up sometime in October 2017. This time around it was a Snapchat chat which suggests that the DJ had a thing going on with actress, Gabrielle Union. The chats on Snapchat revealed that the actress was headed to Envy’s house with a sex toy. However, the DJ refuted the allegations that were already circulating as he called it cyberbullying.
The DJ has made a Fortune from His Career & Enjoys a Lavish Lifestyle
It should come as no surprise that someone with DJ Envy’s repertoire would have an impressive net worth, which he actually does. It is estimated that he sits on a net worth that ranges from $5 million to $10 million. Most of his wealth came from his work in the music industry and as a presenter. He even owns his own media firm called, BLOK Entertainment which also serves as a management and production company.
Apart from his DJ work and being a presenter, Envy also rakes in huge sums from his film appearances and brand endorsement deals. He is also one celebrity who has delved into the real estate business. He acquired the Kinnelon mansion in 2014 and it is a 7 acre home in New Jersey. The exquisite mansion has a movie theatre, carnival outlook, a zoo, 6 bedrooms, 6 car garages, and a spa among other things. Envy listed this house for sale for a whopping $ 2 million a couple of years later. He is known to have bought the music star, Mary J. Blige’s home for $5.5 million, and its speculated he would also resell it at a staggering amount in the nearest future.
DJ Envy is, by all means, an automobile freak as he flaunts his extensive car collection regularly on his social media pages. He has posted nothing less than 13 cars on his timelines and this includes a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, a Dodge Durango, 2 Dodge Challengers, a Fisker Karma, a Bentley Mulsanne, Porsche Panamera, a Ferrari California, a Ferrari 458, a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Rolls Royce Wraith, and 2 Range Rovers. If he is not busy working, you ould definitely cite Envy cruising in one of his rides. More so, the DJ and his entire family had lived in the Kinnelon mansion enjoying all the luxuries the house had to offer.