Artist Profile


Dasani Aqua ELi

Why Rap?

I chose to become an artist around 12, when I was in seventh grade. It was never anything serious, just some dumbass lyrics that rhymed. In high school I released a diss song with my collective, SWEY, which ended up getting a few thousand views on YouTube. From there on I ran with the rap shit to be honest.
My biggest influences as an artist are definitely early Mac Miller, like KIDS and shit, and Lil Wayne when he was in the booth off of a pint of lean, freestyling with his eyes closed. It sounds stupid I know, but the fact that someone could be that good really pushed me to try . I’m also influenced by the local talent around me, especially my fellow members of SWEY. The competitive nature of the group pushes us as well. Victor Still, CEO of ROSE, has also been  a major influence in pursuing my dream by showing me that positive energy released into the world will bring positive energy back on you. He’s  really pushed me to be myself.
I’m 22.
Favorite song right now?
My favorite song of all time is definitely Stand by me. The original one by Ben E. King, not one of the dumbass remixes they made after the movie came out. Fun fact, Stand by me is my favorite movie too. My favorite song at this very millisecond is Supreme Hoodies by Lil Mosey. I think that kid is only 15 or 16.
Favorite Super Villain?
My favorite Super Villain is The joker from the dark knight, Heath Ledger. Dude was literally psychotic, when I saw him burn that billion dollar money pile it changed my perspective on the world. Some people are literally bat shit crazy. Is it cool if I curse on here? My bad
Plans this year?
My plans for this year are to release hella music and visuals for my fans. I want to headline at least 4 venues and reach our goal of at least 1 million total plays on SoundCloud. I would also love to travel to a foreign country this year, since Canada is the only place out of the country I’ve been.
More love. Less Hate.


IG: @dollarsigneli


A time where students are suddenly given amazing strength and ability to do whatever their heart desires yep you guessed it, IT’S SPRING BREAK R***. This time of year in early March, young adults engage in all sorts of activities with friends and family. I like to think and compare the feeling of excitement and inspiration to the concept of WHO IS ROSE.

H O W and W H Y?

Simply because, motivation is at an all-time high. Spring break is in full effect and I hope you perceive your rose. I encourage rose to have fun and the time spent on this break be full of roses. Eighty degree weather on the coast of Costa Rica with bacon, eggs, and cheese, featuring a tequila sunrise in the mist of the air. Stress is out the door and friends are on the way. THIS IS YOUR ROSE. A lot of my friends at East Carolina University are in the Florida area enjoying the beach and spirits. I hope this post can lead you to the suggestion that WHO IS ROSE, is not about just clothing or photography, but more encouraging YOU to realize what makes YOU happy. During this week, my colleagues will be more motivated ever to be happy, smile, and laugh. WHO IS ROSE motivates YOU to perceive YOUR happiness, whether it is your Spring Break plans or not. To my fellow colleagues enjoy your break, meet new people, and take trendy photos wherever you are.Vic hat TAG @who_is_rose on Instagram for a chance to have YOUR ROSE BREAK posted on the page!

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All of our DREAMS can come true, if we have the COURAGE to pursue them. With motivation anything is possible. The source of this motivation is YOUR ROSE. Striving to pursue your dream leads to a fulfilling and successful lifestyle. If you do not follow your dreams are you growing as an individual? When a flower does not bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. You are the flower. Will your environment allow you to bloom?


Picture Gallery: Vic Still- a trip to New York City to follow his BIG DREAMS. His environment has allowed him to continuously grow. He had the COURAGE to begin an opportunity he saw as promising. Fulfill your dreams.


Footnote: “the fashion show and time in NYC confirmed my design thinking and process were in sync with today’s and tomorrow’s trends” -Vic Still

Adapting to stress in 3 simple steps

  • Alarm: Fight or Flight
    • Are you going to face the causation or give in and quit?
      • For example:
        •   If your schoolwork is the cause will you schedule more time for studying OR say “Screw IT” and not complete the assignment.
  • Resistance
    • Deny the stress by creating ways to manage and eliminate the cause.
        • Sometimes when I am stressed instead of dwelling on it, I create a new task to take my mind off of it.


  • Exhaustion and early aging if stress persists
    • Your body loses the effort to fight or respond to stress
      • Find ways such as going on a walk, working out at the gym, or watching your favorite movie/show
    • Your body simply ages as the stress manifests
      • The more stress the less your body can deal with it causing  “biopsychosocial” illnesses



Factors presented by : Hanes Selye (1907-1982)


The source of your motivation, will it lead to growth or be a waste of time? Simple motivation can be the difference in your life. Some journeys only begin solely, because of motivation.  Daily tasks cannot be accomplished if you are not motivated. Waking up for class, getting ready, and attending does not happen if you are not motivated. What motivates you to be a better person and strive for greatness? What keeps you going even when the finish line is not in sight?DSC_0233.JPG