Music Tells A Story
The Street Vendors initially began as a Hip-Hop Duo that consisted of two young and talented New York lyricists named Alberto “Al Negro” Lopez and Brett “Beretta” Vasquez. The group signed a deal with Top Stop Music in 2016 and released their first single “Work.” The lack of success of the single forced Top Stop Music to terminate the deal. In 2019 Brett “Beretta” Vasquez began recording as a solo artist under The Street Vendors brand. Beretta is the son of Angel Vasquez, a singer from the legendary freestyle group, TKA. Beretta was born in New York City in the borough of the Bronx. He is of Puerto Rican descent. At age 13, he moved to Rockland County and went on to attend college at SUNY Plattsburgh. Beretta has always had a passion for music and wished to follow in his father's footsteps. He was influenced by lyrical geniuses such as Busta Rhymes and Fabolous during his father's time managing the female artist, Lumidee in 2002. He was also inspired by late Bronx native Big Pun and Tupac Shakur but also contemporary artists like Drake and A Boogie. Beretta adds, “If I hear a beat that I really like, that’s all I need to write.” He shared that he feeds off of the energy in the room and enjoys having his friends in the studio to create an ideal recording environment. Beretta tirelessly grinds in the booth and consistently finds hip-hop beats from several different producers to add his Pop, R&B, and Latin influence. His goal is to be set apart from the over-saturated rap pack with positive, feel-good music. Beretta is currently working with other talented artists to keep up with their motto, “sellers of street music.” With their unique twist of positivity in an industry that tends to highlight the negative, Street Vendors are music makers that motivate and inspire, yet can definitely be appreciated and respected in the streets.