World renowned Tampa DJ returns home to help community

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He’s traveled around the world spinning music with some of the biggest artists in hip hop. Now he’s back in the bay area full time, still hustlin’, and helping his community. This DJ with Cuban and Puerto Rican parents is our inspiration for Vamos Tampa Bay!

DJ Cristion has worked with the best; Ying Yang Twins, Rick Ross, DJ Kahled, and Fat Joe. 

Born and raised in Carrollwood, West Tampa, and Ybor City, Cristian Peña almost took a different road in life. Before he was dropping beats he was dropping bombs on the field.

“I wanted to be Dan Marino,” says Peña.

The love of music took over though. At 16, he was handing his mixtape to a guy at WTMP 1150 named Big Money.

“I come in there looking like Eminem. ‘This guy’s a dj? What? Sixteen? What? What does this kid want? Tell him to go away.’ I had to be persistent; nonstop. Nonstop,” says Peña. 

Ten years of that and he gets picked up over at Wild 94.1. From there…

“Khaled introduced me to Joe. How I met Khaled was through a promoter down here. We clicked. That was way back in 2000. We became friends, stayed in touch. ‘Hey, you got to meet Joe. He’s family. This is one of us,’” Peña recalls.

Christian has a new family now, his fiancé Janna Cantero, also Tampa born and bred. The two own West Tampa Smoke Shop and have really brought a focus on helping people with their CBD products.

“They don’t really want to do the prescriptions anymore. They don’t want to do the pain medications anymore because that’s a really big problem we’re facing with the opioid addictions,” says Janna.

“It’s amazing from kids with autism you help out, to people with cancer, to people who have extremely high anxiety, stressed out from everyday life you get to help out,” says Christian.

It’s that spirit that has him saying, “It’s a new day and Vamos bro!” 

Besides helping those looking to get healthy and feel better, Janna has started a women’s empowerment group, Empowered Women, Empower Women on Facebook. They say it’s part of being back where they belong.

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