@theonlydjdrip on TikTok
Photograph: Julian Leal

TikTok Handle:@theonlydjdrip

Who: Julian Leal, 22, a Columbia College student and DJ

How he got started: Leal, who goes by the stage name DJ Drip, began posting videos of himself performing mixes in January 2021.

Top post: His blend of Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó” and Dixson Waz’s “Toco Toco To” has nearly a million views.

Secret to his success: “I feel like it’s the way that I mix the songs, but it also has something to do with the way I look,” Leal says.

Fame moment: Leal’s posts led to a chance to open for G Herbo at the Chicago Theatre in September.