MESA is the new side project of renowned Latvian performer Gatis Irbe, also known by his stage moniker Gacho. MESA’s first studio album was released in 2016 and featured some of the most famous Latvian artists across nearly three generations. All proceedings from the album’s digital copy went straight to supporting a charity that covers rehabilitation costs for children with mobility disorders. The album achieved Gold status and received the “Golden Microphone” award as the best hip hop record of 2016, while also being shortlisted as the best album of the year. The project’s second studio album also achieved Gold status and received many other awards.