Category Archives: Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Rich Hil XXL Interview

Shoutout to my fellow CT hippie Rich “Ricky”Hil & the homie Marcu$

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Shouts again to the homie T. Sampson!

AHAAAAAAAA!!! The homie Tavon over @ Def Jam came correct with the cover art for Jada’s new LP … Can’t wait to actually hear what Jada comes up with this time around …

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If you don’t remember my earlier post about Tavon, check it out here

Artist Spotlight : Tavon Sampson

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Did you ever wonder who was responsible for such dope artwork? Well while interning @ IDJMG I’ve ran into Tavon a bunch of times, and I knew he worked in the creative dept … But I never knew what he actually did …  That was until I had a good talk with him while he was helping me out this some scans and informed me that he is an Art Director/ Graphic Designer… The homie is raw with photoshop in my opinion, and his work just 2nds that notion … Peep the interview conducted by Street CoSignor

Take a look @ some of his work that you probably have seen … but just didn’t know who was behind it

Beanie Sigel – The Solution

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Nas – Untitled (we know the real title)

Fabolous – From Nothin’ To Somethin’

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Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

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Young Jeezy – The Inspiration

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Young Jeezy Presents USDA – Cold Summer

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Sterling Simms is the Truth!

I’m an avid r&b fan … and recently I was put on to the homie Sterling Simms who is part of the Def Jam roster … Here is a little background on dude …

When he was 15, his mother moved the family of four children to Atlanta. There Sterling began to make the rounds with Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri and other music makers in the city. After a period struggling, Sterling began to focus on writing, putting his artist ambitions aside. Returning to Philadelphia, Sterling reconnected with Kenny Gamble. Back in Atlanta, Sterling met up with producer Teddy Bishop, who liked the songs Sterling was working on. Bishop asked, “Who was the voice behind the songs?” At Teddy’s prompting Sterling decided to pursue becoming a performer again. He sang for Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Brian Cox and a group of other influential music executives, giving them Sam Cooke’s “A Long Time Coming.” They were impressed with Sterling and by this time Warner Bros and Atlantic were very interested in signing him.

While waiting for an offer, Sterling traveled to Miami with Bishop to the VMA’s. Bishop played Sterling’s music for industry veteran George Robinson. Robinson recognized his talent at once and convinced the partners of One Recordings to make Sterling their first release. Sterling signed with One Recordings and began finishing his album. Eventually a meeting was set up with L.A. Reid at Island/Def Jam. Two months later One Recordings signed a deal with Island/Def Jam to jointly release Sterling Simms.

About 2 weeks ago myself along with about 15 other interns got a chance to go up to L.A Reid’s office and listen to a bunch of new singles Def Jam is planning to release … this was Sterling’s … I rated it a 9 out of 10

Sterling Simms ft. The Dream & Jadakiss – All I Need