Hailed as a “music guru” by Rolling Stone and cited among the “world’s Top DJ’s” by The New York Times, J.PERIOD is a master of his craft: a musical storyteller whose work bridges cultures, generations and styles.

J.PERIOD’S resume boasts collaborations with Grammy winners Common, John Legend, Joss Stone & Mary J. Blige. He has been called, “The most creative mixtape producer of all-time” by music icon Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.

For years, J.PERIOD’s “musical documentary” projects have redefined the hip hop landscape, merging music with narrative to tell stories in a powerful and unprecedented way. His work with hip hop and R&B titans including Nas, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip has received countless awards and earned millions of listeners. This legacy of groundbreaking work was recently celebrated in the exclusive J.PERIOD X 10 Collection.

In the past year, J.PERIOD has produced the original score for the EMMY® award-winning The Doctor, the original theme song for the relaunch of NBA TV’s flagship Inside Stuff, plus critically-acclaimed remix tributes to James Brown, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.. For his efforts, J.PERIOD was nominated for DJ/Remixer of The Year at the Global Spin Awards and featured on Okayplayer’s annual Best List.

As Music Supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets’ at Barclays Center, J.PERIOD’s custom-curated soundtrack won rave reviews and was praised as the new standard for music in the NBA arena (ESPN). J.PERIOD is also credited with producing the Brooklyn Nets’ opening theme song in both of its first two seasons at Barclays Center.

Outside the studio, J.PERIOD is equally adept onstage, whether providing the soundtrack for Norman Lear or performing as Tour DJ for artists including Black Thought, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip & Kanye West at venues ranging from Summer Jam 2014 to Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola Dome.

Rhymes: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “The Message,” Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, “Beat Street Breakdown,” Nas “N.Y. State of Mind,” A Tribe Called Quest “Midnight Marauders,” De La Soul “De La Soul is Dead” and Ice Cube “Death Certificate”


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Queen GodIs

Queen GodIs

Queen GodIs

Queen GodIs – an international (Poet, Performance Artist, Artistic Director & Performance Art Therapist) whose work serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. With a holistic approach to content & development, her inter-disciplinary work engages audiences in dialogue and activism that extend beyond the page and stage. As An Artist, Queen is a provocative lyricist with a penchant for Spirited Spoken Word, Hip Hop, Story-Telling, Movement and Soul. She has written and performed three off-Broadway shows including Birth of Power U (2007), directed by Tamilla Woodard of Launch Worldwide, Untitled #69: To Huemen (2008) directed by Una Osato & presented in conjunction with the Hip Hop Theater Festival, and Project Power U Revisited: A Choreopoem (2009) choreographed by director Nicco Annan & commissioned by New York Live Artsʼ Studio Residency Series. Queen’s celebrated debut album Power U! highlights her distinct vocal style and marries musical abstractions with straightforward social commentary. Her poetry is published in several international anthologies including a book-cd entitled Echos: Nubian Voyager, produced by Grammy-nominated duo, Les Nubians and the most recent CHORUS : A Literary Mixtape curated by Saul Williams.

Rhymes: Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige “All I Need,” Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation,” and Stop the Violence (Various Artists) “Self Destruction,”


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Masta Ace


Masta Ace

As one of the most imaginative, narrative and prolific lyricists ever to emerge from the mean streets of Brooklyn USA, his albums are like mini-movies. As a matter of fact, the man has been born, and re born, and born yet again. In his 1988 lyrical debut, he took a stand along side Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and Craig G on hip hop’s most important posse cut, ‘The Symphony’. His first full length album, the Marley Marl produced Take A Look Around (1990), established the rookie emcee as a sophisticated voice from the ghetto. Slaughtahouse (1993) was an ingenious conversation with hip hop, as Ace and his incorporated crew took on the entire gangsta rap genre. In 1995, his Sittin’ On Chrome LP unified American car culture as a celebration of rims and rides and rap music. Then after a 6 year hiatus, Ace caught the world off guard with the epic Disposable Arts (2001). This classic theme album, complete with plot, main characters and score, played like a feature film on wax. A Long Hot Summer, (2004), was the prequel to Disposable Arts.  He’s released three more albums since 2004, with his latest, Son of Yvonne, being a dedication to his mother.

Rhymes: Chic “Good Times,” Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh “La Di Da Di,” and Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”


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Songs from this Interview:

Chic “Good Times”

Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight”

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Live at Union Square 1986”

Slick Rick & Dougie Fresh “La Di Da Di”

Masta Ace ft. MC Paul Barman “Roommates Meet”

Masta Ace “Rollin’ Wit Umdadda”

Marley Marl ft. Big Daddy Kane, Craig G., Kool G. Rap & Masta Ace “The Symphony”

Masta Ace “Enuff”

Masta Ace “Slaughtahouse”

Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

Earth, Wind & Fire “C’Mon Children”

Masta Ace “Movin’ On”

Masta Ace & MF Doom “Nineteen Seventy Something”

Masta Ace “No Regrets”

Freddie Gibbs “Born 2 Roll”