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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Hex Hectic

Hex Hectic

Hex Hectic

Hector “Hex Hectic” Danniel was born in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and raised by his mom. Hex Hectic has fused his passion for multimedia, music and mission into one of the city’s most supported brands.

In 2009 Hex Hectic founded the The Knights of Chicago volunteer team. With only a few members, they were able to partner with the Chicago White SOX. Additionally, they organized a charity basketball game in which 8 teams competed for cash prizes. Shortly after that, he formed Hectic Media, a media arts and entertainment group.

In 2010 Hex Hectic made his debut as a solo artist and for the first time performed alongside the Rocksteady Boys. It wasn’t until 2011 that he himself became a part of the rap group, adding the Rocksteady Boys to his official entertainment roster. Together, the Rocksteady Boys have opened for artists such as Snow Tha Product, Joell Ortiz, Mystikal, New York DJ, Tony Touch and even Reggaeton duo, RKM y Ken-Y at Chicago’s Congress Theater.

In March 2014, Hex Hectic was one of 30 selected to participate in Kanye West’s “Donda’s House” artist development program. Not long after that, his radio show, “Midnight Owls”, was launched on 88.5 FM. Hex Hectic kicked off April with the production of his mini-reality television series that will be airing on CAN-TV/Comcast, a venture in conjunction with Trinidad Productions. Additionally, Hex joined the Donda’s House Design Team regularly creating promotional materials for the organization. Hex’s single “Imma Blow Up” can be heard on Power 92.3 FM in Chicago & Northwest Indiana on Sundays 7-10pm.

As a father, Hex is motivated by his family and continues to set the trends in design, music and philanthropy.

Rhymes: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message,” Fast Eddie “Yo Yo Get Funky,” and Joe Budden “Are You In That Mood Yet?”


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Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel is the author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education. He’s been loving–and making–rap music since 1984. Sam has taught in a variety of settings, from first grade to community college, and directed arts programs for young people in prison/affected by incarceration. Sam has been involved in multiple projects aimed at ending the prison industrial complex, including work with Drop the Rock and the Criminal Justice Initiative.  Sam now works with national networks of innovative high schools, speaks at education conferences and on college campuses, and writes for The Husslington Post, as well as other publications. Sam serves on the boards of AS220, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, and Resource Generation.  He is also a recovering sneaker addict.

Rhymes: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message,” Common Sense “Book of Life,” and Jay-Z “Can I Live”


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Husslington Post

Criminal Justice Initiative

Songs from this Interview:

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message”

MC Spice “Don’t Treat Your Girlie Like A Dog”

Ice Cube “Check Yo Self (Remix)”

Puff Daddy ft. Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

Common Sense “Book of Life”

Common “The Bitch in Yoo”

Jay-Z “Can I Live”

Jay-Z “Takeover”

Jay-Z “You Must Love Me”

50 Cent “50 Bars”