9K, Famed Engineer Talks JD, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg & More @LifeOf9000

When we hear the name 9000 or 9K we think famed engineer for several Grammy award-winning albums, popular Hollywood films such as Despicable Me and Fast and Furious, and business relationship with Jermaine Dupri and other major hitters and vets in the Entertainment Industry.  9K has many surprises in store this year for fans so be sure to stay tuned…

MJ: Let’s take it back a bit. You were born in Queens but raised in
Atlanta. Tell us as a young boy how was that adjustment for you?

9000: Difficult! I didn’t understand why we had to move. I was 13 and my mom was a
single parent with me, my 2 sisters, and 1 older brother.  He got caught up and now is serving
his prison sentence, hold your head bro! My mom got a new opportunity at
Deutche Banc Broker Firm so we had to move. Imagine a tall snot nose
hard headed kid changing his universe which was Queens, to enter the
unknown drenched with Southern Hospitality. Mobb Deep, Nas, and Wu
Tang Clan were and still play as my soundtrack to my childhood to present. Then
I go down south and all I hear is Master P, Scarface & UGK, and Goodie
Mob, and Dungeon Family. It was like figuring out a Rubix cube or solving
it, not everyone can do that.  It was my gift and my curse.

MJ: As a young teenager you found a “home” in Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def
Recording’s Record Company. How did that come about? As a teenager there
must have been a million different emotions running wild!

9000: I did what seems like everything for free for 4 months just to get acquainted
with Mel Testamark. I still have the emails and phone voice messages from him
after he saw my initiative. Mel knew I wasn’t accepting the answer no for anything!
It was like God showed me a body of water and all I had to do was move a
plateau to that empty body of water, I got on JD nerves till he knew I
was bubbling and where you go I’m going. In Atlanta you can pretend
to be this and that but the streets of the “A” will let you know they
don’t mess with you so I had to gain the respect from the streets before
the corporate aspect, understood my vision. It was bittersweet everyday but I
met everyone from Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Bow Wow, Usher, Jay-Z, even
Travis Barker. I didn’t know how to approach them, but I did know I could
write and had a keen ear for sound. If I didn’t know the basics of
anything I had a week to coach myself, practice, and develop the skill so
I’m a novice the next go. The bitter part? It took a while for JD to see my
potential but when he did!  instead of just being a fly on the wall, I
networked my ass off and gave my number to everyone.  I was a teen but I wasn’t star struck till I was at arms-reach from Nas.  That’s when I knew okay its either now or never. I prayed heavy
and just matched the work ethic with what I requested from God.

MJ: From there you built a relationship with Matthew Knowles and began
to create Grammy award-winning albums for Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Snoop
Dogg, and The Game. Talk about a whirl-wind of dynamics with those
names!  What was that experience like to work with so many versatile and
talented artists?


9000: I wanted to be everywhere a session was going on, I wanted to be in and needed to be in.  Scooter used
to work for Jermaine, so it was just repertoire and not asking for
money, but getting experience and lessons, The Game I met through Black
Wall Street East Nu Jerz Devil.  He thanks me in the “Doctors Advocate”
linear notes go check it if you have the album. That s/o definitely got my feet wet. Pharrell was
a mutual friend who knew Roscoe P Coldchain and Fam-Lay. I still talk to Pharrell for
advice from time to time. This was my training, my college, and thesis every month.
Snoop is JD’s best friend and I was trying to be better than Snoop’s cousin
Daz because he made the best recs for 2pac and if I could just be some
part of Tha Dogg Pound I made I knew I made it! Period Knowles clan #allweaskistrust

MJ: I’m a huge fan of Andre 3000! Here’s a fun fact for fans…Andre 3000
is the one who actually coined your industry name as 9000 or 9K. A story
we would love to hear!

9000: I met him through Tracy “The D.O.C” Curry, yes the legend the 6th member
really of NWA. I had an attorney court battle and lost my first stage
name Some Other Skills, associated to somebody who is respect from
Chicago. My name is so boring, Ramon being my first name.  I told Andre how
about I go by my middle name Sean… He laughed and told me if your
microphone abilities were as close as your pen abilities you could be a
top 25 rapper! You paint ideas, scenarios, and situations so eclectic with a vivid vocabulary!
He said your name is 9K and charge 9K for ghostwriting! I just stuck with the name, it’s who I am now.

MJ: As mentioned earlier, you have worked with an array of different
artists. Is there anyone who you haven’t worked with you’d like to
collaborate with?

9000: Dead or alive you mean oh I get you MJ! I’ll keep it very simple Gloria
Estefan.  My father is Dominican and he used to tell me when he was around,
that lady is our Virgin Mary, voice wise. There is no higher Icon than
Gloria.
MJ: You have a few surprises up your sleeve before this year ends. Can
you share some inside scoop without giving too much away?

9000: I feel so “Outkast” at this question just like, why is my life so “Outkast” …next question

MJ:  Talk about the balance of it all! Another fun fact, you are not only
an engineer but you are also a father, husband, Writer, and you play six
instruments! In this industry balance is crucial and can wind up making
or breaking careers! Please share some key elements for not grasping
insanity, if you will.

9000:  Fly your kids to you!  Make love, cater, adore, and admire, remember “Happy Wife Happy Life”.
Here’s another tip, if your overseas, book your better half a ticket to come see
you.  My balance lately is my little daughter Kali, who is 4 and is known as
Lil 9000 the Princess.  I always been blessed with joy from my other
kids (I have all girls and a beautiful wife) but she brings out the heart in me and
all I want to see is her just grow and blow bubbles until she walks across
that stage and receives that degree. Insanity? Not really, I don’t
entertain bullshit or any drama from other females or anyone for that matter. All of that motivates me, pushes me harder to create what I speak into existence. #ProvePeopleWrong daily!

MJ:  Is there anyone or anything in your life that you credit your
success to?

9000: My parents, Queens NYC, Lil Jon and BME, Mel Testamark for JD and So So Def, The D.O.C and Andre 3k for daily advice and guidance. Of course Snoop Dogg, he is like the uncle to everyone in the industry. Grandmaster Caz wrote the greatest lyrics in the universe which is why I like being behind the scenes writing. Mr Shawn and Mrs. Giselle for Black Excellence #AllWeAskIsTrust, Full Sail, State of Georgia, and Duro the Engineer for inspiration. Finally, the most important Trizzy, all my girls and my beautiful wife Michelle.

MJ: As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to
know about 9K?

9000: I’m an enigma mixed with faith to believe in myself and my creator! I
just work!  Iceis is coming, Ice Storms and Frozen Empire remember I told you. Be on the lookout for Four Pack Chill, Mondragon, Blvck Lvmbo. Always create the road you drive on! #Simmer Ruby Records shine like a Ruby not just a diamond.

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25-YEAR MUSIC VET SINN IS HEATING UP THE SCENE @SINNROSE

SINN, a seasoned 20 -year vet in the music industry, has an incredible story that credits to his rise to fame.  I had the opportunity to link up with SINN to discuss his story and truly embrace his journey.

MJ: I want to begin by taking readers way back to the early years of SINN.  when were you introduced to music?  Was there a certain circumstance in your life that pulled you into music?

SINN: I was introduced to music at the age of 6.  My family had a studio that I would sneak into and my mother would take me to church with her where I would enjoy the sermon and the choir.   What pulled me into music was the way music made people move, react, and feel.

MJ:  Share with us that moment in your life when you knew music was much more than just a passion or hobby.

SINN: I would say after winning a few local rap battles in high school. I surprised my school by performing a song I created in a talent show and after seeing the reactions for something I created I knew God had blessed me with a gift. I also knew that when I couldn’t sleep without hearing beats and rhymes in my head at all times that I had to share what was in my head with the world.

MJ: Riding also plays a significant role in your life.  How does that lifestyle intertwine with creating music and your deliverance to fans?

SINN: I have certain passions in life which are Money, Music, and Motorcycles.  When I am riding my mind is free and clear to enjoy the beauty of life and its surroundings and I become inspired by it.  I am part of the biker community so I live the biker lifestyle.  I want the world to experience it thru my eyes and feel the love and passion that I have for it.

MJ:  Not many know that you have worked with many major artists such as Prince, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, and that’s just to name a few.  I’m sure those experiences were both rewarding and knowledgeable.  Tell us some key pointers about the music business that you learned during those times. How would you say those experiences influenced the path of your own music career?

SINN: Yes, I was blessed to have been at the right places at the right time.  What I learned from them was to never waste time because no matter how much money you have you can never buy time.  I learned that you have to stay focused and it takes time to make quality and timeless music.

MJ: Let’s talk about your music! As a 20-year vet in the game I know you create timeless music and music that exceeds what’s hot right now or the latest trends. Describe your style and flow. What separates you from others artists?

SINN: My style and flow is original. I let the beat tell me how I am going to approach each and every song, so as the beat changes so does my flow. When people first hear my voice they say I sound like DMX, but with my own swagger. I am honored by that fact.

MJ: You have an extensive music catalog all of which is available on digital streaming platforms. Talk about your progression as an artist throughout the years.

SINN: My progression came about in a totally different way than most. I focused on creating the music and learning the music business first.  I focused on producing and engineering, then mixing & mastering other artist’s song.  That lead me to ghost writing songs for other artists.  I decided to focus on building a musical legacy after my near death motorcycle accident. I went to visit my uncle in Pittsburgh who was dying from cancer, barely could speak with a tube in his throat…his last words were you need to put out this CD…One week later I was in Ohio riding when my uncle past.  I was out riding with my sister when I was struck.  I woke up in traffic when I regained consciousness and her first words to me were “It would be a shame for you to die with all that music inside you.” So I went to the hospital, healed up a bit, went home still bandaged up and began recording. I haven’t stopped since!

MJ:  Thank you for sharing that, this is your destiny! What is out now for fans and listeners to get their hands on? Also tell us about some upcoming projects, collaborations, or tours.

SINN: I have released 17 songs this year so they can experience Ryder Music. As far as my projects, collaborations, and on my upcoming tour fans can stay up to date by logging on to www.hmdmuzic.com.

MJ:  Hip Hop…What does that mean to you? As an artist do you feel you contribute to the culture of Hip Hop?

SINN: Hip Hop is a culture, a language, and a lifestyle that we are involved in.  I would like to believe I give back to Hip Hop what it has given to me, and that is a purpose and a drive as well as an avenue to deliver a message.

MJ: Before we wrap up let’s give fans a better feel on who SINN is.  Name 3 artists in your personal playlist. What 3 places would you like to tour?  Who would you name as the most influential person/being in your life?

SINN: The artist in my playlist are: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and The Temptations.  Three places I would like to tour are: Japan, Africa, and Guam. The most influential person in my life is my mother!  Her drive is an inspiration in itself.

MJ: Is there anything else you would like the world to know about SINN?

SINN: Always stay hungry for success but never starve for attention.

MJ: Thank you for taking time out for the readers and fans. I wish you continued success, salute!

SINN: Thank you and I am honored.

 

Listen to SINN below

 

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GET TO KNOW 20 YEAR MUSIC VET SINN @SINNROSE

Multi-talented artist SINN is living and walking proof of the coined phrase, “Speak dreams into existence”.  SINN is known in the music and entertainment industry for his mastery as emcee, producer, engineer, and songwriter.  Over the past twenty years he’s collaborated with countless Def Jam artists such as Alicia Keys, Prince, Jay Z, 50 Cent, DMX, and Big Pun.  As a vet, SINN has been part of the growth and diversity in Hip Hop culture, specifically in the music.  Cleverly enough his extensive music catalog exceeds any hot for the moment trend.  “I strive for longevity, that’s the key.”

It hasn’t been a smooth ride over the past twenty years.  SINN was involved in a near death motorcycle accident that changed his life in every aspect.  While healing and recovering his sister pleaded what a shame it would be for him to die with so much music inside of him.  That affirmed any doubt SINN had to keep going and move forward in his already,  prominent career.

“I create timeless music, music that people can move to but also embrace the messages I’m conveying” 

To date SINN is signed under Protect Ya Neck Records and member of 144,000 Chosen Few, which are both affiliated with Wu-Tang.  He is working on new music, and touring the U.S.  Listen to a selection of SINN’s colossal music catalog below.

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NEW MUSIC BY LDI CHOSEN “BABY BOY” @LDICHOSEN

LDI CHOSEN is a young Songwriter, Recording Artist, Producer, and Engineer from Chester, Pennsylvania. His ability to create versatile and catchy music has made tremendous headway throughout the airwaves and press.  Just recently he was awarded MVP at UTM Radio’s Pop Up Cypher in Philly. Fans can follow CHOSEN on digital streaming platforms as well as stages across the East Coast.  His latest single “Baby Boy” is a club banger!

Listen to “Baby Boy” below. 

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