THE MIKE ENEMIGO STORY: HOW ONE PRISONER IS CHANGING THE GAME, ONE BOOK AT A TIME

THE MIKE ENEMIGO STORY: HOW ONE PRISONER IS CHANGING THE GAME, ONE BOOK AT A TIME

By Seth Ferranti

“If a person has done even a couple of years in prison and possess even the most basic means to obtain literature, there is a 99 percent chance that they’ve heard about Mike Enemigo and The Cell Block,” says Damaneh Abdolah, who plans to produce a podcast and documentary on Mike’s book Conspiracy Theory. But, make no mistake about it, things were not always this way. “Getting to this point has been a very long and arduous process,” says Mike about his journey to becoming America’s #1 incarcerated author. “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done from inside my prison cell. No Internet, computer, phone, text, e-mail or other fancy, helpful devices. Just a few pennies for a budget, and a bunch of ink pens, paper, stamps, envelopes, coffee, adversity, failures, determination, dedication, resilience, creativity and hard work. Oh, and a lot of time. In fact, several years.”

See, Mike’s plan was never to write books, it was to rap. He started rapping back in 1993. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the streets, was arrested in February of 1999, and in 2002 was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole – LWOP, as it’s called – for a 1998 murder. Despite this, in 2004, after he’d been incarcerated for about 5 years, he decided he was going to do what he had to do to record his vocals, even if he had to do it over the prison phone, have his songs produced in the style of mixtapes, and distribute them independently –”maybe have my folks slang ‘em out the trunk, put ‘em in some local stores, etc. – nothin’ too fancy.” And though he hoped to make a few bucks, he didn’t expect to get rich and famous and become a huge rap star: “My primary objectives were to break my story out of prison, give my brain something to focus on other than my confinement, and at least make the money back I’d spent producing the records,” he says.

He contacted some people he knew from the streets who were in the rap game and got the ball rolling. But though progress was made, things moved extremely slow. “Being that my resources were very limited, it took a long time to get the simplest of things done.” And by the time he’d accomplish one thing, the music game would change and make what he’d just gotten done less significant. In addition to that, as the years went on, people bought music less and less, due to things like file sharing and illegal downloading, and artists had to start depending more and more on things like live performances to make money; something he obviously couldn’t do from his prison cell. With that, the hope of making any profit got smaller and smaller. However, “I didn’t want to give up because I figured I could create my own little lane, and I’d use my music to promote it, feel me? I’d give my music away by way of downloads to promote myself, then I’d make my money off of something else that couldn’t be illegally downloaded or need to be performed live: maybe I’d learn to draw really well, become a ‘famous’ prison artist and sell my artwork, start a T-shirt line, or maybe even ghostwrite rhymes – something like that.”

He continued on, but so did the problems. In addition to the rapid game changes, coming up on a recorder (something prisoners are not allowed), then recording his vocals and smuggling them out, was a near-impossible task (though he did manage to record and get the vocals to over 100 songs to the streets). And if that wasn’t enough, he began having problems with unreliable industry people and producers who didn’t put his music together the way he wanted, being that he wasn’t able to be present during his studio sessions. In the end, “It got to be too costly for me to do it myself, with my resources, or lack thereof, and I had to pull the plug because it was just to economically foolish to continue,” he explains.

So, though it was tough, Mike shut everything down; even to the point of distancing himself from most of the world. “I had to strategize and figure out what my next move was going to be.” He began to research. He began to study. He began to learn, and he began to plot…

Welcome to…The Cell Block

In 2010, while in the hole, Mike decided it was time to redirect his efforts from that of the rap game to the book game. He’d been flirting with the idea for nearly two years already, so when he was given his property in the hole, he made sure to grab the English Grammar for Dummies book he’d bought for this very reason – so he could tighten up his grammar game. “I was always creative ‘cause I’d been writin’ raps. But writin’ raps and writin’ books is a whole different game. I knew if I was gonna do this, I needed to learn to write properly, and I had to master it,” he says. “So I began studying English Grammar for Dummies, while also working on my first book, which was Surviving Prison.” (This book wouldn’t be published until 2018.)

Eventually Mike got out of the hole, where he was able to buy a typewriter and other supplies, and he began typing the books he’d written by hand, as well as figuring out how he was going to publish them, under the new publishing company he was building, The Cell Block, which he planned to run just like a record label.

“When first trying to figure out how I was going to publish my books, I had no idea what I was gonna do,” he says. “My people were taking the Directory [The BEST Resource Directory for Prisoners] to Kinkos, trying to have it printed up. I think it cost us around $17 to have one copy printed and bound with one of those plastic strips. And with the leading directory at the time priced at $18, there was no way we were going to be able to sell ours at a profit,” he explains. “But one thing I knew for sure, I wasn’t gonna quit or give up. So I kept reading everything I could find, and eventually I saw something about CreateSpace. This was a game-changer for me.”

Mike launched The Cell Block officially in 2014 with five books – The BEST Resource Directory For Prisoners, The Art & Power of Letter Writing for Prisoners, Thee Enemy of the State and Conspiracy Theory, all of which he wrote; and Loyalty & Betrayal, a book he did with Armando Ibarra – with a promise of many more to come. And, though things did not go exactly as he hoped (what else is new, right?) in 2014, he learned a lot and built upon his team. In January 2015 he dropped four more books – BASic Fundamentals of The Game, by Mac B.A.$.; Lost Angels, a book he did with Alex Valentine; and Money iz the Motive, a book he did with TCB author Ca$ciou$ Green, plus the revision of his Directory.

He continued on, and in 2016 dropped seven  books: How to Hustle & Win; Sex, Money, Murder Edition, and Underworld Zilla, with TCB author King Guru; Money iz the Motive 2, MOBSTAR Money and Block Money, with TCB author Ca$ciou$ Green; The Millionaire Prisoner: Special TCB Edition, with incarcerated author Josh Kruger; and A Guide to Relapse Prevention For Prisoners, with inmate Charles Hottinger. In 2017 he dropped the newest edition of The Best Resource Directory for Prisoners, and Kitty Kat, a non-nude adult entertainment resource book he did with Freebird Publishers.

In 2018 he dropped several more books: Surviving Prison: The Secrets to Surviving the Most Treacherous and Notorious Prisons in America!; The Art & Power of Letter Writing for Prisoners, Deluxe Edition;  and the revised edition of The Best Resource Directory for Prisoners. He dropped Pretty Girls Love Bad Boys: An Inmate’s Guide to Getting Girls and How to Write Urban Books for Money & Fame with TCB author King Guru. He dropped Get Out, Get Rich: How To Get Paid Legally When You Get Out of Prison! (also titled Hood Millionaire: How to Hustle & Win Legally); The CEO Manual: How to Start Your Own Business When You Get Out of Prison! (also titled CEO Manual: Start a Business, Be a Boss!); and Money Manual: Underground Cash Secrets Exposed, all with self-made hood millionaire Sav Hu$tle; and he dropped Prison Legal Guide with Freebird Publisher. He also completely revamped his website, thecellblock.net.

In 2019, the hustle didn’t stop, or even slow down. He tapped in with Wahida Clark, the Official Queen of Street Lit and worked a distribution deal for TCB books Underworld Zilla; How to Hustle & Win: Sex, Money, Murder Edition; and Money iz the Motive: Special 2-in-1 Edition. Then he dropped The Prison Manual: The Complete Guide to Surviving the American Prison System and The Ladies Who Love Prisoners, both of which he wrote; Loyalty & Betrayal: Special Deluxe Edition; OJ’s Life Behind Bars: The Real Story, a book he did with incarcerated author Vernon Nelson;  Get Out, Stay Out: The Secrets To Getting Out of Prison Early, and Staying Out For Good! with Shane Bowen; and Raw Law For Prisoners: Your Rights And How To SUE When They Are Violated! with TCB author King Guru. He also dropped two e-shorts:  The Mob, with author PaperBoy; and Angel with incarcerated author Tre Cunningham.

As you can see, the hard work, determination, and perseverance has paid off. When asked about his drive: “I’ve always been a hustler. Above all else, that’s what I am – a hustler. My desire’s always been to get the bag [money]. Before, I put a lot of effort and drive into negative things – thuggin’, basically. So, the things I was doin’ to get the bag was, essentially, just getting me further into debt, you feel me? I knew I had to transform my hustle if I wanted to truly be successful, and this writing thing is a major part of that. I also knew that if I put the same drive and energy into this as I did the gimy shit I was doin’, I’d win.

“So, I went from dope dealer to hope dealer. I dreamed of slangin’ birds, but now I’m achieving my dreams slangin’ words, you feel me? I’m shippin’ boxes of books like I wanted to ship bricks. And not only am I completely legit, I’m making more money now than I ever did with my grimy endeavors.

“I found my lane – my frequency. I want to be the best, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.”

Not only has Mike been making noise inside prison, the streets are taking notice, too. He’s received praise from bestselling authors like JaQuavis Coleman and Kevin Deutsch, and he and/or The Cell Block have been featured in magazines like Straight Stuntin, Kite, State V. Us, Street Money, Prison Legal News, and others, and on websites like The Huffington Post, Gorilla Convict, Thizzler, Rap Bay, Hood Illustrated, and many more. “I promise you I’m just gettin’ started,” he says.

What’s next? Well, more books, of course. “For years prisoners have written me, asking how to go about doing what I do in regards to publishing books, so I wrote a book on jailhouse publishing that I’ma drop sometime this year [2020]. The book contains everything I’ve learned over the last ten years the hard and expensive way. I have several more books in the works, including audio books, something I plan to take to the next level. I also have some things in the works with the big homie, Dutch, the OG of the street lit game. I have a bunch of projects going on right now that I’m excited about.” But something he’s especially proud of? “I launched a new blog on my website where me and other TCB writers provide raw, uncensored news, entertainment and resources on the topics of prison and street-culture. It’s connected to all social medias, as well as book platforms like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. It’s a game-changer. I’m building The Cell Block’s own digital platform so we’re not at the mercy of anyone else. This is going to increase our power and presence dramatically. Everyone needs to tap in to our website, thecellblock.net, and follow us on all social medias.”

And when asked about the possibility of getting out of prison? “Laws are changing in my favor. In addition to that, I’m not sittin’ around waitin’ on somebody to just let me out. I’m taking aggressive, proactive measures to earn my freedom. I have a 5-year plan and a 10-year plan. I’d say I’ll be out in about eight. It took me a minute to understand how all this works, but if one wants to get out bad enough, and is willing to do what it takes, it can be done. At least in California. And though I’m not certain, probably most everywhere else, too. The secret is to identify what it is you need to do, then do double that.”

And Mike’s been inspiring prisoners all over the country, as evident by the mass amounts of letters he gets, thanking him for what he’s done. “I’m in prison in Tennessee. I’m a huge fan and receive knowledge and wisdom from your teachings,” writes one prisoner. “Thank you for all you do to make life easier for us prisoners,” writes another, from California. “I have bought every book that you’ve published and I encourage you to keep serving it like you’re doing,” says prisoner Ethan McKinney. And Jorge Cabrera from Oregon says, “I have to say, I’ve been incarcerated for 20-plus years, and this is the first time I’ve invested money into something that’s profitable.” Literally, the list goes on and on.

“I’m proud of all that’s been accomplished,” says Mike. “Not only have the years of hard work paid off for me and the TCB team, I’m proving that, despite our situation, we can still achieve success if we’re willing to do what it takes.

“I’m very grateful to the prisoners who’ve been rockin’ with us. It’s because of them – their loyalty – that we’ve been able to get to where we’re at. You can be the dopest writer in the world, but if the people don’t fuck with you, you ain’t ever gonna get anywhere. Fortunately, for me, the people fuck with me. They understand I’m talkin’ their language, and for that, they embrace me.”

And when asked what kind of advice he’d share to other prisoners? “Stay positive and motivated. When you live inside a box, you must learn to think outside of one. Be creative. Confinement can cause a man to tap into the deepest parts of the mind. Take advantage of that, be dedicated and determined, and you’ll be surprised at what you can pull off. This is proof. My story is a testament that you must never give up. You’re first idea is rarely your best one, and the road to success is not a straight shot.

“Now get to work and hustle hard.”

Indeed.

 

To learn more about Mike Enemigo and The Cell Block, visit thecellblock.net, where you can also subscribe to the Official Blog of The Cell Block. And be sure to follow Mike on IG @mikeenemigo and FB/thecellblockofficial.

“This author has a unique voice and his versatile pen is refreshing. Mike has my stamp of approval.” – JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times Best Selling Author

“My man Mike represents the west coast like a literary OG! I respect his grind and pen game! Look out for The Cell Block!” – Dutch

“Mike Enemigo’s work is raw, authentic, and powerful. It’s made all the more remarkable by the fact that Mike’s books are written from inside a California prison. His work gives hope to incarcerated writers everywhere struggling to get their voices heard.” – Kevin Deutsch, Award-winning True Crime Writer, Author of Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

“The Desired Group” CEO Desiree Reavis set to leave significant impact on Hip Hop @thedesiredgroup

Desiree Reavis is a natural born leader who has been destined for her moment of greatness as the CEO of one of the fasting growing labels in the music industry. From the early stages of her life she was groomed musically. While starting off playing the piano in church that led to her getting residuals at many different upscale restaurants for her talent. This triggered her to learn more about the business aspect of the industry as she would continue to grow. “I always knew I wanted to be a CEO of a music label, I always loved the business side of the industry, after studying, it just made perfect sense so naturally to me” said Desiree Reavis in a past interview.

In the early 2000’s she would go on in her continuation of learning the business by joining multiple street teams & doing club/concert promotions for major artists such as Akon, Snoop Dog, The Back street Boys and many more. Climbing the ladder she would later find herself getting Mentored by major record label A&R’s from the likes of Roc Nation, Universal Latin and many more. In 2006 she Desiree Reavis began working as a spoken word artist. in a short period of time from this action it led her to opening up for the likes of major artist such as Mike Epps, Dead Prez, and many more big names.

She would go on to be given a chance to Make her national Television debut on BET’s Lyric Cafe before the show ultimately got canceled. These steps in her professional career led her producing Many spoken word events including “The Stage” which ran for up to 15 years. All of these past experiences led her to forming “The Desired Group” in 2019 which is a full multimedia firm that offers artist management, development, marketing, and public relations.

Her latest artist E1even has become a success fast under her Cloud of experience and well respected professionalism. Already having meetings with Big labels such as Republic records for her new artist, its clear to see that she has to formula to succeed in the music industry. Desiree Reavis shows that with hard work and dedication to your craft you can accomplish your dreams with consistent efforts.

To stay connected to the latest Mogul in the music industry go to www.thedesiredgrp.com or you can visit her instagram @thedesiredgroup

Motown Records Signs Houston Rapper Cam Wallace

It’s draft day for the new sensation Cam Wallace.

Today, it was announced that the Houston rapper just signed a deal with Motown Records. The home of superstars Migos, Ne-yo and Lil Baby made the signing announcement Wednesday (Mar 24) via Instagram with the caption: “We are proud to welcome the multi-talented @camiam4ever to the Motown family.”

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“Cam is a once-in-a-lifetime talent that raps, sings, produces, engineers, mixes at a high quality,” said Vice President of A&R – Motown Records – Shawn Barron in a statement.

A triple-threat, Cam Wallace developed a following with his collaboration alongside Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Slim Thug, Rock City, and Lecrae. Between crafting hits for stars, the rising artist made a name for himself as a solo act with buzzworthy hits “Retail,” “Rigth Quick” and “The Rulez.” The new deal establishes anticipation for a new album, expected 2021.

Wallace released a new visual to commemorate the announcement in the freestyle “Lemon Pepper Freestyle,” made a hit by Drake and Rick Ross several weeks ago. For more Cam Wallace, follow the new artist on Instagram. Watch the new video below.

Sonny Digital – “Dance”

In the last decade, Sonny Digital has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s biggest producers with a resume that includes Drake, 50 Cent and Future. Today, he changes up his style with the release of his first pop song, properly-titled, “Dance.” For his debut, the Atlanta superproducer gets into the groovy and makes you shake a tailfeather to his radio-friendly new bubble gum sound.

Shaking off the typecasting, Digital goes back to the disco era, sing funk elements, traditional electronics and gimmicky bass. Innovative, unexpected, exciting to witness Sonny Digital create a new avenue of his career and show fans his longevity and wide-ranging creativity. Merely the beginning, “Dance” prepares fans for an anticipated pop album by the established hitmaker, expected 2021. A lyric video for the song is available here.

Available now via Atlantic Records, stream “Dance” below.

Lil Hypno (Formerly Mad Max) Making Major Moves

Lil Hypno formerly known as Mad Max is an American music artist. In a very short period of time he’s not only established himself as a national touring recording artist but someone with an eye for spotting great talent as well.

Creating a major buzz while still in school, it attracted the attention of Bentley Records. While most would simply be happy signing a major record deal, Mad Max wanted more, so as he released music, went on national tours, and sold countless records as well as gained a wealth of knowledge.

Now in 2021, he is the booking and touring manager for Bentley Records, has his own label Surfs Up Records, and a merchandise company named Max’s Merch LLC. His first signee Ayoo Kd is causing a major buzz with his new project ‘KD No Kevin Durant II’ which includes a record with Trippie Redd. For many, that would be enough but not Max, he decided to rename and rebrand himself as Lil Hypno with a new highly anticipated project coming this Spring!  

“As I learned everything I needed to know to be successful, I grew into Lil Hypno and from that moment I knew I could fly”.

Connect with Lil Hypno on Instagram @lilhypnooo 

Tim Da Jeweler Designs Diamond Encrusted Hats By Hand

Today Bay Area Jewelry designer Tim Da Jeweler has announced new groundbreaking work on his new line of micro pave hand set diamond encrusted fitted hats to be designed  in his new luxury showroom in Concord, CA.

After spending time in the insurance industry for several years trying to find his calling, Tim Da Jeweler began to sell simple jewelry at an economic rate online to build his business until he was able to quit his insurance gig.

“I had bought some square earrings off of eBay and I thought about how I could easily sell and make them myself. I started off making square earrings that was the popular style at the time and I was doubling and tripling my money. I was making five times more than I was at the insurance company, so I quit the insurance business to do what I love and I started TSV Jewelers.”

After establishing TSV jewelers as a place where people can buy economical jewelry for less than a few hundred dollars, online Tim Da Jeweler established TDJ to provide the  Bay Area community with high end custom pendants, earrings, rings and more.

“I wanted to be able to cater to all markets. ” Tim Da Jeweler explained. “Starting off my customers need to have a design or I can make the design for a small deposit. I can always spice up someone’s design, but once they approve the design we give them a 3D rendering of the work we are ready to produce.”

Recalling some of his favorite pieces Tim Da Jeweler explained that he always looks for ways to upgrade and augment the look of his customer’s design.

“One time I worked with a client on this pirate piece that says West Pittsburg and it was rose and white gold. We just vibed out when we were just adding details here and there it and it just came out to be a masterpiece. It’s not too crazy but everything just fits and we really worked together to make it perfect,” he said.

Seeking to educate his customers as well, Tim Da Jeweler often speaks to his customers about the limited resell value of diamond encrusted pieces. By educating his customers on the jewelry, Tim Da Jeweler hopes to create a space where everyone can get what they are looking for within their budget.

“It’s expensive to remove diamonds out of the jewelry and it takes time ” Tim Da Jeweler said. “Many  people think their is a resell market for custom jewelry but in reality their isn’t it takes a lot of work to get the diamonds out so you’re really only going to get 20-25% of your money if that after you melt the gold and remove the diamonds out. That’s why we want to make sure they are happy with every piece so they would never want to melt it down.”

Now fully equipped with a showroom, Tim Da Jeweler can give all of his clients the celebrity treatment no matter their background.

“I just opened up a showroom where customers can come in and we can consult and we set up private appointments so we can just talk and brainstorm ideas. I offer promotional packages where we can have a videographer and photographer come in and it’s kind of a luxury feel and celebrity treatment for the everyday customer, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get the star treatment.

DMV Revamped: Pusha T & HWMG To Host Twitch Concert

Today, Grammy-nominated DMV rapper, Pusha T, rallies his Heir Wave Music Group to announce the special virtual concert, DMV Revamped. Hosted by popular streaming platform, Twitch, the virtual concert will be a DMV affair, headlined by popular DMV superstars Shordie Shordie (“Bitchuary”) and Q Da Fool (“Playoffs”). See ticket information below.

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Performing fan-favorites and latest albums, Shordie and Q will be accompanied by an outstanding lineup of DMV’s finest, including Bandhunta Izzy, 3OHBlack, Carson Key and many more. The concert will showcase Pusha T’s amazing new roster which many identify as the next generation of the uniquely iconic Virginia sound. The same sound that hip-hop has admired for the entire 2000s as it gave us legends like Pharrell Williams, Timberland, Chris Brown, Trey Songs and of course, The Clipse. DMV Revamped is the perfect opportunity for newfound fans to discover game-changing new stars.

The concert is also presented by The Clout Cloud and Refresh Music Group. TCC is a fast-growing media company that promotes viral hip hop content and entertainment news. Along with CEO Ilias Anwar, key members include COO Joe Ranney and Director of Social Media Phil Osae. TCC has produced event recap visuals for top tier acts like Future, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rick Ross. They’ve also conducted interviews with buzzing rap acts like $not and Yung Lan.

“Our goal is to be a fusion of WorldStarHipHop and Rolling Loud. We take some of the funniest videos on the internet and post them on our platform to grow our online presence, while simultaneously producing rap-related events and concerts to showcase buzzing talent in the area,” Ilias Anwar said in a press release.

TCC’s Joe Ranney on the upcoming event:

“Our aim for this event is to highlight the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas on a national level. There is so much talent in our area and we want to be a part of showcasing that talent. During the pandemic, there hasn’t been a lot going on, but we are excited to present an event that not only demonstrates the unity in DMV’s hip hop community but has an amazing charitable component by way of ticket proceeds going towards Black Youth Project.”

Refresh Music Group is owned by Merid Merid and has facilitated concerts in 22 different states, most notably for Travis Scott and Rae Sremmurd. The concert will be curated by DJ HYPEEE. It’s gonna be one helluva night you don’t want to miss.

The DMV Revamped virtual concert takes place February 25, tickets available now, you may purchase your ticket(s) here.

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Chicago Artist Vi City Delivers A Visual For Rising Single “On GOD”

One of Chicago’s very own, Vi City, originally from the ‘Wild Hundreds’ area of the southside. He’s back on the music scene with a brand new visual for “On GOD” tune in!!

One of Chicago’s very own, Vi City, originally from the Wild Hundreds, is back on the music scene. Crafting a sound that captures the pain and hope of a youth striving to make a better way, combined with the ambition and skills to actually have made it out, the celebratory tones reign supreme on this wave of sound for the veteran rapper, songwriter and producer.

Vi’s introduction to the game came via working with Mathaus Ent. & Chilly of the 1st & 15th label in conjunction with Lupe Fiasco. Shortly after, he connected with DJ Skee to release a mixtape under Skee’s Skeeter’s TV label. His next stint came working with St. Louis’ own, Nelly, co – penning the hit Country N**** Fly (CNF). In the midst of acquiring a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Vi wrote and featured on “Some Ish” by Sir Michael Rocks ft. Twista off of his #1 debut solo album “Banco.” Along the way, he also has done some work with the iconic producer duo Da Interz (Tuo Clark & Kosine).

Prior to deciding to drop new music of his own, Vi founded and branded Hundreds Entertainment, a music and film production firm of which he signed talented artist, Phoînix Keyz out of St. Louis, MO and has started crafting Phoînix’ debut project around each of the 6 instruments he plays.

Vi’s new album “S7V3N” is set to release early 2021.

Follow Vi City:
Instagram: @IamViCity​
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J’Mill – One Of A Kind

Young Hollywood star Jalyn Emil Hall launches music career with new single ‘One of a Kind’ 

LOS ANGELES, CA – One of the entertainment industry’s hottest young up-and-comers is about to take his talents to the international stage with his new single “One of a Kind.” Jalyn “J’Mill” Hall is a 14-year-old actor and singer best known for his role as Dillon James on the hit CW show “All American” as well as for parts in blockbuster hits “The House With a Clock in its Walls” and “Shaft,” just to name a few. Having spent the better part of the past decade acting and performing in Hollywood, this young entertainer is now set to showcase his skills within a different artistic discipline: MUSIC. 

“One of a Kind” is the first of many singles to come this year from the young star. Inspired by his journey so far, it’s a song that details where he’s come from and what he sees for his future. It’s a song that doesn’t pull back on the Hip Hop tone despite his age. And it’s for that reason that he knows the track will connect with a lot of fans around the world. 

“With kids nowadays, Hip Hop is often watered down,” J’Mill said. “I want to bring that same type of tone that big rappers have, but with my own twist. A lot of my music reflects from my experiences – now and before. I know I’m only 14 but I still have a lot of moments to learn from and express to people that I think will be relatable and interesting to know about. Telling stories in your music is really important.” 

With music now firmly in place as another weapon in his arsenal, J’Mill truly becomes a triple threat entertainer – acting, modeling and music. The latter is something he’s always been interested in and naturally gifted at, but the acting has been so consistent that it has dominated his time. But in the summer of 2020, he had the opportunity to meet the CEO of BTMR Entertainment, Michelle J. Harvest, who loved his sound and style and put him in touch with super producer Mal G.  

“Acting has been the main root of my career tree, but now that I’m branching off into music, too, I see myself doing really big things,” he said. “I hope people feel and love what I’m bringing to the table. I hope people see a kid who had a piece of every other kid. We go through a lot of different stuff these days and music can help you get through. So I hope you can listen to my music and feel like I’m an artist who is someone you can relate to – an artist who is relatable to every other kid. I’m making songs for all the feelings in the world, and I have a lot of music that will be coming out this year.” 

J’Mill said he owes a lot to his parents – mother Yma McGowan and father Jerry Hall – who have supported and encouraged him every step of the way along his journey as a professional entertainer. He also said he appreciates all that BTMR Entertainment and Mal G have done to help him find his sound and produce such a great single. 

To listen to J’Mill’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit: 

https://www.instagram.com/jalynemilhall/ 

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