That One Time When I Met & Worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff
This was a crazy, surreal day for me that I wanted to share with you.
One of the first Independent artists I worked with in my career, was Skillz fka Mad Skillz. He’s well known in the hip hop community for his yearly wrap ups, but on top of that, he’s a ghostwriter who’s written for Nicki Minaj, P Diddy & Will Smith to name a few.
Skillz & Sound H became real close. We spent many hours in the studio working on music, but we also broke bread together. By the way, he tells the best stories! S/O to the homie Skillz.
So back in 2009, I was fresh off tour in Italy for 2 months (Sister Act play). Skills hit me up and asked me if I wanted to ride up to Delaware for a session at Jazzy Jeff’s crib. I hesitated at first, but I definitely said yes. This was an opportunity that I know I couldn’t let pass me by. So the next day Skillz, myself & another songwriter from the area drove up to Delaware to Jeff’s crib. I still remember us getting to his house and I was amazed.
I grew up watching Fresh Prince, so meeting Jeff in person was mad dope!
We walked in his house, and went down to his basement where his studio was located. The first thing I saw that caught my eye, was his grammies on his wall. Skillz saw me amazed & told me I could & would get the same thing if I worked hard at it. I still have those words in my mind even to this day!
We worked the whole day in the studio, stayed overnight, worked a little the next morning then headed back down to Richmond, Va. God is good and that experience only happened because of a great relationship. The music industry is built on having good relationships with people. That’s why some people succeed and some don’t. It’s so much more than music, so always treat people good & network as much as possible.
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