Hear the sound of an R&B flow floating over an electronic bed bouncing with a Caribbean / Afro rhythm, body-rolling to a hip-hop groove and you might find Benjamin Shaffer (aka Jāmin, pronounced jaymin) at the fader. A producer, songwriter, singer with roots as a DJ, he has made a career collaborating, connecting and sharing through music.
His songs bring artists and styles together from around the globe. The pulse is rooted in his perspective as a DJ – move the body. His tracks are made for movement and speak to both the shared human experience and issues of our times, calling for light, leadership, community, unity and beauty. A strong current of personal responsibility flows while he creates sonic space to also contemplate vulnerability, sacrifice, loss, pain and human dynamics.
After going on global tour at 18 as a DJ for Geffen Records’ Girls Against Boys, he built Brooklyn music studio Ishlab (a$ap Rocky, Jet, Jadakiss, MIA, Roberta Flack, Mac Miller (RIP)) and gained acceptance into NYU’s Steinhardt School—a first for a DJ who couldn’t read or write music. He then founded Project Rhythm, a non-profit that equips children with life skills through the collaborative process of producing their own original songs.
His newest track is called, “We All Bleed”, and it is an inspiration track that talks about how the world is in a trying time. The video for the track shows many diverse people symbolizing unity, and how important it is in today’s world. When asking Shaffer about the song he says:
“We All Bleed”, my new single, is made to inspire change, to unite, to show that we have been coming apart while we need to come together. In this time of so much negativity, so much tension “We All Bleed” is made to uplift. This is “We All Bleed.” Thank you. Peace!”
Check out the video below.
Joey is a Baltimore native currently living in a San Diego beach community. After years of making the rounds on hip hop forums, entering every battle rap competition he could find, Joey took his style in a very different direction. In college, he began freestyling over djembe and acoustic guitar, instruments readily available at any college house party. What started as a trio, evolved into a 6-person band, with Joey as the lead singer. The hip-hop-rock band, Breaking Reign, was often described as a more hip-hop version of Rage Against the Machine, a comparison the band did not take lightly. For years the Breaking Reign played shows across the mid-Atlantic, with notable performances with OutaSight, Wax, and N.E.R.D. In 2012, Breaking Reign dissolved. With hundreds of shows now under his belt, and years of immersion in a hybrid style behind him, Joey returned to solo hip hop, releasing his 12-track album The Illusive in 2012 and 8-track album Renaissance Baby in 2014.
Our favorite of all his tracks is called, “Chase the Sun” which dropped on August 6th 2020. This track is filled with an immense amount of liveliness, and we believe that this could be a hit at college parties in the future. We love the combination of upbeat production, and energy filled vocals. You can check out the track below.
I’ll Explain Later is a sentiment that Nico has fully embodied on his quest to design the world in which he wants to live in, all while undoing the negativity around him. This state of mind is fittingly the name of Nico’s forthcoming album. A year and a half in the making, Nico allowed himself time, space and clarity to write I’ll Explain Later, with the intent and fervor he required.
Raised in Prince George’s County, MD, a predominantly African Raised in Prince Geo American community directly adjacent to Washington, DC, Nico was a witness to the unsightly truths of the economically weakened communities. With many people never expecting to ever find a way out, Nico refused to be complacent and watch the people in his city live a life absent of hope. At age 16, Nico made a commitment to use his talent for poignant writing, in conjunction with the musical brilliance the DM conjunction with the musical brilliance the DMV-area is known for, to go find hope and opportunities to bring back to the communities that shaped him into the man he is today.