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OUR POST-GRAMMY CHEW TAKES LESS THAN FOUR HOURS TO READ
We'll let you get back to your day ASAP. (2/7a)
HITS LIST WINNERS
Here's who's lighting up the scoreboard before and after the Grammys. (2/3a)
GRAMMY-WEEK ALBUM: PICS TO CLICK
Including shots of several luminaries entrapped by a HITS nerd. (2/8a)
GRAMMY RATINGS SOAR
The emphasis on star power seems to have worked. (2/7a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JIM ROPPO
Building blocks of a singular career (2/8a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
THE B-SIDE
J.I. the Prince of NY (Geffen/Interscope)
4/28/20

WHAT IT IS: The 18-year-old Brooklyn native J.I. the Prince of NY, born Justin Irvin Rivera, got his start freestyling with his brothers at the tender age of 11. Known for his melodic flow, infectious charisma and powerfully honest lyrics, the young rapper dropped his debut single, “No Static,” in 2016. Setting out on his first national headline tour this past winter, which included three sold-out dates at legendary NYC venue Sounds of Brazil, J.I. has been co-signed by Cardi B, Casanova, Drake and more. With lead single “Need Me” off his 2019 album, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1, boasting 25.3m+ streams on Spotify alone, J.I. has collectively amassed 250m+ combined streams in the U.S. and plans on releasing more music in the coming months.
ALBUM: Hood Life Krisis, Vol. 1
RELEASE DATE:
10/11/19
SINGLE: “Need Me”
LIVE: National headline 2019 tour, sold-out three consecutive shows at Sound of Brazil, first artist to do so in the venue’s 38-year history
INTERNET: 250m+ U.S. career streams; 2m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 564k+ YouTube subscribers, 115m+ combined video views, 34m+ music video views on single; 1.3m+ Instagram followers
RADIO: “Need Me” Top 30 at Rhythmic, impacting Urban Radio soon with strong research across the country
PRESS: DJ Booth, Hip Hop n More, XXL, more
BOOKING: Cara Lewis Group
MANAGEMENT:
Gaby & Natalie Acevedo/GStarr Entertainment