GRAMMY U Presents: Roc Nation MasterClass with Jahlil Beats & Angela Hunte
GRAMMY U members from Philadelphia had the opportunity to attend in an intimate Roc Nation MasterClass studio session with hip-hop producer Jahlil Beats and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. They spoke about producing, songwriting, breaking into the music business and the importance of staying relevant.
Jahlil Beats began his music career at age 12 and has worked with some of the hottest names in music including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Fabulous, Diddy, Rick Ross, T.I., Meek Mill and many more. With his impressive resume, he chatted about his career as a young up and coming producer and his big break into the industry. Beats showcased his talents up close for the students and demonstrated how he produced beats on an F-8 for artists such as Meek Mill.
Angela Hunte, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter, who co-wrote and co-produced Jay-Z & Alicia Keys‘ No. 1 hit “Empire State of Mind" and has also been featured as vocalist on Nas’ "I Can," David Morales' "Feels Good" and P. Diddy's "Hold Up.” Hunte spoke about her illustrious career and gave GRAMMY U members a look into how she wrote “Empire State of Mind," which won the GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Rap Song. She first played the initial melody and beat of the song in discussing how she came up with the lyrics. She told the GRAMMY U students how the lyrics were based on her personal accounts and experience growing up in New York where 'big lights will inspire you.' The song only took her 5 minutes to write. If that was not enough, she also played the original demo she sent to Jay-Z!
After giving the students an overview of their careers and artistic creativity, Beats and Hunte were happy to answer questions from the audience. GRAMMY U members asked about building and maintaining relationships in the industry, music placements and how to get demos heard.