J.J. Brown | Interview
J.J. Brown is a hip hop producer, DJ, and emcee from Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in New York’s entertainment industry, Brown’s childhood acting resume earned him spots in touring theater, radio commercials, and television shows. He’s been in films such as New York Stories and Rocky 5. In junior high school, he played drums in the marching band, alongside best friend and now business partner of 5G Productions, Dan Maier. In college, the 5G partners completed two demo albums that Brown produced and Maier engineered and mixed. The projects featured local artists such as Shanti and Louis Logic. The production duo’s first taste of commercial success came in 1999, when 12″ singles recorded with Louis Logic and Shanti were released by the independent labels Superregular Recordings and Soulspazm Records. In 2000, they were granted their first shot at mainstream success, producing for Mr. Cheeks (The Lost Boyz) on his debut solo album. Brown and Maier officially went into business as 5G Productions based out of New York City, and grounded themselves in the hip hop community by releasing music with Apathy, Celph Titled, The Demigodz, Majik Most, Dutch Massive, J-Zone, Poison Pen, Skitzofreniks, and more. Brown and Maier executive produced the underground hip hop classic album, Sin-A-Matic, by Louis Logic, as well as Alcohol/Ism by The Odd Couple, and the Louis Logic & J.J. Brown magnum opus, Misery Loves Comedy. Brown and Maier innovatively remixed beats from the Release Therapy album by Ludacris, with beats constructed of Jackson 5 samples. This led to a meeting with Ludacris’ manager, and eventually the opportunity to remix the popular Gym Class Heroes album, As Cruel As School Children, with beats composed of Daryl Hall & John Oates samples. In 2009, Brown and Maier released J.J. Brown’s solo album, Connect The Dots, with features from Reef The Lost Cauze, Eternia, Louis Logic, Poison Pen, Block McCloud, and more.