Spot (rapper/producer)

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Name = Spot
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Birth_name = Harkeem James
Alias = Spiez The Don
Born = birth date and age|1984|8|8
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Origin = flagicon|USA Brooklyn, New York U.S.
Genre = Rap, Hip-Hop
Occupation = Rapper, Songwriter, Producer
Years_active = 2005 - present
Label = King Day Records/Czar Entertainment
Associated_acts =The Game, Papoose, Jim Jones, Gucci Mane Akon, Rick Ross, Mario Winans
URL = [http://www.kingspot.com kingspot.com] [http://kingdayrecords.com.com kingdayrecords.com]

Spot (born Raymont James in New York, New York on August 8, 1984) is an American rapper signed to record label, King Day Records and is managed by Czar Entertainment.

Background

Raymont James was born in New York, New York. The eldest son of Jamaican and Guyanese parents, Spot initially lived in many different parts of New York. As a child James and his family relocated to Coney Island, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. A talented yet troublesome child, Spot traveled the country playing basketball with top AAU clubs during his preteen years alongside several future NBA players, before quitting basketball in his teens. After a family split, Spot eventually moved to Harlem between late 2000 and early 2001.

Spot has described growing up in the projects as "vicious"cite web
url = http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=spot
title = Spot Interview
accessmonthday = 28 August
accessyear = 2006
author = HipHopGame Online
date=
] , and his music makes mentions of his bouts with homelessness, and vaguely of his past involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Music

Spot first came into the public view in 2003, when the then-unknown 18 year old teamed with Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond and Bryce Wilson to kick start newly formed music company Czar Entertainment. With Czar signing a distribution deal with Sony Music Group, Spot seemed primed to release an album, although he had just began rapping and producing.cite web
url = http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=2132
title = Czar Signs Deal With Sony
accessmonthday = 19 July
accessyear = 2003
author = Allhiphop.com
date=
] A fast learner in the studio, Spot began working with major label artist of various genres, including Lil Kim, Mario Winans, Miri Bin-Ari, Foxy Brown, Black Rob, El Debarge and even working on a posthumous Notorious B.I.G. album. Just as fast Spot appeared on the scene, he then disappeared.

Reappearing in January 2006, Spot was once again a hot item appearing on mixtapes and mixshow playlist across the nation. He then dropped the extremely well-received mixtape The Good Son. Alongside former DJ, now Atlantic Records Director of A&R Sickamore, The Good Son featured collaborations with Jim Jones, Papoose and production from Just Blaze, the SupaSonics and Spot himself. Reportedly moving north of 25,000 copies, this mixtape established Spot as one of top newcomers in the music business.

After touring the country with the likes of Akon, David Banner and D4L and performing at various infamous NY prisons including Rikers Island and Arthur Kills Maximum Penitentiary, Spot made history becoming the first rapper to promote a mixtape on MTV when he appeared on Sucka Free (formerly Direct Effects)cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/photos/?fid=1519738&photoID=1912618
title = Spot & Cipha On MTV
accessmonthday = 5 May
accessyear = 2006
author = mtv.com
date=
] to promote his second foray into the mixtape game, "A Dollar & A Dream".

Packaged as a street album, "A Dollar & A Dream" was a success worldwide, even garnering the best album ratings of the year by one French publication. cite web
url = http://www.lehiphop.com/chroniques/chr513-spot_a_dollar_and_a_dream.html
title = A Dollar & A Dream
accessmonthday = 26 September
accessyear = 2006
author = lehiphop.com
date=
] Introducing the world to a then-unsigned Serius Jones and featuring music from top international producers, A Dollar & A Dream produced an international mixshow hit in "Way We Ride." After selling out, the mixtape was heavily bootlegged, and countless song ideas and lines were borrowed by more established hip hop acts.

In addition the previous accomplishments, Spot has performed the theme songs for a platinum DVD series (The Infamous Times), a syndicated television show (Hip Hop Hold 'Em) and contributed music to both MTV (various programming) and BET (50 Shots - Police Brutality).

Currently working on his debut retail project, Spot is reportedly on the verge of a groundbreaking deal with a major record company. cite web
url = http://sohh.com/articles/article.php/11169
title = Atlantic Records A&R
accessmonthday = 8 March
accessyear = 2007
author = sohh.com
date=
]

Mixtape Albums

Videos

* The PJs - "(Wyclef Jean)
* God Is On My Side - "(Spot)
* Any Other Night - "(Sharissa)

References

External links

* [http://www.kingspot.com Spot's Official website]
* [http://www.kingdayrecords.com King Day Records website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/kingday Spot's Myspace Page]


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