Metis (American musician)

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Jihan Bowes-Little, who performs under the stage name Metis is a hip hop and spoken word artist originally from Northern California's Bay Area.


Bowes-Little grew up in San Francisco.[1] He gained a scholarship to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he studied philosophy and economics, and later studied at the London School of Economics.[1]

Bowes-Little's first career was as a professional basketball player, after which he worked as a trader for investment banks in New York and London, including the position of vice president, credit trading at Goldman Sachs, while pursuing a second career as a hip hop artist and poet in the evenings since 2007 under the name Metis (a reference to the Greek language, which he describes as "perceiving the true essence of things").[1][2]

He left Goldman Sachs in January 2009 to concentrate on his music and book and film projects.[3] His first video-single, "Chameleon", was top 20 in South Africa according to Channel O's playlist information.[citation needed] His debut album, The Path, produced with members of M People, and with contributions from Busy Signal, Demarco, 88 Keys, K-Salaam, Dilated Peoples, Soul Diggaz, and Curtis Lynch is due for release in 2010. In late 2009, Metis won four awards at the Exposure Music Awards East ceremony in Cambridge, in the categories Best Male Artist, Best Live!, Best Urban Song ("Hustlin"), and Best Alternative Song ("All In").[4]

He has written an autobiography, The Trade, which has been picked up by a literary agent and with which he has tried to interest Hollywood directors with a view to turning it into a film.[1][3]


1st Mixtape ‘The Atlas Mixtape’ hosted by superstar DJ ‘DJ WhooKid’ with standout tracks ‘Don’t Go There’ w/ BOB (Atlantic), I Am Me w/ Joel Ortiz 2nd Mixtape ‘The Roark Mixtape’ again hosted by WhooKid, with standout track ‘The March’ ft Skyzoo, for which Metis also shot a viral video. Both mixtapes received substantial coverage across most major hip-hop blogs including early supporter DJBOOTH.NET, as well as and many others. In 2011 Metis’ pre-single ‘Champion’ was selected to front the 2011 ESPN Images of the Year commercial, played on SportsCenter across America throughout December and January 2011. The track was self released on iTunes "[1]" - "[2]" In 2012 Metis track ‘All In’ (ft Aynzli Jones) was selected by Coke Zero to front two global television campaigns. The first, ‘Liquid’ to begin airing fall of 2012. The second, larger, campaign ‘A Step From Zero’ to begin airing in early 2013. The ‘A Step From Zero’ extended cut received over 2mm views in its first 2 months online. Metis is currently working on his debut album ‘The Path’ - tentatively scheduled for summer 2013 release, working with producers: Jahlil Beats, Printz Board, !llmind, Mark Knight and James Reynolds. Metis is published by Zagazow Records, run by former President of VP Records and Greensleeves Publishing Olivier Chastan Metis is self-managed. He also manages the singer Aynzli Jones and the producer RedSkull Beats.


Jihan/Metis has completed a novel based on his experiences as a proprietary trader / rising hip-hop artist entitled ‘The Trade’. The book is represented by Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor Agency & Co


Jihan/Metis is also currently in talks around a screenplay adaptation of his novel. No further details are available at this time.



  1. ^ a b c d Lester, Paul (2009) "New band of the day No 516: Metis", The Guardian, 30 March 2009, retrieved 4 December 2009
  2. ^ Ahuja, Vivek (2009) "Life After The City: Jihan Bowes-Little",, 23 June 2009, retrieved 4 December 2009
  3. ^ a b Schwartzapfel, Beth (2009) "His Double Life", Brown Alumni Magazine, November/December 2009, retrieved 4 December 2009
  4. ^ "METIS SCOOPS FOUR EMA’S IN THE EAST!", Exposure Music Awards, retrieved 5 December 2009

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