June James (record producer)

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June "The Genius" James
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Background information
Birth nameJune James
Also known asJune "The Genius"
Born (1990-10-11) October 11, 1990 (age 30)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter
Years active2013–present
LabelsThink It's A Game (T.I.G.) Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Associated acts
Websitewww.thinkitsagame.com

June James (born October 11, 1990), also known as June, The Genius, is an American record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2016, he signed a record deal with Think It's A Game Entertainment and produced YFN Lucci's second mixtape Wish Me Well 2, which included the hit single "Key to the Streets". That was followed by producing Lucci's first single off his EP Long Live Nut, "Everyday We Lit" featuring PnB Rock which has peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting produced single thus far.

Early life[edit]

June James was born on October 11, 1990, in Houston, Texas where he grew up. James studied at Texas Southern University where he curated LAD DJ's – a coalition started in 2011 that grew to about 40 members. He also founded the music group, The Hit Cartel in 2014 which includes producers, engineers, songwriters, disc jockeys, and artists.[1]

Since then, June has produced for multiple artists, including T.I., Gucci Mane, and Young Dolph. He was awarded “Producer of the Year” at Houston's Hottest Awards in 2014 and was awarded his second “Producer of the Year” award at the 2015 Go DJ Awards.[2][3][4] In February 2016, he produced tracks on Lucci's Wish Me Well 2 mixtape, which peaked at number 183 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[5][6] The mixtape's hit single "Key to the Streets" featuring Migos and Trouble, peaked at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[7] The official remix version of the song featured 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Quavo.[8] "Key to the Streets" was included on XXL magazine's 50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2016 list and Vibe magazine's The 60 Best Songs Of 2016 list.[9][10]

Career[edit]

In December 2016, June signed an exclusive songwriter and co-publishing agreement with Think It's A Game Entertainment and continued his success with the company after James’ “Key To The Streets” went to No. 1 on Urban Radio on November 14. James also produced the song's remix featuring guest artists 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Quavo, as well as the Genius Mix from “The Key To The Streets Keychain Remix Pack”.[11][2]

He worked with YFN Lucci on his debut hit "Everyday We Lit" featuring PnB Rock.[12]

James also produced the track "Yosemite" on Travis Scott's album Astroworld that debuted at number one on Billboard 200 Chart With Second-Largest Debut of 2018. The track features vocals from Gunna and Nav.[13][14]

James also worked on the track "Underdog" with American rappers Lil Baby and Gunna on their mixtape "Drip Harder".[15]

In 2019, James worked with rapper Drake on his track titled "When To Say When" featuring samples of JAY Z "Song Cry" that appeared on the OVO leader's YouTube channel as an official video. [16]

Production[edit]

EPs

Mixtapes

  • Wish Me Well (2014)
  • Wish Me Well 2 (2016)

Singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "June James – From The Streets to the Studio". African AMerican News & Issues. June 12, 2017. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "SXSW Speakers:June James". SXSW. March 18, 2017. Archived from the original on March 24, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Genius Artist: June James". Genius Lyrics. November 15, 2017. Archived from the original on March 24, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lucci - Wish Me Well (Mixtape)". rapWAVE. December 16, 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "YFN Lucci Drops 'Wish Me Well 2′ Mixtape". XXL. February 16, 2016. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "YFN Lucci – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Yfn Lucci - Chart history". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "YFN Lucci feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – 'Key to the Streets (Remix)'". Rap-Up. September 14, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Run It Back: The 60 Best Songs Of 2016". Vibe. December 14, 2016. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2016". XXL. December 8, 2016. Archived from the original on December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "THINK IT'S A GAME RECORDS SIGNS PRODUCER JUNE JAMES". Music Connection. December 19, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "YFN Lucci's 'Everyday We Lit' Is a Summer Success Story". RollingStone. August 8, 2017. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Second-Largest Debut of 2018". Billboard. August 8, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "YOSEMITE Travis Scott". Genius. August 3, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lil Baby Says His Mixtape Drip Harder with Gunna Comes Out This Month". Complex. September 2, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "New Music: Drake New Songs – "When To Say When / Chicago Freestyle"". XXLMAG. February 29, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2020.

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