By Akshay Bhansali
Yesterday, I — along with MTV News correspondent Tim Kash and interns Kathleen and Arielle — paid British pop-and-R&B sensation and newly signed Cash Money Records recording artist Jay Sean a visit at SIR Studios in New York. For Tim and me, the trip brought things full circle.
As the news correspondent for MTV UK, Tim was the first to ever interview Jay on TV more than six years ago — a budding young hustler who shrugged off a potentially successful career in medicine to be a singer. As the MTV News producer for MTV Desi (MTV’s now-defunct South Asian-American channel), Sean would become one of the marquee multiplatinum-selling artists (for his first album Me Against Myself) that I tracked. My, how things have progressed for everyone involved!
As an independent artist putting out his own material, Sean has had unprecedented success — his release of My Own Way saw him rise to the top of the U.K. R&B charts last year. More often than not, he plays for crowds of upward of 50,000 people in Europe and Asia, achievements keenly observed by Baby and Slim Williams, CEOs of Cash Money Records.
What did we learn? Well, for starters, Tim Kash can shoot with a camera — he held his own with the Panasonic DVX-100B.
Of course, the major news was that the hottest MC on the planet and Grammy Award-winner, Lil Wayne, will be featured on Sean’s first single and rocker Kevin Rudolph, Sean’s labelmate, will lend some of his riffs to the album as well. Sean will also be recording with Birdman for the CEO’s next project. So, if you’re fan of Jay Sean, Lil Wayne, Kevin Rudolf, Birdman and Cash Money — be on the lookout. Sean’s album drops this summer.