“Jonathan Hay grew up listening to his mother play piano, and experimented with hip-hop and electronic music in high school. He got his start in the music business as a publicist, and developed a reputation for his bold, controversial approach to spreading the word about his clients, which included fabricating salacious rumors about their lives and careers. Hay has worked with Death Row Records, Sony Music, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, and many other major artists. Hay met Mike Smith when the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer approached him about working as his publicist. (Smith had worked with RZA, T.I., the Game, and DJ Khaled, among others.) Soon, the two became collaborators as they launched a record label, SMH Records, and became involved with BET’s hip-hop talent search show One Shot.” – Written by All Music
Full Bio: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/smith-and-hay-mn0003712915/biography
The Ode to Big Daddy Kane’s 1989 “Smooth Operator”. Easily, one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. Read about Jonathan Hay and Kxng Crooked’s “Kane Street” on this High Times Magazine premiere.
New York’s Insider Monkey rated Jonathan Hay as the #1 Most Powerful Publicist in Music, Entertainment and Tech.
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The single “Indiana” featuring Cyhi The Prynce is very personal. Check out our 🔥 video trailer of our song that features one of the hottest rappers in the game right now, who just had a critically acclaimed #1 album. “Indiana” is about overcoming the devils temping ultimatums that he tries to make with all of us. The flute in the chorus symbolizes the sound of the snake charmers who keep demonic spirits away.
Jonathan Hay got a bunch of people together for “Indiana” including Cyhi The Prynce, Faincarter, King Graint, Iliana Eve, Aneesa Badshaw, Mike Smith, Benny Reid and Ranna Royce.
Jonathan Hay spoke out for L’Oréal’s first ever trans spokesmodel Munroe Bergdorf in a ThinkProgress exclusive.
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“The modeling world failed the trans woman of color L’Oréal hired to promote diversity. Munroe Bergdorf was promptly fired for speaking up about systemic racism.” – ThinkProgress
Smith and Hay in the studio in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Smith and Hay are featured in Adweek– the second-largest advertising-trade publication. Adweek covers creativity, client–agency relationships, global advertising, accounts in review, and new campaigns.
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