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Rhythm & Streets

by Jovan Dais

There is an undeniable vibe around an artist destined for stardom that speaks to you before they utter a single word. Sitting across from Jovan Dais you can feel the creative energy in the room; it pulls you in and keeps you riveted.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blows My Mind
2:48 $0.99
2. Clap Your Hands (feat. Willie the Kid)
3:23 $0.99
3. Feelin' It
2:39 $0.99
4. Just Don't Get It (feat. Willie the Kid)
3:17 $0.99
5. A Gentlemen (feat. Kesan)
2:52 $0.99
6. Fashion Type
3:44 $0.99
7. Stay the Night
4:01 $0.99
8. Intoxicated
4:03 $0.99
9. Go
2:38 $0.99
10. Neva Thought About That
2:36 $0.99
11. So Special (feat. Money Carlo)
3:46 $0.99
12. Can't Nobody
3:16 $0.99
13. How Much I Love You (feat. Kassius Kakes)
3:19 $0.99
14. Gotta Get to My Baby
3:53 $0.99
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There is an undeniable vibe around an artist destined for stardom that speaks to you before they utter a single word. Sitting across from Jovan Dais you can feel the creative energy in the room; it pulls you in and keeps you riveted on this young man whose personality seems to fluctuate from the smooth charm of a ladies man to the street swagger of a bad boy. Grounded in the classical sounds of rhythm and blues with an updated twist, the musical talent of Jovan Dais and his artistic confidence are what set him apart. The 6-foot, charismatic singer, personifies class, style and creativity which is expressed in his self-penned lyrics, and displayed in his approachable image.

Jovan’s story is every bit as multifaceted as what he brings to the table artistically. Born in the Bronx and raised in Atlanta, Jovan’s childhood memories are split between a mother who loved R&B and introduced him to music by playing artists like Marvin Gaye, Blue Magic, Harold Melvin and Blue Notes around the house and a father who would moonlight as a deejay and managed various musical acts (such as the popular 90’s Latin group Barrio Boyzz). Jovan’s father exposed his talented son to his business early on by taking him around innovators in the business including industry legends Dallas Austin and Maurice Star. His father’s connections also afforded Jovan the opportunity to travel on the road with artists like early 90’s R&B group The Boyz (Dial My Heart, Crazy), which introduced the impressionable youngster to the entertainment lifestyle.

As a teen, Jovan played drums in his high school marching band and performed in several music groups, including a gospel rap clique, God’s Little Angels, in which he rapped, produced tracks and wrote hooks. Although the group would eventually disband, this experience would prepare him for things to come. As a solo artist Jovan experienced years of spending hard earned money at local overpriced studios and leaving with poor quality recordings. Jovan realized he needed to create his own environment to make music to meet his outstanding expectations of being a world wide star. In 2002, with a $5,000 loan from his father, Jovan moved into an empty warehouse space near downtown, purchased some wood, recording equipment and began construction on his own studio. Working with a limited budget he single-handedly built a bedroom and recording booth, and began working on his demo.

A few years later another connection through his father resulted in an opportunity for Jovan to travel overseas to record. “I ended up signing an international management deal and going over to Belgium to record. They had me doing stuff that just wasn’t me.” While the trip didn’t result in Jovan’s big break he believes it was a turning point in finding out who he was as an artist and his character as a man. The trip also resulted in Jovan penning his first breakout hit ‘FedEx’. “It was a great opportunity but, I was so lonely over there. I was missing home and all the things I’d taken for granted. As I was sitting in a café I noticed a FedEx truck passing by and I started writing on a napkin about how I wished I could FedEx myself home,” Jovan recalls. Upon returning stateside Jovan enlisted local producer Kevven “K-Hamp” Hamilton to produce the music for ‘FedEx’, and Anotha Dais Productions was established.

‘FedEx’ created a buzz and was released with six other songs as an EP. In May 2004, as Jovan’s name began to circulate around the Atlanta music scene, he entered a joint venture deal with independent label/marketing firm Cloud 9 Entertainment. Through Cloud 9, Jovan was able to work with established producers Ryan Leslie (Britney Spears, Beyonce, Cassie) and former Bad Boy producers Stevie J and J-Dub, who produced Jovan’s first official single, ‘Need You’ featuring former Bad Boy rapper Loon. Though the track sold a respectable number of copies, generating regional airplay, it did not lead to a major distribution deal and the companies parted ways.

While, Jovan would prefer to perform with his multifaceted 8-piece band, his musical material isn’t restricted to the confines of the contemporary R&B genre. Jovan’s dual style was showcased perfectly on the groundbreaking mixtape entitled 24: Season One, hosted by DJ Don Cannon (Aphilliates). Cannon and DJ Sense immediately labeled Jovan’s innovative approach ‘Rhythm and Streets’ and he became the first R&B artist to put out a mix tape hosted by the Aphilliates. The mix tape segues between Jovan’s smooth vocals and his hip-hop driven altar ego boldly challenging the current state of R&B. “No one is making real records anymore,” Jovan insists, “It’s a joke. People know it but no one is saying it.” 24: Season Two hit the streets early in 2007.

As 24: Season One made its rounds throughout the southern region, Jovan’s name began buzzing on everyone’s radar including longtime friend DJ Toomp. Toomp recognized Jovan’s star quality and offered to shop him along with his label N Zone Entertainment for distribution. “Toomp is more than a business partner, he is a mentor and a friend,” Jovan says of his relationship with the infamous ATL beat banger. Coincidentally Toomp’s Sound Trap Studio is now housed in the very building that Jovan built a few years back, and is home to the offices of ZoneBoy Productions and N Zone Entertainment.

Jovan first received chart success with the Toomp-stamped hit single ‘Gotta Get to My Baby’ which at its height, reached the 2 spot on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart quickly surpassing many other artists with major label backing and much larger promotional budgets. The record achieved regional success and caught the eyes of many label executives positioning Jovan as an artist to watch.

In April 2007, Jovan was selected to go on the Seagram's Gin Live Tour with rap duo Clipse and R&B sensation Mya. The eleven city tour gave him the opportunity to garner national attention with dates in D.C, New York, and Miami. The tour was not only a pivotal point in Jovan's career but a springboard for the next level of opportunities awaiting him. While touring, Jovan began filming a documentary on his life as an independent artist on his first tour and the struggles of trying to make it in the music industry. The documentary, tentatively titled DAIS AWAY: JOVAN DAIS, guarantees a raw and un-cut version of the journey an artist takes to success in the entertainment business. While filming the documentary Jovan developed a passion for film editing and now adds film director to his repertoire of talent. In addition to Dais Ahead: The Jovan Dais Documentary, he has several other original Film and Television programs in the works including: America’s Next Great Songwriter and The Narrator (A Short Film and Soundtrack).

Having experienced the ups and downs of the industry, Jovan has developed a thick skin, in addition to evolving into an even more seasoned artist, performer and businessman. Equipped with a catalog of album-ready songs and an aggressive team in place; Jovan has taken control of his destiny with Anotha Dais Productions and is patiently waiting to take the industry by storm.



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Intoxicating and soulful with swagger, Jovan Dais’ “Rhythm & Streets” manages to achieve what few albums can – a solid R&B/soul sound with enough swagger and lyrical content to nod your head.

Kicking off a 14-track album, Jovan Dais issues a hot, sweet and sticky sound with “Blows My Mind,” a track that captivates your imagination and takes you straight to an intimate live show at a small theater or showcase. Singing “I might have to check myself in somewhere, baby what you doing to me” Dais appeals to your senses whether you’re currently in love or in search of love by bringing to mind the kind of love that captivates you from dusk to dawn.

Admitting that “sweet love is hard to find,” Dais easily jumps to the playful and flirty track “Clap Your Hands” featuring Willie The Kid, who also appears on “Just Don’t Get It:” Looking for that ‘sweet love’ Dais zeros in on the sexy and empowered woman singing: “all my grown and sexy ladies in the building give yourself a round of applause because ya’ll for real.”

While Jovan Dais is strong on affectionate tracks like “Just Don’t Get It,” “Feelin’ It” and the more uptempo track “A Gentleman” featuring Kesan of MTV’s ‘From G’s To Gents’ fame, it is Dais’ strength and lyrical prowess on the records “Fashion Type,” “Intoxicated, “Neva Thought About That” and “Gotta Get To My Baby” that offer what the Bronx born artist is know best for – keeping it real.

Dais begins to turn away from ‘lovey-dovey’ affection by revealing his deck of cards, a metaphor for putting it all on the table, on “Fashion Type,” a record about the allure of the much-sought-after ‘fashion chick’. Telling the truth in the verse: “She’s a fashion type, not the type I would wife but the type I like,” Dais points out the fact that while a man may find the allure of a fashion-chick appealing, the appeal by no means extends to putting a ring on it. But alas he sings in the end “She’s trying to leave with me tonight,” falling victim to the allure proving that he’ll still take you home.

Shades down, cards out, and drinks in hand , Dais goes in for the kill with “Intoxicated,” a story of sorts that picks up where “Fashion Chick” and “Stay The Night” leave off. Sampling the art of storytelling, one can easily compare Dais “Intoxicated” to the self-proclaimed and celebrated R in R&B, R. Kelly. Comparisons aside, Dais sings about a love that takes him to a “world full of ecstasy”. Telling the story of a night started with a little ‘Henny and Remy’, Dais says “We got cosy, then she told me about her fantasies and you know me”. In the end “Intoxicated” is captivating from start to finish as fully ‘intoxicated’ Dais admits “I can’t take no more you got me sipping from your cup, intoxicated with love. I’m so strung out over you.”

Stepping away from the R&B box, Jovan Dais flows well on the respect driven record “Neva Thought About That,” a track that also bodes well with the title “Rhythm & Streets” in that it meshes elements of Hip Hop and R&B together. Singing “you and me belong together like baby mamas and Hondas. They say I’m smooth like you’re favorite pajamas,” Dais reminds his #1 lady that they have something special amidst the constant chatter of her girl-friends. By speaking the truth with lyrics like“They unhappy and want you to feel the same. People gonna say what they want to say. Maybe they want to be where you’re at....I bet you neva thought about that” Dais paints an all too true story in song.

Crediting DJ Toomp for bringing long overdue fire, Jovan Dais closes out his 14-track Rhythm & Streets mixtape with the record “Gotta Get To My Baby,” a track that seemingly fits the aforementioned “Neva Thought About That” with the lines “After we sip some more, after we puff some dro, after we hit the floor, after the club close I’m coming home to you” Dais says what some might be afraid to say which is that he’s only focused on his #1 lady despite what you might see in the club. In what some may say is an ode to a ‘ride or die chick’, Dais says the ultimate woman would know where his heart is singing “You got what I need with simplicity. Don’t mind me going to the club” Dais puts new meaning to the classic line ‘where I lay my head is my home’ when he says he might “Sip a little henny next to something pretty, but I know where my baby’s at. I gotta get to my baby”.

In the end Jovan Dais “Rhythm & Streets” is worth a listen from start to finish. Unlike some of today’s contemporary albums, every track on “Rhythm & Streets” flows with consistency. It bodes well for the drive home, a relaxed evening or even for that house party or social gathering you’ve been planning. If “Rhythm & Streets” is this hot, Jovan Dais’ official debut album is on track to become a classic.