10:30 a.m. – Have sidewalk breakfast in Bed Stuy with Nazuk, from the artist development team. We used to work together at a magazine. The music business moves at the speed of relationships, and I owe a lot to the people who’ve become life colleagues, regardless of where they work.
12:27 p.m. – Official reports confirm that DMX has died. It’s sunny in Brooklyn; all day, cars passing by outside play DMX songs, and online, fans are mourning. I think about a story I helped edit, where DMX spoke about how he had dared to believe in himself, and felt vindicated when he became a definitive artist. I spend time with stories and tributes people share over the course of day and weekend. Energy never dies.
2:00 p.m – This year’s Foundry application will open in two weeks, and me and my main co-pilot Ashraf, from the artist development team, have set aside a block to wrap up some loose ends. I start a design reference deck for our brand creative team, fine comb our comms doc, and make a presentation we’ll use to update everyone in upcoming team meetings. Ash makes sure invites have been sent for the brainstorm sessions we’re hosting next week across time zones: one for Europe, one for the Americas, one for Asia. We do these to create space for local music experts to share local intel, because data picks up trends, but ultimately people carry culture. It’s an extra step, but it’s always worth it.
Today’s song: DMX – How’s It Goin’ Down (Official Video)