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“Music is the soundtrack of life,” explains Scott A. Lindsey, better known in Hip Hop circles as PRIME. It is his philosophy which has made PRIME the most anticipated Hip Hop producer to come out of the Midwest, and his approach to track making ensures that he will be a formidable influence in rap music for years to come.
PRIME began his love for music at birth, enamored with Jazz, Gospel, Soul, and even Rock & Roll. With a good ear for music and no formal training, PRIME found himself intrigued by the creativity of those “behind” the music: the producer. A self-study of favorite producers from the likes of Quincy Jones and Creed Taylor intensified his love of music and expanded his collection of records at a very young age.
During the birth and growth of Hip Hop, PRIME was fascinated with those behind the music, the guys with all the turntables and the records who made the MC’s sound good: The DJ. Imitating the likes of Grandmaster Flash as well as local Columbus DJ’s, PRIME developed his own style of play which would later gain him recognition throughout high school and college. At Bowling Green State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication from his football scholarship, PRIME was the top DJ on campus. This standing inspired him to take his talents to the airwaves, where he was not only a radio personality but also the Urban Music Director at WBGU 88.1. PRIME decided to hone his skills and focus his talents on pursuing his greatest dream: becoming a hit Hip Hop producer.
Using his dorm room as a primary location, Studio B-237 (his actual room number) was launched. In that one room, he co-founded his first rap group, Black Minds of Music, which eventually recorded more than 70 songs, performing in local shows and shined as opening acts for X-Clan and Minister Louis Farrakhan over the course of his college career.
PRIME continued to produce Hip Hop tracks after college, working with local artists in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He contributed to the fast-selling Columbus Mob album “MIDWEST FUNK SOUNDTRACK”. PRIME produced Jakk-N-Jill’s “The Chronic” and assisted production on Insane’s “Tahitian Treat” and AKA & Eddie B’s “The Outro”. Tai-Pan, PRIME’s friend from college, was next to be blessed with the skills of PRIME on his first full-length album entitled “THE RISE, THE FALL, THE RISE” on Educated Records, exclusively produced by PRIME which sprung the single of the same title featuring Terri Whitlow formerly of Teen Dream. The summer of 1996, PRIME released his debut solo effort, “BUSTOWN FLAV”, a cassette EP which became the hottest collection of independently produced songs everywhere on the Columbus streets. The hit single “Bustown Flav”, the personal confession of “Ax Anybody…” and “Dis Style (featuring Ci-Dubble and Taleeb)” are among the EP’s brightest moments. Because of its success, PRIME was rewarded with opening show dates with Redman, Jamal & Keith Murray; all of the respected Def Squad. Spring of 1997, Columbus witnessed the exclusively produced Taleeb “TALEB: VERBAL TACTICS”, which featured the hit singles such as “I Smell A Blunt” and “Verbal Tactics”. But with the radio success of “The Circumstances”, PRIME has been the most sought-after producer in the city.
Since then, PRIME has released two stellar CD’s THE BIRTH OF MR. JOSHUA: the breakneck pace experience and his self-titled CD THE TALENTED MR. LINDSEY. Besides his own work of music, PRIME has completed two classic albums for EKLYPZ PERIOD…”E=MC2″ and “IT’S A PLEASURE 4U2 MEET ME”; two hot EP’s for SILAS…”Unlucky 7 Vol. 1″ and “Unlucky 7 Vol. 2: Private Thoughts Gone Public” which both have been recently re-released as a single packaged CD now titled “THE SAUCE”. PRIME has also worked and put together a very hot and marketable CD for female sensation MECHIE whose mix of hip-hop and R&B are currently making her debut “Reality Check” a hot street commodity. Currently out is the new release from SILAS entitled “Mr. Nice Guy” produced by PRIME and DJ Kid Magic Rock. Please download your favorite tracks from that album atwww.myspace.com/silasseven. Besides production, PRIME has since ventured into graphic design and album consulting. Mentoring and assisting up and coming artists with designs, ideas, and concepts geared for better marketing and exposure for those he has worked with. Some of the artists he’s worked with are the late Camu Tao, Copywrite 78, S.P.I.R.I.T., J Sands of Lone Catalyst, Sev Static, BJC, Akil aka Doc Frank, Jae P., Robert Jackson and 275 of Tall Life Entertainment, Moe Beats (the “only” cat you need to see in Dayton), Rep Life of The What?, C-10 Tha Teacher, and countless others.
PRIME is currently in the lab cooking up some of the most innovative compositions of hip-hop artistry that this industry is in dire need of. Among some of the projects in the works include tracks for the follow-up album for Eklypz Period, Si-Las, and Phill’ In Hard. Once again, feeling that itch, PRIME thought “THE TALENTED MR. LINDSEY” which launched the single “Bounce: Bustown Flav Pt. 2 (feat. I&J)” and was 3 week champion of Power 107’s Kiss It or Diss It with Sean Anthony, would be his last effort music wise for himself. Go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/primehiphopfor your copy. Seeing that hip-hop is not dead, he has blessed his fans with another superb effort called “Simply Complicated” which is available now. Preview some of the tracks on www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_dr…0Lindseyfeaturing the smash hit “Myspace (feat. The Ef’rm Harris Quartet)”. This is a must-have for your own Myspace page.
PRIME aka The Talented Mr. Lindsey was co-creator and 4 song producer for the Ohio Hip Hop Awards Nominated Best CD for C10 of Omnibreed with his solo release of “Cut The Check” and also has released the most successful and sought-after CD on his BIG BALD HEAD ENTERTAINMENT imprint for Toledo, Ohio native Swill Gates entitled “Everybody Hates Chris” in 2010. Producing half the CD along with admired producers DJ M.P.R.E.S.S. and Corey Jones, “Everybody Hates Chris” is still turning out hits and sold out shows for Swill Gates.
Currently, Mr. Lindsey’s returned back to his original moniker DJ PRIME on his newest release entitled OPTIMUS featuring some of the highest caliber artists around as well as continuing his work behind the scenes as a producer, studio engineer, mixer and DJ behind some of the hottest mixtapes to come. This will follow up successful releases including “Dirty Roots” and “The New Adventures of Old Prime” in which both are available for purchase at https://thetalentedmrlindsey.bandcamp.com
Currently working behind the scenes, PRIME aka The Talented Mr. Lindsey has credited to his resume of mixing and mastering CD’s for local artists P Flame (Soulful Streets), Demari (Dinner & a Movie) as well as CD artwork for many other artists, DJ work for different songs on several different mixtapes and many more. Speaking of mixtapes, since the joining of his DJ conglomerate Crooked Style Dj’s, PRIME has emerged back on the club and party scene with his DJ skills. He has released several “real” mixtapes and his most successful mixtape is his Burn Notice Series entitled “Old School Hip Hop Mix” which can be found on his site at www.mixcloud.com/djprime237. Prime enjoys and plays all genres of music ranging from Old School hip hop, R&B, pop, jazz, house, electronic and rock.
Admiring the works of his favorite producers like that of Erick Sermon, Marley Marl, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Just Blaze, Kanye West, J Rawls, STORM 9000 (Grey Matter) and Organized Noize; PRIME hopes and strives to be within this caliber of talent and admired by those after him as he is those before him. Columbus, Ohio knows what the world will soon find out: Scott A. Lindsey is a PRIME example of Hip Hop music at its best.
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