Published on July 31st, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
Critically Acclaimed Hip-Hop Producers Mike Smith and Jonathan Hay Crossing Genres With Charts & Nominations
Multi-platinum hip-hop producers Mike Smith and Jonathan Hay have a jazz duo that goes by Smith and Hay. They’ve had two Billboard charting jazz projects with Jazz [Deluxe] and then the albums’ stellar sequel Jazz Part Two. Brain Zimmerman of JAZZIZ Magazine called Smith and Hay “the genre-busting production team”. The duo has received critical acclaim for their new cover album of Eric B. & Rakim’s classic Follow the Leader, re-imagined in the style of jazz. For this tribute to the iconic Follow the Leader album, the duo collaborated with Mani Ajami, Mike Baker, Atlas Jenkins and master saxophonist Benny Reid, and they released it on the 31-year-anniversary of the original release date.