Jerry Calliste Jr. (Calliste is pronounced kah-lease) is a serial entrepreneur, startup business advisor, angel investor, philanthropist, and opinions leader at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). A Franklin University alum (2010) where he studied dual B.Sc. in Information Technology and B.Sc. in Management Information Sciences.
A trendsetter, music mogul, innovator, highly influential songwriter, producer and recording artist since the early 80’s and a recipient of multiple R.I.A.A. awards, Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. a.k.a. “Calliste”, p.k.a. Hashim is a “living legend” in the global music industry.
In 1983 Calliste Jr. 17 years old, wrote and co-produced the seminal Electro Hip-Hop classic song, “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” or as most DJ’s say, “Its Time”. 36 years has past and “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” collectively sold an estimated +2.5 million units, inspired and influenced the world’s top breakdancers, pop-lockers, top DJ’s and producers and many perfoming artists in various genres. Hashim’s “Its Time” is widely sampled, licensed and respected as a “must have” DJ anthem.
In 1983 and 1984, the young Calliste Jr. also co-founded and served as Vice President and National Retail and Radio Promotions, legal, and artist repertoire of the now, very popular independent record label and music publisher Cutting Records, Cutting Records Music (ASCAP) and Hashim Music (ASCAP) respectively. The same label and music publishers, published, licensed, manufactured, distributed, promoted, and sold “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)”. Cutting Records went on to release many R.I.A.A. gold and platinum hits and 3x’s Grammy nominated artists.
WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET
Calliste Jr. recognizes the 1983 Electro Hip-Hop classic, “Rockit” by producer Bill Laswell, legendary artist Herbie Hancock and Davy DMX and is likely the first Electro Hip-Hop tune, but adds, “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” merged electronic and Hip-Hop music to arguably spawn the musical genre ‘Electro Hip-hop’. Today Hashim’s songs garnish millions and millions of views and streams on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and other services.
Calliste Jr.’s, Hashim’s “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” or “It’s Time” is licensed by Dr. Dre and Universal Pictures for “Straight Outta Compton” and Universal Music for the soundtrack, The Rock’s HBO series “Ballers”, episode 6 “Everything is Everything”, Rick Rubin for the DefJam 30 Year Anniversary, Diplo for Fabric 24 Live (London) mix tape, David Guetta’s “Just A Little More Love”, Fatboy Slim for EA Sports FIFA 13 and So You Think You Can Dance, Tech N9ne “Don’t Nobody Want None”, ESPN ESPY’S, Rockstar Games GTA: Vice City, Red Bull Music Academy, ActivisionBlizzard and many more.
Listen to “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” and “We’re Rocking The Planet” and view his Discography with over 150 licensing deals, appearances on multiple popular video games, cable TV shows, commercials and movie soundtracks. Discography.
LA VIE DE CHÂTEAU
These days Mr. Calliste Jr. pursues angel investing opportunities related to new music productions, film productions and custom software development at MassimoInvest.com, a private investment company he launched in 1995.
Born and raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, church every Sunday and in 1980 at 15 years old after his first year of high school, Calliste Jr. voluntarily converted to Islam.
By 2001, Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. launched a second independent record label, Bassmint Music Inc. (See Hugel. W. 2005. “Find New Music in Bassmint”. The Lantern. Web: article) and Caldella Music a music publisher member of ASCAP (2004). By 2005 he launched a business advisory in stealth mode. By 2009 Calliste Jr. launched a live and video-on-demand streaming service.
Calliste Jr. occassionally advises entertainment media startup entrepreneurs and entertainers. He participates on boards of directors, economic opinion panels and donates to select political campaigns. Mr. Calliste Jr. is a former GOP conservative, he left the party decades ago and now claims Conservative Independent political affiliation. Mr. Calliste Jr. believes it’s time America develop a third political Independent party.
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
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SANTORINI ISLAND IS KALLISTE ISLAND
Little known fact: Calliste (Kalliste) is the original name of the stunningly beautiful Greek island Santorini. The Phoenicians in 1330 BC originally named the island Kalliste.