Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. (Calliste pronounced kah-lease) is a serial entrepreneur, startup business advisor, angel investor, philanthropist, and opinions leader at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)(’07 -present). Attended The Ross School of Management and Leadership at Franklin University where he studied dual B.Sc. in Information Technology and B.Sc. in Management Information Sciences (’06-’10), songwriter and publisher member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, as writer ’83-present and publishers ’84-present and ’05-present respectively.
Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. a.k.a. “Calliste“, p.k.a. Hashim is a “living legend” in the global music industry. A trendsetter, music mogul, innovator, highly influential songwriter, producer and recording artist since the early 80’s and a recipient of multiple Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards.
In 1983, the 17 year old Calliste, wrote and co-produced the seminal Electro Hip-Hop classic song, “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” or as most DJ’s say, “Its Time”. 37 years have past and “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” collectively sold multi-platinum, an estimated +2.5 million units. Around the world, Hashim’s music inspired and influenced the world’s top breakdancers, pop-lockers, top DJ’s and producers and many perfoming artists. Hashim’s “Its Time” is widely sampled, licensed and globally respected as a “must have” DJ anthem.
In 1983 and 1984, the young Calliste also co-founded and served as Vice President and Director of National Retail and Radio Promotions, and Legal where he worked closely with company attorneys to draft and negotiate all contracts, and artist repertoire (A&R) at popular independent record label and music publisher Cutting Records, Cutting Records Music (ASCAP) and Hashim Music (ASCAP) respectively.
The same label and music publisher that published, licensed, manufactured, distributed, promoted, and sold “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” and many other titles. Cutting Records garnered multiple R.I.A.A. gold and platinum hits and develop two Grammy nominated artists.
WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET
Calliste recognizes the 1983 Electro Hip-Hop classic, “Rockit” by producer Bill Laswell, legendary artist Herbie Hancock and Davy DMX as likely the first Electro Hip-Hop tune, but adds, “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” also merged electronic and Hip-Hop music to arguably spawn the musical genre ‘Electro Hip-hop’. Today Hashim’s songs rack up millions and millions of views and streams on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and other services.
Calliste, or Hashim’s “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” a.k.a. “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”, the legendary producer and music mogul Rick Rubin for the DefJam 30 Year Anniversary, the illustrious Diplo for Fabric 24 Live (London) mix tape, David Guetta’s “Just A Little More Love“, Fatboy Slim for EA Sports FIFA 13, So You Think You Can Dance, Tech N9ne “Don’t Nobody Want None“, ESPN ESPY’S (2016), Rockstar Games GTA: Vice City, Red Bull Music Academy, Activision Blizzard 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, traditional and cable TV shows, commercials and movie soundtracks. Discography.
LA VIE DE CHÂTEAU
These days Mr. Calliste pursues investing opportunities related to new music productions, film and media 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 voluntarily converted to Islam.
By 2001, Calliste 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 A.S.C.A.P. (2004). By 2005 he launched a business advisory in stealth mode. By 2009 Calliste launched a live and video-on-demand streaming service.
Calliste occasionally advises entertainment media startup entrepreneurs and entertainers. He participates on boards of directors, economic opinion panels and donates to select political campaigns. Mr. Calliste is a former GOP conservative, he left the party decades ago and now claims Conservative Independent political affiliation. Mr. Calliste 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.