Jerry Calliste Jr. (Calliste pronounced kah-lease) pka Mr. Calliste Jr. is a serial entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, philanthropist, and opinions leader at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
A trendsetter and innovative music producer and recording artist. A songwriter and music publisher member of ASCAP since 1983, 1984, and 2001 respectively and a member of Sound Exchange since 2003.
A recipient of multiple R.I.A.A. awards, Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. aka “Calliste”, aka Hashim is a “living legend” in Electro Hip-Hop. In 1983 Calliste Jr. wrote and co-produced the now seminal Electro Hip-Hop classic song, “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” or as most DJ’s say, “It’s Time”. For over 35 years “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” sold over 2.5 million units, inspired and influenced the world’s top DJ’s, producers and many artists. “It’s Time” merged Electro music and Hip-Hop music and eventually spawned the musical genre ‘Electro Hip-hop’.
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.
In 1983, Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. co-founded and served as Vice President of the very popular independent record label and music publisher Cutting Records and Cutting Records Music respectively. The same label that manufactured, distributed, promoted and sold “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)”.
By 2001 Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. launched his own independent record label, Bassmint Music Inc. and Caldella Music a music publisher member of ASCAP. By 2004 he launched a business advisory in stealth mode. By 2009 Calliste Jr. launched a live and video-on-demand streaming service.
These days Mr. Jerry Calliste Jr. pursues angel investing opportunities related to new entertainment film media and custom software development. Mr. Calliste Jr. also advises entertainment media startup entrepreneurs, entertainers and 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. Calliste Jr. believes it’s time America develop a third political Independent party.
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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.
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