It’s a dark evening in a Long Island suburb in New York. A water balloon flies through the air and shatters against the driveway outside of a home. A group of guys run back inside the house that the balloon came from. The man who shot the balloon, won a Grammy last year. The 24 Year Old Jon Bellion is one of the most unique and unknown upcoming producers today. Don’t believe me? Let’s talk numbers. Under 100,000 Twitter followers, seems low right? How about 128 Million views. Not enough? What about 365 Million?
Jon Bellion is a high school all conference basketball player that dropped out of college and still produces from his parent’s home which he just built a brand new studio in the basement of. Yet his lyrics and production have graced the airwaves across the globe in a big way on songs like Trumpets from Jason Derulo and Monster from Rihanna and Eminem. That’s great right? But who cares. Producers never get any credit right? But what about a producer who’s also an artist?
49.8 Million views on a song as a feature artist seems pretty big right? Bellion featured on a song with Zedd called Beautiful Now. So how is his best individual song only topping out at nearly 4 Million views? Because Jon Bellion doesn’t want to be a superstar.
“I don’t wanna show the world my life all the time. I don’t wanna owe the world a selfie, or owe the world anything. I did this because I love making music. I just love making music.”
Jon Bellion doesn’t want to have millions of fans, or have to be a superstar. Yet his production and writing is skyrocketing to the top of the charts, and his solo projects are some of the most infectious songs I’ve come across. Described as Dilla meets Pixar, his latest project The Definition is the perfect blend of pop and hip-hop, and doesn’t feature any other producers. It also doesn’t feature a single 808.
This won’t be another article about checking it out though. In fact, I’d rather you didn’t. Like Wu-Tang’s album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I’d prefer that you let all Jon’s artistry and skill remain unique for only a few to hear. Don’t let Jon become famous.
Do any of you enjoy Jon's music? Let's Keep the conversation going on twitter. @DrewT513