New York-bred Hip Hop producer/artist Josh Stone has launched into 2022 with full speed, releasing his first EP “Real Vibez Or No Vibez,” inspired by his “Real Vibez Only” campaign. Originality and authenticity are at the core of Stone’s brand, run by him and his brother. These principles are what have helped him maintain solid relationships throughout his extensive portfolio of musical collaborations, propelling his career further but also reciprocating that energy by empowering his team and giving credit where it’s due. Some notable collaborations include Heatmakerz, Juelz Santana, CamRon and Jim Jones. Stone’s connection to Jim Jones, for example, goes beyond the music business. “Jim came to my grandmother’s funeral, and I’ve known him since 09’ when I first started producing. He was one of my first big placements.”
Josh Stone’s journey to musical success was no cake walk. He started pursuing his artistic abilities after an injury that forced him to retire from a promising hockey career. Josh’s sound is influenced heavily by a wide range of classic hip hop and pop artists including 50 Cent, Eminem, Biggie, 2pac, and Dipset. “’I’d say I have a well rounded sound and believe that there should be a sound for everyone on a body of work.”
Throughout his extensive experience in the music industry, one thing Josh has developed is a keen understanding of ethical and legal management for his artists. Previously having dealt with a major copyright and crediting scandal with his song “You Need It, I Got It,” Josh advocates for the importance of protecting his team’s creative content. He utilizes “smart contracts”, a blockchain technology tool that empowers artists in retaining greater control and management of their digital rights, monetization and revenues.
“Smart contracts are the path forward for artists, songwriters and producers to identify, verify, secure and track their digital IP—be it songs, beats, lyrics and media. Prior to this technology, I had to go through a lengthy verification process to confirm that the song I had written, produced and published on social media was used in Ariana Grande’s song ‘7 Rings’. In the future, the time stamp, meta-data and ownership will be easily and quickly verifiable on the blockchain. In addition, smart contracts make it easy for me to assign publishing or credit to creative collaborators on a per-song basis.”
Despite the bumps along the road along with the Pandemic downtime, Josh continued to hustle through it. Laser-focused, he locked himself in the studio and produced one single after the next. His sultry single “Magic,” featuring Jim Jones, PnB Relly & St. Rose, is for that one special lady and her queen energy effect. He collaborated with Dave East on “Slide 101,” and Juelz Santana on “Drip Sauce Swag”, more bangers for those needing something to chill and vibe out to.
In addition to “Real Vibez Or No Vibez”, Josh Stone is working on a more intimate EP titled, “Therapy Sessions.” “This project takes you inside and allows you to experience what I’ve been through, from painful moments to anthems for the club, designed to make people FEEL.”
You can follow Josh Stone, @iamjoshstone, on all digital platforms and on his website RealVibezOnly.com.