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LENA WAITHE'S HILLMAN GRAD DROPS ITS FIRST CYPHER

Hillman Grad Records, Lena Waithe's joint venture with Def Jam, has released its first cypher, featuring three of its signees: Grammy-winning songwriter/artist Davion, SIYA and Jai'len Josey.

Inglewood native Davion Farris has had a successful career as an award-winning songwriter, earning a Grammy for his work on Lucky Daye's Falling in Love. He's also collaborated with R&B titans Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Ginuwine, Tyrese and more and just dropped a new cut, "Bad Guy."

Leading off the cypher is veteran rapper and actress SIYA. Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, she has released a solo album and starred in Sisterhood of Hip Hop, Deuces, The First Purge, Follow Me and Street Dreams: Los Angeles. She's currently working on her debut EP for Hillman Grad. 

Also an actress and singer, Josey made her Broadway debut at the age of 16 in Spongebob Squarepants the Musical. Raised in Atlanta, she blends pop and R&B with her roots in southern hip-hop. 

Watch the Hillman Grad cypher below. 

 

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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