James “SoSoon” Gantt is a New York City Hip-Hop artist, director, scholar and educator. The moniker SoSoon, an acronym for S ound O f S omething O ut O f N othing represents the heart of Hip-Hop culture which was developed by people who had no access to outlets for creative expression. The self proclaimed “Spike Lee of Hip-Hop” often strives to mesh entertainment with education. His sound is often compared to Kendrick Lemar and J-Cole.
James currently works as a teaching artist and producer at The Door A Center of Alternatives where he provides an outlet for youth to develop their artistry through music. His production credits include Life and Sounds Volume 3 and Youth in Revolt Volume 2. James is the 2015 winner of the Issac Kwock Grant for Social Justice. Funding will go towards Mayor of Your City, a project that began in South Paris three years ago aimed at engaging youth as citizens through Hip-Hop. Participants are asked “If I were mayor of my city, what would I do to improve the lives of my fellow citizens?”
Notable artistic accolades include opening for noteworthy artist Dead Prez, M.O.P, Saigon, Leaders of the New School, Smoothe da Hustler and Trigga Tha Gambla amongst countless others. Additionally, SoSoon was a staple of the critically acclaimed Ghetto Metal concert series sponsored by www.TheSource.com.
Stay up to date with SoSoon: Twitter @sirsosoon