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James "Big Seven" Stokes is a native of Newark (Brick City), New Jersey. Big Seven played an integral role in the development of Hip-Hop in the City of Newark, New Jersey. As a young lad, Big Seven (then called Lil' Seven), became a member of the historical Hip-Hop group called (Hard We're) Hassan& 7-11. James "Big 7" Stokes is the founder of Newark Illustrated which he started in 1998. Big 7 is no new jack to the music bussiness. He started of as a breakdancer and then jumped on the mic with an old school school rap group.During this early 80s epoch, Seven became a renowned Break-dancer, who performed numerous times at the legendary Roxyâs. He was also a champion on the Star Search Television, Channel 5. In addition to break dancing, Seven cut a record with (Hard We're) Hassan& 7-11 called âSneakers, Homeboy Get a Pair.â Mr. Stokes was a developing young adolescent when the lyrically performed on the Hip-Hop track.
As Seven developed, he performed at noted shows all over the country. The Hip-Hop duel encompassed Hahz the Rippah (emcee), K-Mak (DJ), and Seven. (K-Mak later went on to develop Soul Diggaz Production Inc producing tracks for celebrities such as Mary J. Blidge, Tweet, Missy Elliott and many other noted celebrities.) Hard weâre eventually performed for Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen. The group received demo deals from Def Jam Recordings and Jive Records.After losing a deal with Def-Jams now president Jay Z (rocafella). Big Seven realized he was able to learn something from the experince and start a label like Jay Z did. After putting out two ep's, Big 7 asked his daughter the infamous Miss Nana to record a greeting on his voicemail. Shortly after that Seven found his second artist to the Newark Illustrated Movement.
"Big Seven" is branching off in many endless road.Newark Illustrated is a Movement/Entertainment company. Its The Foundation of the Jersey Scene of Hip Hop. It is a label, a clothing company, a production company, and a Tv show. Newark Illy has there hands in some of everything. Newark Illustrated Consist of Ceo Big 7, Miss Nana ,Dj Rob, Plan B Face, Souldiggaz( production) Casey J ,Meme.
In addition, Seven developed a notable clothing line called 7 Flavaz. That was the major turning point in his career. He started selling T-shirts at his stand in the streets of Newark, NJ. The hype on his new shirts had spread all through the town. At that moment he filled his stands. The shirts were gone in minutes. Many people knew the shirts would be a success because of how unique it was. It was the perfect kind of urban style in this turning century and with the many logos it give a customer many options to choose from. Big 7 has always had the eutrupenue attitude.