Born into a Jamaican American family in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Shawn Mims grew up influenced by the rappers just south of him, in Harlem. Despite the fact that he lost both parents by the time he was 13, Mims focused on music (his mother had given him his first set of DJ equipment shortly before she died) and school to keep himself out of trouble. Though he briefly attended community college, Mims decided if he truly wanted to make it as a rapper he needed to drop out, a move that paid off career-wise: he was soon featured on the song "Love Em All," by Canadian group Baby Blue Soundcrew, which was nominated for Best Video in the 2001 Much Music Awards. "I Did You Wrong" came out in 2003 thanks to help from the Miami based production team the Blackout Movement, and in 2006 the rapper, who was now going by MIMS, independently released the single This Is Why I'm Hot. The song did well enough on local radio stations to garner attention from major labels, including EMI/Capitol, which released MIMS' full length debut, Music Is My Savior, in 2007. MIMS stopped by the VOA studios to join Larry London on air for a performance and to promote his new CD, “Guilt”.
After a six-year hiatus, multi-platinum selling Orlando-based rock band Creed have returned with a new record titled “Full Circle”. "We never felt like we weren't together," says lead singer Scott Stapp. "We're not looking at this as a reunion. It's more of a rebirth." Though they stayed in touch through holiday cards and the occasional phone call, the group refrained from recording together in order to, "explore other creative outlets and build the main priority in all of our lives, which is our family," says Stapp. Indeed, the band has grown up quite a bit, as has Stapp's son Jagger, the inspiration behind their hit "With Arms Wide Open." "He's not a baby anymore," says the proud papa of the 10-year-old. Stapp now also has a 2-year-old daughter named Milán. Could another hit about his offspring be on the horizon? Quite possibly. He wrote a tune about his daughter as well, simply titled "Milan Song." "She's my twin soul, my light," he says of his little lady. "I do whatever she wants." Stapp, who made the initial push for Creed to get back together, says it was awesome to see all the guys in one room again. "I said, 'I love you and if I've ever caused you any pain in your life forgive me.' And they said the same things right back." With any bad blood dissolved, the guys got back to jamming and planning a summer tour. "We're not trying to stay in a certain place or conform to where we left off," says Stapp. "The music is fresh, edgy, raw, passionate, honest and it rocks." "It's just the right time and we're all excited!"