Beats. Sleep. Repeat: Meet superstar hitmaker JR Rotem

George Garner

It was the moment JR Rotem had been waiting for his entire life. After years and years of making beats, one of them had finally wended their way to someone important: D’wayne Wiggins, not only a founding member of R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, but also the man who developed and signed Destiny’s Child.

“He got a copy of one of my beats and he liked the song,” beams Rotem from his LA base of operations. “Back then I wasn’t ...

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