His name may not be recognized in most households yet, but suffice it to say hip-hop and R&B fans alike have heard June Summers' work. As a frequent collaborator with emerging L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle, June has put in work with his pen. From writing on Epic recording artist Noel Gourdin’s debut album to writing the driving chorus to one of Nipsey Hussle’s biggest internet records, “Bigger than life”, June has been as hot as Harlem in the summer!!
Not bad for a kid who hails from Rochester, a city located in upstate New York, hours away from the Rotten Apple. While Rochester and upstate New York in general may seem like an unlikely place for an emerging urban artist, it makes sense considering that there's some precedent. In the 90s, DeVante Swing set up shop in Rochester with the Swing Mob, which included then-unknown Ginuwine, Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Ironically, June first found his voice in the same place that DeVante met the Hailey brothers and formed Jodeci.
“I started singing in church, then got to a certain age and stopped,” June says. Because young men around him were more adept at rapping than singing, June found himself following the flock. He snapped out of it when his sister, who also sings, challenged him to write a R&B song for her. He did and hasn't looked back since.
“Every time I was writing a rap, it felt like I was wasting time,” June recalls.
Applying himself to the craft of songwriting, June found his niche. Because rappers always need melodic hooks to make their songs appealing to the mainstream, it was off to studio to studio across the country, working with rap's established and emerging stars. His soulful voice has landed him on stages across the country, touring with the likes of The Game and K Michelle.
In addition to Neighborhood Nip’s mixtape tracks, June’s low alto, high tenor voice can be found on “Yacht Music,” a song from a DJ Drama release that also featured Nas and Harlem’s Smoke DZA. June also featured on the hit record “Marley and Me” alongside hip-hop stars Asher Roth, Currensy and Devin the Dude. As of late, June has been writing to tracks by super producers like, The Incredibles, JR Rotem, Lex Luger and The Olympicks.
He isn’t just known as the “Hookman For Hire.” June has released a DJ Kay Slay-hosted mixtape, “From the Streets to the Sheets” and is approaching the release of his highly anticipated mixtape “Triumph & Tragedy”, this fall. He also has a major publishing deal through New York-based Razor & Tie. Aside from album features June also has placements on popular TV shows “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, MTV Cribs”, “Reality Hell” and Secret Celebrity”.
With publishing credits stacking up, June is ready to show the world that he is a multi-faceted performer who is inspired by the quality of music and longevity of Musiq SoulChild, Lauryn Hill and R. Kelly.
With a diligent work ethic and focus, chances are very good that June Summers is on his way to amassing a trove of timeless classics.