Before he was impregnating former strippers and flashing that creepy psycho stalker smile on Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, the man known as Stevie J (or “Steebie J” if his sometimes artist, usual jumpoff Joseline Hernandez says it) actually had a preexisting career in hip-hop. We went into the history books to highlight some of the Grammy Award-winning producer’s most memorable moments—from being an integral part of Diddy’s The Hitmen production team to that pesky sex tape with Eve—before he became reality TV’s scum-of-the-moment. —Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK)
1. The Notorious B.I.G.
Stevie J talks a big game when referring to his musical history and accolades on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and much of that bragging comes from actual production work he did with Diddy and The Hitmen for The Notorious B.I.G. Stevie’s production credits for the late great emcee include cuts like “Mo Money Mo Problems,” “Notorious Thugs,” and “Last Day,” from Biggie’s classic Life After Death album.
2. Mariah Carey
Remember when Mariah shook off that goody two-shoes image following her divorce from Tommy Mottola and turned into a red hot vixen? Stevie had a lot to do with the sexy, new direction Mariah’s music took on her Butterfly album including “Breakdown” featuring Bone Thugs and the sultry hit, “Honey.” If you watch the music video for “Honey (Bad Boy Remix)”, you’ll actually see Stevie bopping around in a shiny suit alongside MC.
3. Puff Daddy/Diddy
Without The Hitmen, there would have never been a rapper named Puff Daddy. Stevie’s prints are all over Puff’s seven times platinum No Way Out album, including the heartfelt “I’ll Be Missing You.” See? Stevie does have some sensitivity in him (just not when it comes to his girl).
4. Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Hip-hop royalty even had their time with Stevie. Queen Bee worked with Stevie on her airy “Summertime” featuring Diddy, a fan-favorite that shows that Stevie can make hits for female singers, just not for his OWN artists! Beyoncé’s other half also worked with Stevie on “Ride or Die” in 1998 and “Lucky Me” in 1997.
5. The Jackson 5
Is nothing sacred? Stevie and the Jacksons? Yup. That happened. The TV slimeball is credited with the “I Want You Back” remix from the Motown 40 Forever album. At least he didn’t do a Joseline Reggaeton remix.
Because of his work with The Hitmen, it’s no surprise that Stevie’s affiliated with R&B group 112. What IS surprising is that he worked on one of their more tender and romantic songs, “I Surrender” from Part III. Guess, art doesn’t always imitate life.
Stevie’s paw prints are all over several tracks by rapper Eve, most notably 2001’s "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." The two even dated beginning in the late 90s. What came as a huge shocker was when a sex tape of the lovers leaked following their affair. We’ll spare you the gory NSFW details but inquiring minds can probably find a stream with a quick Google search. Don’t say we didn’t warn you...