Clinton Sparks

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Clinton Sparks

Born

Boston, Massachusetts

Birth Name

Clinton Sparks

Gender

Male

Also Known As

C Sparks, Mr Get Familiar, DJ Clinton Sparks
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Biography

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Clinton Sparks is a hip-hop radio DJ, mixtape DJ and producer. He has a weekly syndicated radio show named SmashTime Radio that can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio and on radio stations around the U.S. and the world. He's made a few television appearances on BET and…more

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  • Trivia

    • Clinton recently signed a deal with the E! Channel to be the new music correspondent on The Daily 10 every Tuesday at 7:30ET.

    • Clinton was a guest judge on VH1's EgoTrip The White Rapper Show on February 26, 2007.

    • Clinton Sparks and his worldwide syndicated "SmashTime Radio" show won the coveted "Syndicated Radio Show of the Year" award at the 2006 Power Summit Awards.

    • Some of the Hip-Hop and R&B artist guests he's had on his radio show include T.I., Ghostface, E-40, Rick Ross, Jaheim, Shawnna, Prodigy, Obie Trice, The Clipse, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo, Lupe Fiasco, Yung Joc, Beenie Man, Paul Wall, Letoya Luckett, Lloyd Banks, Samuel L. Jackson, Janet Jackson, Young Dro, Jim Jones and more upcoming guests.

    • Clinton will be touring with Diddy and the "Press Play Band" this fall and will make television appearances on The David Letterman Show on October 9, 2006; MTV's TRL Live on October 17, 2006; BET's 106th & Park on October 19, 2006 and The Today Show on October 20, 2006.

    • Favorite movies: Jerry Maguire and Krush Groove, favorite food: chicken, favorite video game: Pac Man and favorite artists/bands: Jodeci, Guy, Jay-Z, Weezer and The Clipse.

    • In 2005, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as one of the Top 10 DJs in the World.

    • This fall Clinton will be appearing in the new "Scarface: The World Is Yours" video game, where he plays an undercover cop and Xbox 360's "Saints Row" video game, where one of the radio stations has his radio show.

    • Recently Pepsi-Cola asked Clinton to represent the Pepsi brand in their 2006 "Pepsi DJ Division" campaign.

    • Clinton graduated from Randolph High School in Randolph Massachusetts.

    • He produced the second single off of the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Duets: The Final Chapter" song "Hold Ya Head" featuring Bob Marley.

    • Clinton collaborated with Dr. Dre in producing rapper Busta Rhymes' 2006 album "The Big Bang."

    • He is best known for his creative intros on his mixtape albums.

    • In 2005 at the Global Mixx Conference in Chicago, Clinton was awarded "Power Player of the Year."

    • In 2005 at Justo's Annual Mixtape Awards in New York, he was awarded "Best Mixtape Satellite Radio DJ of the Year."

    • In 2005 at the Core DJs Convention in Miami, he was awarded "East Coast Mix Show DJ of the Year".

    • In 2002 at the Mixshow Power Summit in Puerto Rico, he was awarded the prestigious "DJ Threat" Award for Rookie DJ of The Year.

    • In 2002, Clinton was awarded "New Mixtape DJ of the Year" at Justo's Annual Mixtape Awards in New York City.

    • As of 2006 he is signed with KOCH Records.

    • He has written comedy for Boston's "JAMN 94.5" FM, and was a host for their morning show.

    • In 2004, Eminem asked Clinton to be apart of his uncensored hip-hop channel "Shade 45" on Sirius Satellite Radio, broadcasting his radio show live every week from New York City.

    • Clinton has his own #1 rated syndicated radio mix show called "SmashTime Radio" in 7 of the top markets in the U.S. (Detroit, MI; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Hartford, CT; Pittsburgh, PA; Charlestown, WV, Greenville/Jacksonville, NC and Seattle, WA) and worldwide in Canada (Montreal, Quebec), Europe (Belgium and The Netherlands) and 3 Australian cities (Sydney, Perth and Adelaide).

    • Recently in 2006, Producer/DJ Clinton Sparks signed his first groundbreaking worldwide syndication deal with SupeRadio, for his award-winning "SmashTime Radio" show.

    • "USA Today" recently released an article recognizing Clinton as one of the top 7 DJs in the world.

    • He coined & licensed the phrase "Get Familiar" in 2000.

    • Clinton self-produced his debut DJ/Producer album which was released on March 22, 2005; "Get Familiar Vol. 1" aka "Maybe You Been Brainwashed" on KOCH Records.

    • In 2004 he was the first national DJ to have a live radio show on 3 different stations in 3 different states every week; in Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, and Baltimore, MD.

    • Clinton Sparks was a guest DJ on BET's "Rap City The Bassment" with Murphy Lee, it aired on Friday, March 19, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Clinton: I want it where people can't wait for the show (his radio show) to come on because it amps them up, whether they going to the club or maybe they just can't wait to hear a new record. That's what I try to make my show be at all times. I try to treat every show like it's my first show and I'm excited to be on the radio. I don't lose that passion for giving people the new music. DJing is a lot of creativity and talent, I'm not just a guy that throws on records, you're going to hear cuts and you're going to hear blends, you're going to hear backspinnin'. You're going to hear everything going on, what a real DJ does.

    • Clinton: (what people can expect when they tune in to his radio show) It's a lot of energy with a lot of things going on. There's brand new music, exclusives, the hot music, freestyles, blends, remixes; a lot of things going on, we don't get bored. It's like, when you go into a fight, you just go in punching, you trying to knock that dude out man, you ain't trying to go in and dance around. That's basically what my show's like. When I come in, whatever station I'm on, I almost want my show to sound like it's a different station, like – wow, this show is crazy!

    • Clinton: Hip-Hop is Hip-Hop. You're a Hip-Hop fan, then you just like good Hip-Hop, period. You don't classify. 'Oh, I don't like that. This is too conscious. This is too street. This is too underground.' If it's hot, it's hot. Beats and rhymes, and if they're hot, then they're hot.

    • Clinton: I try to consider myself more of a product or entity more than just this guy-this DJ guy. That's why you don't see DJ in front of my name. Cause it's not DJ Clinton Sparks. It's "Clinton Sparks." I'm more than just a DJ.

    • Clinton: I won't stop till you're playing a video game that I'm in while drinking a drink that I developed while wearing a sneaker I designed at the same time listening to a record I produced on a radio station I bought soon to be released on an album I'm dropping off a record label I run that you purchased off an on-line music store I own.

    • Clinton: I'm trying to be the Martha Stewart of hip-hop.

    • Clinton (about if he ever thought that there is such a thing called a "limit") Nah… My family thinks that I'll still be on the grind. It's that typical cliché. Once you came from nothing, you'll do everything in your power to make sure that you have something. And that you'll have it for the rest of your life and will be able to pass it down along the line to those who come after you.

    • Clinton (about how his key to success is to work hard): I think that it's the main driving key to my success. I am always working hard. If I stop working hard then I feel like I'm a loser. I am super hard on myself. I am a workaholic. It's almost to a fault. I almost gave myself an ulcer.

    • Clinton: And how I got the (little kid voice) "Get Familiar," my nephew was just in my studio one day and he was like, 'Get Familiar with my uncle.' And I was like, ahh, that's good. I'm gonna use that.

    • Clinton: I didn't want to come on the radio saying, 'you feel me?, ya heard?, ya know what I mean?' I wanted to have my own thing. Everything that I do, even with mixtapes, I try to be creative, and original, and different from everything everybody else is doing. I just sat around and jotted things down on paper, trying to come up with my own handle, something that would be synonymous with me. Whether I'm telling you to get familiar with a new artist or a song, or get familiar with me, or an artist is telling you to get familiar with Clinton Sparks, it just fit everything. And it just seemed perfect for what I was doing. That's why I started with it.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Get Familiar with Clinton Sparks

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    If you're a fan of Hip-Hop and mixtapes, you may have heard of his name. Clinton's creativity has lead him to become one of Hip-Hop's premier DJs and Producers. He's always been on the radio, from his hometown in Boston to nationwide and now worldwide with his award winning radio show, "SmashTime Radio." His mixtapes feature some of Hip-Hop's best artists and has produced songs with several big name artists, too. But, with all that said, Clinton doesn't want to be just another DJ with plenty of accolades to go along with his name, he's always looking to get more people familiar with him all the time. He's beginning to get the long deserved attention that he works for and is always on the rise to be on your radio, your TV and anything else he an get his name and of course his catch phrase "get familiar" on to. So, don't be left out when the World and probably the Universe has finally gotten familiar with Clinton Sparks.moreless