Cey Adams

Cey Adams. Photo: Jonathan Mehring

Cey Adams is a soft-spoken legend. A New York City native, he emerged from the downtown graffiti scene before becoming the creative director of Def Jam Recordings, where he designed for Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, among others. In this episode of First Things First, we talk about the relationship between art, music, and design, what makes a good client, and the importance of passion.

Credits

This episode is hosted by Paddy Harrington and produced and edited by Max Cotter. Frontier’s sponsor music is an edited version of “sketch (rum-portrait)” by Jahzzar from the album “Sketches.” This episode also features edited versions of “Coexistenz” by Loyalty Freak Music, “get out” by Jahzzar, “The Zeppelin” by Blue Dot Sessions, and “Acme Coke” by Roger Plexico.


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