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When it comes to Hip Hop culture, Uptown, New York City has been home to many urban trends that have impacted the world with Harlem being its most prominent contributor. But if you were to ask Washington Heights-based rapper Sean Mims, known simply to the Hip Hop world as MIMS, his upper Manhattanneighborhood located slightly above world-renowned Harlem USA is about to be stamped into Hip Hop's consciousness with his brand of melodic, accessible flows and sincere lyricism.

MIMS has caused quite a stir not only in his hometown but across the country. And with the debut album"Music Is My Savior," released by label Powerhouse EMI Capitol Records and his imprint American King Music, the entire Hip Hop community will find out what Washington Heights heads and his loyal and growing fan base have known for a while.

His independently released single "This is Why I'm Hot," has been heard for months on the hottest radio stations from coast to coast resulting in generating 1,000 spins per week and a radio-listening audience well above 59 million. The remix featuring reggae legend Junior Reid and Cham is at the heels of the original and is a well requested club banger.

Born of Jamaican-American parentage, MIMS credits his musical career and his relentless hustle to make it as a recording artist to his childhood years in the predominantly Dominican enclave of Washington Heights which is known for its hustling mentality. "Coming up my whole life I always had the Harlem influence around me. But when it comes to hustling and making money, I've had that Washington Heights influence. Many Dominicans, who've come into the country, have come with their first instinct to hustle." MIMS' first foray into music occurred when he was thirteen years old, after his mother bought him DJ equipment. As a result, DJing, engineering and producing became his first loves prior to picking up a microphone.
Unfortunately, around the same time, his mother passed after the birth of his younger sister. Two years before, he lost his father as well. "Both of my parents passed away when I was younger," MIMS somberly recalls. "I didn't really know my father like that. I didn't grow up with him, although I still respect him. He
passed away when I was eleven years old. My mother passed away when I was thirteen. She had just given birth to my younger sister, the only sister I have. She passed away a week later as a result of after-birth complications."

Between his mother's influential equipment purchase, family support and a will to survive, MIMS placed the success of his future into one set of hands: his own. "Ultimately, it was up to me as to whether I was going to become a victim of circumstance. I could have been one of those cats to say, "F the world. I lost both of my parents and I can do anything I want right now because nothing limits me from doing that." Instead I said, "You know what? If I'm going to do anything or take anything out of this situation it's going to be positive.' I took the positive out of it and I feel like it made me stronger. It made me go out there and say, "I'm going to accomplish this because you only get one life to live. This is what I want in life and I'm
going to make sure it happens." Pursuing a career in rap music became that thing MIMS wanted to do the most.

Already a grade ‘A' student in various high schools throughout the New York Metropolitan area, MIMS eventually graduated and did a brief academic stint at Nassau Community College. But the hold Hip Hop had on him was far too great and he decided to drop out of school and treat his life's passion as a full-time
job. For years, MIMS held court, holed-up in his home studio studiously perfecting his craft and the hard work ultimately paid off, especially when Miami-based producers, the Black Out Movement came calling. "I got a beat CD from an old friend of mine that I was working with and a song I recorde