Jordan Hollywood is an on-the-rise rapper that seemingly came from nowhere. However, his newfound success as an artist is not his first exposure to listeners of pop radio. Known as a “ghostwriter to the stars,” Jordan has already co-written songs for the likes of Jason Derulo, Yo Gotti, French Montana, The Mekanics, and Lil Durk.
While the Florida native has been to New York before, he has never performed live in our area. He will be making his New York City live debut on a very big stage: Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Playing alongside Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Daya, Jordan will be part of the first-ever WWE SummerSlam Concert. Presented by Z100, the event will feature appearances by WWE Superstars — including Daniel Bryan, The Bella Twins, New Day and Big Show — and will benefit Connor’s Cure, a fund to help further pediatric cancer research.
Downtown caught up with Jordan for some Q&A about his Aug. 18 concert and more. Jordan is on Twitter and Instagram as @JordanHollywood. Tickets for the Barclays Center event can be purchased through the venue’s website.
What do you remember about the first live performance you ever put on in New York City?
Jordan Hollywood: I have never performed in New York. I have a show there this month, so ask me this same question next time we speak!
Do you have a favorite restaurant in New York?
JH: Yeah, Sylvia’s in Harlem. Amazing soul food!
For someone thinking of coming to see you at the Summerslam concert, what’s to be expected?
JH: A lot of energy and a good time! It’s going to be my first time performing songs from my new project, so I’m excited about that, it’s definitely going to be a vibe!
Did you watch WWE growing up?
JH: Hell yeah, it used to be called WWF when I was younger, I’m definitely a HUGE fan.
Do you have a favorite WWE Superstar?
JH: The Undertaker.
What’s coming up for you after the Summerslam concert has wrapped?
JH: I’m in the middle of working on finishing up my new album, so I’m right back to the studio as soon as I get back to Miami!
How did you first start writing for other artists?
JH: It kinda just happened naturally. Word started going around that I was a really good writer and people just started calling!
Do you have a cut on someone else’s album that you’re especially proud of?
JH: I feel the same way about every album credit I get. It’s just amazing that I’m able to do this as a career, not only writing hits for myself, but also being able to help other artists create music as well!
When you’re not busy with your career, how do you like to spend your free time?
JH: I don’t have any free time. (laughs) I mean, I probably could if I wanted to, but I’m so focused on music and my goals that all I do every day is make music!
Finally, Jordan, any last words for the kids?
JH: Don’t ever give up! Chase your dreams and make sure you have as much fun as possible while doing so.