Can you recognize greatness immediately? Successful A&R, Paul Stewart shares his stories on discovering House of Pain, Pharcyde, Warren G, Coolio and Montell Jordan.

As an entertainment business entrepreneur, Paul Stewart has done it all. He’s started multiple companies. He’s worked in music, film, fashion, and now books. He’s had years with multiple mega-hits, and years where he just barely scraped by.

His story is about the struggle: Wake up everyday and hustle. Stay true to what you know. Connect with good people. Be generous. Never stop fighting.

Here are just a few of the gems that come out of the Rebel Radio interview:

On the keys to his success - “I got down differently than other people. I thought the parties were important. Or maybe I understand the importance of things like that. I do some of my best networking running the streets at night and connecting with people.”

On the people running major record labels - “They are not creative people, so they hire uncreative people underneath them and its like, ego driven maniacs, nepotism and just unqualified.”

The problem with book publishers - “There is just so much institutionalized racism in regards to urban culture and hip hop and things like that. It’s just a lack of understanding of what people are interested in because they are not in touch with this world. Most of the people that are the decision makers have a total disconnect to urban culture. Basically just the wrong people making decisions.”

On the artists he’s worked with - The Pharcyde, House of Pain, Warren G., Coolio, Montel Jordan, Freestyle Fellowship, and so many more

And movies he music supervised - Poetic Justice, Dear White People, Barbershop, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, Hustle and Flow we won the Oscar

Subjects featured in his books - Murder Dog Magazine, Pimp C, Curtis Snow, Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Lil Wayne, Bobby Brown, Too Short, Iceberg Slim, E-40, Marcus Garvey, Bushwick Bill, Scott La Rock, Tupac, Eazy E, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and many many more.