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Sammy Adams has come a long way from his "I Hate College Days." But that's not to say that he lost the charisma and undeniable swagger that turned him into a viral star back in 2009. If anything, Adams has found the perfect middle ground with his music maturing and still staying true to his youthful edge. His newest album "The Long Way" serves as proof that seven years later, Adams can still hold his own in the popular music arena.

His newest record marks Adams's choice to go independent again, focusing more on the music his fans want to hear and less about what big time record labels want to. As Adams explains, "This is the album I never got to make when I was signed to a major label. This is a record for the fans. They've stuck with me through ups and downs and this album touches on it all."

Die-hard fans are in for a real treat. "The Long Way" features soon-to-be chart dominating tracks produced by some of the biggest names in the music industry like B.o.B and Tiësto and flexes Adams versatility as a musician. His newest single "Overboard" is an intense mixture of R&B, EDM, and Hip Hop sounds that feels completely current. With LMFAO-esque dance-inducing verses, tongue and cheek lyrics, and a Adams's intense croon over every chorus, "Overboard" -- which you can stream exclusively below -- is poised to dominated the airways.

Get ready Internet, because Sammy Adams is back and better than ever.

We recently had the chance to speak with Boston's very own Sammy Adams about the evolution of his music, how he conceptualized "Overboard" and how social media has changed how he operates as a musician.

And be sure to stream his newest singe "Overboard" below!

What was your first memory tied around music or the first moment you realized you had a passion for it?
I had the bug for music really young. I grew up playing piano and drums, got into hip-hop from my brother and carried it on through high school and into college. I was making beats and rapping early in high school, and always considered it a hobby. There wasn't that defining moment, it was more of a constant.

What were your biggest musical influences growing up?
My influences early on were all over the place. I would listen to Big-L with my brother and then the classic rock albums with my parents, so it was a well-rounded upbringing.

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How have you seen your music evolve from your 'Boston's Boy' days?
I've been lucky to grow as an artist. Boston's Boy was so raw - the beats, the rhymes, the stories. This is the next chapter in my life, and I think the album reflects that.

How did you conceptualize Overboard? What went into the song-writing and producing process?
Elephante sent the track after my DJ introduced us. I knew it was a banger from the first listen. I've had this song in the stash and I was just waiting for the right production to lay it down. Its got a such a huge build it was perfect for how the pre-chorus flows in the hook right into the massive drop.

How has collaboration with other artists and people in the industry enhanced your music?
We've always been selective about collaborations - it's important to stay patient and let's the ones that make sense come organically. I always try to learn from my collaborators but also make sure I bring something to the table. You want the collab to be as beneficial to both parties as possible.

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How has social media and technology changed the way you operate as a musician?
I've been on social from the jump. "I Hate College" blew up on YouTube and Facebook. It's the easiest way to connect with my fans. I can be at a college gig in South Dakota and tweeting with a fan in Boston. There's no excuse for not being connected to your fans in 2016.



You're in an interesting position as a musician because you've played so many college shows versus shows in traditional venues. What is the main difference performing on a college stage or in a college town?
College shows are always fun. The biggest difference is winning over the kids at the show who have no idea who you are. If you're going to a Sammy headlining show at a traditional venue, 90 percent of the people there are there to see you. At a college show, some kids are just there to rage with their friends and blow off steam, so I have to work extra hard to win them over and hopefully turn them into a Sammy fan by the end of the set.

What's the biggest misconception people have about musicians?
That we're not regular people! At the end of the day, I'm just a regular dude who has the best job in the world. I get up in the morning and go to work just like them. I'm blessed to be here.

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Me-ow! Taylor Swift, 26, channeled catwoman in a super skintight black sequined jumpsuit with a thick accent belt and matching platform booties.

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Bombshell babe! Selena Gomez, 23, knocked it out of the park in a sexy red jumpsuit with a buckled cutout at the waist that flaunted her fit physique. Simple sandals and a black wrap choker added a touch of retro flair to her stunning ensemble.  

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Zendaya, 19, stunned in a tailor red and black suit with tapered pants and an oversized jacket -- and nothing but a sheer bra top underneath. Edgy styling, including a blunt-cut bob, sleek pointy booties and rings on every finger, completed her knockout ensemble.

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๐ŸŽถJason Derulo ๐ŸŽถ switched it up in a simple black outfit topped with a sleek red jacket with a black zipper and metallic embellishments at the shoulders. 

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Welcome to the '60s! Keke Palmer, 22, looked straight off the "Hairspray" set (you know the scene!) in a flirty baby blue sequined halter dress and metallic heels.  

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Rising stars Jack Lawless, JinJoo Lee, Joe Jonas and Cole Whittle of DNCE rocked their typically funky ensembles to the show. Lawless donned a red sweatshirt with cutout details, Lee donned a two-piece leopard set, Jonas opted for a striped tee and leather moto jacket, and Whittle went with a funky one-piece zip-up.

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Big Sean, 28, looked like he rolled out of his leather armchair, put out his cigar before heading over to the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The rapper rocked a very robe-like plaid knee-length jacket layered over a denim jacket an slouchy pants.

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Demi Lovato, 23, donned black slacks with an offbeat, black and white asymetrical jacket. A sleek bob and dramatic makeup completed her look.  

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Justin Bieber went the casual route in distressed denim, a Rangers jersey and sneakers. Also, we hope those dreads aren't permanent.

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Kat Graham, 26, was part-flamenco dancer, part-matador in an off-the-shoudler ruffled top and ultra-flared black pants. Pin curls added to her Spanish-inspired getup.

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Comedian Iliza Shlesinger, 33, rocked a catwoman-approved leather legging and revealing, caged tank top. Leather booties completed her superhero-esque ensemble.  

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Singer Kayla Brianna rocked an ultra-daring gold moto jacket and nothing underneath. She paired the sexy top with a pair of black gauchos and lace-up heels.

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Wiz Khalifa, 28, was fashionably relaxed in a soft, unbuttoned pink short-sleeved buttondown, distressed black denim and black loafers.  

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Model Karrueche Tran, 27, channeled serious '90s vibes in a red leather minidress with pom-pom shoulders paired with a very 2000s poof hairstyle.

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"Team" rapper Iggy Azalea, 25, donned a retro-looking blue pleated pant and funky one-shouldered crop top.

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Julianne Hough, 27, rocked an adorable '60s-esque white minidress with a fun cutout neckline. A glam updo and thick liner completed her mod look.

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Singer Cody Simpson, 19, looked effortlessly cool in a white tee, denim shirt and leather pants.

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"Waves" singer Mr. Probz, 31, looked comfortable in slouchy sweats and a soft, oversized blazer. A top hat was a nice touch!

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Wowzas! Former "Dancing with the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke, 31, flaunted her fab physique in a plunging white jumpsuit.

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: TV personality Sibley Scoles attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: TV personality Mercedes Javid attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)
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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: DJ Caroline D'Amore attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: recording artist Diplo attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Musician Pete Wentz attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Recording artist Omarion attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Rapper 2 Chainz attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)
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