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Book – A Tribe Called Quest – Artist Management

A Tribe Called Quest  – Artist Management

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A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop group that was formed in 1985, and is composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg aka Phife Diggy (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album in 1991. He continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues Posse, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. Many of their songs, such as “Bonita Applebum”, “Can I Kick It?”, “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”, “Scenario”, “Check the Rhime”, “Jazz (We’ve Got)”, “Award Tour” and “Electric Relaxation” are regarded as classics by the hip hop community.

The group released five albums between 1990 and 1998; it disbanded in 1998. In 2006, the group reunited and toured the US. The group is regarded as iconic pioneers of alternative hip hop music, having helped to pave the way for many innovative artists. John Bush of Allmusic called them “the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s,” while the editors of About.com ranked them # 4 on their list of the “25 Best Rap Groups of All Time.” In 2005, A Tribe Called Quest received a Special Achievement Award at the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. In 2007, the group was formally honored at the 4th VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Q-Tip has stated that their last performances as a group will take place during Kanye West’s 2013 The Yeezus Tour.


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Book – 8ball and MJG – Artist Management

8ball and MJG – Artist Management

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8Ball & MJG is an American hip hop duo from Memphis, Tennessee, consisting of rappers 8Ball and MJG. The two rappers met at Ridgeway Middle School in 1984.

They first appeared on the rap scene with their 1993 album Comin’ Out Hard. The album was successful commercially as well as critically and established the group as a prominent act in the then emerging Southern Rap scene. Their subsequent albums in the 1990s including 1994’s On the Outside Looking In, and 1995’s On Top of the World cemented their status as some of the South’s best rappers and would later allow them to declare on their 2004 album that they were Living Legends (as the album was titled). After those albums both 8Ball & MJG released solo albums, first MJG’s No More Glory in 1997 and then 8Ball’s Lost in 1998. They reunited in 1999 to release their fourth album as a group, titled In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1

For their later releases they signed with Bad Boy Records. Their first album for Bad Boy Records, Living Legends, was certified Gold by the RIAA. Their second album on Bad Boy Records was titled Ridin High and was released in March 2007.

Commercially one of the high points of 8Ball & MJG’s career was their being featured on Three 6 Mafia’s hit song “Stay Fly” in 2005. That song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is the biggest hit of Three 6 Mafia’s career and the biggest hit for 8Ball & MJG. The song was a collaboration between two of the most successful rap groups from the state of Tennessee, where Three 6 Mafia also hail from.

Today 8Ball and MJG also head their own record labels. 8Ball heads 8 Ways Entertainment (distributed by Koch Entertainment), while MJG heads MJG Muzik. On their label are the young, up and coming Memphis duo, Da Volunteers, who are widely known throughout the Southern United States for their 2006 single, “What’s Yo Favorite Color?”, which glorifies their neighborhood of Orange Mound.

In September 2007, 8Ball and MJG signed deals in Sacramento, CA with Real Talk Ent. 8Ball released a group album with E.D.I of the Outlawz entitled Doin’ It Big on April 1, 2008 and MJG released a solo album entitled Pimp Tight on April 29, 2008.

In June 2008 the group announced that they have officially signed onto T.I.’s record label Grand Hustle.


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Book – 88 Keys – Artist Management

88 Keys – Artist Management

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Born in Harlem, New York to West African parents, 88-Keys first took an interest in hip hop after hearing Prince Paul’s production on De La Soul’s 1989 critically acclaimed album 3 Feet High and Rising. In the early ’90’s, 88-Keys met A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, DJ-producer Pete Rock and producer Large Professor working as an intern at West Hempstead’s The Music Palace recording studio. It was Large Professor who gave Charles his 88-Keys moniker after witnessing his skills on the Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard. However, 88-Keys’s parents were strict on education and less enthusiastic about his interest in the then-newly emerging cultural phenomenon of hip hop. Both of 88-Keys’s parents are registered nurses, his brother is a doctor, one of his older sisters is a nurse and another sister is on her way to becoming a doctor. Upon considering a serious career in music, 88-Keys’s parents and older brother began trying to point him into the field of medicine because it was a more “professional field” and the music industry didn’t seem like a lucrative move. After briefly attending Hofstra University and Queens College, 88-Keys dropped out to pursue his dreams of being a record producer. His decision was fueled by an opportunity to record some tracks with The Pharcyde who were recording in California. 88-Keys currently resides in New York with his wife and two daughters. In addition to his passion for music, 88-Keys has expressed his love for fashion, most notably Ralph Lauren. During an interview with Metro 88-Keys revealed that he has worn Polo Ralph Lauren every day for 16 years.

“I try to stay true to Ralph’s vision. I don’t want to bastardize his vision– no offense to the urban community– because we all know what happened to Tommy Hilfiger once the hip hop community embraced it. I’ll walk out of the door dressed in loafers when everyone else is wearing Timberland boots. I definitely stand out. I’ll tag along with Kanye on shopping trips and look at clothing by designers whose names I ‘d need to take French lessons to pronounce. He’ll ask me what I think and I’ll be like, whatever. I’ve turned down paying gigs because they’ve tried to dress me in clothing by other designers. Besides record shopping, the only other place I need is a Polo store. I’ll go to Paris and they ll be like, ‘here’s the Eiffel tower’ and I m like, ‘whatever, where’s the record store and the Polo store.

According to the article, 88-Keys began wearing Polo Ralph Lauren as a Long Island high school student in 1992 when he developed a liking for its classic, preppy style. Since then, he’s worn a complete look from the brand every day, without fail. His wardrobe includes over 700 Polo pieces. Since his days as an assistant engineer, 88-Keys has produced records for numerous artists including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kid Cudi, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild and Consequence. Recently, 88-Keys extended beyond his production credits to highlight his skills on the mic as MC, singer and collaborator, most notably on his solo debut album The Death of Adam released on November 11, 2008. Executively produced by 88-Keys’s close friend Kanye West, the concept album tells the story of a man named Adam who has been murdered in a loft apartment in Harlem. In August 2008 a fifteen-track mixtape titled Adam’s Case Files was released as a prequel to The Death of Adam. The album’s first single titled “Stay Up! (Viagra)” was officially released through iTunes on September 9, 2008. In December 2008, 88-Keys was highlighted as Spin (magazine) Artist of the Day. In 2009, 88-Keys worked in Atlanta with new female duo Addictive on a track for a forthcoming album.


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Book- 3rd Bass – Artist Management

3rd Bass – Artist Management

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MC Serch (Michael Berrin), Prime Minister Pete Nice (Peter J. Nash), and DJ Richie Rich (Richard Lawson) were the three founding members of the group. Richie Rich was a local D.J., while Nice was an English major at Columbia University and hosted a hip hop show on WKCR. Serch performed at clubs and block parties, and released a single called “Hey Boy” on independent label Idlers.

Record producer Sam Sever (real name Sam Citrin) convinced Nice and Serch to work together in 1987. Sever, Prince Paul, and The Bomb Squad produced their 1989 debut, The Cactus Album, a critically-acclaimed debut LP that went gold and contained a minor hit in “The Gas Face.” The accompanying video, which featured a bevy of humorous cameo appearances that included Gilbert Gottfried, Flavor Flav, Salt-n-Pepa, and Erick Sermon, garnered respectable MTV airplay and the single peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Top Rap Singles, though it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

As reported in many interviews, Serch had tried (unsuccessfully) to join up with fellow New Yorkers, the Beastie Boys. Upon signing with Def Jam, 3rd Bass inherited their label’s feud with the Beasties. The Cactus Album was released shortly after the Beastie Boys – riding high on the success of Licensed to Ill – walked out of their contract with the label. In addition to containing multiple potshots directed at M.C. Hammer (who was called “M.C. Household Tool” in the liner notes), Cactus also attacked the Beastie Boys and their defection to Capitol Records.

3rd Bass’s 1991 follow-up, Derelicts of Dialect, had a new target in fellow white rapper Vanilla Ice, who was the focal point of several tracks on the album, most notably “Pop Goes the Weasel.” The track depicted Ice as a culture thief who watered down the sound of rap in order to pander to a mainstream audience, while depicting 3rd Bass as more respectful of the genre’s traditions. Ice was also criticized therein for his refusal to credit artists whose music he had sampled for his 1990 smash “Ice Ice Baby.” The video featured punk rock icon Henry Rollins dressed up as Ice, who received a “beatdown” by 3rd Bass at the end.

Fueled by the heavy backlash against Vanilla Ice at the time of its release, “Pop Goes the Weasel” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Singles chart, gave the group their first and only Top 40 single (peaking at #29 on the Hot 100), and helped propel the album to gold status. The track was described by Allmusic as “much-needed damage control in the hip-hop community,” in part because it featured Caucasian rappers openly distancing themselves from one of their peers.

3rd Bass’s final collaboration was the title track to the soundtrack of the 1992 film Gladiator before the group called it quits. That same year – three years after The Cactus Album – the Beastie Boys retaliated against 3rd Bass on their new release Check Your Head; the track “Professor Booty” contained the lyric “…dancing around like you think you’re Janet Jackson,” which was a swipe at Serch’s dancing in 3rd Bass’s videos.


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book 311

311 (pronounced three eleven) is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska, formed in 1988. Their musical structure incorporates a variety of musical styles including alternative rock, hip hop, ska, reggae, and funk. Since their self-titled album in 1995, all but one of their albums (the exception being Live) have been in the top 15 of the Billboard 200. Six of their songs have been top 5 hits on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In 1990, Nick Hexum started his own small record company, called What Have You Records, for the purpose of releasing 311 albums. Their first release, Dammit!, was released that year on consignment in record stores throughout Omaha. After the departure of Jim Watson, the remaining members asked their friend Tim Mahoney to take over.

In 1991, 311 released their second independent release, Unity,(recorded at Rainbow Recording Studios ,Omaha) which was released with far greater numbers. While Dammit! only printed 300 cassettes, Unity had 1000 CDs and 500 cassettes printed and was distributed through consignment and also sold at shows. The band began to headline shows in local clubs, such as The Ranch Bowl and Sokol Auditorium, and became a local success.

1992 was a big year for 311. S. A. Martinez, who had been making various appearances with 311 over the past years as a vocalist, had officially been asked to join the band. The newly formed 311 recorded a six-track demo, called Hydroponic, and moved to Los Angeles. Within their first few months, 311 was signed to Capricorn Records.

311 considers their first show to be held on June 10, 1990, opening for Fugazi in Omaha, NE at the Sokol Auditorium.

Studio albums and EPs
Dammit! (1990)
Unity (1991)
Hydroponic (1992)
Music (1993)
Grassroots (1994)
311 (1995)
Transistor (1997)
Live! (1998)
Omaha Sessions (1998)
Soundsystem (1999)
From Chaos (2001)
Evolver (2003)
Don’t Tread on Me (2005)
Uplifter (2009)


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Book 213

Book 213

The 213 is a hip hop group from Long Beach, California, which began the careers of Snoop Dogg, Warren G (stepbrother to Dr. Dre) and Nate Dogg (Snoop Dogg’s cousin).

In 2004, they reunited to release the album The Hard Way, which reached #4 in the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. It featured the singles, “Groupie Luv” and “I’m Fly”. The band’s name comes from the area code of Long Beach at the time.


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Book 2 Live Crew

Book 2 Live Crew

2 Live Crew was created by David “Treach DJ Mr. Mixx” Hobbs in Riverside, California, with fellow rappers Chris (Fresh Kid Ice) Wongwon, and Yuri (“Amazing Vee”) Vielot. The three met at March AFB Riverside, CA, as they were enlisted in the Air Force. Along with giving local parties on and off base, they recorded their first singles through Macola Records Distribution in Los Angeles, CA. They released “Revelation” in 1984; the single sold well in Florida, encouraging the group to release “What I Like.” In 1986, due to the popularity of the new single “Throw the Dick,” the group, including new member Mark “Brother Marquis” Ross replacing Amazing Vee due to military commitments, relocated to Miami and teamed up with Ghetto Style DJ’s and soon to be manager and eventual performer Luther Campbell, who used the nickname “Luke Skyywalker” (and was subsequently sued by George Lucas).

“Throw the Dick,” with its fast dance tempo, turntable scratching explicit phrases from comedy albums, stuttering voice samples, and the Roland TR-808 drum machine brought a new sound to the group, penned as The Miami Bass Sound. David “Treach DJ Mr. Mixx” Hobbs was credited with the production.

The year 1987 saw the release of The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are, featuring profane and sexually graphic lyrics. Rudy Ray Moore’s comedy albums and other XXX assorted comedy albums provided the material for most of the explicit samples that “Mr. Mixx” used. The album was produced by Mr. Mixx. Bob Rosenberg, a south Florida DJ who would later form the dance-pop group Will to Power, remixed and edited the song “Beat Box”. The record went gold. Though the controversy did not rise to the levels the group would reach in the future, a Florida store clerk was charged and acquitted of felony charges for selling the album to a fourteen-year-old girl in 1987.

Campbell decided to sell a separate clean version in addition to the explicit version of the next album, Move Somethin’ (1988), produced by Mr. Mixx. A record store clerk in Alexander City, Alabama was cited for selling a copy to an undercover police officer in 1988. It was the first time in the United States that a record store owner was held liable for obscenity over music. The charges were dropped after a jury found the record store not guilty.


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