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Book – WC – Artist Management

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WC Biography:

WC and the Maad Circle was a hip hop group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of WC, Coolio, Sir Jinx and DJ Crazy Toones.

Following the dissolution of Low Profile, the rapper WC formed the group and released a pair of albums, Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed in 1991 and Curb Servin’ in 1995. The albums spawned a few popular singles, notably “Dress Code”, “West Up!” and “The One”.

WC would later leave the group and form the gangsta rap supergroup Westside Connection with Ice Cube and Mack 10. WC and Crazy Toones still working together in Ice Cube’s Lench Mob Records.

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Book – Wayne Brady – Artist Management

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Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an actor, singer, comedian and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and as the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show. At one time he was the host of FOX’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics! which ended its run in June 2009 and he is host of the 2009 revival of Let’s Make a Deal.


Book – Vida Guerra – Artist Management

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Vida Guerra (born March 19, 1974) is a Cuban-born American model, actress, and singer. Her first notable appearance was in the U.S. edition of FHM magazine in December 2002; since then, she has modeled for many other men’s magazines.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Guerra moved to the United States soon after, ending up in the town of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. While growing up, she entered several fashion shows modeling swim wear, and appeared in a few music videos.

Guerra’s first national exposure came when she appeared in a lingerie spread for FHM in December 2002. The magazine later reported that following its publication, almost one-third of their mail was from readers demanding more photos of her. She was called back for more photo shoots and became “FHM’s Model of the Year” in 2004. Since then, she has been featured in many magazines, including DUB, Smooth, Escape, and Open Your Eyes, often as the “cover girl”. Guerra has made multiple appearances on several Spanish language television programs such as El Gordo y la Flaca (The Fat Man and the Thin Woman). She has also become a staple in music videos, appearing in “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, 2003) and “The New Workout Plan” (Kanye West, 2004), in “Obsession (No Es Amor)” (Frankie J featuring Baby Bash, 2005) among others. In addition, Guerra has appeared in a commercial for Burger King’s TenderCrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, a couple of sketches on Chappelle’s Show (including “R. Kelly’s ‘(I Wanna) Piss on You’ Music Video”, which spoofed the R. Kelly sex tape), and the film National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2. She lent her voice to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.

In April 2005, Guerra’s camera phone was allegedly hacked. Dozens of photos, including nude pictures, were widely disseminated on the Internet. Guerra said the nude images were of another woman, and that they had been mixed with genuine, non-nude camera-phone images of her to create the false appearance that she was the naked woman pictured. However, the head of her record label maintained that the nude photos were of Guerra and that she had deliberately leaked them as a publicity stunt. Guerra was dropped by the label over this incident.


Book – Usher Raymond – Artist Management

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Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the homonym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor. He rose to fame in the 1990s, releasing the multiplatinum album My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001). His success continued with Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. To date, he has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards. In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine. He ranked higher than any other artist of his generation. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Usher has sold over 21.5 million albums in the United States. Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. He was also ranked as the 2nd greatest artist of the decade behind only American rapper Eminem. His 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the best solo album and second best overall album of the last decade. All ranked by Billboard Magazine.

Aside from recording, Usher ventured in to other business. He had established his own record label, US Records, and is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. Usher was also instrumental in starting and continuing the career of teen singer Justin Bieber. He has also been appearing in films, debuting in the 1998 film The Faculty. While also starring in Light It Up and In the Mix.

Usher’s new release, Raymond v. Raymond, was supposed to be released in December of 2009, however, it was pushed back due to the record company wanting the proper “setup” for it. It was released on March 26, 2010 in Germany, on March 30, 2010 in the US, and was released April 26, 2010 in the UK. It was expected to follow in Usher’s Confessions album’s footsteps. Raymond v. Raymond was released only months after Usher’s divorce from Tameka Foster. The album’s buzz single, Papers was released in October 2009. The song itself appears to be loosely based on his failed relationship with his ex wife Tameka. The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It saw greater success on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number 1, becoming his tenth number-one song on that chart.

Critics praised the song for its emotion. “There Goes My Baby” was the first promotional single released on iTunes. It has so far reached #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After reaching the Top 10 on that chart it became Ushers fourth single from Raymond v. Raymond to become a Top 10 hit on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. A feat not matched by him since his album Confessions. The album’s official first single, “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”, was released in December 2009. It has so far reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and spent a total of 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It second official single Lil Freak has so far reached number 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

With Lil Freak reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Usher officially had four singles reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. (When including the buzz single “Papers”) Showing Raymond v. Raymond singles having overall more success than those of Here I Stand. On March 20, 2010 Usher released his first international single and third official single OMG. It has been received very well by fans, especially in the United Kingdom but reviews from critics were mostly mixed. The song became the third highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 of his career. Debuting at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 130,000 units in it’s first week.

It has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. And #18 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart. The single is already a huge success internationally, having reached #1 on the UK R&B Singles Chart and #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It is his highest peaking song there since “Burn”, which reached #1. Its managed to already reach #1 on the Irish Singles Chart, #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, #8 on the Australian Singles Chart, #10 on the Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders), #6 on the European Hot 100, and #14 on the Canadian Hot 100. Within just one week of being available, “OMG” already ranked in the Top 10 on the Digital Singles chart. In its sixth week of release it reached #2 on the Digital Singles Chart.

Becoming the second highest currently-selling digital single and was named the greatest gainer on the Digital Singles chart. Outperforming the hit single “Baby” by his protege Justin Bieber. All of the albums singles received incredible air play. On April 7, 2010 Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number #1 on the on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming his third consecutive #1 album and selling an impressive 329,107 copies in its first week of release. Making him the first male artist since Eminem to have three consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Raymond v. Raymond also dominated the International Charts. Debuting inside the top 10 in Canada, Holland, Australia, Germany, Spain and Italy. Due to the huge international success of Ushers newest single “OMG” and the good first week sales for Raymond v. Raymond Usher is considered to have repaired his mainstream image and to have made a good comeback. Raymond v. Raymond is also on pace to debut at #1 on the British Albums Chart and has sold over 20 percent more than its nearest rival.

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Book – Tyrese – Artist Management

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Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known simply as Tyrese, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several Hollywood films.

In 1996, Gibson appeared on an episode of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. He also guest starred on the FOX sitcom Martin. Then he guest-starred on an episode of The Parent ‘Hood sitcom in 1998. He was given the role originally intended for Tupac Shakur in the 2001 film Baby Boy, and he subsequently appeared in the 2003 film 2 Fast 2 Furious (opposite Paul Walker with whom he formed a close friendship), as well as Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Four Brothers (2005) and Annapolis (2006).
He appeared in the 2007 action film Transformers. The film’s director, Michael Bay, had Gibson in mind for the role before he was cast, and thus Gibson did not have to audition for the part. Gibson may also star in a film version of the superhero Luke Cage; as of 2006, the script was being re-formatted. Gibson also appeared in action thriller Death Race.

In 2009, he reprised his role as Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He was scheduled to make an appearance in Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in the The Fast and the Furious film series, but it never happened. It is speculated that Gibson may appear in a potential fifth installment


Book – Twista – Artist Management

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Twista Biography:

Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista (formally Tung Twista), is an American rapper who once held the title of fastest emcee in the world, according to the Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 11.2 syllables per second. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart after the success of his number-one Billboard Hot 100 single “Slow Jamz.”.

Twista released his debut album Runnin’ Off at da Mouth in 1991. At that time, he performed under the name Tung Twista.

In 1996, he teamed with fellow Chicago act Do or Die on the track “Po’ Pimp”, which became a hit single. This led to a contract with Atlantic Records, which released Adrenaline Rush in 1997. Twista had by then dropped the “Tung” from his stage name.

This was followed by Mobstability in 1998. Twista then formed his own Legit Ballin’ label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin’ in 1999 and Legit Ballin’ Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001. The label later released Respect The Game, Vol. 3 in 2002 and Volume 4: Tha Truth in 2006. In 2000, Twista collaborated with Ruff Ryders and Drag-On on the Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 2 album, on the track “Twisted Heat.”.

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Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his album Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze came out in 2004 and debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart at # 1. Its first single “Slow Jamz” (also featured on Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout), featured West and Jamie Foxx and became a number-one hit in the US. Other singles included “Overnight Celebrity” and “So Sexy” (featuring R. Kelly); the album sold around two million copies. The remix of the song “Jook Gal” by Elephant Man featured Twista and the YoungBloodZ.

Twista’s next album, The Day After was released in 2005. It featured the hit singles “Girl Tonite” featuring Trey Songz, “Hit the Floor” featuring Pitbull, and “So Lonely (Twista song)” featuring Mariah Carey.

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His next album, Adrenaline Rush 2007 came out in 2007. Its singles were “Give it Up” featuring Pharrell and “Creep Fast” featuring T-Pain. This album sold poorly compared to Twista’s earlier albums.

Twista also appeared on the single “Hell No (Leave Home)” from Monica’s album fall 2006 The Makings of Me.

In 2008, Twista launched a new record label, Get Money Gang Entertainment.

Twista has now released his sixth solo album called Category F5. According to Twista’s myspace he has worked with producers such as The Legendary Traxster, Tastemaker Music (Chad Beatz) and Jim Jonsin, and artists such as Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, and Akon.

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Book – Trina – Artist Management

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Trina Biography:

Katrina Laverne Taylor, better known by her stage name Trina, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. Trina is of African American & Dominican Decent. Growing up, she lived in both the Liberty City housing projects in Miami and upper-class Pembroke Isle. She graduated from Miami Northwestern High School, where she had been a majorette; after high school she worked office jobs at AT&T and United Parcel Service and studied real estate sales.

The next two years she spent time with Missy Elliott developing her second album. On August 27, 2002 Trina released her second album Diamond Princess in USA. The album spawned three singles, including “No Panties”, which became Trina’s first release outside of the U.S. and the smash hit song, “B R Right” featuring Ludacris. Her third studio album titled Glamorest Life was released October 4, 2005, it charted at # 11 on the Billboard Albums. The album featured her highest charting single to date, “Here We Go” featuring Kelly Rowland. It also became her first single to chart outside of America. Glamorest Life sold more than 400,000 units in the U.S. according to Soundscan totals. In 2007, Trina released two mixtapes. Rockstarr Royalty was released in the spring of 2007 and the Baddest Chick 2: Reloaded was released in the fall.
In 2008, Trina created the Miami-based female rap duo, Pretty Money, with members Nisha and An-G. The group was to be featured on Trina’s fifth studio album, but this never came about. The duo has yet to release any music. Following the creation of the group, Trina began work on her fifth studio album in 2009.

The lead single from her fifth studio album, “That’s My Attitude”, was released in October of 2009 but failed to chart. Because of this, the song was dubbed a buzz single. A mixtape, Amazin’ (The Mixtape), was released in November of 2009 in promotion of her fifth studio album. Another mixtape, The Definition Of A Million Dollar Girl, was released in January of 2010 following the release of her fifth studio album’s lead single. Nude pictures of Trina leaked in February of 2010, and Trina appeared on The Mo’Nique Show in March of 2010 to address the leaking of the pictures.

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Trina’s fifth studio album, Amazin’, was released on May 4, 2010. Because of this album, Trina is only the second female rapper to release a fifth studio album (the other being Missy Elliot). Amazin’ debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard 200, number four on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart, number two on the Top Rap Albums chart and # 1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. The album sold 34,000 records in its first week and has gone on to sell 200,000 records since its release. Despite its low sales, the album received near positive reviews from critics.

The album was preceded by the offical lead single, “Million Dollar Girl”, featuring Diddy and Keri Hilson, in January of 2010. The single was mildly successful, as it reached number sixty-one on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twenty on the Rap Songs chart. A second single, “White Girl”, featuring Flo Rida and Git Fresh, was released in June of 2010 but failed to chart. “My Bitches” was going to be released as the album’s third single in July of 2010 but its release was canceled. The album’s third official single, “Always”, featuring Monica, was released in August of 2010 and has reached number fourty-two on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart, but has failed to chart otherwise. The fourth single will be “I Want It All”, also featuring Monica, and will be released in October or November of 2010.

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Trillville Biography:

Trillville is a rap group from the U.S. city of Atlanta. In 1997, when its members were still in the ninth grade in high school, the group formed with the stated intention to become “Gods of Crunk.” Dirty Mouth was leader of the school’s snare drum line and was already writing his own rhymes. Don P was rapping and producing beats with his keyboard, and Lil LA (aka Lil Atlanta) was an aspiring promoter, later to become a rapper himself.

Lil Jon visited one of their performances and not long after, signed them up to BME Recordings. Their single, “Neva Eva,” which was used as the theme for the 2004 Atlanta Braves, started climbing up the charts in late 2003. The group then started working on their first album, which was released in 2004. The album, The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Trillville & Lil Scrappy, included guest appearances by such ‘Dirty South’ rappers as Lil Jon, Pastor Troy, and Bo Hagon. The next single off the album, “Get Some Crunk In Your System,” received some play time, but never lived up to its full potential. However, the third single, “Some Cut,” received significant airplay on the radio nationwide and became another big hit. Trillville also recently appeared with Chingy on Tyra Bolling’s “Country Boy (Remix)”.

Girl Talk, the mashup DJ, sampled Trillville’s “Neva Eva” for the final seconds of his 2006 Night Ripper release.

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Book – Trick Daddy – Artist Management

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Trick Daddy Biography:

Young appeared on the track “Scarred” by former 2 Live Crew member Luther “Luke” Campbell from Luke’s 1996 album Uncle Luke. The song became a hit and immediately caught the attention of fans and record producers alike. Ted Lucas, a former concert promoter and then-CEO of Slip-n-Slide Records, signed the rapper to the newly former record label. Slip-n-Slide released Trick Daddy Dollars’s debut album Based on a True Story in 1997; the album was popular in the Miami area.

In 1998, when his next album came out, Young removed “Dollars” from his stage name. Club-oriented track “Nann Nigga”, featuring Trina, became a national hit, peaking at the third spot of the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Atlantic Records signed Trick Daddy to the label in 2000 and released Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 that year. “Shut Up”, which Jason Birchmeier of allmusic considered “a rowdy club hit similar to ‘Nann Nigga’”, followed “Nann” as the next single; featured guests on “Shut Up” were Deuce Poppito, Trina, and Co.

Thugs Are Us, released in 2000, featured the hit single “I’m a Thug”, which reached # 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. His fifth album Thug Holiday boasted “In da Wind”, which Birchmeier believed was Trick Daddy’s most creative single. In 2004, Thug Matrimony: Married To The Streets was released, with hit single “Let’s Go”, produced by Lil Jon, featuring Twista, and sampling the guitar riffs from the Ozzy Osbourne hit “Crazy Train”. That year, Trick Daddy guest-performed on the Ying Yang Twins’ “What’s Happnin!”, which reached # 30 on the Hot 100, # 7 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and # 9 on the Hot Rap Singles. “Let’s Go” peaked on # 7 on the Hot 100, # 4 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and # 4 on Hot Rap Tracks. Back By Thug Demand followed in 2006, with singles “Bet That” and “Tuck Ya Ice” charting at the bottom of the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Following Back By Thug Demand, Trick Daddy appeared on several singles by DJ Khaled: “Born-N-Raised” in 2006 from Listennn … the Album in 2006, “I’m So Hood” from We the Best, and “Out Here Grindin’” from We Global in 2008, all among numerous other rappers. “Born-N-Raised” peaked at # 83 on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Singles, and “I’m So Hood” peaked at # 19 on the Hot 100 and # 5 on the Hot Rap Tracks. He appeared on Pitbull’s 2007 album The Boatlift. Trick Daddy left Slip-n-Slide in 2008 and has stated that his upcoming album Finally Famous: Born a Thug Die a Thug will be released under his own Dunk Ryders Records.

Trick Daddy recently announced that he has the disease Lupus, which has greatly affected his skin, and that he has stopped taking medication to combat the disease. The rapper’s rationale for refusing treatment was that “I had to take a test or another medicine every thirty days or so to make sure that medicine wasn’t causing side effects dealing with kidney or liver failure.”.

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Book – Tony Yayo – Artist Management

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Tony Yayo Biography:

50 Cent was granted his own record label by Dr. Dre and released the album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Soon after the group had established their own record label, G-Unit Records, G-Unit released their first official group album Beg for Mercy in November 2003, which went on to be certified 3x Platinum in the United States.

Though his appearances on mixtapes announced his return on the street level, it was not until the release of “So Seductive” that his return received wide recognition. In August, Tony Yayo released his debut, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon.

Tony Yayo has confirmed that work is in progress for his second studio album. The album was originally called Godfather of the Ghetto, then I Am 50’s Tax Write-off, finally leaving Tony Yayo undecided on a title.

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