Monthly archives: August, 2013

Book – Trinidad James – Artist Management

Trinidad James Management

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He moved several times to Canada, New York and Florida, his household ultimately worked out in Atlanta, Georgia. He went to Catholic college as a child. He has likewise stated that he can’t remember anything before age 7 since of a head injury. In eighth grade he relocated to South Carolina where he began playing basketball He began rapping in November 2011. He has actually also stated he was affected by Jay-Z, Cam’ron, T.I. and Young Jeezy.

Music career
His launching single, “All Gold Everything” has actually charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B / Hip-Hop charts. It is taken from his launching mixtape, Don’t Be S.A.F.E.(Sensitive As Fuck Everyday), which was originally launched July 31, 2012, and formally re-released along with the All Gold Everything music video on October 16, 2012. On December 13, 2012 it was announced that Trinidad James had actually signed a Joint Venture with Def Jam Records, for approx. $2 Million. In January, Def Jam Records launched his advancement launching mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E to iTunes, which included the main remix of All Gold Everything showcasing fellow ATL rappers T. I, Young Jeezy & 2 Chainz. On August 6, 2013, he revealed he would be releasing his second mixtape 10 PC Mild on August

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Book – August Alsina – Artist Management

August Alsina – Artist Management

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Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, enter into the game, 20-year-old August Alsina…

With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins, August is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. His recently inked deal Def Jam Recordings looks to be a great step in the right direction, but music wasn’t always in his future.

August learned at an early age that drugs and money could make you, or break you. With both his father and stepfather battling crack addiction, August’s mother moved their family to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start. But Houston provided no happy ending. For years, a young August endured a home life plagued by drugs and violence. At just 14, he got word from New Orleans that is father, August Sr., lost his battle with drugs and alcohol.

In an attempt to escape his reality, August took to Youtube, where he posted dozens of homemade performance videos. His clips covering the likes of Musiq Soulchild and Lyfe Jennings went viral, generating millions of views in just over a month. It seemed that he was finally taking his first steps toward a bright future in music, but just a year later, reality hit home when his best friend was shot and killed in the streets of Houston. As quickly as August appeared, he vanished form Youtube, back to the real world. With tensions mounting, 16-year-old August was kicked out of his mother’s home. Alone, he returned to New Orleans. He bounced around between family and friends houses, but on some nights, only the corner store provided him shelter. Eventually, he took to the streets, selling drugs as a means of survival.

With his older brother also in the streets hustling, it wouldn’t be long before August learned that the addiction to money could be as deadly as the addiction to drugs. Just days before August’s 18th birthday, his older brother was gunned down in New Orleans East, another unsolved murder in one of the nations most dangerous cities. “I never expected them [the police] to find his killer”, August explains. “People die everyday in the streets of New Orleans. Unfortunately, death has become a way of life,” but not for August. His brother’s death became his motivation to not become a statistic, but to pursue his musical aspirations on an entirely new level.

Under the guidance of NNTME MuCo. (management/production company), August relocated to Atlanta in 2011 to begin carving his own musical path, creating music in a lane that would separate him from his R&B counterparts. His experiences in life are what shaped him, so those experiences, no matter how brutally honest, blunt, positive or negative, would serve as the focal point of his artistry. In April of 2012 August teamed up with Hoodrich/MMG’s own DJ Scream for the release of his debut mixtape, ‘The Product’, which garnered him an internet and radio buzz, and spawned the Sound Mob produced single, “Sucka” featuring fellow New Orleans native, R&B crooner Lloyd. The anti-love track offers the opinion that “love is for suckas”, providing an alternative to the sappy love songs associated with today’s R&B.

This April, Alsina will return with his second installment of ‘The Product‘ series, this time teaming up with DJ Drama and his Gangsta Grillz brand. The debut single “I Luv This Shit” finds August paired with fellow Def Jam label mate, and hip-hops man of he moment, Trinidad Jame$. The track, produced by Knucklehead, speaks to the rebellious and, sometimes, reckless lifestyle that finds August singing words that many can relate to, “Im way too drunk to be talking like this, I’m way too high to be trippin like this, I’m way too young to be livin like this, ask me why I do it I’ma put it like this… God Damn it, I luv it”. It’s that honest and rebellious tone that seems to be connecting with consumers, drawing views to the “I Luv this Shit” music video by the hundreds of thousands.

Yet to reach 21 years old, with already a lifetime of experiences behind him, August is living proof that your past doesn’t have to dictate your future, and that life’s hardships can be the motivation required for success. With Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter The Dream prepping August’s debut project for release through his Radio Killa/Def Jam imprint, the path to success has been laid. Look for August to make 2013 his official coming out party.

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Book – Majid Jordan – Artist Management

Majid Jordan – Artist Management

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Majid Jordan is a duo consisting of Majid Al Maskati & Jordan Ullman out of Toronto, Ontario,They are the latest member of the OVO Sound imprint according to Drake. Majid Jordan used to go under the name GOOD People, but ended up changing their name to Majid Jordan, combing each-other’s first names (if you weren’t able to catch that). Drake says that Majid is the one who sings, and Jordan is the one who produces in the group.


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Book – Jhené Aiko – Artist Management

Jhené Aiko – Artist Management

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Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo (born March 16, 1988), also known simply as Jhené Aiko is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles, California.Formerly signed to The Ultimate Group and Epic Records, she left both labels in order to continue her education. Aiko began her career being known as “Lil’ Fizz’s cousin”, however she is not actually related to him. It was used as a marketing tool suggested by Sony and Epic to promote her through the R&B group B2K and attract an audience, though Aiko affirms that she and Lil’ Fizz grew up together and were close like family.

On December 16, 2011, Aiko signed a recording contract with record producer No I.D.’s record label Artium, distributed through Def Jam Recordings.She has been described as having gentle and pop-tinged vocals.

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Book – Big Sean – Artist Management

Big Sean – Artist Management

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Sean Michael Anderson (born March 25, 1988), better known by his stage name Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West’s GOOD Music in 2007, and then in 2008 signed with Def Jam Recordings. After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut album Finally Famous in 2011. He is scheduled to release his second studio album
Hall of Fame on August 27, 2013.

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Book – The Green – Artist Management

The Green – Artist Management
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The Green is a reggae band formed in 2009 on Oahu, Hawaii. Their sound blends roots reggae with traditional Hawaiian vibes.

Their self titled debut album The Green was released in February 2010. The album’s single “Love I” was the band’s breakthrough single on Hawaiian radio. The album set a Billboard Reggae Chart record by remaining on the chart for more than 69 straight weeks. The album was named iTunes Best Reggae Album of 2010 and finished the year as the #9 album on the 2010 Billboard’s Year End Reggae Chart alongside artists Rebelution, Matisyahu and Bob Marley.

In May 2011, The Green’s sophomore album Ways & Means spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart and won Best Reggae Album at Hawaii’s 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

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Book – R. Kelly – Artist Management

R.Kelly – Artist Management

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Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as King of R&B, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump n’ Grind”, “Your Body’s Callin’”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “The World’s Greatest”, “I’m a Flirt”, and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah’s 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone”. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and Fat Joe.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 38.5 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list.In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.Kelly has released 10 studio albums, sold 38.5 million albums in the U.S. and over 54 million albums worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of 1990s.

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Book – K. Michelle – Artist Management

K.Michelle – Artist Management

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Kimberly Michelle Pate (born March 4, 1982), better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American recording artist, pianist, and songwriter. She first received notice in 2009 with the charting single “Fakin’ It” (featuring Missy Elliott), and later went on to release the follow-up singles: “Fallin’” and “I Just Can’t Do This”. In the summer of 2012, K. Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, she landed a contract deal with Warner Bros. Records. She released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and selling 75,000 copies its first week.

2008–2011: Career beginnings
K. Michelle’s career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles “Self Made” and “Fakin’ It” in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While “Self Made” peaked at #89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and received hardly any attention, Michelle’s Missy Elliott–assisted “Fakin’ It” went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz singles’ release, Michelle went on to release two follow-up singles: “I Just Can’t Do This” and “How Many Times”; both of which respectively charted at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011. Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly, Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane,Akon and Missy Elliott. However, only R. Kelly’s contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.

2012–present: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Rebellious Soul
In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1’s reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.[8] During its run, Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New Yorkto join Love & Hip-Hop NY and focus more on her music career. Following her appearance on the reality series, Michelle signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and has since then confirmed that her debut album would likely be released sometime in 2013. K. Michelle later revealed on Twitter that her debut album has since then been revised from Pain Medicine to its current working title, .Rebellious Soul On April 22, 2013, Michelle released a promotional single and accompanying music video called “I Just Wanna” via iTunes and YouTube.

In May 2013, she released the lead single from Rebellious Soul called “V.S.O.P.”. The album was released on August 13, 2013.

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Book – Mavis Staples – Artist Management

Mavis Staples – Artist Management

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Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family’s band.

Mavis Staples began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.”

With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.”

During a December 20, 2008 appearance on National Public Radio’s news show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” when Staples was asked about her past personal relationship with Dylan, she admitted they “were good friends, yes indeed” and that he had asked her father for her hand in marriage.

The Staples sang “message” songs like “Long Walk to D.C.” and “When Will We Be Paid?,” bringing their moving and articulate music to a huge number of young people. The group signed to Stax Records in 1968, joining their gospel harmonies and deep faith with musical accompaniment from members of Booker T. and the MGs. The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again,” and a No. 2 single “Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?”

Staples made her first solo foray while at Epic Records with The Staple Singers releasing a lone single “Crying in the Chapel” to little fanfare in the late 1960s.The single was finally re-released on the 1994 Sony Music collection Lost Soul. Her first solo album would not come until a 1969 self-titled release for the Stax label. After another Stax release, Only for the Lonely, in 1970, she released a soundtrack album, A Piece of the Action, on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label. A 1984 album (also self-titled) preceded two albums under the direction of rock star Prince; 1989’s Time Waits for No One, followed by 1993’s The Voice, which People magazine named one of the Top Ten Albums of 1993. Her recent 1996 release, Spirituals & Gospels: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson was recorded with keyboardist Lucky Peterson. The recording honours Mahalia Jackson, a close family friend and a significant influence on Mavis Staples’ life.

Staples made a major national return with the release of the album Have a Little Faith on Chicago’s Alligator Records, produced by Jim Tullio, in 2004. The album featured spiritual music, some of it semi-acoustic.

In 2004, Staples contributed to a Verve release by legendary jazz/rock guitarist, John Scofield. The album entitled, That’s What I Say, was a tribute to the great Ray Charles, and led to a live tour featuring Mavis, John Scofield, pianist Gary Versace, drummer Steve Hass, and bassist Rueben Rodriguez. A new album for Anti- Records entitled We’ll Never Turn Back was released on April 24, 2007. The Ry Cooder-produced concept album focuses on Gospel songs of the civil rights movement and also included two new original songs by Cooder.

Her voice has been sampled by some of the biggest selling hip-hop artists, including Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Ice Cube and Ludacris. Mavis Staples has recorded with a wide variety of musicians, from her friend Bob Dylan (with whom she was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award in the “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals” category for their duet on “Gotta Change My Way of Thinking” from the album Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan) to The Band, Ray Charles, Nona Hendryx, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles, and Delbert McClinton. She has provided vocals on current albums by Los Lobos and Dr. John, and she appears on tribute albums to such artists as Johnny Paycheck, Stephen Foster and Bob Dylan.

In 2003, Staples performed in Memphis at the Orpheum Theater alongside a cadre of her fellow former Stax Records stars during “Soul Comes Home,” a concert held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music at the original site of Stax Records, and appears on the CD and DVD that were recorded and filmed during the event. In 2004, she returned as guest artist for the Stax Music Academy’s SNAP! Summer Music Camp and performed, again at the Orpheum and to rave reviews,[who?] with 225 of the academy’s students. In June 2007, she again returned to the venue to perform at the Stax 50th Anniversary Concert to Benefit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, produced by Concord Records, who now owns and has revived the Stax Records label.

Staples was a judge for the 3rd and 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

In 2009, Mavis Staples, along with Patty Griffin and The Tri-City Singers released a version of the song “Waiting For My Child To Come Home” on the compilation album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

On October 30, 2010, Staples performed at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear alongside singer Jeff Tweedy.

Staples also performed at the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors, singing in a tribute to Paul McCartney, an honoree.

On February 13, 2011, Mavis Staples won her first Grammy award in the category for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone. In her acceptance speech, a shocked and crying Staples said “This has been a long time coming.”

On May 7, 2011, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

On May 6, 2012, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate, and performed “I’ll Take You There” with current and graduating students at Columbia College Chicago’s 2012 Commencement Exercise in Chicago, Illinois at the historic Chicago Theatre.

Mavis headlined on June 10th, 2012 at Chicago’s Annual Blues Festival in Grant Park.

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Book – Rittz – Artist Management

Rittz – Artist Management
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Jonathan McCollum (born August 16, 1980), better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia. He is currently signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music label. His debut album The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant was released on April 30, 2013.

Early life and career

Born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Rittz was raised in a suburban household in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Rittz was born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to music. The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios. The family moved from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old. During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz’s career had hit a wall. His career had led to countless disappointments. “I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was ’bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts …”He was broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game. It wasn’t until 2009 when he received a call from Yelawolf who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was. “I had some money behind me.” Rittz says, “Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I’m getting older, thinking it’s time to hang it up. This isn’t gonna happen and that’s when Yelawolf put me on ‘Box Chevy.’Rittz stated in a 2013 interview with HipHopDX that he came up working various “nine to five” jobs including restaurants during his life. Rittz also went on to say that he commonly told people he was a rapper, even when he was not active.

2010-present: The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant

Rittz’s big breakthrough was on Yelawolf’s 2010 album track “Box Chevy”. Rittz has gone on to do many collaborations with Yelawolf since, and also toured in 2012 together on the Slumerican Tour. Rittz is also widely known for his 2011 mixtape “White Jesus”. In 2012 he took his favorite songs from White Jesus and added a few new songs and re-released it as White Jesus: Revival. Rittz signed with Strange Music in 2012. Rittz and Tech N9ne immediately started working together and released the popular collaboration remix of Rittz’s “Bloody Murdah” shortly after Rittz joined Strange Music. He released his solo debut, The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant on April 30, 2013

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