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Book – Terrace Martin – Artist Management

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Terrace Martin is a hip hop producer and rapper from Los Angeles, California who has produced beats for artists including Snoop Dogg, Shawnna, Warren G, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone, Kurupt, Lalah Hathaway, Murs, Nipsey Hussle and collaborated with other producers such as DJ Quik, Battlecat, Hi-Tek and Pete Rock.

Beginning his career as a rapper and producer, Terrace Martin has lent his skills to artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Charlie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and the legendary Emotions, just to name a few.

Martin’s big break came when he produced a Power 106 radio drop with Snoop Dogg. His productions have made him one of the most sought after upcoming producers on the streets of Los Angeles. Born to father, a jazz drummer and mother, a singer, Martins birthright was music. Growing up listening to everyone from Coltrane to Parliament, he began playing the piano at the age of six. Producing his first tracks on his Casio CZ101 Keyboard and an E-mu SP-1200, Martin decided to broaden his musicality and picked up the saxophone. At Locke High, under the auspices of Reggie Andrews, Martin became first chair of the All-State jazz band.

As a child prodigy, Martin gained the interest of talk show host Jay Leno, who presented him with a scholarship and later purchased his first professional horn. Not only did Hollywood elite recognize Martin but also world-renowned jazz musician, Billy Higgins, who later made Martin a member of his World Stage All-Stars. Fresh out of high school, Martin attended CalArts but decided school wasn’t for him and began touring with Puff Daddy and gospels own God’s Property. From jazz to hip-hop, Martins role models include Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Grover Washington, Jr., Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Battlecat, Premier, Pete Rock, and 1580 K-Day. Martin says, I started producing hip-hop tracks because it was the music of my time, but I never lost my love for jazz.

A new face to some, Terrace Martin has actually been a steady contributor to albums from rappers and crooners for many years. But, like with many producers, his name is only now popping up prominently after he’s decided to step from behind the boards to focus on his own project. The Demo, Martin’s debut, features the producer flexing his vocal chops and rapping skills while also laying down most of the beats. And all that time spent working with others has led to a slew of guests on his record. That means verses and production from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, DJ Quik, Kurupt, and plenty of others.On September 28, Terrace Martin and Radio personality Devi Dev released an EP entitled “Here, My Dear.” The first single is Roll Up Another One featured Wiz Khalifa and Overdoz and was released on September 8. The EP has appearances from Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Kurupt, U-n-i, James Fauntleroy II, Kendrick Lamar and pianist Kenneth Croutch,Terrace Martin also stated the EP is inspired by Marvin Gaye’s critically acclaimed 1978 album of the same name, “Here, My Dear” showcases the raw & varying emotions of love in a Hip Hop form, On this project Terrace blends his live instrumentation and production with new Hip Hop elements.On December 21, 2010 Terrace Martin and Devi Dev launched their online music series #DeviTerraceTuesday and on February 22, 2011 will release their second project together The SEX ep.

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Book – The Game – Artist Management

The Game – Artist Management

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper and actor. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre’s most notable protégés. Born in Los Angeles, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, and landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga. Game’s mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who originally was on the verge of signing him to his label. Five months later, he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mixtape and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album “The Documentary” (2005) and “Doctor’s Advocate” (2006). The Recording Industry Association of America certified his album “The Documentary” double platinum in March 2005 and it has sold over five million copies worldwide.

A rising artist in the 2000s, Game is considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts.Game was placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Due to his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath Entertainment and signed with Geffen Records, another label under Universal Music Group’s Interscope-Geffen-A&M division, to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. Game’s second album Doctor’s Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at No. 1 on US Billboard 200 chart. Doctor’s Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed “The Documentary” at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005. Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single “Hate It or Love It”. The New York Times named Doctor’s Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006.

His next album LAX was released in 2008. With his fourth studio album The R.E.D. Album, Game made a return to Interscope Records. In addition to music, Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, Game started working on his fifth studio album titled Jesus Piece which was released on December 11, 2012.

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Book – The-Dream – Artist Management

The-Dream – Artist Management
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Terius Youngdell Nash (born January 25, 1977),better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American R&B
and pop record producer and singer-songwriter.He is known for co-writing many successful songs, including “Me Against the Music” (2003) for Britney Spears, “Umbrella” (2007) for Rihanna, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008) for Beyoncé and “Baby” (2010) for Justin Bieber, as well as for his acclaimed releases as a solo artist.

2001–07: Beginnings
Nash met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001 and Stewart helped him get a publishing deal after Nash wrote “Everything” for B2K’s album Pandemonium!.Under the pen name “The-Dream,” Nash began writing lyrics for many popular artists. He co-wrote Britney Spears’ hit “Me Against the Music” from her album In the Zone. He spent two years working on Nivea’s second album Complicated, which he executive produced, and continued to write and produce with Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Laney’s brother, which led to Rihanna’s 2007 hit “Umbrella”. “Umbrella” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

2008–10: The Love trilogy
In 2007, Nash signed a record contract with Def Jam Recordings and began working on his debut studio album Love Hate.The album was produced by The-Dream, his production partner Tricky Stewart, and Los da Mystro, and featured Fabolous and Rihanna.The album was written and recorded in eight days with twelve tracks making the final cut. Released December 11, 2007 on The-Dream’s Def Jam imprint Radio Killa Records,The album featured the singles “Shawty Is Da Shit”, “Falsetto” and “I Luv Your Girl” and received generally positive reviews from critics, as Rolling Stone called it “one of the most likable R&B records of the year” and UrbanMusicReviews.com said that the singer had “hit a home run.”In June 2008, The-Dream was named Best New Artist at the BET Awards.

On March 10, 2009 The-Dream released his second album Love vs. Money.He re-teamed with Tricky Stewart, who produced most of the tracks on the album, and Los da Mystro.The album featured Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and Lil Jon and featured the singled “Rockin’ That Shit”, “Walkin’ on the Moon” and “Sweat It Out”.Upon its release, the album received general acclaim from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 83/100 from Metacritic and it was more commercially successful than its predecessor, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200.

During the making of Love King, he recorded a song with T-Pain and expressed that he would like to make a collaborative album with Kanye West in the future. In January 2010, The-Dream officially stated he was finished recording the album and he called it the best of his three albums. The album was released on June 29, 2010. Before the album’s release, the-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album.Once again produced by The-Dream, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and Los da Mystro, the album spawned the singles “Love King” and “Make Up Bag.” Despite positive reviews from critics, the album was less commercially successful than Love vs. Money and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.

2011–present: 1977 and IV Play
On the Love King track “Sex Intelligent (Remix),” The-Dream sang that he would release a follow-up album titled Love Affair on June 7, 2011.On that intended release date, The-Dream released a medley of two new songs titled Body Work / Fuck My Brains Out as a free download followed by an album titled 1977 on August 31, 2011, also as a free download. Def Jam Recordings released 1977 commercially on December 18, 2012 with a modified tracklist and the new title Terius Nash: 1977.Love Affair was delayed repeatedly and the name was changed to The Love, IV,[17]Love IV: Diary of a Madman,Love IV MMXII, and finally IV Play. In the nearly three years between Love King and IV Play, The-Dream released the singles “Roc” and “Dope Bitch”, which were not included on the final tracklist for IV Play.

IV Play was released on May 28, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Gary Clark Jr. and Fabolous and the singles “Slow It Down”and “IV Play.”

Production and songwriting
Main article: The-Dream discography
In addition to his work with Nivea and Rihanna, Nash has written and produced songs for many other notable R&B, hip hop, and pop artists, including J. Holiday, Usher, Yung Joc, Jesse McCartney, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Brandy, Diddy, and Mary J. Blige. In 2009, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart co-wrote and produced the album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 by the R&B girl group Electrik Red.

The-Dream has also been a featured artist on singles by artists such as Plies, LL Cool J, Dear Jayne, Gym Class Heroes, Sterling Simms, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx, and Snoop Dogg.

In early 2009, The-Dream began working with Christina Milian on her fourth studio album Elope,which led to her signing a joint-deal with Radio Killa Records.The-Dream said that when he was building his label, he went looking for Milian because he believed she was a talented singer.The singer confirmed that her second single would be a duet with The-Dream called “Supersonic”.Elope was never released and the material she recorded with The-Dream was scrapped after her marriage to Nash ended.

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Book – Hoodie Allen – Artist Management

Hoodie Allen – Artist Management

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Steven Markowitz (born August 19, 1989), better known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, is an independent American hip-hop artist, singer, and rapper.

2009– 2012: From Bagels & Beats to Leap Year
Hoodie Allen originally was the duo of Steve Witz and Obey City on vocals and production, respectively. Their first two album releases were “Bagels & Beats” and “Making Waves” which garnered an MTVU Best Music on Campus Award in 2009. The single “UPENN Girls” also received notable campus attention. After Obey left in 2010, Steve continued with the name Hoodie Allen and began making music with RJ Ferguson (aka RJF). In June 2010, he released “You Are Not a Robot,” which sampled ‘I Am Not A Robot’ by Marina & the Diamonds and which hit # 1 on Hype Machine, an aggregator that collects the most-blogged about music in the world. After seeing the response, he spent the summer working, and finished his mixtape Pep Rally by September. The album was largely produced by RJF, and sampled songs from Death Cab for Cutie, Flight Facilities, Marina & the Diamonds and Two Door Cinema Club. He picked the name “Pep Rally” because he said that it “captured the energy of the record. Something new and exciting.”When asked about the writing process, Hoodie said: “Throughout Pep Rally, the ideas for samples were very collaborative. We would camp out in RJF’s basement for a weekend and not leave till we had 3 songs done– that was the mentality.”The mixtape was downloaded over 200,000 times. He self-financed a video for “You Are Not A Robot”.
In July 2011, Hoodie released his third mixtape, Leap Year. It reached 250,000 SoundCloud plays in its first week of release. On the title for his mixtape, Hoodie explains: “It basically just talks to the leap of faith I took this year leaving everything else behind to be an artist.”In support of the album, Hoodie headlined a 15 city tour across North America, including stops in San Francisco, New York City, and Montreal, with supporting act Fortune Family opening on a handful of stops. Previously, he had toured with The Cataracs, Das Racist, Chiddy Bang, Mike Posner, and RJD2.
Hoodie collaborated with the cartoon band Your Favorite Martian to write the song “8-Bit World”, which he raps in. He was also featured in CollegeHumor’s “Jake and Amir” sketch series on multiple occasions and in Zak Downtown’s “Rock The Show.”.

2012: All American.
Main article: All American (album).
On March 4, 2012, Hoodie announced via Twitter that his upcoming EP would be titled All American. He decided on this title because he credits his success to freedom in United States, because he felt the songs showcased his best music to date, and because of a hometown restaurant with the same title. Hoodie spent five months developing the album, building tracks from scratch with his producer, RJF, instead of using sampled beats. Regarding the writing process, Hoodie stated that “I would describe it as liberating … It was like, ‘Okay, I hear this idea in my head, I hear these original ideas, I’m putting them and piecing them together. On March 29, 2012, Hoodie released the first single from All American entitled “No Interruption,” as well as its music video.
The music video for his second single on All American, “No Faith In Brooklyn (feat. Jhameel),” was released on April 9. All American was released on April 10, 2012 and debuted as the # 1 album on iTunes. Over the months of April and May, Hoodie made a 22-stop tour across the US in support of All American, featuring Wax, Jared Evan, and others (varied from show to show). On March 23, 2012, Hoodie hinted at an upcoming announcement of a “UK tour for June,” and officially announced the four dates on April 19 via Facebook. The I Work Better In The UK Tour was his first time performing overseas.
The Excellent Adventure Tour, which featured G-Eazy, was announced on July 25, 2012. Hoodie performed in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Lawrence (Kansas), New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia.
Following the success of All American, Hoodie released the new singles “Hey Now” and “Feel the Love” on YouTube. Both were made available for free download.

More show dates were announced after the tour, including Santa Barbara, Santa Ana, Sacramento, two in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Silver Spring, which all sold out.

2013– present: Crew Cuts, Americoustic, and full-length album.
On February 11, 2013, XXL premiered the music video for “Cake Boy”. The single was later released on iTunes for purchase and quickly jumped to # 19 on the Hip Hop/Rap top charts.

On February 18, 2013, the music video for “Fame Is For Assholes (feat. Chiddy Bang)” (abbreviated FIFA) premiered on YouTube. It was also released for iTunes purchase and rose to # 2 on the top Hip-Hop/Rap songs. Hoodie commented, “I wanted to write a track that mixed a classic doo-wop vibe with the more upbeat hip-hop style that my fans have come to love.”.
Hoodie’s mixtape Crew Cuts was released online for free via his website on February 20, 2013. It is made up of 11 tracks produced by several people including Illmind, DJ Fresh Direct, and Jared Evan and has six collaborations with artists including Jared Evan, G-Eazy, Shwayze, Chiddy Bang, Skizzy Mars, OCD: Moosh & Twist, and Chance The Rapper. Hoodie announced that the mixtape had been downloaded over 80,000 times within the first day.
The Cruisin’ USA Tour with Aer and Jared Evan began on March 5, in support of Hoodie’s new music. G-Eazy, instead of Aer, accompanied Hoodie on his Boston, Philly, and NYC shows. The tour concluded with Hoodie’s biggest show on April 13, at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom which sold out a crowd of 3,500 people.

Hoodie performed “Make It Home” on Fuse alongside Kina Grannis on April 17. The performance was released nationally on Hoodie’s YouTube and on Fuse TV on April 30. The single was released via Hoodie’s YouTube as well as iTunes on May 15.
During Summer 2013, Hoodie toured several college campuses as well as other venues. He will perform in Vancouver, BC and Kelowna, BC shortly before he leaves for Europe on the Fake ID and a Passport Tour.
On July 28, 2013, Hoodie announced that his acoustic EP, Americoustic, would be coming August 13. The following day he posted the dates for his Party With Your Friends Tour, which will take place in the US and Canada. A special fan pre-sale was also announced, offering 100 tickets from each show starting July 31 at 10AM.
On July 30, 2013, Hoodie released the music video for “No Interruption (Acoustic)” and stated that Americoustic would be available for purchase and for free download.
Hoodie’s acosutic EP Americoustic debuted on August 13 as the # 4 album on iTunes, but was also released for free on his website.
Future projects.

Hoodie stated during a Hoodie Hang that he hopes to have finished three projects by the end of 2013, which would be the Crew Cuts mixtape, Americoustic, and then his first full-length album in the fall.
During The Cruisin’ USA Tour, Hoodie had his fans show their appreciation by having them chant that they wanted to see him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Leading up to Roseland Ballroom, Hoodie started the hashtag “# GetHoodieAllenOnFallon” on Twitter to rally his fans along with a YouTube video directed at Fallon. After trending worldwide, Fallon replied the night of the concert asking to speak with Hoodie.

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Book – Kevin Gates – Artist Management

Kevin Gates – Artist Management

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In early 2013, Gates released a mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story which was called “easily the best rap-related thing” in February 2013 by Spin Magazine, who also said he has “been a rapper to watch for a few years now”. “The Luca Brasi Story” has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 80,000 times. On February 15, 2013 it was announced that Kevin Gates signed to Atlantic Records.Gates was also featured on Pusha T’s 2013 mixtape “Wrath of Caine” on the song “Trust You” and was featured on Young Money member Gudda Gudda’s mixtape Guddaville 3 on the song “Hustle All Day” also featuring Flow. On July 16, 2013 Gates released his debut studio album Stranger Than Fiction, the album featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single “4:30”. The album debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week.

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Book – Tyler, The Creator – Artist management

Tyler, The Creator – Artist Management

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Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator in 2012.
Background information
Birth name Tyler Gregory Okonma
Also known as Wolf Haley
Born March 6, 1991 (age 22)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin Ladera Heights, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, record producer, music video director, television personality Instruments Vocals Years active 2007–present
Labels Odd Future, RED, Sony (current) XL Recordings (former)
Associated acts Odd Future
Website oddfuture.com
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from California. Born in Ladera Heights, he rose to prominence as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future, and has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future release. Okonma also creates all the artwork for the group’s releases and said in an interview with DJ Semtex, that he designs all the group’s clothing and other merchandise as well. After releasing his debut album Goblin under XL Recordings, in April 2011, he signed a joint venture deal for him and his label Odd Future Records, with RED Distribution and Sony Music Entertainment. Following that he released his second studio album Wolf, which was met with generally positive reviews and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 selling 90,000 copies in its first week.

Bastard and Goblin (2009–2011)

On December 25, 2009, Tyler self-released his first album, Bastard. The album was eventually ranked 32nd on Pitchfork Media’s list of the Top Albums of 2010. On February 11, 2011, Tyler released the music video for “Yonkers”, the first single from his second album, Goblin, which was released May 10, 2011.The video has received attention from several online media outlets.[lAn extended version with a third verse can be purchased on iTunes.

After the release of “Yonkers”, Tyler announced that he had signed a one-album deal with XL Recordings.Tyler and fellow OF member Hodgy Beats made their television debut on February 16, 2011 when they performed “Sandwitches” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.On March 16, Tyler and Hodgy performed “Yonkers” and “Sandwitches” on the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards, being joined by other members of Odd Future during “Sandwitches”. Goblin was released on May 10, 2011. During an interview with Tyler for Interview, Waka Flocka Flame expressed his interest in collaborating with the Odd Future frontman to direct a music video for him.

Wolf and Loiter Squad (2012–present)

Tyler first mentioned the album in early 2010 saying that he would have an album titled Wolf. In early 2011 he told fans through his Formspring account that his third album would be called Wolf and it is scheduled to be released in May 2012. The album will continue Tyler’s sessions with his fictional therapist, Dr. TC, as hinted by the title track on his first album, Bastard, in which Dr. TC says “this is the first of three sessions…” Tyler’s third album Wolf, released on April 2, 2013, contains the instrumentals that Tyler has been making since the age of 15.In August 2011, Tyler said that the album will be more focused on beats and have less rapping.

During the time fans have been in waiting for Wolf, Tyler performed several guest verses for other artists, notably “Trouble on My Mind” by GOOD Music artist Pusha T, “Martians vs. Goblins by Game (also featuring Lil Wayne), “I’ma Hata” by DJ Drama (also featuring Waka Flocka Flame and D-Bo), the title track from fellow Odd Future member Domo Genesis’ collaboration album with The Alchemist, No Idols, and “Blossom & Burn” by Trash Talk (also featuring Hodgy Beats). Tyler also co-produced the song “666” from MellowHype’s third album Numbers, which featured Mike G.

Tyler won Best New Artist for “Yonkers” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.In an interview with DJ Semtex, he confirmed that he will handle all the production on the album, except one song produced by Left Brain. This was how the production on Goblin was dealt with.

Tyler initially announced in early 2011, after Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future announced that they will get their own TV show called Loiter Squad. It wasn’t until September 8, 2011 that the show was finally confirmed as a 15-minute live action show composed of various sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and music made by OF. Dickhouse Productions, the production partnership that created Jackass, is scheduled to produce the show. The show premiered on March 25, 2012.

Tyler has also directed music videos, acted in two roles, and also done work as a graphic artist.

On February 14, 2013, OFWGKTA uploaded a video to their YouTube account, which includes L-Boy skydiving and stating that Wolf will be released on April 2, 2013. The same day Tyler would reveal the three album covers via his Instagram.Through March and April Tyler will tour North America and Europe on the Wolf Tour.The first single from the album was released on February 14, 2013, titled “Domo23” along with the music video which features cameos from Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Jasper Dolphin and Taco Bennett. On February 26, 2013, Tyler performed the songs “Domo23” and “Treehome95” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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Book – Meek Mill – Artist Management

Meek Mill – Artist Management

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Robert Williams (born May 6, 1987), better known by his stage name Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was briefly signed to Atlanta rapper T.I.’s record label Grand Hustle and in February 2011 signed to Miami-based rapper Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group imprint.
After releasing several mixtapes early in his career, Mill released his debut album Dreams and Nightmares in 2012, under Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. The album debuted at # 2 on the Billboard 200, preceded by the singles “Amen”, “Burn” and “Young & Gettin’ It”.

Career beginnings with The Bloodhoundz
Meek Mill, along with three of his friends, formed a rap group and called themselves The Bloodhoundz. The group lasted long enough to release four mixtapes.

2008-2010: Mixtapes and Grand Hustle
In 2008, Meek Mill released his fourth mixtape, Flamers 2: Hottest in tha City, which spawned promotional singles, “I’m So Fly,” “Prolli,” and “Hottest in the City.” Upon release of Flamerz 2, it caught the attention of Charlie Mack, founder and President of 215Aphillyated Records. Mack was so impressed with Mill, that he immediately signed him to his management company. During that same year, Meek Mill also met the founder and owner of Grand Hustle Records, fellow rapper T.I. The Atlanta-based rapper was also so impressed by Mill that he offered him an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, to meet with him along with Warner Bros. Records; within one week both record companies offered him a deal. Although he was offered other record deals, Mill felt collaborating with T.I. was an opportunity of a lifetime and chose his label. Just when things were starting to look up for Mill, a record deal and the chance to work with T.I., a set back occurred. He was arrested, charged with a crime and order to serve seven months in jail. Mill was released early 2009. Due to Mill’s and label-boss T.I.’s respective legal troubles, Mill was never able to release an album under Grand Hustle and they parted ways in 2010.

2011-present: MMG, Dreamchasers series and Dreams & Nightmares
In February 2011, Rick Ross announced the signing of Mill along with fellow American rapper Wale to his Maybach Music Group (MMG) label. In March 2011, Mill was included in XXL’s “Freshman Class of 2011. 4 Later that year, he released his debut single, “Tupac Back”, featuring Rick Ross, from his label’s compilation album Self Made Vol. 1 (2011). That same year he released his second single, “Ima Boss”, also take from the compilation and featuring Ross. The song was later remixed, featuring T.I., Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross. The remix charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at # 51, becoming Mill’s most successful single at that time. In August 2011, Mill released Dreamchasers, a well received mixtape featuring his urban hit “House Party” and guest appearances from Rick Ross, Yo Gotti and Beanie Siegel among others.

In February 2012, MTV listed Meek Mill as the “# 7 hottest MC” in their annual “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. On May 7, 2012 Mill released the second installment to his Dreamchasers series. The mixtape features guest appearances from Drake, Jeremih, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and more. Mill has stated his favorite tracks off the tape are “Amen,” “A1 Everything” and “Racked Up Shawty” with French Montana and Fabolous. Within six hours of its release on mixtape website DatPiff.com, Dreamchasers 2 was downloaded 1.5 million times. On May 10, it was announced Meek Mill signed with Roc Nation management.

On June 19, 2012, “Amen”– originally included on Dreamchasers 2, was released as the lead single from Mill’s debut studio album. Before releasing his debut studio album Dreams & Nightmares, Mill received co-signs from both Mariah Carey and Nas, with him appearing on Carey’s 2012 single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” and the latter stating, “I got my eyes on him. He’s the next one to take this shit over.” The album was released on October 30, 2012. Following an album release party in Philadelphia, Mill was detained by Philadelphia police after a car in which he was riding in was pulled over. No charges were filed, and Mill was released from custody. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 165,000 copies. In its second week the album sold 41,000 more copies dropping 6 spots on the chart to number 8.

Mill is planning to release a third installment of the Dreamchasers series, Dreamchasers 3. The mixtape will feature guest appearances from Rick Ross, Akon, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale, Trina and Jadakiss among others. The mixtape was scheduled to be released on May 6, 2013. However he would announce that it would be pushed back.

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Book – MGK – Artist Management

MGK – Artist Management

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Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage names Machine Gun Kelly and MGK, is an American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and is a reference to notorious criminal George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes. He rose to fame after releasing his first four mixtapes, Stamp Of Approval (2006), Homecoming (2008), 100 Words and Running (2010), and Lace Up (2010). He also has been featured in XXL. In mid-2011 MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing. On December 14, 2011, Machine Gun Kelly was named the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 by MTV. On March 18, 2012, Machine Gun Kelly won the MTV Breaking Woodie award.

2011-2012: Recording contract and Lace Up
He has forged a friendship with Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J who tapped Kelly to appear on his track “Inhale” in January 2011 which was produced by Lex Luger and featured Steve-O from Jackass in the music video.
In March 2011 he participated in his first SXSW show in Austin, Texas. At the SXSW show he was approached by Sean Combs and since then has gained massive exposure throughout the music scene. In 2011 Machine Gun Kelly signed with Bad Boy Records which is associated with Interscope He was featured on the XV song “Finally Home”. On November 15, Machine Gun Kelly released a music video for the song “Wild Boy” featuring American rapper Waka Flocka Flame. On December 8, 2011, Machine Gun Kelly appeared on BET’s 106 & Park alongside Waka Flocka Flame to premiere the video. In February 2012 Machine Gun Kelly hinted on Twitter that his long awaited album Half Naked & Almost Famous would be released in March 2012. Machine Gun Kelly tweeted from his Twitter page @ machinegunkelly “Once March hits … it’s gonna be a wild ride for all of us. We’re gonna watch something we’ve seen come from the bottom rise way up. LTFU”.

MGK was signed by Jimmy Iovine and Diddy to Interscope and Bad Boy Records on August 3, 2011. In official statement given, Kelly’s debut album is titled Lace Up due October 9, 2012. The first single of the album, “Wild Boy” featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame was released on September 27, 2011. On the week of January 28, 2012, The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 on at number ninety-eight. His song “Invincible” is featured in a commercial for the HTC ReZoundas well as the official theme song of WrestleMania XXVIII and WWE also used the song to highlight John Cena in his match with The Rock at the event. It is currently the theme for Thursday Night Football on NFL network. The song was released on iTunes December 16, 2011 featuring co-writer and singer Ester Dean as the second single of the album. In 2012, Machine Gun Kelly was featured on the cover of XXL as part of their annual “Top 10 Freshmen list” along with fellow rappers Macklemore, French Montana, Hopsin, Danny Brown, Iggy Azalea, Roscoe Dash, Future, Don Trip and Kid Ink. On August 13, 2012, MGK released a mixtape titled EST 4 Life, which contained both old and recently recorded material.

His debut album Lace Up was released on October 9, 2012. The album features guest appearances from Bun B, Cassie, DMX, Dubo, Ester Dean, Lil Jon, Tech N9ne, Twista, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Jeezy and Avenged Sevenfold among others. The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 57,000 copies. It slid down to # 22 in its second week, giving it a total of 65,000 copies. As of January 2013, the album has sold 128,000 copies.

2013-present: Black Flag
On January 28, 2013 MGK announced that he will be reverting to his previous stage name “Machine Gun Kelly”. He went on to say that he will release a new mixtape soon. The first single was titled “Peso”, and featured Pusha T and Meek Mill. Kelly also said Wiz Khalifa will be featured on the mixtape. On February 18, 2013 Kelly announced the name of the mixtape as, “Black Flag” and revealed the cover. He also released a music video for “Champions” which features Diddy and samples The Diplomats song “We are Champions”. On June 26, 2013 Kelly released Black Flag without prior announcement. The mixtape featured guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Kellin Quinn, Dub-O, Sean McGee and Tezo.

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Book – Frank Ocean – Artist Management

– Frank Ocean – Artist Management

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Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. The singles “Novacane” and “Swim Good” both achieved chart success.

In 2012, Ocean finished second place in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012, promoted with three charting singles: “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids”, and “Sweet Life”.

2005–10: Beginnings in Los Angeles
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Ocean’s hometown of New Orleans and his recording facility was destroyed by floodwater and looted.To continue recording music, he moved to Los Angeles and intended to stay for just six weeks but decided to stay longer and develop his music career after establishing contact with people in the music industry.He recorded some demos at a friend’s studio and shopped them around Los Angeles.

After getting a songwriting deal, he started working with other record producers and wrote songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy,and Beyoncé Knowles. Ocean later said of his work at the time, “There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But that’s not why I moved away from school and away from family.He has also worked with artists such as Nas and Pharrell Williams.

Ocean joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future, whom he had met in 2009. His friendship with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator reinvigorated Ocean’s songwriting. In late 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped him sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist.

2011: Breakthrough mixtape and sampling controversy

On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim.The mixtape focuses on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary.NPR’s Andrew Noz said Ocean’s songwriting is “smart and subtle…setting him apart from the pack.”Rolling Stone magazine’s Jonah Weiner wrote that Ocean was a “gifted avant-R&B smoothie”.In April 2011, Ocean stated that his relationship with Def Jam strengthened since the release of the mixtape. The mixtape made Ocean widely known and led his collaborations with rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Ocean first appeared in Tyler, The Creator’s music video for the single “She”, from Tyler’s second studio album Goblin (2011).His first performance was in collaboration with Odd Future at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he later joined them for their first tour across the east coast of the United States.On May 19, 2011 Ocean’s record label Def Jam announced its plans to re-release Nostalgia, Ultra as an EP.The single ‘Novacane’ was released to iTunes in May 2011, and the EP originally was set to be released the next month, but was delayed.In June 2011, Ocean revealed that he would be working on the upcoming Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborative album, Watch the Throne.[28] Ocean co-wrote and featured on two tracks: “No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America”.

Ocean sampled the music from The Eagles’ song “Hotel California” on his song “American Wedding” from Nostalgia, Ultra. When asked about it, Ocean stated that Eagles band member “Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California’. He threatened to sue if I perform it again.” In response to Ocean’s comments, The Eagles legal representative released a statement: “Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should.Chris Richards of The Washington Post remarked that “certain boomers don’t like as much” as “information-age babies” due to the controversy.

On July 28, 2011, a song titled “Thinkin Bout You”, leaked on the internet. It was later revealed the song was a reference track, written by Ocean, for Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly’s debut studio album.Kelly renamed the song ‘Thinking About Forever’. In September 2011, a music video directed by High5Collective for Ocean’s version was released, yet the song still appeared on Kelly’s debut EP Every Girl.

2012–present: Studio albums

Ocean released the cover art for his debut studio album’s lead single, titled “Thinkin Bout You”, revealing the song would be released to digital retailers on April 10, 2012.However, a month earlier, a re-mastered version of the song had already leaked.About the prospective single he said: “It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim,” he said of the follow-up to his acclaimed Nostalgia, Ultra. “It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness.”

In 2012, Ocean released his debut studio album Channel Orange to universal acclaim from critics, who later named it the best album of the year in the HMV’s Poll of Polls. It also earned Ocean six Grammy Award nominations and was credited by some writers for moving the R&B genre in a different, more challenging direction. Considered as Ocean’s first commercial release on a traditional record label, Channel Orange featured unconventional songs that were noted for their storytelling and social commentary, and a dense musical fusion that drew on hip hop, soul, and R&B. The songs about unrequited love in particular received the most attention, partly because of Ocean’s announcement prior to the album’s release, when he revealed that his first love was a man. The announcement made global headlines, and some critics compared its cultural impact to when David Bowie revealed that he was gay in 1972. Ocean promoted the album with his 2012 Summer Tour, which featured final appearances at the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals. In February 2013, Ocean confirmed that he had started work on his second studio album, which he confirmed would be another concept album. He revealed that he was working with Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse on the record.He later stated that he was being influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles. He stated he was interested in collaborating with Tame Impala and King Krule and that he would record part of the album in Bora Bora. On May 28, 2013, Ocean announced the You’re Not Dead… 2013 Tour; a fourteen-date European and Canadian tour that began on June 16, 2013, in Munich He had been scheduled to perform at the first night of OVO Fest on August 4, 2013; however he was forced to cancel his appearance due to a small vocal chord injury. The first night of the music festival was subsequently cancelled and James Blake was booked to appear during the second night as Ocean’s replacement. Frank Ocean appears on John Mayer’s album Paradise Valley, as a featured artist on a song called “Wildfire”.

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Book – Madchild – Artist management

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Shane Bunting (born October 21, 1975), better known by his stage name Madchild, is a Canadian rapper. He is part of the Vancouver-based hip hop group Swollen Members. In 2009, he released a solo EP entitled The Madchild EP. in 2012 he release another EP titled Dope Sick and an album in 2013 titled Lawn Mower Man. In 2001, he was named a member of the legendary ‘Rock Steady Crew’.

In early 2011, it was reported that Bunting was banned from entering the United States, due to alleged links to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Bunting said that he was detained at an American airport for approximately eight hours before being told he could not enter the country, and had been working with a lawyer in San Diego, California, to rectify the situation.On July 11, 2013, it was announced, via the Swollen Members Facebook page that Madchild was once again allowed to enter the United States.

In August 2011, he returned to his roots by taking part in a rap battle for King of the Dot. He went up against Dirtbag Dan and won on a 3-2 decision.He was scheduled to return to King of the Dot in August 2012 to battle with the Australian rapper 360.However, this was postponed due to 360 needing eye surgery. Madchild has said that he is still interested in doing the battle, which has been postponed to a later date.

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