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Book – K-Slick – Artist Management


Book – Rappin’ 4-Tay – Artist Management

Rappin’ 4-Tay – Artist Management

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Anthony Forté (born March 2, 1968), better known by his stage name Rappin’ 4-Tay, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.

4-Tay made his debut on the Too Short album Life Is … Too Short, right after high school. Later he was convicted on drug charges and served ten months in prison. Upon his release from prison he released his debut album Rappin’ 4-Tay Is Back in 1991, and followed up in 1994 with Don’t Fight the Feelin’, which included the hits “Playaz Club” (which sampled the song “Private Number” by William Bell and Judy Clay and hit # 36 on the Billboard Hot 100), the “Dank Season” featuring Seff Tha Gaffla, and “I’ll Be Around” (which hit # 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 1 in New Zealand).
In 1995, two Rappin’ 4-Tay songs – “Problems” and “A Message For Your Mind” – were featured on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack. “A Message For Your Mind” sampled I Want You Back by The Jackson 5.

Rappin’ 4-Tay’s mainstream success has been scarce since then, but he was featured in 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me album on the track “Only God Can Judge Me” in 1996 and Master P’s West Coast Bad Boyz II compilation in 1997. 4-Tay was also an original member of Bay Area supergroup T.W.D.Y. in 1999.
In 2003 Rappin’ 4-Tay released the album Gangsta Gumbo with the single “Burning, Burning”, followed up by the album That’s What You Thought in 2007.

He was featured on the song “My Alphabets” on Bay Area legend Mac Dre’s 2004 album The Genie of the Lamp.

In 2012 Rappin’ 4-Tay collaborated on the song Picture A Nigga with Lil’ Gang$ta, as well as helping with his debut album.

In 2013 Rappin’ 4-Tay Made Herman Watson (Of The Group The Iintercepterz)His Manager & Go Too Guy. With the help of Herman Watson (AKA Lil’ Herm) Rappin’ 4-Tay Has been making waves in the industry with a new catalog of hits including an upcoming comic book & soundtrack coming out in 2014. 4-Tay & Lil’ Herm performed for the Paid Dues 2013 Festival In San Bernardino, CA, Rock The Bells 2013 In San Francisco, CA, and they headlined the Seattle Hemp Festival 2013.

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Book – Mistah F.A.B – Artist Management

Mistah F.A.B – Artist Management

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Stanley Petey Cox (born January 23, 1982), better known by his stage name Mistah F.A.B. (abbreviation for Faeva Afta Bread), is an American rapper. He attended Oakland Technical High School and Emery High School. He is signed to Mac Dre’s label, Thizz Entertainment and Atlantic Records. Mistah F.A.B. is an acronym for “Money Is Something to Always Have– FaEva Afta Bread.”.

Mistah F.A.B. was born in North Oakland, California and was raised there by his mother and grandmother. His mother worked as many as four jobs at once to support the family while his father was incarcerated. F.A.B. was twelve years old when his father died of complications from AIDS. F.A.B. began writing and rapping soon after, and in high school he competed in freestyle rap.

Mistah F.A.B. began his musical rise in Oakland, Ca as a young artist signed to Straight Hits Entertainment, where he dropped his debut album, Nig-Latin in 2003. Although this album garnered some success and recognition, the majority of FAB’s recognition came from his skills as a battle rapper. Mistah F.A.B. has battled many MCs in the hip-hop world, including Clyde Carson of The Team, Killa Keise, Lil Al, Spade, and Locksmith of The Frontline. FAB is most known for his freestyle battles with Jin of Ruff Ryders and Royce Da 5’9. He also has the uncanny ability to freestyle for long stretches of time. Specifically, he is known for being able to rap “off the top of the dome” anywhere at anytime, as evidenced when he did a freestyle from his hospital bed after a car accident. In 2004, Mistah F.A.B. signed to Mac Dre’s Thizz Entertainment. Under Thizz ENT, Fab blossomed as a front runner in the Bay Area’s Hyphy movement. With songs like “Super Sic Wit It,” “N.E.W. Oakland,” and “Kicked Out The Club,” FAB’s Son of a Pimp album was an instant success around the Bay Area.

FAB’s first single release was the hit “Ghost Ride It,” in 2006. FAB’s video for the song became a subject of criticism due to its directions on how to ghost ride, as well as its use of the Ghostbusters’ car without the express approval from Columbia Pictures, which owned the rights to the Ghostbusters franchise and car. The video was eventually pulled from Viacom’s MTV for its alleged copyright violation. The song references actor Patrick Swayze, lead star in the 1990 film Ghost, sparking internet references to ghost riding as “Ghost ride. Go crazy. Who’s that driving? Patrick Swayze!”.

In 2007, FAB released Da Baydestrian. Because of a feud with Bay Area radio station KMEL, FAB was not able to promote Da Baydestrian like his prior albums, but it still garnered success. Because of FAB’s local success and his reputation as a freestyle battle rapper, major record labels began to call. FAB signed with Atlantic Records in 2007, but has yet to release his Da Yellow Bus Rydah album.

In October 2011, Mistah F.A.B. was featured in a mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars by Jump Shot Media.
On Aug. 21, 2012, Mistah F.A.B. hooked up with San Diego legend I-Rocc for an album titled “Face Off”. Their first single was “Willy Beamen”, and can be seen on youtube.com or worldstarhiphop.com A majority of the production came from Southern California producer Coach Money, and the album featured Philthy Rich, San Quinn, J-Diggs, Glasses Malone, X-Raided, and more.

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Book – Layzie Bone – Artist Management

Layzie Bone – Artist Management

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Layzie Bone (born Steven Howse on September 23, 1975) is rapper and hip-hop artist known primarily for being a member of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He has also has gone by the names L-Burna and The #1 Assassin. He is the younger brother of fellow group member Flesh-N-Bone & younger cousin of group member Wish Bone. He is also a member of the rap group Bone Brothers and CEO of the record label Harmony Howse Entertainment.

The group formed the band B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e (all except for Flesh-N-Bone) and recorded an album entitled Faces Of Death in the studio of their then mentor, Kermit Henderson (Krayzie Bone’s younger brother) on his indie label Stoney Burke in 1993. After this Layzie and the rest of the Bone Family boarded a Greyhound Bus to Los Angeles where they worked with notable producer and rapper Eazy-E and his Ruthless/Relativity Records label. Diego Blak (born Diego hodge), a marketer and promoter and co-executive producer of Faces Of Death introduced them to Eazy-E at a concert he promoted in Cleveland, Ohio where they auditioned for him in his dressing room and then traveled back to Los Angeles, California after the show to seal the deal. At this point Eazy named them Thugs-n-Harmony but they wanted to keep the bone name so they were called Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Solo career, Mo Thugs & Bone Brothers
Layzie has also promoted the indie label Mo Thugs Records which he and the rest of Bone originated. He released his first solo album Thug By Nature on March 20, 2001 exactly the same day Bizzy Bone released his second solo album The Gift. He also has collaborative albums with Young Noble from the The Outlawz and A.K. of Do Or Die, solo albums out such as It’s Not A Game, The New Revolution, Cleveland, Startin’ from Scratch: How A Thug Was Born, and the upcoming solo album to be announced Ruthless. He has had a series of albums with Bizzy Bone; Still Creepin On Ah Come Up and under the name Bone Brothers entitled: Bone Brothers, Bone Brothers 2, Bone Brothers 3. In the fall of 2010, Layzie established a new label, Harmony Howse Entertainment. As of 2011, he and Fredro Starr of the Onyx (group) are planning to release a collaborative EP entitled FireSquad, which is set to be released late 2011. By the middle of 2013, Layzie has announced on Twitter that he is taking a step aside from performing and appearing with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to focus on his solo-career.

Layzie is currently working on his latest album Perfect Timing, scheduled to be released Spring of 2014

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Book – Spice 1 – Artist Management

Spice 1 – Artist Management

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Robert L. Green, Jr., better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper born in Corsicana, Texas. He has consistently been releasing solo and group albums since 1992. Spice 1 was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine’s Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988–2003. His self-titled debut was also listed in The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.

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His rap name is an acronym for “Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash, and Entertainment”. He was first discovered by rapper Too Short. His first release, Let It Be Known EP, was not well known or widely released, and included seven old-school style tracks. His self-titled debut album Spice 1 was a very vivid and fatalistic gangsta rap album, and his angry, edgy, and pessimistic rapping style and tone only added to the despair emanating from the disc. He followed it with an even more bitter and nihilistic release, 187 He Wrote in 1993, complete with simulated gunfire. Spice 1 managed to release six albums under Jive records along with one greatest hits album. It was reported by Jive that he has an album called “Full Metal Jacket”, which was supposed to release under Jive. However, Spice 1 stated in many interviews that this information was false. It was something Jive wanted to push him into releasing, but he never agreed to do so. Therefore, the album was never released and it is uncertain whether or not songs for this album were used for future albums or if any songs were even recorded for this project.

In 1996, Spice 1 appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Organized Konfusion, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as “a masterpiece” by The Source magazine.

While Spice 1 was signed to Jive, three of his albums reached Gold status. According to the RIAA, these albums were Spice 1, 187 He Wrote and AmeriKKKa’s Nightmare. He continued to have success on later albums as well, though he never managed receive further certificates for selling over 500,000. Despite this he never changed his image, continuing to retain a gangster image throughout his career on Jive Records. The biggest song in his career was “Trigga Gots No Heart” from the Menace II Society soundtrack. However, at the same time he released “Trigga Gots No Heart”, which also served as a first single for his album, fellow rap artist MC Eiht also had a hit single from the soundtrack which took the number one spot called “Streiht Up Menace”. After 8 years, Spice 1 released his last album with the label, Immortalized. Though it received good reviews, it was not well promoted and didn’t sell as expected. According to Spice 1, he left Jive Records because they wanted him to clean up his image.

Spice’s creative output has ballooned since his release from Jive. He has released more than 10 group and solo albums since.

Spice 1 recently defended Ice-T in his feud with Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em.

More recently Spice 1 is working on a new album, with production credits from Nat Powers.

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