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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Book – Ty Dolla $ign – Artist Management

Ty Dolla $ign – Artist Management

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Tyrone Griffin better known by his stage name Ty Dolla Sign (stylized Ty Dolla $ign or Ty$), is an American singer, rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California. He is currently signed to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records and Atlantic Records.
The son of a musician, Ty Dolla $ign originally began his career in music by learning the bass guitar. Since then, he has learned several instruments, from the drums, guitars, and keyboard to the MPC. Ty Dolla $ign’s initial claim to fame was through the success of “Toot It and Boot It”,a song he both wrote and produced for Def Jam artist YG. Both are affiliated with the group Pushaz Ink. In 2011, Ty Dolla $ign released his first single “All Star”, featuring Joe Moses with production by Fuego. His song “My Cabana” was ranked in Complex’s Best 50 Songs of 2012 list at #23.

Ty Dolla $ign signed to Atlantic Records in 2012. Then he released the Beach House mixtape on October 1, 2012[5] and followed with the Beach House 2 mixtape on July 1, 2013, which featured guest appearances by Too $hort, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Kirko Bangz among others. The following day it was revealed he was signed to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records. The Beach House mixtape was supported by the single “My Cabana” featuring Young Jeezy and Beach House 2 was supported by the singles “Irie” featuring Wiz Khalifa. On January 21, 2014, Ty Dolla Sign will release his debut extended play, Beach House EP. The EP will feature guest appearances from Casey Veggies, Wiz Khalifa, Twista, Jay Rock, Trey Songz, French Montana, and Fredo Santana and the popular single “Paranoid” featuring B.o.B.On January 7, 2014 Ty Dolla Sign released the second single from Beach House EP, “Or Nah” featuring Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard.Following the release of Beach House EP, he will be releasing his debut album later in 2014.

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Book – Sevyn Streeter – Artist Management

Sevyn Streeter – Artist Management

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Amber Denise Streeter (born July 7, 1986), known by her stage name Sevyn Streeter, is an American recording artist and singer–songwriter, best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. In 2012, she changed her stage name to Sevyn Streeter. She has written songs for artists such as Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Ariana Grande, and Tamar Braxton. Currently signed to Atlantic Records, her debut EP entitled Call Me Crazy, But… was released on December 3, 2013.

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Book – ScHoolboy Q – Artist Management

ScHoolboy Q – Artist Management

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Quincy Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986),better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q (often stylized ScHoolboy Q), is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley signed to Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and in late 2011, secured a recording contract with major label Interscope Records. Hanley is also a member of hip hop group Black Hippy, along with label-mates and fellow West Coast rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.

In 2008, Hanley released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled ScHoolboy Turned Hustla. He then released a second mixtape in 2009, titled Gangsta & Soul. He then followed up with his first independent album, entitled Setbacks, released in January 2011. The project, released under TDE to digital retailers only, reached #100 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling close to 1,000 digital copies in its first week released. A little over a year later, his second independent album Habits & Contradictions, was also released exclusively to digital retailers. The album received generally favorable reviews and debuted at #111 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 3,900 digital copies in the United States.

After signing with Interscope, Hanley subsequently began recording his major label debut studio album, entitled Oxymoron. The album, preceded by the lead single “Collard Greens”, is set to be released February 25, 2014.

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Book – Mack Wilds – Artist Management

Mack Wilds – Artist Management

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Tristan Paul Mack Wilds (born July 15, 1989) is an American actor and Grammy-nominated recording artist. He is best known for his roles as Michael Lee on the HBO original drama series The Wire and as Dixon Wilson on the CW drama series 90210.

In 2010 Wilds signed a recording contract with Independent Record Label Ten2one. Two tracks have leaked, the Rico Love-written track “Fall 4 Her” and “Runaround”. Both songs were produced by Dre & Vidal. Another track titled “2 Girls” was featured in the fourth season of 90210 and “Kim”. In October 2011 Wilds released an Extended play titled Remember Remember.In summer 2013, Tristan revisited the music scene and released the hit single “Own It”.His debut album, New York: A Love Story was released on September 30, 2013. Wilds received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album for New York: A Love Story at the 56th Grammy Awards to be held on January 26, 2014.

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Book – Riff Raff – Artist Management

Riff Raff – Artist Management

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Horst Christian Simco(born January 29, 1982) better known by the stage name Riff Raff (often stylized as RiFF RAFF), is a rapper from Houston, Texas.He was originally managed by Swishahouse co-founder OG Ron C.Then after being associated with Soulja Boy’s imprint S.O.D. Money Gang Inc., Riff Raff is now signed to producer Diplo’s record label Mad Decent.He is also known for being a member of the rap group Three Loco along with Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty.His second studio album Neon Icon is due for release on January 28, 2014.

Riff Raff was born Horst Simco in Houston, Texas, on January 29, 1982 to parents Anita Simco, a maid, and Ronald Simco, a Vietnam War veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder who worked various jobs including being a police officer and a manager at Walmart.His mother grew up in Ohio, descending from a family of German and Lithuanian Jews that includes several survivors, and victims, of the Holocaust.Riff Raff was the second of four siblings.He and his family lived in a ranch house located in the northwest suburbs of Houston, in an area called Copperfield about 25 miles outside of downtown.Growing up he was obsessed with basketball, playing frequently with a group kids in his neighborhood.By the middle of the decade, the Simcos had moved to a rental house in nearby Stone Creek, an area that had recently developed something of a gang problem.He attended Langham Creek High School, where he was shooting guard on his school’s basketball team, before dropping out senior year.Shortly after he obtained his GED.

Soon after his parents divorced and around the same time Ronald, his father, was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and moved north to get out of the heat, landing in Duluth, MN.For a period of time Riff Raff and his siblings were shuttled back and forth between there and Houston, where their mother remained.In 2001, he enrolled at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, MN, where he played on the basketball team and majored in liberal arts. Ultimately, though, he felt out of place in Hibbing and lasted only a month on the basketball team.He dropped out in 2003 and moved back to Houston, where he found himself painting cars in the in-vogue “candy-colored” style and gradually beginning to build his new identity.He would eventually settle in L.A. as he begun to take his rapping career seriously.

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Book – Mike Will Made It – Artist Management

Mike Will Made It – Artist Management

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Michael Len Williams II (born March 23, 1989), professionally known as Mike WiLL Made It or Mike WiLL, is an American record producer from Atlanta, Georgia.He is best known for producing trap beats for several Southern hip hop artists and has also produced the hit singles “Mercy” by GOOD Music, “No Lie” by 2 Chainz, “Bandz a Make Her Dance” by Juicy J, “Pour It Up” by Rihanna, “Love Me” by Lil Wayne, “Body Party” by Ciara and “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. He has released three mixtapes and plans to release his debut album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album), in 2013 under his label EarDrummas and Interscope Records.

Mike WiLL Made It, birth name Michael Williams, was born on March 23, 1989 in Marietta, Georgia, the youngest of three children with two older sisters. Mike WiLL’s mother was in a gospel group, singing for Dottie Peoples, when Mike was young and according to Mike WiLL, his uncle was an accomplished guitar player. Growing up, Mike WiLL was athletic, participating in a number of sports, including basketball, baseball, and football, with dreams of becoming a professional athlete.As a teenager, Mike WiLL first developed his talent for music by re-playing popular instrumentals that he heard on the radio while he and his friends would freestyle to them.In a number of interviews, Mike WiLL has mentioned, in particular, re-playing the instrumental for “Still Fly”, a popular song by the southern rap group Big Tymers, on a makeshift Casio brand keyboard, and has also mentioned re-playing the song “Young’n (Holla Back)” by New York rapper Fabolous on production equipment at a local music store.

At age 14, Mike WiLL began to make his own beats on a Korg ES1 beat machine, which his father purchased for him as a Christmas present from local music store Mars Music. As Mike WiLL became more accomplished, he also began to use production equipment including the Korg Triton, the Akai MPC1000, the Yamaha Motif, and the Roland Fantom.

Upon graduating high school, Mike WiLL enrolled at Georgia State to pursue undergraduate studies, but dropped out after several semesters to focus on his career as a music producer.

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Book – Kid Ink – Artist Management

Kid Ink – Artist Management

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Brian Todd Collins (born April 1, 1986 in Los Angeles, California), also known by his stage name Kid Ink, is an American rapper from Los Angeles signed to RCA Records.

2010-2012: Tha Alumni Music Group and Up & Away
After releasing his first mixtape, World Tour, under the name Rockstar, he started to gain some popularity. This grabbed the attention of DJ Ill Will who is connected with the hip-hop site, HotNewHipHop. DJ Ill Will then signed Collins to his independent label, Tha Alumni Group, and Collins changed his stage name to “Kid Ink”. Then in early 2011, he released his first mixtape under his new name entitled Crash Landing, a mixtape that featured artist such as Roscoe Dash, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill and more . At the beginning of the 2011 summer, he then released his second mixtape, Daydreamer, which was available for download on various sites that featured Cory Gunz, Maejor Ali, Ray J, Sean Kingston, Meek Mill Bow Wow along with others. In September 2011, he released his third mixtape named Wheels Up that featured artists 2 Chainz, Nipsey Hussle, Tyga and more.In 2012 he was also a featured artist in the 2012 XXL Freshman class along with artists such as rappers Future and Macklemore.

Kid Ink released his first independent album, Up & Away on June 12, 2012 to moderate success. The album was produced by Ned Cameron and Jahlil Beats among others. It peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard 200 in its first week. The album’s first single, “Time of Your Life” preceded the album’s release in early 2012 followed by the album’s second single, “Lost in the Sauce”.On November 21, 2012 Kid Ink released his fifth mixtape, “Rocketshipshawty”.

2013-present: Signing with RCA, Almost Home and My Own Lane
On January 4, 2013, he announced that he had signed a deal with RCA Records and premiered his first major label single, titled “Bad Ass” featuring Wale and Meek Mill and produced by Devin Cruise.The song would be released for digital download on January 22, 2013.The song was released to Rhythm Crossover radio in the United States on February 26, 2013.It has since peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On May 14, he announced his first project released under RCA, would be an EP titled Almost Home on May 28, 2013. It featured artists such as French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill, ASAP Ferg and Rico Love among others.Upon its release, the EP debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200. It also produced the single “Money and the Power” which has been featured in HBO’s Hard Knocks as well as in the sports video game NBA Live 14. On September 17, 2013, he released the first single from his second studio album My Own Lane, entitled “Show Me” featuring Chris Brown and produced by DJ Mustard. On November 4, 2013, he revealed that My Own Lane would be released on January 7, 2014.

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Book – YG – Artist Management

YG – Artist Management

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Keenon Jackson (born March 9, 1990), is an American rapper better known by his stage name YG (short for Young Gangsta). He was signed to Def Jam in 2009 and released his first single titled “Toot It and Boot It”, featuring Tydolla$ign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100, in 2010. His most recent single “My Nigga” has peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the biggest hit of his career.

After releasing several songs that garnered him a large following on the internet, such as “She A Model” and “Aim Me” YG signed to Def Jam. Following that, he worked on mixtapes, touring and running his 4Hunnid brand clothing line.He was also featured in XXL’s 2011 Freshmen Class.On March 19, YG released “You Broke” featuring Nipsey Hussle to iTunes.In 2012, he announced his debut album then titled, I’m 4rm Bompton, will be executively produced by rapper Young Jeezy. Later in June 2013 he revealed that Jeezy’s record label CTE World would release the album.He was featured on Yo Gotti’s “Act Right” also featuring Jeezy. It peaked at number 100 on the Hot 100 and at number 24 on the Rap Songs chart, making it one of his most successful singles. He was then prominently featured on the CTE World mixtape, Boss Yo Life Up Gang in August 2013.

On September 4, 2013 YG revealed that his debut album will be released on November 19, 2013 (but would later be pushed back), via Def Jam Recordings and that he has changed the album title to My Krazy Life. He also revealed that Drake will be featured on a song titled “Who You Love”, produced by DJ Mustard. Shortly thereafter he released the album’s lead single “My Nigga” featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy, also produced by DJ Mustard.The song has since peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100.On December 10, 2013, YG released “Left, Right” as the album’s second single from his debut album.The following day, Def Jam announced that My Krazy Life would be released on March 18, 2014 and that “Who Do You Love” featuring Drake would be the album’s next single, with a release for it coming in January 2014.

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