Originally known as Lil’ Boosie, Boosie Badazz’s hard Southern style comes from growing up in one of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s more notorious neighborhoods, one that was known for drugs and gunplay. Not having his father in his life was another challenge, but things began moving in a positive direction when Boosie immersed himself in basketball. It looked like it could be his ticket into college, but getting involved in drugs got him kicked out of high school. He turned to rapping and eventually hooked up with C-Loc. An appearance on C-Loc’s 2000 effort, It’s a Gamble, became Boosie’s debut. He soon released the full-length CD Youngest of da Camp on his own. His big breakthrough began when he joined Pimp C’s Trill Entertainment camp. He was paired with fellow Trill artist Webbie for the 2003 release Ghetto Stories and again for 2004’s Gangsta Musik, which featured the first appearance of Webbie’s future hit “Give Me That.” Trill then worked a deal with the Warner Bros.-associated Asylum, and both Webbie and Boosie were now on a major label. Webbie released his album in 2005; Boosie’s landed in 2006. Titled Bad Azz, the release featured Yung Joc, Pimp C, and Webbie as guests. The Bad Azz DVD soon followed, featuring interview footage where Boosie explained the drug-related death of his father and revealed his own battle with diabetes. Late in the year, the Streetz Is Mine mixtape appeared in cooperation with DJ Drama. His slick album Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz landed in 2009 along with the single “Better Believe It.” The next year, Boosie followed up with Incarcerated, which was issued while he served time for drug possession. After his 2014 release from prison, he changed his name to Boosie Badazz and was featured on several tracks, including ones by Jeezy (“Beez Like”) and T.I. (“Jet Fuel”). He also issued Life After Deathrow, a mixtape, as a free digital download. The proper album Touchdown to Cause Hell was planned for a February 2015 release date on Atlantic.
Jidenna – Artist Management
A sharp dresser, singer, and rapper with geographic connections ranging from Nigeria to U.S. cities like Oakland, Atlanta, and New York, Jidenna Mobisson arrived in 2015 with a hybrid R&B/rap sound he called swank. The son of pioneering Nigerian scientist and educator Oliver Mobisson, he cited Nat King Cole, James Brown, and OutKast among his many inspirations. The Stanford graduate signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland label and debuted with “Classic Man,” where he delivered boastful, foul-mouthed rhymes and a neat vocal hook over a sparse, street-level beat. Released in February 2015, the single took a while to gain traction, possibly received a nudge from Monáe’s March-issued “Yoga” — which featured her new signing — and reached the Billboard Hot 100 three months later. The Eephus, a six-track showcase for the Wondaland crew, was released in August 2015 with the original “Classic Man” and a version featuring Kendrick Lamar.
Silentó – Artist Management
Atlanta-based rapper Silentó broke out of the underground as a teenager in early 2015. That’s when his single “Watch Me” — recorded the previous December and released independently a month later — inspired a wave of fan-made dance videos due to lyrical references to the whip dance, the nae nae, and the stanky leg. Over the course of one week, the single, made with Bola da Producer, racked up over two-and-a-half million U.S. streams. The spike sent it to number 33 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The following week, the song crossed into the Hot 100 chart at number 86. By the end of April, the rapper had signed to the Capitol label.
Fetty Wap – Artist Management
For the Trap & B artist named Fetty Wap known for sharing his love about his ride or die chick on his breakout hit “Trap Queen,” his hustle never stops. Willie Maxwell II hails from New Jersey, like Redman and Joe Budden, calling home to a city called Paterson. The rapper explains it was difficult growing up there, specifically pointing out that “everybody is trying to make it out.” As he adjusts to the attention after blowing up from “Trap Queen” in 2014, his mission in hip-hop. Isn’t to become more famous, but to use his fortunes to help his community rise above their hardships.
Currently, “Trap Queen” is No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 on iTunes, 19 million YouTube plays and 22 million SoundCloud plays. Not bad for a newcomer. On his records, Fetty Wap’s wobbly voice cuts through trap instrumentals and melodies, making. His honest and aggressive lyrics a staple of Jersey’s rap scene. His likability comes from his influences, which are Gucci Mane (his name pays homage to Gucci’s nickname Guwop) and other trap innovators such as Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J and Project Pat. His flow on “Trap Queen,” captures the same feelings as his idols, and has ignited remixes from the likes of French. Montana, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross.
It’s a respectable career trajectory for someone who uploaded. Freestyled verses of “Trap Queen” to SoundCloud in March 2014. “I was dealing with that Person at the time. She was juggin with me,” he says of the song’s inspiration. “We were really rying to make it happen. We got tired of riding regular.” Once Fetty Wap re-recorded the rough. Copy for radio, the track became the de facto winter anthem. The single received a major push when Fetty Wap’s label RGF Productions partnered with 300. Entertainment in November 2014. 300 Entertainment intern, Wharton Berg, discovered Fetty.
Online and shared his finding with A&R extraordinaire Selim Bouab, who brought Fetty to Todd Moscowitz. During his meeting with Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles and Todd Moscowitz, whose. Resumes include long stints as leaders from Def Jam to Warner Music Group, Fetty could feel the. Outpour of support from the industry veterans. “When bringing Fetty to Todd, Lyor and Kevin,. The support was undeniable and realized by all that we have a really special artist on our hands,”. Selim says of signing Fetty. “To see how far along we are now in such a brief time is thrilling.”. This year, Fetty Wap’s profile rose when he earned co-signs from stars like Trey Songz, Rihanna and Kanye West. In February, Fetty Wap was the surprise guest for West’s Roc City Classic show “I just turned up. That’s all I can remember,” he says. “I’m just mad appreciative. It’s just a big grateful, feeling that’s just one way of putting it.” Since then, Fetty Wap has been featured. In Billboard, Complex and nominated for the 2015 XXL Freshman Class, a coveted list of the next wave of rap stars.
He’s also used the bigger platform to introduce his crew Remy Boyz 1738, consisting of up-and-coming rappers Montana Buckz and P Dice. With his growing success, he isn’t letting his condition (his left eye was lost to congenital glaucoma when he was a child get in the way of chasing his dreams. More recently, Fetty Wap is determined to make his Trap & B songs resonate in 2015. He’s on the. Right track to be the hottest artist at SXSW with performances at Rolling Stone, Samsung and. Fool’s Gold’s showcases. Meanwhile, he’s finalizing his self-titled RGF Productions/300 entertainment debut that’ll showcase his talents outside his viral hit. “This shit doesn’t happen to. People where I’m from,” Fetty Wap says of his rapid ascent. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity, so I’ma be a superstar until my star don’t burn no more.”
Mistah F.A.B – Artist Management
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.
Layzie Bone – Artist Management
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
Spice 1 – Artist Management
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.
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.
Ty Dolla $ign – Artist Management
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 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.
ScHoolboy Q – Artist Management
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.
Mack Wilds – Artist Management
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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