Rappin’ 4-Tay – Artist Management
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.
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.
Riff Raff – Artist Management
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.
Mike Will Made It – Artist Management
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.
Kid Ink – Artist Management
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.
YG – Artist Management
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.
Lil Debbie – Artist Management
Jordan Capozzi (born February 2, 1990), better known by her stage name Lil Debbie, is an American recording artist, model and fashion designer. She is best known as being a part of the defunct group White Girl Mob with rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty.
Lil Debbie was born in Oakland, California as Jordan Capozzi. She is of Italian descent and has a dual Italian and American citizenship. After graduating high school, she went on to study fashion design at FIDM. Later, she dropped out due to,”having too much homework.” When she was 15 years old, she met Kreayshawn and V-Nasty who she had been friends with, before having issues with Kreayshawn during White Girl Mob and eventually getting kicked out, dropping the friendship in late September; however, she has since had contact with V-Nasty. They remain good friends to this day. She was an only child and spent a lot of her time hanging with the two and considered them as her ‘sisters’.The three later went on to create the group White Girl Mob.
Born 9/11/87 to a strong family Lantana has been Lantana since day one. Learning and growing in a world that already had plans for him according to statistics. Graduating high school in 2005 he soon fell to the long arm of the law in and out of trouble. In 2006 he dropped his first mixtape “Its Dat Real” a hood classic full of original and quality work. While pushing “Its Dat Real” Lantana t fell into real trouble and found himself behind bars for four years. Released in 2011 Lantana hit the ground running and dropped the mixtape “LANTANA ON THE WAY” with the lead single “ALL HUSTLE NO LUCK”. His second mixtape, called “All Hustle No Luck” is available now and excepting concert dates!
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