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Paul Hill
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Paul Hill was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. His love for true soul music was cultivated by his late mother (Carolyn A. Hill), and since the age of 7 the soul of Detroit’s original Motown sound inspired and influenced his unmistakable style as well as classic R&B, Soul, jazz, Funk and ballads. He was influenced by crooners from Al Green and Frank Sinatra, to Marvin Gaye, and adding flair by merging those styles with icons like Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic and The Beatles. Paul is a music connoisseur with a knack for bridging the gap between the old and the new; He is one with true soul, and soul knows no limits.
Like his mentor George Clinton, Paul began as a barber and hair stylist, and pursued his passion of music from the barbershop, using his earnings to finance his music projects. It would make total sense that he would one day become a card-carrying member of the P-Funk All Stars, helping to usher P-Funk into legendary status. Paul Hill has been featured on various P-Funk All Stars releases; How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Absent, Gangsters of Love, Family Series, and Baby Makers Volume 1. As a solo performer and with P-Funk as well, Paul has traveled the globe sharing the stage with other musical talents such as: Beyonce, John Legend, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, R Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Prince, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sly Stone, Grace Jones, Whitney Houston and James Brown. Paul also briefly toured with Alexander O’Neal and produced acts on Michael Bivins (New Edition) BIV10 label.
When Motown legends The Four Tops, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson (The Supremes) Sylvia Moy (Motown writer, ‘My Cherie amour’) and The Dramatics were ready to release new projects, they sought out the one person they knew would create a fresh new sound for them while allowing them to stay true to their roots – Paul Hill. His love and passion for Motown would soon bring him to work with one of the very legends of Motown he admired, Edward Holland of Holland Dozier Holland – the Iconic writing and production team of Motown. Recognizing the unique skills that Paul possesses, Edward Holland quickly acquired Paul as a writer and producer on his own label, H-D-H.
Paul mentored and helped to catapult the careers of the Grammy winning production team, The Funktwons (Tim & Bob) by bringing them to D.A.R.P., super producer Dallas Austin’s company. This helped the careers of TLC, Sisqo, Destiny’s Child, Boys II Men,, Bobby Valentino and many more. These works also earned Paul a multitude of Platinum records as a result of 150 million albums sold worldwide.
Alongside the music, Paul has performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, The Carson Daly Show, The BET awards (for their 25th anniversary), The Grammys, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, HBO’s Sinbad’s Summer Jam, New York Undercover, The Bernie Mac Show, as well as feature films “All Access” (IMAX), and “The Breaks”. His song “My Square” is featured on the soundtrack of “Super Sucker” (starring Jeff Daniels). Paul made a featured appearance in Too $hort’s “Gettin’ It” Video, and performed on the “Gettin‘ It” LP which earned Paul his first RIAA certified platinum album.
.Though he is in on plenty of hit albums by others, In the early 2000’s Paul released his own 6 song EP which displayed his production, writing and vocal skills. The indie release featured the tracks “Issues”, and the sensual “Need Me Some U”, which was well received and was revived with a remix by Detroit’s Moodymann; this got the attention of Gilles Peterson who added it to the compilation ‘Bubblers 10’ on his Brownswood imprint. In 2016, Paul releases ‘E’Pee Albumedition’, a collection of new songs which take on lives of their own with each listen. The storyteller takes you around the world and back, through your mind. Not only that; he goes all the way Swagadelic by including a comic book that lets you in on how the sessions actually went, with the participants involved. With clever lyrics, metaphors, puns, and the unmixtapeable cool that is Paul Hill – ‘E’Pee Albumedition’ is that real.
Also on the horizon, Paul has his own imprint ‘WE/DELIC’ which is a launching pad for projects such as his memoir ‘High Hopes & Hell Holes’, the documentary ‘Before & after The Funk’, and other musical projects for the future. As Paul Hill has been mentored and shaped by Legends in the music business, and has mentored and shaped modern day hit-makers, and is a maker of hits of his own; all things come full circle. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Paul Hill

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Lathun Grady & Charles”Gator” Moore

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Lathun Grady was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a child, he was obsessed with music, getting up early before school to practice music in the basement. With his brothers, a cousin, and a neighbor, Lathun formed the group Dynamic Explosion when he was 8. Working with the group, Lathun learned to play a variety of instruments and developed an understanding of the hip-hop culture.

At 15, Lathun was writing songs and doing recordings at his home. He performed around Detroit and hooked up with Jermain Dupri on So So Def. While there, he worked as a songwriter and producer, working with artists like Immature, Xscape, and Raphael Saddiq. He also released his own song, “Freak It” in 1997.

Even with the success of his dance hit “Freak It,” Lathun continued to work as a songwriter. However, he finally took the advice of others and pursued his own musical career at Motown. In 2002, he released his debut album on the label, titled Fortunate. He was signed by Kedar Massenburg, the same person who backed Erykah Badu and brought her to fame. With all of his experience in the industry, Lathun did most of the production and writing for his album.

 

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Charles”Gator” More

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Charles “Gator” Moore Biography

There are already two people with similar names that Charles “Gator” Moorehas to worry about being mistaken for, without even leaving his home town of Detroit. Both coincidentally are trumpet players, although the Moore nicknamed in honor of the large snapping reptile is not. The late Charles Victor Moore was a historic character on the Detroit jazz scene who played in the ’30s with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers. Another Charles Moore became active in the Motor City in modern jazz in the ’60s, jamming with the loud and controversial MC5, among many others. Use of certain naughty words by the latter band is a potential link with Charles “Gator” Moore, whose songwriting credits will forever include one ditty with a title that in itself is subjected to ruthless censorship — not to mention the lyrics, which are also not allowed.The Transitions have been this Moore‘s recording vehicle since the trio rap act was set in motion by producer Michael Bivins, also incorporating the talents of Rashawn Worthen and Balewa “Bilal” Muhammad. Hometown backgrounds were not uniform as is sometimes the case with hip-hip acts, Moore‘s performing partners hailing from Harlem and Tampa, respectively. “Back in da Days” is one of the group’s hits with a title at least printable in its entirety, if not worthy of a seal of approval from English teachers. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide

Tone “AK” Scott

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If it comes out of Detroit, then there’s probably a little DNA in it from producer extraordinaire, AK! That’s right people, AK is back with his alter ego TONE SCOTT {wearing those two hats as famed rapper/producer Kanye West does} wth the smash single,”WHOLE Click Ballin”! He has assembled an all star lineup of straight spitters! The producing prodigy himself, being first up to put flames on this joint {as it should be} is followed up by Payroll of DBC, Stretch Money of HLR and, last but never least, T-dot {Rock Bottom} of NFL! Now you’re probably thnking, this is crazy! But do you think the music conductor would stop there? Of course not! It’s only fitting that AK would lift the voice of the late, legendary, Blade Icewood to blaze the chorus and, a known fact is that AK has produced many hits for Blade {who still leads today in Detroit rap product sales, a testament to longevity}. Once again AK,{oops!!! I meant TONE SCOTT} the mastermind, has summoned his knack for bridging his street credibility, with his musical sensability,making this single “Whole Click Ballin” what the rap game will be calling for!


Looze Cannon

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A different and unique talent that is [mentally] on a different page than most rappers.
While my music is competitive, relate-able, real and feel-able, key attributes that makes me that UNIQUE artist is:
• I am respectful to women, I believe in the “old ways” of how you should treat your lady at my young age.
• In a song I have called I can make you famous, I state: “I can make u famous, baby you know that’s true, just look
up in the sky, see that star, yeah..that’s you” That’s how I really feel, I will say it in my music and on a date.
• I’m young, fly and flashy.
• I do regular teen things on the daily
• I genuinely love my family, my homies, the ladies, the mall, my city, my fans.

What sets me apart from other rappers is:
I am that guy most rappers are scared to be.
Most rappers have [somewhat] the same mentality; to be hard, thugged out, a fool withmoney or a gangbanger. I dare to be
different. I dare to be me.

I wouldn’t mind if people thought of me as the “Justin Beiber” of rap. I am versatile, you will hear me more raw in my
mixtape stuff, where my albums might be something different, but you love it all.

I’m a young teen in America, I’m in touch with what goes on in the hood, I roll in the hood, yet I do care about social and
economic issues such voting, drugs in the community.

I don’t want people to think that im tiger woods …so positive and so flawless. I’m not a thug… but I am knowledgeable about
the street game to the fullest and I can talk about it, be in it and around it and still be Looze Cannon.

Recording Artist Drake said it best “ it takes a certain type of man preach…to be far from hood, but understand the
streets” …That sums up my whole character.

 

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Al Bell

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Al Bell currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Memphis Music Foundation and Chairman and CEO of Al Bell Presents, LLC.

Al Bell recently received the highest honor the recorded music industry offers: the 2011 Prestigious Grammy Trustees Award, presented by the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). This award was given in recognition of Mr. Bell’s lifetime of influence, achievement, and success in his pursuit of musical excellence, as demonstrated through the creation, development, and successful marketing of “rare performing artists” that recorded “unique music art” and who with “passion and emotion” interacted with and entertained their audiences with a standard of excellence that classified them as entertainment icons. This is considered a noble achievement by Al Bell in the recorded music and entertainment Industries.

Throughout his career, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, a seer, an icon, a “music mogul,” and a communications and entertainment “maverick.” Perhaps the word that sums this all up best is “legend,” which is how most people throughout industry view him today.

Mr. Bell attained this status of legend because, at every turn of events within the recorded music industry, and in the many facets of the businesses in which he has been involved, he always has been way ahead of his time. Also, because of his ability to see things that others cannot – and his intuitive capacity (and the guts) to act on what he sees – Mr. Bell has always been far ahead of his competitors, as well.

In the 1970’s, two of the largest African-American owned businesses in America were Motown Records and Stax Records. Al Bell is the former owner of Stax Records.

During his years as head of Stax Records, Al Bell introduced marketing and promotional innovations, which changed the direction of the nation’s music industry. Stax produced gold and platinum hits on such varied artists as Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, Sam And Dave, Booker T and the MG’s, the Bar Kays, Otis Redding, The Emotions, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Billy Eckstine, Albert King, The Dramatics and a host of others.

Stax Records worked with Melvin Van Peebles on the release of his revolutionary film “Sweetback” and with MGM Studios on the release of the film “Shaft,” demonstrating marketing and promotional techniques that woke the film industry to the potential in the black marketplace and led to the black film renaissance of the 1970s.

Al Bell successfully marketed the theme from “Shaft” performed by Isaac Hayes to the revered winner’s circle of the Motion Picture Industry’s Academy Awards and secured an “Oscar Award” for the Best Original Song with Hayes becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any other Academy Award in a non-acting category).

Al Bell added to the roster of box office hits with the landmark 1973 film “Wattstax,” a documentary based on a Stax Records concert that entertained 112,000 people, in the Los Angeles stadium, from Los Angeles and Watts. This was the largest musical event ever presented to Black America.

In the 1980s, Al Bell became head of the Motown Records Group and worked with Berry Gordy in the sale of Motown to the MCA/Boston Ventures Group. After Motown, he discovered the music group Tag Team and released “Whoomp! There It Is” which sold over 5,000,000 single units. This record is one of the biggest-selling singles in the history of the music industry.

Al Bell was asked by the artist “Prince” to release a single record for him, after his label Warner Brothers Records turned him down. Using his unique style of marketing and promotion, Al Bell released “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and gave Prince his biggest-selling single ever.

In the recently published book by Rob Bowman chronicling the history of Stax Records titled “Soulsville USA: The Stax Records Story,” Jesse Jackson is quoted saying that, “Stax was not just a record company. It was a sound. It was a piece of culture. It was a moment of conscience and experience of mankind. At the right time, it meant a lot to us. People still heavily borrow upon the tradition of Stax and the lineage laid down by the very special genius of Al Bell.”

Over the years, Al Bell has received a vast body of honors and awards, including the National Award of Achievement from U.S. Department of Commerce. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in Black America” and “Who’s Who in the World,” and was honored by Black Enterprise Magazine in 1972 and 1973 as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses (#2) in recognition for Stax Records. He also was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Men by Ebony Magazine in 1972, as well as one of the Top 1000 Most Successful Black Men in the World, by Ebony Magazine in 1973. He received an Achievement Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1975, received the “Alex Haley Roots Award” from the Greater Washington, DC Business Center in 1977, and was given the W. C Handy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. In 2002 he was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, received two Honorary Doctorates (PhDs) from Philander Smith College in 1972 and 2011, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from National Association of Blacks in Higher Education in 2012, received the “Lifetime Achievement” Award for National Association of Black Accountants, 2012, recognized and honored with VERITATE DUCE PROGREDI (To advance with truth as our Leader)during “An Evening With Al Bell” University of Arkansas, 2012 and – as noted above – received the Grammy Trustee Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.

 

 

 

 

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