Since emerging in 2004, T-Pain not only changed the course of pop, hip-hop, and R&B, but he also reshaped the fabric of the culture itself. Beyond moving over 50 million singles, gathering billions of streams, picking up six GRAMMY® Awards, and selling out shows on multiple continents, his voice could be heard loud and clear as “All I Do Is Win” soundtracked President Barack Obama’s entry into the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, during the “most popular” NPR Tiny Desk concert in the series’ history, and when he shocked audiences everywhere as the first-ever winner of FOX’s smash The Masked Singer.
The Tallahassee trailblazer’s influence now transcends generations. Simultaneously, the man born Faheem Rasheed Najm shines as a Twitch phenomenon and uber popular streamer, label honcho for Nappy Boy Entertainment, expert drift driver, actor, and author with his literary debut Can I Mix You a Drink in 2021.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and author Ashanti burst onto the music scene with her smash hit, self-titled debut album, Ashanti. It landed the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, selling a whopping 504,593 units in its first week.
This set a SoundScan record as the most albums sold by any debut female artist in the chart’s history and granted her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Over the span of her 20 year career, Ashantihas released six studio albums and received a number of illustrious rewards including eight Billboard Awards, a Grammy, two American Music Awards, two Soul Train Awards and six ASCAP Awards. She has reigned at the top as one of Billboard’s “Top Females of the Decade from 2000-2010” and continues to break Billboard records having a Hot 100 entry every decade in the 2000’s, 2010’s and 2020’s.
As a philanthropist, Ashanti is the Ambassador for the Jumpstart Reading Program and became the “Youth of the Year” Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club of America in 2009 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. She became a member of their “BE GREAT” Campaign with Denzel Washington and was a part of the “Let’s Move” health campaign with Michelle Obama.
To celebrate her contributions to music and recording, Ashanti received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Spring 2022.
Dubbed “the Mixtape Messiah,” Houston’s Chamillionaire arrived late as a major-label artist during his city’s 2005 takeover of mainstream rap — the Top Ten Sound of Revenge, released during November that year, followed albums from , , and former Color Changin’ Click partner — but he had already built a loyal following outside the South and received significant print coverage. Through a prolific succession of mixtapes, Chamillionaire (born Hakeem Sediki) became known for his deep, versatile voice (he sings his own hooks very effectively) and lyrical ability. Originally part of Swishahouse, he switched to Paid in Full, where he and collaborated on 2002’s Get Ya Mind Correct — an album that sold 100,000 copies. Prior to inking his deal with Universal, he founded the Chamilitary label and began grooming the careers of brother and . “Ridin’,” off The Sound of Revenge, reached the top of the Billboard singles chart and was later nominated for a pair of Grammy Awards. The follow-up to Revenge, titled Ultimate Victory, was released in September 2007.
A Banner Vision (ABV) CEO, David Banner is an internationally recognized Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist, and actor with over 26 films under his belt. The Mississippi native is an entrepreneur dedicated to preserving culture, economic empowerment and freedom of expression.
Clients including Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures, Marvel, Capcom and Mercedes- Benz have trusted ABV to produce captivating, culturally relevant, insightful content that engages audiences and builds brands. With a team of creative intellectuals and music producers that regularly work with today’s top music superstars, A Banner Vision brings this same level of expertise to its brand clients.
Banner’s outspoken point-of-view inspires, informs, and galvanizes audiences as is demonstrated in his numerous CNN appearances, social engagement and the over
10,000 subscribers to The David Banner Podcast, which is currently in production.
Banner’s commitment to community, love for humanity and
passion for justice are embodied in his foundation, Heal the Hood Inc., which provides clothing and other necessities to families during the holidays. Having earned a Business Degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge) prior to embarking on his career in entertainment, Banner encourages under-served youth and creative minds to pursue professions “behind the scenes”.
One of the most thuggish rappers embraced by the mainstream, Trick Daddy broke out of the South in 2001 with “I’m a Thug” and established himself as an unlikely national superstar. Before his breakthrough, he scored a few regional hits. In particular, he became known for “Nann Nigga” and “Shut Up,” club anthems characterized by rousing beats and rowdy lyrics. When TrickDaddy finally broke into the mainstream with the appropriately titled “I’m a Thug,” it came as somewhat of a surprise. No one questioned his talent, but his image — a trademark omnipresent grimace, bald head, prickly whiskers, forearm tattoos, and gold grill — hardly matched that of other mainstream rappers. Thug or not, TrickDaddy became a national superstar. He collected numerous RIAA accolades, including a platinum certification for 2001’s Thugs Are Us, and hit the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B/hip-hop albums chart with seven consecutive releases through 2009’s Finally Famous: Born a Thug, Still a Thug. The rapper wasn’t nearly as prolific the following decade but continued performing, releasing the occasional mixtape and EP while remaining sought for guest verses.
Jasiel Amon Robinson (born September 20, 1980),better known by his stage name Yung Joc, is an American rapper. He is best known for his 2006 hit single “It’s Goin’ Down”, and as a feature on T-Pain’s 2007 U.S. number-one single “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”.
Robinson met Atlanta producer Nitti Beatz and the two recorded the hit “It’s Goin Down” in the spring of 2005. After teaming with Russell “Block” Spencer, founder of the Block Enterprises label, Spencer signed Robinson to Sean Combs’s Bad Boy South for a multimillion-dollar deal, and Bad Boy released Robinson’s debut New Joc City the following year.
Robinson was on 2006 “Forbes’ Richest Rappers List”, ranking at No. 20, having grossed approximately $10 million that year. “It’s Goin’ Down” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The next single, “I Know U See It”, reached No. 17 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Bubba Sparxxx, is an American rapper. His singles include “Deliverance”, “Ugly” (both featuring Timbaland), and “Ms. New Booty” (featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark), the latter of which peaked at number 7 on the U.S. BillboardHot 100.
Sparxxx’s first commercial release, Dark Days, Bright Nights, released in 2001. The debut album saw some success in Georgia and caught the attention of Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records. Sparxxx signed to Interscope and began working with record producers Timbaland, Organized Noize as well as continuing to work with Shannon Houchins. The major-label reissue of Dark Days, Bright Nights, released via Timbaland’s Beat Club Records imprint and which now included five collaborations with Timbaland and two with Organized Noise, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.
In 2002, he had a minor hit being featured on Archie Eversole’s “We Ready”, which became popular for being played at sporting events, such as American Football and basketball games.
Ashton Martin differs from your average DJ in his ability to turn each performance into an epic party. Having grown up in the industry and begun his music education at a young age, Ashton Martin captures crowds with an immense music repertoire and high voltage performances. Quick-mixing effortlessly between musical genres has become a trademark quality, a rare skillset that guarantees crowd excitement.