Red Café

Red Café Biography

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RED CAFE:

· DEBUT album, SHAKEDOWN, in stores DECEMBER 5, 2006


· DEBUT single, “Diddy Bop” , Second single will be,” Put You On” f/ Tyrese

· Guyana-born, Brooklyn-bred hip-hop artist is the premiere music industry GHOST WRITER (for example, he wrote P. Diddy’s verse for the Busta Rhymes’ track “Pass the Courvoisier”)

· How did he get his name? People have called him Red his entire life. It was the name his street-hustling father went by. The “Cafe” would come later. “I hustled every kind of paraphernalia there is,” he says. “I never stick to one hustle to make a dollar. I continue to move strategically to make something out of nothing. So RED CAFE has always been where you could come to get anything you want.”

· RED CAFEs love of hip-hop began when he spent 4 years in jail

· RED CAFE is not new to this game – he has released hundreds of mix tapes over the years. His hard-hitting, chilling freestyles and remakes have been featured on the mix tapes of the hottest NY DJ’s —WHOO KID, ENVY, CRAIG G, S+S, KOOL KID, etc.

· His vocals have graced numerous street hits with Juvenile, Foxy Brown, LL Cool J, and Amerie. Violator Management, Funkmaster Flex, and Erick Sermon have all featured Red on their albums. Has also worked with TRINA, FAITH, FABOLOUS, TYRESE, AKON, PAUL WALL, THE CLIPSE, 8BALL & MJG, MACK10, FAT JOE AND MORE

· Has appeared on soundtracks “You Got Served” and “Coach Carter”

· SHAKEDOWN producers include TRACKMASTERS, REEFA, MEGAHERTZ, BINK, KUTUS IN, etc

· Entrepreneur RED CAFE is President and Co-Owner of SHAKEDOWN, a team of producers and DJs

· Why SHAKEDOWN? Red says, “When you locked up, every few weeks a shakedown happens. I named the album SHAKEDOWN, because whatever they don’t want to give me, I’m gonna take.”

· What makes RED CAFE different? RED CAFE has been a hustler since he was a kid. He says, “I talk about what I live. My records are part of my biography.”

o October 20 – HOWARD University homecoming performance (DC)

o November 2 – BET Black College Tour performance / St Augustines College (NC)

o November 3 - BET Black College Tour performance / North Carolina Central (NC)

Red Café All Music Guide Biography

Born in Guyana, Brooklyn rapper Red Café immigrated to New York with his family when he was young, settling in the Caribbean-populated Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Hip-hop music suddenly became an obsession for him after he first heard the Slick Rick/Doug E. Fresh classic "The Show." However, his real interest was turn toward the streets, where his life of crime eventually landed him in prison in 1992. Upon his release four years later, he formed a rap group named Da Franchise with neighborhood friends. The group signed with Violator Records and even appeared on several mixtapes and label compilations, but because the crew never really took off, they each went their separate ways. Red Café stayed with Violator and also began to rack up credits as a ghostwriter, including for Diddy's verse on the Busta Rhymes Top 20 single "Pass the Courvoisier" in 2002. After he left Violator, a series of failed major-label deals and, consequently, shelved albums followed. During his stint with Capitol, to which he was signed via Mack 10's Hoo-Bangin' imprint, Red Café even recorded a number of well-received singles, including "All Night Long" (appearing on the Coach Carter soundtrack in 2005), "Yellow Bottle," and "Bling Blaow." Despite the label ups and downs, he was able to maintain a consistent presence in New York through its mixtape circuit, collaborating with DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Envy, Craig G, and Clinton Sparks. In 2007, the Brooklyn rapper joined rising star Akon's boutique label Konvict Muzik. He first dropped the DJ Envy-hosted mixtape The Co-Op before releasing his Konvict Muzik/Universal full-length, The Shakedown. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi


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