Vacant Lot Records is an independent record label founded in 1991 by Damon “Dame Grease” Blackman, a multi-platinum producer. Years later Grease developed the sound which created immediate attention to Industry execs and a demand for the Grease music, which enabled immediate revenue while growing its music catalog into a multi-million dollar asset. Vacant Lot Records will continue to capitalize on the growing entertainment market across the world through the production and promotion of high quality entertainment.
Dame Grease has created, produced and marketed over an uprecedented amount of albums throughout his career. These albums have generated over $200 million in revenue for such companies as Def Jam, Sony Records, Universal, Rocafella, Interscope, Koch, Priority, Jive, Atlantic, So So Def and Columbia Records just to name a few. A variety of these projects have surpassed the “Gold” (500,000) and “Platinum” (1,000,000) sales levels and earned industry recognition through Grammy Awards, Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, Billboard Awards, and BMI Awards. A plethora of other projects have been used by major networks and companies such as FOX Pictures, Sony Pictures and the Gaming Industry.
Before he became a prominent producer, Dame Grease was a local rapper who roamed the streets of Harlem with a local crew of ambitious emcees. It was during that time that he and his crew, N.I.B, were heavily relying on local producers to supply them with sounds. Growing frustrated at the fact that most producers couldn’t accommodate the crew with a sound suitable for their raps, Grease took production matters into his own hands and started making the beats. It was with production that Grease began channeling his love of Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad, N.W.A’s Dr. Dre, and the Native Tongue Movement of the early 90’s into a rugged, yet eclectic sounds cape that would eventually make its mark in the years to come.
Dame Grease’s official entry into the game began while he was working with a group of young artists that would go on to become one of the biggest dynasties in Hip Hop: the Ruff Ryders. When rap-heavyweight DMX rushed onto the scene in 1997, it was Dame Grease’s aggressive production that provided the rapper with a podium to speak to the public. Before becoming a stable on every mix tape, the LOX relied on the sounds of Grease in order to acquire the street buzz that landed them their deal on Bad Boy Records in 1996. Fellow Bad Boy Mase sought out Grease’s distinctive sound and gave him the opportunity to provide production on Mase’s triple platinum Harlem World.
This led to Grease’s work as the primary producer on DMX’s classic debut It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, where Grease helped the Ruff Ryders mold both their image and their sound into what would become one of the most well known Hip Hop crews. During this time, Grease taught and paved the way for Swizz Beatz, another sample-free producer, to make his mark on the game. As Swizz went began to make his mark through the teaching of his mentor, Dame Grease landed a deal with Priority Records to release music through his label, Vacant Lot. Rather than accept offers to be one of Puff Daddy’s legendary Hit Men or an in-house producer on Ruff Ryders, Grease chose to create his own Vacant Lot production company. By this time Grease had also put in work with Nas, Scarface, Eve, Fat Joe, and Noreaga amongst others.
In 2001, Dame Grease made the accession from producer to composer by providing the score for the Steven Segal/DMX blockbuster Exit Wounds. In addition to his work on the film, Dame Grease also reunited with DMX on the soundtrack for X’s top-ten hit “Ain’t No Sunshine”, an updated, yet much darker remake to the Bill Withers 1972 classic of the same name. Grease continued his work as a composer in on the 2003 box-office hit Cradle 2 the Grave, starring Jet Li, DMX, Gabrielle Union, and Anthony Anderson, as well as 2004’s Never Die Alone.
Grease may have been focused on scoring films, but he also made time in his schedule to put in work on several music projects throughout 2004 and 2005, including albums from LL Cool J, Kelis, DJ Kay Slay, DJ Envy, DMX, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and an artist on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label named Aimee Terrin. Grease also kept the underground bubbling with “Crown Me,” a collaboration between T.I., Cam’ron, & Juelz Santana. In 2006, Dame Grease lent his hand to “Life Be My Song,” one of the most acclaimed tracks on DMX’s comeback album Year of the Dog…Again.
The world has seen a resurgence of Grease’s sound in 2008, with the Harlem producer securing DJ Drama’s lead-off “Takin’ Pictures” (featuring Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, T.I., and Young Buck) and Freeway’s single “Big Spender” (featuring Jay-Z). Grease also teamed up with Max B and French Montana, ultimately helping French secure a deal with superstar Akon’s Konvict Muzik. Grease will be executive-producing the upcoming Akon & French Montana project “Cocaine Konvicts,” as well as the much anticipated new album from legendary hip hop group The L.O.X. With several projects lined up to last well into 2009, Dame Grease looks to continue to lace Hip Hop with the same quality production that he has for the past decade and a half.
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