Slip-N-Slide Records, one of the top independent labels in the industry founded by Ted Lucas, is gearing up for another ground-breaking and exciting year with debut releases from hot new acts Shonie, Qwote and Camar as well as new releases from celebrated hip hop superstars Trina, Rick Ross and Plies. The label has also signed on 3 additional acts: Actress Drew Sidora, Dancehall Sensation Atiba and Swazy Baby.
Newcomer R&B singer Shonie, born in New York but raised in Miami, is a 19-year old female singer and songwriter reminiscent of an early Mary J. Blige who brings a refreshing youthful sound to the R&B genre. Her lyrics represent the streets of New York and the ongoing struggles of being a young woman in today’s world. Shonie to date has worked with the likes of Hip-Hop superstar Trina, Flo Rida, Trick Daddy, Cool & Dre and more. Her current single out titled â€œCan’t Let Goâ€ which features Fabolous is quickly being added to key taste-making Urban Radio Stations. Her influences include Beyonce, Aaliyah and Betty Wright. Expect her debut album â€œPassionate Pieces of Meâ€ to be released this spring 2009.
Pop singer Qwote, who was raised in New York and Miami, goes beyond the traditional scope of your average mainstream pop artist. Qwote, who came on the scene with his highly successful debut single â€œDon’t Want to Fightâ€ in 2008 has worked with Trina, Shaggy and more. His current single is titled â€œ808â€ featuring Hip Hop giant Plies. Expect Qwote’s debut album â€œQwote Un Qwoteâ€ to be a mixture of Pop and R&B and to be released on Final Cut/Slip-N-Slide/Jive Records this summer 2009.
R&B singer and Jamaican native Camar is a young gifted artist who uniquely blends his own style of singing called â€œYard Soulâ€ which is defined as poignant vocals in an R&B influenced technique over rich Caribbean beats. His new buzz single is titled â€œShe Luv Me Love.â€ His debut album also titled â€œYard Soulâ€ will be released this summer 2009.
New artists’ signings on Slip-N-Slide’s expanding roster include: Atiba, Drew Sidora and Swazy Baby. Atiba â€œThe Dappa Don â€œwas born in New York, but raised in a small neighborhood called Duhaney Park in Kingston, Jamaica where he grew up around some of the greatest reggae musicians such as Beenie Man, Professor Nuts, Supa Cat and more. Atiba is best known for his work on Rodney Jerkins’ â€œVersatility” album and the smash single “If I Had One Wish” as well as recording “We are family” for The Points of Light Foundation. This project not only gave Atiba the opportunity to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but it helped with the aid to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His current single is called â€œHey Lady.â€ Expect Atiba’s debut album on Slip-N-Slide Records to showcase his unique crossover hit-making dancehall reggae style.
Drew Sidora is Hollywood’s next â€œItâ€ Girl and is multi-talented as an actress/ singer/songwriter/dancer and community leader. Known for her recurring role as Chantel in the Disney Channel Original Series â€œThat’s So Ravenâ€ and as Lucy Avila in the movie â€œStep Upâ€ Sidora is also one of the spokeswomen for Liz Clairborne’s LOVE IS NOT ABUSE campaign and curriculum which addresses teen dating abuse. Between her busy filming schedule Drew signed with Slip-N-Slide Records and now is focused on releasing her debut album (Titled TBD) to be released in the fall 2009. Sidora can next be seen this spring in two films: â€œFrankenhoodâ€ (Lionsgate) directed by Rahsheda Natara Harper and staring Charlie Murphy and â€œFarmhouseâ€ (Alliance Group Entertainment) staring Kelly Hui directed by George Bessudo (X-Men).
Swazy Baby is an upcoming rapper and producer from Georgia discovered at a Slip-N-Slide Records showcase in Jacksonville, Florida. The talented lyricist’ album is expected to be released in the fall 2009.
Plies’ latest release LP â€œDa REAList” released on December 16, 2008 is the Hip-Hop superstar’s 3rd consecutive Top 10 record at Urban and Top 15 at Rhythmic radio. Plies’ current single â€œPut It On Yaâ€ featuring Chris J is the 4th consecutive single on the top 10 Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop chart as well. His newest hit single is titled â€œWant It, Need Itâ€ and features Ashanti. The video is scheduled to air on BET Access Granted February 5th. Platinum selling #1 female rapper Trina, one of the few significant female artists in the Hip Hop genre still releasing hit albums, is working on her highly anticipated 5th album (Title TBD) due in spring 2009. Rick Ross is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated third release, “Deeper Than Rap.” His sophomore album “Trilla” (Released March 11, 2008) has been certified GOLD by the RIAA. Ross was also named one of the â€œTop 10 MC’s in 2008â€ by MTV.
Slip-N-Slide Records is also unveiling 4 Star Recording Studio, a brand new high tech recording studio located in the heart of South Beach where established singers, songwriters and producers from all over the world can do pre-production and post-production. The studio is nicknamed â€œHome of the Hitsâ€ a reference to all of the Slip-N-Slide Records’ hits that have been recorded at the studio. This is the first time 4 Star Recording Studio will be open to the industry to record with Slip-N-Slide Records producers and engineers.
A summary of successes that Slip-N-Slide Records recently achieved in 2008 includes: The release of two #1 albums by Hip Hop Superstars Trina (Still Da Baddest; April 1, 2008) and Rick Ross (Trilla; March 11, 2008) and also Plies’ sophomore album (Definition of Real; June 10, 2008) which debuted at #2 on the charts selling over 200,000 copies in its first week. Slip-N-Slide Records is one of the only independent labels to have distribution deals with several major record labels including Atlantic (Warner), Island Def Jam (Universal) and EMI Music.
Slip-N-Slide Records recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in December 2008 at a hugely successful bash that took place at the Hotel Victor where celebrities and records executives such as Plies, Trina, Qwote, Kevin Liles, Michael Kyser, Tocarra, Simmore, Pitbull, DJ Khaled, Keith Sweat and others came to congratulate Ted Lucas on the milestone he and Slip-N-Slide Records have achieved.
Says Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records: “I feel privileged to continue impacting people’s lives through music 15 years later. We will continue to expand Slip-N-Slide Records in a major way this year and continue to make history not only in Hip Hop and R&B but in all genres of music.â€