Vice President and Director of A&R
Atlanta's own Christopher Ussery known to all as Chris Flame, is steadily emerging as an original voice in production. Though still very early in his career, his earlier work regarded favorably by critics, allowed him an industry nudge resulting in subsequent placements. An EMI producer, Chris lends himself almost totally to his own creativity and live instruments in conjuction with sampling, and has been often compared to a younger version of Swizz Beats. His career began with early tenure as an intern at Radio One, after almost two years then offered a board operator position within Radio One. This position gave him a keen sense of musical supply and demand and later worked his way into a music coordinator; walking in the same footsteps as Ludacris, rather in the "production arena." Flame quickly understood the trend and made the most of it with his "Take Your " featuring Too $hort, Jazze Pha, and Bun B for David Banner's 2005 release, Certified. His beats, distinct, infectious and now ahead of the trend garnered him neighborhood fame prompting him to take promising artists under his wing. He linked with childhood friends Jasiel Robinson and Alonzo Mathis soon to be known as Bad Boy South's Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe. Producing both demo's and walking them personally over to Block Entertainment, these unions begot Flame's next placements on Young Joc's Grammy nominated and Platinum selling album New Joc City, and the production of Young Joc's Hustlenomics which featuring Bun B and Young Dro and the classic smash "Hood Figga" on new- comer Gorilla Zoe's 2007 Welcome to the Zoo. Chris Flame most notably set the tone with the "Intro" on Jay Z's Grammy Nominated Multi-Platinum selling American Gangster album, co- produced by Idris Elba. Transitioning into an executive role, Flame's next two ventures with partner J Stevens included landing South Carolina's Lil Ru a deal with Def Jam, a placement for producer Ben Frank for Yung LA's 2009 smash single "Ain't I", and co-managing Houston's Lil Play, who lent the hook to Ludacris' 2010 Billboard Chart Topping single "My Chick Bad" and Twista's "I DO" who just recently inked a deal with Interscope.
Production Credits Yung Joc/Hustlenomics I'm a G 2007-2008 Producer Bad Boy South/Block Entertainment * Jay Z/American Gangster Intro Performed by Idris "Driis" Elba 2007 Co-Producer Def Jam/ Rockafella Recordings * Gorilla Zoe/Welcome to the Zoo Hood Figga 2007 Producer Bad Boy South/Block Entertainment * Blak Jak Place Your Bet What's That Smell 2007 Universal/Vintage Sound * Yung Joc/New Joc City I'm Him 2006 Producer Bad Boy South/Block Entertainment * Pepsi DJ Division/ Come See it For Yourself / DJ Pharris Performed by Yung Joc/Lil Wayne/Jim Jones/Bump J 2006 * David Banner/Certified Take Your Performed by Bun B/Jazze Pha/Too Short 2005 Co-Producer Universal Records 2009*Lil Ru/21&Up/Def Jam