Golden State Entertainment has agreed to multi-album recording agreements with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest and legendary hip-hop artist J.U.I.C.E. Additionally, Golden State Entertainment will release new music by Grammy-nominated singer and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow, and has entered into a strategic relationship with Grammy Award-winning producer and industry executive Dion “No I.D.” Wilson.
GSE is led by David Kelly, who also serves as the Warriors Chief Legal Officer. A Chicago native, David is an accomplished former Hip Hop artist who went by the name Cap D as part of the group All Natural, releasing 8 albums and touring in the US, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Brazil.
No I.D. will serve as Golden State Entertainment’s Creative and Strategic Advisor. Former Executive Vice Presiden of A&R for Def Jam Recordings and Executive Vice President for Capitol Music Group, No I.D. has produced for and helped expand the careers of a diverse group of recording artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoh Aalegra, John Mayer, J. Cole, Jhene Aiko and Common.
Rhymefest, who won a Grammy Award as songwriter of the 2005 hit “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West, and another as co-songwriter with John Legend and Common for the 2016 song, “Glory”, joins GSE on a multi-album deal. Born in Chicago, Rhymefest has multiple hit singles, including the 2006 song, “Brand New”, featuring West. He also made his film debut in The Public, which was written and directed by Emilio Estevez and released in 2018, and was a central character in the Kanye West, Netflix documentary “Jeen-Yuhs”.
On the new endeavor with GSE, Rhymefest stated, “I’m proud to be a part of the “Gold Blooded” family. They’ve assembled an all-star musical team and I know how to be a team player. I’m looking forward to bringing all my talents, skills and relationships as we re-create the future of hip-hop.”
Born in Chicago, J.U.I.C.E. is widely known for his rise on the freestyle battle circult, and his 1997 freestyle rap battle, and subsequent win, over Eminem. More than just a battle rapper, J.U.I.C.E. has dropped seven albums and will release a collaborative album featuring All Natural to be produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow. “Whether or not you root for the Warriors, you always know that there is going to be a certain level of quality product on the court. I think the same care is being taken in putting together both the music and film wings at GSE. So it means the world to be part of an already respected institution where all you have to do is step into your role and continue to make creative contributions which reinforce that narrative,” J.U.I.C.E. said in a statement provided to Chad Kiser of West Coast Styles.
Grammy Award-nominated singer for her 2018 album “Overload,” Georgia Ann Muldrow will release new music with GSE as both a producer and singer. Muldrow, born and raised in Los Angeles, pulls influences from progressive soul, hip-hop and jazz, is integral to the Los Angeles underground scene of singers, rappers, instrumentalists and songwriters, and has been featured on recordings by Sa-Ra and Erykah Badu.
On April 22, GSE announced the release of the company’s first-ever single, “Wheels Up,” – a collaboration between K-pop star BamBam and Oakland-based recording artist MAYZIN. MAYZIN was previously announced as the first recording artist to sign with Golden State Entertainment and he performed during halftime of the Warriors playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies on May 7. GSE will release MAYZIN’s solo single, “Angels,” on May 13.
In April, the Golden State Warriors formally introduced Golden State Entertainment, a new affiliate company that will create original content to tell compelling stories that are both rooted in and transcend the world of sports and entertainment. GSE will produce documentaries, collaborate with recording artists on musical releases and marketing and partnership opportunities, and host culturally relevant events that speak to the Bay Area and the world.