Sunday, October 19, 2008

Greg "Olskool Ice-Gre" Lewis Named new A&R for Kanye's GOOD Music Label



Greg "Olskool Ice-Gre" Lewis is far from a new comer on the scene in terms of his hustle. He's worn several hats in this business of music for quite some time. His grind dates back to his early days at Chicago Vocational H.S (CVS) when he formed his first Hip Hop group Peace Posse. Later as a student of Jackson State University this alumni co-founded the legendary Mississippi Hip Hop collective known as "The Stewpot Stowaways" which was the foundation for notable individuals such as Violator Managements very own DJ Scrap Dirty, fashion designer Leo Brown of Leo Collections and SRC/Universal recording artist David Banner to name a few.

Upon graduating, Greg moved to Los Angeles to take a position as assistant to the head of publicity for Steve Rifkens now defunct Loud Records. As the founding member of the well respected Hip Hop group Abstract Mindstate Greg's alias Olskool Ice-Gre got his weight up with countless performances, mixtapes, write ups and reviews. A few bad record deals later Olskool Ice-Gre took a break and let Greg the business man take over. During this time he moved to Brooklyn, NY and became personal assistant/head of business affairs to a then unknown rapper/producer on the rise named Kanye West. After a year and a half of business & hustle with the Louis Vutton Don, opportunity re-opened for Olskool Ice-Gre that pushed him back home to his Abstract Mindstate duties.

It wasn't long before Greg the businessman resurfaced and Olskool Ice-Gre had to take a backseat. He spent the next few years grooming, recording and independently releasing the debut album by the soulful R&B artist Trizonna McCclendon through his entertainment company 4 The Soul-Reciprocity Inc. The record received a substantial amount of press and attention in the indie Soul music scene that garnered a new artist award as well as other nominations, a licensing deal with Japan, a single deal with the UK, video support from BETJ and a House remix from the well respected production team Alan Smithee INBLUEBLACKNESS.

An emcee, businessman, R&B songwriter, producer, manager and all around experienced music guy, the two sides of Greg "Olskool Ice-Gre" Lewis combine to make a valuable asset to any entertainment based organization. Kudo's to Kanye for bringing his man Olskool Ice-Gre back home.

20 comments:

Bunneh3000 said...

CONGRATS!!!!

Trizonna said...

Whooooo Hooo!!! Do your thang Olskool :-)

DJCvicious said...

Dope!!!! All Good things come to those who put in work!!!

Ken Rose said...

How can something like this happen to a guy like Greg. All he has to offer is talent, experience, good ears, a sense for current trends, and in the end, is a really nice guy. I thought the industry would know better then to put a pro like Greg in a position like this. The world, and music, need more pros and people like Olskool. Well deserved my man!!!!

Ken Rose

Tia said...

Congratulations!!! Nobody is happier for you than me. You deserve it and I know there are more g.o.o.d things to come! (pun intended)

Mother said...

Son
I am so very proud of you and happy that you knew the race was not given to the swift or strong but to them that endure until the end!! I am your biggest fan!! Very happy that you allowed God to order your steps and make all the crooked roads straight. Your belief in God and what wisdom he blessed you with can now be viewed by all...Praise God
Much Love
Mother

Alleceia said...

That is soooooo HOT! You know I am very proud of you! Your tenacity, perseverance and consistency have gotten you to this point. Of course, you creativity is priceless. You ROCK!!! ;-)

Much Love,

Alleceia Walker

primothecinematic said...

Congratulations Fam,

Considering how far we go back and knowing your whole history in the industry, I could not be happier for you or prouder of you. It's good to know that hard work, dedication and perseverence still pays off. You deserve to be exactly where you are.

Peace and Blessings,
Preem

Debbie said...

Greg, Congratulations!!! that's WHAT'S UP!!! more greatness to come you know...

Robin said...

Many Congrats,

You definitely deserve your spot in the sunshine. I am so very proud of you.

Peace and Humility,
Robin

Ms. Echo said...

Wow! I've already told you how inspiring you have been. I am really proud of you and all of you accomplishments. What really impresses me the most is that you always remember from which your blessing come, how humble you are and those that have supported you.

Congratulations to you.

Ms. Echo

Ms. Melba said...

That's a great write up and you deserve it...you've been in this for a while now and it's paying off...when it's your passion it usually does...Glad your getting your blessings...
Passion, Persistence, and Patience!

TWebb said...

BOY Congrats Fam!

Long long overdue my man. I've watched you put in the work from both aspects (artist & businessman). Couldn't be more proud of you.

Pretty Tone

afrowear said...

YES INDEED! not surprised though,when you put in work,build relationships and rock AFRO u get results.MY DUDE!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!!!

YOU deserve this!!! You have worked HARD to get to this point! You have done soooo much for soooo many. God had a plan for you Greg! Do your thing...it's finally your time.

Love ya like a "Incoming/Bucket 3" homey!!

L.Murray

Shannon said...

OLD SKOOL....Do your thang baby!!! Keep It Moving don't let nothing stop you.

Love You..Shannon L.
CHITOWN BABY

LCDIVA1 said...

I would have hired you first if you weren't already my partner! It's your time, do that thang...

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." -–

You know I got so much love for you, and Kanye recognized quality, he is a wise man.

Partners for life...
Much Love
LaTina
...and always remember Colossians 3:23-24

REEM said...

Congratulations, boy you've been grindin since way back when, i just told Malik, he's getting ready to touchdown with beats, and im a write p. Get yo shine on, playa!

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of you. You Aunt Sharon

Anonymous said...

Ever heard of gospel pop hip hop..how do I get you to hear it? Im from Detroit my name is Corey Mann a.k.a C.T. the world will hear me soon...congrats!..might as well start wit me..i hear you have a good ear for GOOD music..aint nothin good as Gods music.