Tony Scales (born June 13, 1983), professionally known as Chef Tone, is an American record producer and songwriter from Illinois. In 2009, he produced the single "Bottoms Up" for R&B singer Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj, which reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Scales has also produced for artists including Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Dre, Plies, Jacquees, Maejor, Queen Naija, and Sean Paul, among others.

Chef Tone
Scales in 2011
Scales in 2011
Background information
Birth nameTony Scales
BornJune 13, 1983
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
Years active2007–present

Scales received his first Grammy Award nomination (Best Contemporary R&B Album) for his contributions to the album Trey Songz album Ready (2009) by Trey Songz, and his second (Best Reggae Album) for his contributions to Full Frequency (2014) by Sean Paul. Scales is also a record executive, having founded the label Ayy Girl Records and signing the R&B singer Wash.

Career Edit

In 2007, chef, from Chicago, Illinois, linked with an entertainment manager and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Within six months of relocating, Chef was offered an exclusive producer songwriter deal with Atlantic Records, the first by this label.[1] As a songwriter, Chef Tone's first placement was with the Atlantic Records artist Plies for "Please Excuse My Hands," featuring Jamie Foxx. The song went on to climb to a top 10 position on music charts, which led to Chef's long-term deal to write, produce, and develop talent with Atlantic Records funding. Lyor Cohen, North American chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, specifically constructed the deal to mimic the success of the Motown-era with Chef Tone at the helm. Chef Tone's manager at the time submitted several songs to Craig Kallman, Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, who then passed them on to Mike Caren, Executive Vice President of A&R for Atlantic Records. Caren immediately sent Chef Tone to LA for a meeting, offered him a deal, and matched him with R&B recording artist Trey Songz. This match yielded the first #1 record for Trey Songz with "Invented Sex" featuring Drake on the multi-platinum certified (RIAA) Ready album, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop albums chart. Chef Tone also penned the singles "Bottoms Up," "Love Faces," "Say Aah," "Yo Side of the Bed," and "LOL :-)," which he wrote and produced, along with several more album tracks.

Chef's production success with Plies, The-Dream, Jamie Foxx, and Trey Songz garnered a mentorship with Dr. Dre and a collaboration on the 50 Cent's Animal Ambition album. Chef's placements began to stack up with numerous recording artists, including: Ludacris' "Sex Room," Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" and "Gorgeous,"[2] Flo Rida's "Respirator," Sean Paul's "Entertainment" featuring Juicy J, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Maejor Ali's "Lolly" featuring Justin Bieber & Juicy J, and much more. Bieber's "Heartbreaker" topped the iTunes charts at No. 1 in 63 countries, and peaking at No. 13 on US Hot 100 chart becoming Chef's fastest rising release. Bieber's album Journals was officially released on December 23, 2013, by Island Records. It was available as a digital exclusive through online platforms such as iTunes.[1][2] Prior to its official release, one new song was released every Monday night from October 7, 2013, to December 9, 2013, as part of a ten-week digital download campaign called Music Mondays.

Chef Tone first earned his nickname on the basketball court, where he served good passes, also known as "dishes," to his teammates, his name carries through to his career in the music industry. His newest venture with Interscope A&R President, Aaron Bay-Schuck, and Aye Girl Music Group, keeps Chef Tone busy curating an impressive roster of writers, producers, and artists.

Discography Edit

Songwriting and production credits
Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US
2008 "Please Excuse My Hands" (Plies (rapper) featuring The-Dream and Jamie Foxx) 66 8 9 Definition of Real
2009 "I Invented Sex" (Trey Songz) 42 1 Ready
"Say Aah" (Trey Songz featuring Fabolous) 9 3 16 Ready
"Yo Side of the Bed" (Trey Songz) Ready
"LOL :-)" (Trey Songz featuring Gucci Mane and Souljah Boy) 51 12 Ready
2010 "Kitty Kitty" (Plies (rapper) featuring Trey Songz) Goon Affiliated
"Best Night of My Life" (Jamie Foxx) 12 Best Night of My Life
"Gorgeous" (Jamie Foxx) Best Night of My Life
"Strip" (T.I. featuring Young Dro and Trey Songz) No Mercy
"Respirator" (Flo Rida) Only One Flo (Part 1)
"Love Faces" (Trey Songz) 63 3 Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Massage" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Doorbell" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Unfortunate" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Alone" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Bottoms Up" (Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj) 6 2 11 71 Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Made to be Together" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Red Lipstick" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Blind" (Trey Songz) Passion, Pain & Pleasure
"Sex Room" (Ludacris featuring Trey Songz) Battle of the Sexes
"Dang a Lang" (Trina) Amazin'
2011 "Good Good Night" (Roscoe Dash) 81 J.U.I.C.E.
"Hummin" (Bobby V featuring Lloyd Banks) Fly on the Wall
"Be the One" (Lloyd featuring Trey Songz) King of Hearts
2012 "My Bed" (Mario (entertainer)) Restoration
2013 "Entertainment" (Sean Paul featuring Juicy J and 2 Chainz) Full Frequency
"Twerk" (Justin Bieber featuring Miley Cyrus) TBA
"Lolly" (Maejor Ali featuring Justin Bieber and Juicy J) 19 4 56 Def Jam Single
"Heartbreaker" (Justin Bieber) 13 14 Journals
"Physical" (R. Kelly) Black Panties
"One Life" (Justin Bieber) Journals
2014 "Smoke" (50 Cent featuring Trey Songz) Animal Ambition
"Remission" (Lupe Fiasco) featuring Common and Jennifer Hudson Tetsuo & Youth
"Me And My Team" (Maejor Ali featuring Trey Songz and Kid Ink) Def Jam Single
"Can't Trust Thots" (Wash featuring French Montana) Where You Been
2016 "Nobody" (Pieter Oliver) Intimate Friends
"Where You Been" (Wash featuring Kevin Gates) Where You Been
2021 "Put In Work" (Jacquees featuring Chris Brown) PTOF Vol.1
"Freaky As Me" (Jacquees featuring Mulatto) PTOF Vol.1
"Bed Friend" (Jacquees featuring Queen Naija) PTOF Vol.1

References Edit

  1. ^ Arionne, Alyssa."Chef Tone: Racking Up Hits with Authority". Urban Shake Magazine, 2011-03-01
  2. ^ S, Nathan. Jamie Foxx – Best Night of My Life., 2012-05-30

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