Scott Spencer Storch (born December 16, 1973) is an American record producer and songwriter. Storch began his career as a keyboardist for Philadelphia-based hip hop band the Roots; his first album with the group was Organix (1993). He provided the keyboard riff and co-produced Dr. Dre's 1999 single "Still D.R.E.," also contributing in a similar role on the rapper's productions during late 1990s. Storch expanded his production work doing so independently into the 2000s; he produced five Billboard Hot 100-number one singles—Beyoncé's "Baby Boy," Terror Squad's "Lean Back", 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Mario's "Let Me Love You" and Chris Brown's "Run It!"—among other similarly successful chart entries throughout the decade.[3] Storch has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.[4]

Scott Storch
Storch in 2021
Storch in 2021
Background information
Birth nameScott Spencer Storch
Born (1973-12-16) December 16, 1973 (age 50)
Long Island, New York, U.S.[1][2]
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • Keyboards
DiscographyProduction discography
Years active1993–present
Formerly ofThe Roots

Early life edit

Storch was born on Long Island, New York.[1][2] He was raised in South Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5] His mother, Joyce Yolanda Storch, was a singer signed to Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records under the stage name Joyce Carol, and is of Lithuanian Jewish heritage.[6] His father, Phil Storch, was a court reporter.[7] His uncle, Jeremy Storch, was a founder of soul-rock band the Vagrants and wrote songs recorded by Dave Mason and Eddie Money.[6] Storch's parents divorced in 1983.[6]

Storch attended elementary school in Sunrise and middle school in Davie, Florida. In the middle of his freshman year, he left South Florida to join his father in the Philadelphia area, and attended high school in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.[6] After dropping out of high school in the ninth grade, Storch was expelled from home at age 16.[7] By age 18, he was living with his father in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Some publications have written that Storch was born in Canada,[8] but in 2010 the Miami New Times wrote a denial under the title "Scott Storch is not Canadian."[1]

Career edit

Scott Storch began his professional music career in 1991, when he became one of the first members of the hip hop group the Roots as a keyboard player.[9] He was heavily involved in the following two albums released by the Roots: Organix and Do You Want More?!!!??! and had involvement in Illadelph Halflife. Storch, however, had a distaste towards touring and preferred creating in the studio and decided upon becoming a music producer in his own right.

Storch's first two commercial hits were from the production on the track "You Got Me" by the Roots ft. Erykah Badu and Eve and his collaboration with Dr. Dre for the song "Still D.R.E.". He produced "Lean Back", a 2004 single by Terror Squad. He worked on hits by 50 Cent, the Game, T.I., Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Dr. Dre, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Pink, Lil' Kim and many others.[10] Storch was awarded ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year award in 2006.[10]

He produces hip hop music through his label, Storch Music Company. He also had his own music production company called Tuff Jew Productions LLC[11] which is published by Reservoir Media Management.

Since filing for bankruptcy in 2015, Storch has worked with DJ Khaled, the Game, Berner, Russ, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Crim Dela Crim,[12] amongst others.[13]

Personal life edit

By 2006, Storch was worth more than $70 million. His son was born April 16, 2006, with his part-time girlfriend of seven years Dalene "Daedreams" Daniel. Storch became addicted to cocaine.[14] In August 2006, he "took a month off", with friend and manager Derek Jackson saying, "It was just a wonderful year, but I think it was defined by the magic month of August. He ran into the Hollywood class – and when he went to Hollywood, all things changed."[10] He withdrew from producing and focused on partying with friends at his $10 million mansion in Palm Island, Florida. He also purchased a private jet, a 117-foot yacht, and nearly 20 luxury cars, about half of which he estimated he purchased while high on cocaine.[14] Storch squandered $30 million in less than six months, and was in dire financial straits by January 2007.[10]

In 2008, Storch hit legal trouble after allegedly falling behind on child-support payments and property taxes.[10] In early 2009, he was arrested for motor vehicle theft for allegedly failing to return a Bentley leased three years prior.[10] In April 2009, Storch checked into an intensive inpatient rehab program in Hollywood, Florida, before filing for bankruptcy that May.[14] In February 2012, Storch was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, for possession of cocaine and was released on bail.[15] On June 24, 2015, Storch officially filed for bankruptcy.[16]

Production discography edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Garcia-Roberts, Gus (December 15, 2010). "Scott Storch is Not Canadian". Miami New Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Scott Storch & Steve Lobel (Full) – Drink Champs – YouTube". Drinks Champs, Play.It, YouTube. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Scott Storch | Artist |".
  4. ^ "Scott Storch Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Douglas Century. "After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Garcia-Roberts, Gus (April 10, 2010). "Scott Storch raked in hip-hop millions and then snorted his way to ruin". Miami New Times. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Touré (June 29, 2006). "Scott Storch's Outrageous Fortune". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008.
  8. ^ "Scott Storch: From Riches to Rags?". CBS News. Associated Press. July 17, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2016. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and raised in South Florida and the Philadelphia area...
  9. ^ "Scott Storch Recalls Auditioning For The Roots, Says The Group Created The Neo-Soul Wave". Okayplayer. December 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "How Scott Storch's Cocaine Addiction Made Him Spend $100 Million In Six Months". MTV News. June 11, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "Docket for David Menefield v. Tuff Jew Productions LLC, 2:07-cv-03081-RGK-SS –". CourtListener. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  12. ^ Crim Dela Crim, Crim Dela Crim – "Personal" (Produced by Scott Storch) [Official Music Video], archived from the original on November 17, 2021, retrieved December 13, 2018
  13. ^ Diep, Eric (June 1, 2017). "The Return of Scott Storch: Superproducer Talks Making Peace with Dr. Dre & Working With Big Boi, Lil Wayne & More". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "Hip-Hop Producer Scott Storch and His Battle with Cocaine". Details. December 14, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Scott Storch Arrested for Cocaine Possession in Las Vegas". Vibe. February 16, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  16. ^ RIVERA, ZAYDA (June 24, 2015). "Scott Storch files for bankruptcy, he has only $100 in cash". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2015.