Tastemaker Music

Tastemaker Music LLC (a.k.a. The Tastemakers) is a record production company, owned and operated by songwriter & multi-platinum selling record producer, Chad Dexter, primarily known as Chad Beatz.

Tastemaker Music
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Background information
Born (1983-12-07) December 7, 1983 (age 37)
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresAlternative hip hop, R&B, electro, pop rock, power pop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, rapper, musician,
Years active2004–present
MembersNex Phaze (producer), Steve Morgan (producer)

BackgroundEdit

Chad Dexter was born Chad Dexter Burnette on December 7, 1983. At age 17, during his high school years, Chad Dexter was introduced to and then soon after mentored by the artist/producer Ryan Leslie[1] for a few years under Leslie's NextSelection imprint where he honed half of his songwriting and vocal/record production skills. Burnette, along with his father, used to also DJ local parties in the Boston metropolitan area; Burnette constantly wrote and produced full records from his bedroom/basement studio, where he learned and acquired most of his production and musical skills. In October 2003, at age 20, he was discovered by Derick Prosper and the [then] VP of G-Unit, Sha Money XL during his junior year in college, where he was soon awarded the moniker, Chad Beatz due to his infectious and hard-hitting sound. As a part of the deal, Beatz began doing in-house production for 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and more.

Chad graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Communications in Jan. 2005 from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts.

After a striving stint with G Unit Records, Beatz founded and formed the production company/imprint TasteMaker Music and started producing records under the label name.

Beatz has produced records, singles, demos and remixes for Jim Jones, Ashanti, Robin Thicke, Twista, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, Olivia, Cassie Ventura, Tiffany Evans, Teddy Riley, Fergie, Dawn Angeliqué Richard, and is currently producing for and collaborating with Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Colin Munroe, Priscilla Renea, Noreaga, Nelly,[2] Lupe Fiasco, Tila Tequila,[3] and Hannah Montana star, Shanica Knowles plus many more.

Chad Beatz (Chad Dexter) has currently co-wrote and produced the hit single "Girls Up" for The X Factor (UK) super-group Belle Amie[4] and is also producing on the upcoming Cee-Lo Green & Goodie Mobb album We Sell Drugs Too with Nex Phaze.

Chad Beatz (Chad Dexter) was formerly part of the now defunct collaborative production group known as AudioDope that worked with rap artist Kal Duzay and Harlem rap collective Cheers Club – Vinny Chase and Kid Art.[5]

Production and songwritingEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 19[16]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3[17]
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1[18]
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 1[19]
  • AshantiThe Declaration 2008
    • "Things You Make Me Do" ft Robin Thicke(Background Vocals, Co-Wrote and Co-Produced)
      • The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts, selling 86,000 units in its first week.[20]
Chart Providers Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[21] Billboard 6
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 2
  • Talib Kweli Eardrum (iTunes) 2007
    • "Hush" ft. Jean Grae
      • Eardrum debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 60,000 copies in its first week, making it Kweli's highest debuting album to date. On its second week it fell to #20 with sales of 25,000 copies, selling a total of 85,500 units.[22]
Chart Positions
Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2007 Eardrum #2 #1
  • Mobb Deep Blood Money (Mobb Deep album)
    • "DayDreamin"
      • 875,000 copies sold in the U.S. Now Platinum
  • Lloyd Banks
    • "If You So Gangsta" Hunger For More (6x Platinum)
      • It was released in 2004 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts with 433,000 copies sold in the first week. Banks for the feeling of having the number 1 album in America, with over 450,000 units sold in the first week of The Hunger For More. "That's the kind of debut that veteran artists have," says Banks. "That showed me that following 50's moves and studying the way that he played the game had put me in an incredible position." The album has since sold over 6 million copies worldwide and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[23][24]
Charts
Charts (2004)[25][26] Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart 83
French Albums Chart 37
German Albums Chart 45
Irish Albums Chart 36
Swiss Albums Chart 65
UK Albums Chart 15
Canadian Albums Chart 2
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Charts
Charts (2006)[25][27] Peak
position
French Albums Chart 65
Irish Albums Chart 27
Swiss Albums Chart 36
UK Albums Chart 40
Canadian Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
  • Young Buck
  • Olivia Behind Closed Doors (album shelved)
    • "In My Bed" ft 50 Cent

Remixes and leaksEdit

  • Michaela Shiloh 2008
    • Bitch I'm Special (produced and co-wrote)
  • Beyoncé 2008
  • Michelle Williams 2008
    • "We Break The Dawn"[12]

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Video gamesEdit

  • 50 Cent: Bulletproof Soundtrack
    • "I Run Ny"
    • "I Warned You"
    • All Themeatic, Intro and Outro Music

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