About Dame Grease
After first establishing himself with The LOX’s “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” and DMX’s breakout single “Get At Me Dog,” Dame Grease has gone worldwide to sell over 30 million records and produce for a veritable who’s who of Hip Hop. In addition to developing his own production sound, Grease’s focus on being involved in artist development has allowed him to have a hand in launching the careers of artists and producers, such as Swizz Beatz, DMX and the LOX, who have gone on to their own multi-platinum success. Before becoming a staple on every mixtape, The LOX entrusted the sounds of Grease in order to acquire the street buzz that landed them their deal on Bad Boy Records in 1996. Fellow Bad Boy Mase sought out Grease’s distinctive sound and gave him the opportunity to provide production on Mase’s triple platinum Harlem World. This led to Grease’s work as the primary producer on DMX’s classic debut "It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot", where Grease assisted the Ruff Ryders in molding both their image and their sound into what would become one of the most well-known hip hop crews. During this time, Grease mentored and paved the way for Swizz Beatz, another sample-free producer, to make his mark on the game. As Swizz went began to make his mark through the teaching of his mentor, Dame Grease landed a deal with Priority Records to release music through his label, Vacant Lot. Rather than accept offers to be one of Puff Daddy’s legendary Hit Men or an in-house producer on Ruff Ryders, Grease chose to create his own Vacant Lot production company. In 2001, Dame Grease made the evolution from producer to composer by providing the score for the Steven Seagal/DMX blockbuster movie, Exit Wounds.