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Above All


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Above All Entertainment was formed by CEO Clinton (Checkmate) Davis Jr. in 2002. He determined to follow thru with his father's dream. That dream was making music, and forming a dominant record label. His whole life changed after the loss of his father in the W.T.C. 9-11-01 tragedy. Since this day he has put his heart and soul into making this career successful. Checkmate even dropped out of college to put more hours into promotions/marketing. In 2006 Checkmate secured a distribution deal with Bayside/Tower Records. Above All released their first worldwide album on july 25th 2006 (Impac - Almost Famous) with beats from platinum producers such as (Carnival beats, and Fantom of the beats). Linking up with Noizemob in 07 and KreamTeam management Checkmate formed one of the biggest,strongest affiliations in the indenpendent market! After Industrial Strenff was released with noizemob in 07 Gutta was quoted "The Rewind King" and in 2008 he received " The lyricist of the year " award at the 1st annual Austin Hip Hop Awards. Since 2009 there have been over 50 street cd releases. Artists checkmate, gutta, pacboi tank, gee bully, & whiteside have continued to remain consistent and building their fanbase one day at a time. In 2008 the above all radio show launched on SEA award winning online station "Dirty South Radio" with dj hella yella & dj knowledge. Checkmate hopes to meet and exceed his expectations for success. Win or lose he has enjoyed the experience of the music industry. Checkmate is also glad to see that after Impac's release... majority of those young guys are now at Langston University! Knowing that his father is proud and Above All Ent. has changed several lives around him, he can't help but to have his head to the sky. After finally getting selected to perform at SXSW in 2011, Above All looks forward to another year of consistency and fan increase.

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