Reservoir Reaches Deal With Grammy Award-Winning Artist KayGee, Including Entire Catalog and Future Works

Reservoir Media has signed a new publishing deal with artist, writer and producer Keir Lamont Gist, professionally known as KayGee, founding member of Grammy-winning hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature.

The company says the deal includes the rights to KayGee’s entire catalog and future work.

Reservoir’s deal with KayGee follows the company’s recent acquisition of the catalog of legendary songwriter and recording artist Louis Prima from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation.

KayGee got their start by founding the hip-hop group New Style, which became the Grammy-winning trio Naughty By Nature.

The band performed at local talent shows until they were discovered and eventually signed to Tommy Boy Records, which Reservoir acquired in 2021.

KayGee wrote and produced many of the band’s classic tracks, including Ontario Provincial Police., the number 1 single sold in platinum Hooray hip hop” and feel me sink.

Ontario Provincial Police. was the lead single from Naughty By Nature’s 1991 self-titled album; the song peaked at number 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 while also topping the Hot Rap Songs chart.

PPO, Hip Hop Hooray, and feel me sink, which was on the trio’s fourth album, The paradise of povertyeach earned nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1991, 1993, and 1995, respectively.

The paradise of poverty also won Best Rap Album in 1995.

Beyond her work with Naughty By Nature, KayGee has collaborated with 50 Cent, Notorious BIG, Mary J. Blige, Fat Joe, and Luther Vandross, among others.

Additionally, he produced the Grammy-winning single UNITY for Tommy Boy labelmate Queen Latifah.

In the 1990s, KayGee founded his own label, Divine Mill, representing artists such as Zhané, with their hit single Hi Mr DJ, the group Next, with their singles Too close and womenand Jaheim with his tracks Put that woman first and In case, all KayGee collabs.

He is also currently writing and producing new acts under his label Slugga Music. As part of this deal with KayGee, Reservoir will distribute Slugga Music’s masters.

“I look forward to continuing to build my catalog and creating more at Reservoir.”

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Commenting on the deal, KayGee said, “It’s a joy to be able to work with Faith Newman and the team at Reservoir. Faith is an industry veteran, and it’s great to have someone with her knowledge working on my catalog.

“I look forward to continuing to build my catalog and creating more at Reservoir.”

“KayGee has contributed to countless hits in the modern hip-hop and R&B landscape, and the team at Reservoir looks forward to supporting his legacy as we continue to release new music together.”

Faith Newman, Reservoir

Faith Newman, Reservoir’s Executive Vice President, A&R and Catalog Development, added, “I’ve known KayGee for years, and after cementing our partnership through Reservoir’s acquisition of Tommy Boy, I’m so proud to continue. to develop our relationship.

“KayGee has contributed to countless hits in the modern hip-hop and R&B landscape, and the team at Reservoir looks forward to supporting his legacy as we continue to release new music together.”The music industry around the world

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