Music industry CEO/ film director Jack Frost is a connoisseur of urban culture with two decades in music, film and media. Born Andre Stephens in Memphis, Tenn., Frost first stepped onto the local music scene in the late 1990s when he launched independent record label Lootchase, Inc. and shortly after, released the label’s debut CD A Million Ain’t Enough, which featured pioneering Southern rappers Kingpin Skinny Pimp and Playa Fly.
In 2000, he merged with rapper/label CEO Nakia Shine’s Diamond Cut Entertainment to form their group/production company Rap Hustlaz. Together, they released a slew of Memphis classics such as Kingpin Skinny Pimp and Gangsta Blac’s collaboration album The Mayor and the Pimp and Kingpin Skinny Pimp’s Pimpin’ and Hustlin.’ And in no time, the company’s roster swelled to include Memphis rap icons La Chat, Kia Shine as a solo artist and national breakthrough artist Yo Gotti.
In 2002, Rap Hustlaz inked a distribution deal with now-defunct TVT Records. Under the new agreement, Rap Hustlaz artist Yo Gotti sold more than 100,000 units independently of his 2003 album Life.
In addition, the label signed two major label record deals simultaneously- one with Skeleton Key/EMI for Rap Hustlaz as group made up of Frost and Shine and the other with Universal/Motown for Shine’s solo album Due Season.
In 2010, Frost launched entertainment website Raparazzi.com and teamed up with music journalist Carlton Wade to produce first documentary on the history and evolution of Southern Hip Hop entitled “The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South.” The documentary follows not only the musical development of Southern hip hop culture and rap music but examines the economic factors, technological advances and societal influences which created such a culture.
Both educational and entertaining, the documentary captures candid interviews with many of the South’s brightest stars including Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Scarface, Master P, Lil Jon, Gucci Mane, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia and Mannie Fresh. Straight from the mouths of the artists, producers, label CEOs and DJs, “The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South” examines each phase and era of Southern hip hop.
In addition, Frost is executive producer of forthcoming motion picture “Freeway” alongside NBA All Star Amar’e Stoudamire and Travis King. The film is a biopic of convicted crack-cocaine kingpin of the late 80s/early 90s Ricky Ross. Frost is executive producer/ producer of motion picture “Policy King,” which is currently in development. And he serves as co-writer/ producer/ director of “Bottoms Up,” a strip club film based on the true stories of exotic dancers.