#TBT PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: @djeddief

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The Mount Vernon, New York native made his entry into production in 1987 on the gold certified Heavy D & the Boyz debut Living Large with “Mr Big Stuff“. Eddie continued to show his production prowess on their follow-up platinum releases, Big Tyme and Peaceful Journey, creating such classics as “Somebody For Me” and “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet“, to name a few. He has been largely responsible and instrumental in delivering or developing much of the talent coming out of the Mt. Vernon area such as Heavy D, Al B. Sure, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Dave Hall, and even Diddy who lived with Ferrell in the early stages of his A&R career.

In the late 1980s, Eddie created Untouchables Entertainment in order to bolster the careers of promising young producers, writers and artists. Credited with originating the first modern “production camp,” the company featured multi-platinum production and writing architects, including Eddie F himself, Pete Rock, Dave Hall, Kenny Greene, Mary Brown, Kenny Smoove and Donell Jones, who produced, wrote, and/or remixed songs for recording artists such as TLC, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Will Smith, Jodeci, Destiny’s Child, Jaheim, Luther Vandross, and Run DMC.

By the 1990s, Eddie had discovered and executive produced gold certified projects for rap duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth and R&B trio Intro. During this year, Eddie also created the theme song music for the popular Fox television series In Living Color starring then up and coming comedians Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, The Wayans Brothers and “fly girl” Jennifer Lopez.

In the mid 1990s, he added the title of Vice President of A&R for LaFace Records to his repertoire, reporting to co-owner and founder, LA Reid and was responsible for assisting Reid in managing its talent roster including Usher, OutKast, TLC and Toni Braxton. He would also serve as A&R for the grammy winning album of The Tony Rich Project “Words”.

During this year, Eddie simultaneously released Eddie F. and the Untouchables: Let’s Get It On- the album on Motown Records. Spotlighting the works of the Untouchables camp, the compilation featured the only known in-studio collaboration of two up-and-coming hip-hop MC’s at the time, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., on the title track “Let’s Get It On”- which also featured Heavy D and Grand Puba.

He later segued to Motown Records as the Executive Vice President of A&R- managing a roster including Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Boyz II Men, as well as newcomers 98 Degrees, 702, Taral Hicks, and his personal signing of Mario Winans. This was also around the time that he discovered a then unknown Chicago singer named Donell Jones. Eddie quickly invested in Jones by making him a part of the Untouchables Records family. He then secured a distribution outlet for Jones and further developed his relationship with LA Reid and LaFace Records spawning the hit single “U Know What’s Up” featuring Left Eye of TLC which was also produced by him.

Some of the notable albums and “Greatest Hits” projects he has served as A&R and/or Executive Producer include Mecca and the Soul Brother, Intro, Where I Wanna Be, Story of My Heart, Words, Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection, and RUN DMC.

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