The Legendary Traxster
|Birth name||Samuel Lindley|
July 14, 1973 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Hip Hop, Rap|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, Record Producer, Rapper|
|Associated acts||Twista, Do or Die, Ludacris, Tia London|
The Legendary Traxster (born Samuel Lindley; July 14, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American songwriter, rapper and record producer. A native of Chicago, he is best known as a producer for Twista, Do or Die and Ludacris. He is the owner of Traxster Inc. and Co-CEO of CWAL Records.
The Legendary Traxster (a.k.a. Sam Lindley) is a Multi-Platinum & Grammy Nominated American Songwriter/Producer. He produced the Certified Platinum song, “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj on the album "Battle Of The Sexes”. Traxster’s production on “My Chick Bad” helped land Ludacris a #1 album on the Billboard 200. Success is not new to Traxster, he earned a Grammy Nomination for his work with Mariah Carey, co-writing and producing the track, "One and Only" on her 2005 released album, “The Emancipation Of Mimi” which sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide.
The 2009 reunion on Twista’s “Category F5” has rekindled the chemistry between the two with six songs produced by The Legendary Traxster and reaching the Billboard with #1 Rap album including the hit single "Wetter". The single went on to be Certified Gold and the winner of two ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards” in the Rap and R&B/Hip Hop category. Traxster and Twista came back at it again with their hit single “Make a Movie” Twista ft. Chris Brown from Twista’s "The Perfect Storm" which also climbed its way to the top of the charts. Traxster produced ten songs on this project.
Traxster, also has extended his hand of community service by participating in the ASCAP SCORES program. The Legendary Traxster will lead a songwriting classes with kids at Chalmers Elementary, Chicago, IL. on December 1 and 8, 2010. Traxster and the students will then go to CRC Studios, Chicago, IL. on December 14, 2010 to record the song. The finished song will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers.
The Legendary Traxster said: "It is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to give back to my community. Having grown up in the inner city, I know that the environment, conditions and circumstances of inner city life don't always give you positive outlets to express yourself as a kid. I like to believe my love for music saved my life having seen so many of my childhood friends fall victim to the streets. In light of all the youth violence that has been occurring in Chicago, I am glad ASCAP has provided another platform for me to share my love of music with the youth of Chicago. Through the SCORES program I hope to inspire someone to pursue their dreams and avoid becoming another tragedy of the inner city."
A native of Chicago, he is best known as producer for the platinum-selling rapper Twista and the famed rap group Do or Die, for whom he produced several albums including the platinum-selling Picture This. Picture This is notable for introducing Twista to the mainstream, particularly on the album's blazing centerpiece "Po Pimp". Traxster also produced Twista’s Platinum selling “Adrenaline Rush” in its entirety. Traxster is credited for creating the Midwest / Chicago sound: slow, dark, bass heavy grooves, with wild drums and running hi-hats, to match the triple time rhyme patterns of the rappers. He soon spread his sound nationally producing songs for artist around the country. Chris Brown, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo Gotti, Ray J, R. Kelly, T.I., Lil Boosie, Cam'ron, Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal, E-40, WC, C-Bo, Static Major, Tech N9ne, The Outlawz, Raekwon, Shawnna, Eve and Trina have all used Traxster production.
When you hear fast-paced rappers rhyme on heavy based rhythms and quick patterned hi hats, you should automatically think of the man behind the beats, The Legendary Traxster. Born Samuel Lindley, this multi platinum, Grammy nominated record producer has always been inspired by music and art, as he and friends learned how to blend records in the late 80’s by deejaying at house parties at the age of fourteen. For him, it has always been about having the latest records, the music that people want to hear.
Traxster began his musical expression as a battle rapper from the south side of Chicago’s “Pocket Town” neighborhood, were he formed his first group in high school. His peers thought he was unusual for wanting to be a rapper, because there weren't many Hip-Hop acts In Chicago at the time. Upon graduating high school, the group “D 2 Tha S” (Dedicated 2 Tha Streets) was formed and became well known lyrically in the streets. Inspired by N.W.A, D 2 Tha S’s aspirations were to have dope lyrics over dope beats, to be the “dope group” to make it from the rough streets of Chicago. With the noise the group was making in the streets, Ill State Assassins, a coalition of different rap groups, wanted the group to join their Hip-Hop crew. D 2 Tha S ended up joining the 30 member crew of different rap groups/ artists and became a major force in the movement. Their most noted rivalry was with Grammy Award winning hip-hop group, Naughty By Nature.
D 2 Tha S single “Livin In A Hellhole” was released in 1992 and soon following released two maxi-singles "Doomsday" (1994) and "My Brothaz Keepa" (1996). To make ends meet, producing became a hustle for Traxster. The demand began for production sounding like the D 2 Tha S records, Traxster started producing for other Chicago artist. This was the beginning of his understanding that he could make a living off producing music. In the mid 90’s, Traxster began producing music for local rappers, such as Psychodrama, Do or Die, and Twista. His creativity and his discovery on how to make different sound which is filled with slow, dark, bass heavy grooves, with wild drums, and running hi hats, to match the triple time rhyme patterns of the midwest rappers, made his production very unique. Traxster’s rap career was put on hold when Do or Die’s single "Po Pimp" caught fire in Chicago and lead to the album "Picture This" released on Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records (1996) was made. Creator’s Way Records was formed and his production on Do or Die’s album brought the group to platinum-status and sparked the journey to The Legendary Traxster’s success as a multi-platinum producer and songwriter. Traxster also signed a publishing and production deal with Universal Records and Zomba Group and Jive Records.
After the release of Do or Die’s album, Traxster began working on Twista’s single “Emotions” for the album Adrenaline Rush. With the independent release of “Emotions” this rapidly selling single created a bidding war with the major labels. That bidding war birthed a deal with Atlantic Records, thus solidifying a history-making joint venture. The deal with Creator’s Way and the Atlantic was the biggest deal for an independent rap label and an established record company at that time. This allowed Traxster and the artists to have creative control over their projects. Traxster single-handedly produced, recorded, and mixed Adrenaline Rush, which is certified platinum. Soon after, Trax and his group, Shock The World, were also signed to Atlantic as recording artists, and was scheduled to release an album Blast For Me - A Thugs Religion in 1998. Due to financial and creative differences, the group split, and some members of Shock The World members decided to continue their career with Twista. This conflict led to the shelving of the group’s album and in 2002, Twista was released from Creator’s Way and was signed directly to Atlantic Records. The two reunited in 2005 to collaborate on the double-platinum record Kamikaze, but Traxster’s presence was missing from Twista’s following two albums.
With success comes struggle, which has both built this legendary producer’s name in the industry. The brief separation between the producer and the swift-tongued rapper Twista has shown growth and maturity and is displayed in Traxster’s music, not only as a producer, but as a lyricist as he put out both solo and compilation albums “All Hell Breaks Loose” in 2001 and album, “The Return of Gangsta Music”, released in 2008.
In 2009 Traxster reunited on Twista’s “Category F5”. It rekindled the chemistry between the two. With multiple platinum and gold records, Traxster is inspired daily to create something new and different to prove his greatness in the music industry. “When I hear great music I desire to do something great also. When I leave the earth, I want to leave my mark”. According to The Source, Traxster’s production is considered “magical, a new sound that’s not only going to put Chicago on the map, but the whole Midwest.” Though rapping is one of Traxster’s first loves, working with various artists throughout the industry has given him the confidence to continue to dominate the airwaves with his intense, heavyweight beats. “Producing is easier. I couldn’t survive if I couldn’t make music. When I am rapping people hear my mind/thoughts...when producing you’re hearing my spirit”.
- 2001: All Hell Breaks Loose
- 2008: The Return of Gangsta Music
- 2013: You Owe Me A Favor (Beat Tape)
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