The Monsters and the Strangerz

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The Monsters and the Strangerz are a Grammy, Juno and ASCAP award winning production and songwriting team from Miami, Florida. The team features The Monsters: Alexander "Xplicit" Izquierdo, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson and The Strangerz: Marcus "Marc Lo" Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr.

The team officially debuted into the music scene in 2009, when they wrote for American artist and entrepreneur Diddy on his single "Diddy Boppin"[1]

In 2010 they wrote the UK single charts & iTunes #1 hit single Swagger Jagger by Cher Lloyd and the Platinum selling hit Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1) by Flo Rida.[2]

In 2011 The Monsters and the Strangerz moved their operation to Los Angeles and have now produced and wrote for artist such as Rihanna, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and many others.

History[edit]

The Monsters originated as a group in 2008 when Stefan Johnson engineered a session for then Hip-Hop artist Alexander “Xplicit” Izquierdo. Xplicit a Miami bred artist had been working on his artistry before meeting Johnson, ranking local radio plays with his record "WE GET MO".

At the same time Johnson, an SAE Recording School graduate was an in demand engineer working with major artist like Rick Ross, Pitbull and Diddy. Johnson then brought his brother and producer Jordan Johnson into the team and The Monsters were born.

The Strangerz met through a mutual friend in high school in early 2005. Marcus "MarcLo" Lomax is the son of a pastor and a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical career in his father's church band. Clarence Coffee Jr is the son of a Gospel singer, he grew up perfecting his vocals and melodies after being inspired by his family's passion for music.

The Monsters and the Strangerz were both introduced to each other in late 2010 when manager Lex Borrero signed them to his management company 1916, booking them both for a session with Def Jam artist Khalil and Atlantic Records artist Diggy Simmons. The session became the start of the group's creative partnership.

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Details
2009 "Diddy Boppin' '"[3] Diddy featuring Yung Joc & Xplicit Diddy Boppin Writer
2010 "Million Dollar Girl" Trina featuring Diddy & Keri Hilson Amazin' Writer
"Showin Out" Trina Amazin' Writer
"Nothing Like LA" Ice Cube I Am the West Writer
"I Am Not The One" Maino The Art of War Mixtape Writer
"Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)" Flo Rida Only One Flo (Part 1) Writer
"Turnaround (5,4,3,2,1) Remix" Flo Rida featuring Pitbull Hangover 2 The Movie Writer
"Hey Cutie" Soulja Boy featuring Trey Songz The DeAndre Way Writer
"Poppin Bottles" T.I. featuring Drake No Mercy Writer
2011 "My House" Big Sean Finally Famous Album Writer
"Swagger Jagger" Cher Lloyd Sticks and Stones Writer
"The Reason" Cody Simpson TBA Writer
"Up and Leave" Laure Shang Chinese Idol Writer
"Talkin' That" Cher Lloyd Sticks and Stones Writer
2012 "Vans On" T. Mills TBA Writer
"Countless" Alley Boy Nigganati Writer
"2 Up" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"Unforgivable Blackness" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"I Need To Know" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"Tom Edison" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"What's Going On" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"MSG" Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival Writer
"Naked" Kevin McCall featuring Big Sean TBA Writer
"Burn" Meek Mill featuring Big Sean Dreams and Nightmares Writer
"I Don't Like (Remix)" Chief Keef featuring GOOD Music & Jadakiss Cruel Summer Writer
"Louder" Flo Rida Wild Ones Writer
"Tonight I'm Getting Over You" Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss Writer
"All Night Longer" Sammy Adams TBA Writer
"Mula" Big Sean Detroit Mixtape Writer
"Clique" GOOD Music Cruel Summer Writer
"Maybach Curtains" Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares Writer
"No Love Allowed" Rihanna Unapologetic Writer
"All That (Lady)" Game ft. Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Jeremih, Fabolous Jesus Piece Writer
2013 "Guap" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Tonight I'm Getting Over You" Remix Carly Rae Jepsen ft. Nicki Minaj Kiss Writer
"No Part of You" 98 Degrees 2.0 Writer
"Mona Lisa" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Milf" Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj, Juicy J Hall of Fame Writer
"Nothing Is Stopping You" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Beware" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Fire" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Mula" Big Sean Hall of Fame Writer
"Don't Come Around" Yo Gotti I Am Writer
2014 "Born To Run" Afrojack Forget the World Writer
"Change Your Mind" Trey Songz Trigga Writer
"Holy Ghost" Juicy J featuring Lil Bibby TBA Writer
"Dont Be Gone Too Long" Chris Brown TBA Writer
"Hustle Harder" Common Nobody Smiling Writer
"The Sleaze" Wiz Khalifa Blacc Hollywood Writer

Production and songwriting[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Details
2010 "Big Nut Bust"[4] Big Sean Finally Famous Mixtape Part 3 Producer, Songwriter
"Freak Show" Young Twinn Freak Show Producer, Songwriter
2011 "Love Soundz" Lacey Schwimmer Love Soundz Producer, Songwriter
"Living For Tonight"[5] Sean Kingston TBA Producer, Songwriter
"Forever 21" Sean Kingston TBA Producer, Songwriter
"For My Lady" Ray J Ft Nelly Raydiation 3 Producer, Songwriter
"Shake the World" Melissa Molinaro Shake the World Producer, Songwriter
"Always" Kevin Mchale TBA Producer, Songwriter
"Impossible" Kevin Mchale TBA Producer, Songwriter
"All I See" Kevin Mchale TBA Producer, Songwriter
"Weekend Girl" Paypa featuring Ray J Feel Good Muzic Producer, Songwriter
"Oh That's My Shit" Paypa Feel Good Muzic Producer, Songwriter
"Go First, Perfect Gentleman" Mario TBA Producer, Songwriter
"Killah" Khleo Thomas Slick Living Producer, Songwriter
"Going Off" Khleo Thomas Slick Living Producer, Songwriter
2012 "Feb XIV" Kevin McCall TBA Producer, Songwriter
"So Many Girls" Khleo Thomas TBA Producer, Songwriter
"On Deck" Mann TBA Producer, Songwriter
"Diemonds" T Mills Thrillionaire Producer, Songwriter
"Asstrology" T Mills Thrillionaire Producer, Songwriter
"Lightweight" T Mills Thrillionaire Producer, Songwriter
"The Reason" Cody Simpson Paradise Producer, Songwriter
2013 "Forget Forever" Selena Gomez Stars Dance Producer, Songwriter
"Never Been Hurt" Demi Lovato Demi Producer, Songwriter
"Butterflies" Zendaya Zendaya Producer, Songwriter
"Heaven Lost an Angel" Zendaya Zendaya Producer, Songwriter
"Only When You're Close" Zendaya Zendaya Producer, Songwriter
"Leave My Heart Out Of This" Fifth Harmony Better Together Producer, Songwriter
"One Wish" Fifth Harmony Better Together (EP) (Target Bonus) Producer, Songwriter
2014 "On My Way" Lea Michele Louder Producer, Songwriter
"Sexercize" Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once Producer, Songwriter
"I Can't Stop Drinking About You" Bebe Rexha Single Producer, Songwriter
"Champagne" Ferras EP Producer
"I Know" Chris Batson Single Co-Producer, Songwriter
"It Was Always You" Maroon 5 V Producer, Songwriter
"Coming Back For You" Maroon 5 V Producer, Songwriter

Engineering credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Details
2006 Port of Miami Rick Ross Engineer
2008 Just a Rolling Stone Donnie Klang Engineer
2009 Rebelution Pitbull Engineer
2011 Last Train to Paris Diddy Engineer
2011 Future History Jason Derülo Mix Engineer
2011 Raydiation 2 Ray J Recording & Mix Engineer
2011 Feel Good Music Paypa Recording & Mix Engineer
2013 Stars Dance Selena Gomez Recording Engineer
2013 DEMI Demi Lovato Recording Engineer
2013 Zendaya Zendaya Recording Engineer
2013 Better Together EP Fifth Harmony Recording Engineer

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