Carlos Stephens

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Carlos Stephens (Clos)
Background information
Birth name Carlos Stephens [1]
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, Mixing Engineer
Instruments Vocals, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Drum machine, Sampler, Pro Tools, Turntablism, Scratching, guitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Spiral Records (1991-1996)[2] No Limit Records, Priority Records (1994-2002), Flame Entertainment (2003-2016),
Associated acts The Medicine Men, TRU, Mystikal, Snoop Dogg, , UGK, B.G. (rapper), Soulja Slim, Fiend, Romeo Miller, Master P, C Murder

Carlos Stephens aka Clos, is a record producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He found fame as a member of No Limit Records' in-house production team, Beats by the Pound. He also was the only producer of No Limit to have outside distribution for an artist. Since leaving the label, he has founded his own record label Flame Entertainment. To date Stephens has over 75 Million in credited record sales[3][4][5]

Early Years[edit]

Born In New Orleans, Louisiana but raised in the Gretna area, Carlos started producing music for a few local groups in the early nineties this allowed him to develop his skills and production methods.

No Limit Years[edit]

In 1994 Stephens would produce for Ron Gray "The Bossman:[6] which would be one of his final outside productions before joining the No Limit in-house production team of Beats by the Pound. Over the next few years he would provide substantial production for all No Limit artists, with his first major production on Silkk the Shocker's debut album The Shocker in 1996.[7]

In 1996, Carlos, with the permission of Master P, became the only in-house producer to establish distribution outside No Limit Records. This allowed him to release his first artist, Skull Duggery and The Ghetto Commission in 1998. He would later receive nomination for Producer of the Year and collectively be voted as one of Hip-Hop's "Thirty Most Powerful People" by The Source.[8]

In 1999, No Limit would see the departure of fellow Beats By The Pound production mates, as the only remaining member would oversee majority of the next five years of production with multiple gold and platinum albums. Starting with Master P's platinum-selling album Only God Can Judge Me, and the title track for the film Light It Up. In 2000, Stephens would contribute production on the soundtrack to HBO's critically acclaimed show Oz. Stephens and No Limit would follow up with the introduction of the 504 Boyz and his production of their self-tilted platinum-selling debut album, with the lead single "Wobble Wobble" going Platinum, following this with the success of Master P’s Gold album Ghetto Postage with its smash Platinum hit "Bout Dat". In 2001, Carlos would see his greatest commercial success with Lil Romeo's debut single "My Baby" reaching platinum status, and also staying at number 1 on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks straight. The song "My Baby" was also the 2001 Billboard Single of the year.[citation needed]

After No Limit[edit]

In 2002 Carlos began working with a partnership program for"Prodikeys" a developed by Creative Labs Nasdaq listed company.[9] From 2004 - 2006 Carlos headed up the business development team with partner Gary Murray founder of Wise Technologies. The new company was called Mixcast Networks (formally OOH! t v) Mixcast was a strategic, development and content accusation and distribution firm with a wi-fi component, that reached malls, airports, travel plazas.[10]

By 2008 Carlos would take position of director's chair with his debut video "Be Fresh" for C-Murder's album Screamin' 4 Vengeance. Stephens also started consulting, via 31Minds LLC. with the sole purpose of helping companies with branding, and creating strategic alliances between the companies in unconventional ways to expand the products awareness.

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