|Birth name||Jamar Austin|
|Also known as||Mr Guantalo Ahi|
January 16, 1980 |
Harlem, New York, United States
|Origin||Washington Heights, New York, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Songwriter, Executive Producer, Filmmaker|
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Associated acts||Angie Martinez|
Jamar Austin, (born January 16, 1980), who records under the mononym Sacario is an American rapper and songwriter best known for writing the song If I Could Go for Angie Martinez. Billboard (magazine) named the song among the biggest songs of the year in 2002. It was featured on Totally Hits 2002: More Platinum Hits which is Certified Platinum by the RIAA with sales of over 1,000,000 copies.
His first record release "Live Big (Car Keys)" (2002) and "If I Could Go" were both included on The Transporter movie soundtrack. In the first ever deal of its kind EA Trax packaged "If I Could Go" with NBA Live 2003 Video Game Soundtrack. The soundtrack sold 1.3 Million copies worldwide and is inducted into the Guinness World Records as the "first officially-released video game soundtrack to be RIAA certified platinum". According to Guinness World Records, NBA Live 2003 Soundtrack went Platinum in 6 months. In 2004 MTV announced his nomination in the Mixtape Artist of the Year category at The Annual Mixtape Awards.
In 2012 he founded his own production company, Quiet Ink productions. He is the screenwriter of a new documentary about the rise and fall of the music industry titled The Owners, set for release in 2016.
Sacario was born in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He was raised in a public housing project until a childhood friend brought him to Washington Heights, New York. Although he is originally of Panamanian descent, he was "Dominican adopted"(i.e. accepted by a Dominican family) in Washington Heights and identifies as Dominican.
He attended Norman Thomas High School.
Animal House | Elektra Records
On September 28, 2001 Sacario signed a production deal with Angie Martinez's Animal House Productions. In addition, 3 months later he signed a Record deal with Elektra Records. The two joint venture labels first Sacario release was Live Big Car Keys remix. The remix included Angie Martinez & rapper Fat Joe. The remix was featured on The Transporter Movie Soundtrack. Sacario birthed a successful career as a ghostwriter, even as he was signed as an Artist. He wrote Angie Martinez entire Animal House (album)
Animal House by Angie Martinez debut with the Rick Rock produced single "If I Could Go" featuring Sacario & singer Lil Mo. The hit record remained on numerous Billboard charts including The Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Top 40 Mainstream Charts for 36 consecutive weeks. The song won two Nielsen BDS Spin Awards for 50,000 radio spins and 100,000 radio spins. His success continued with a special invitation to perform If I Could Go at Disneyland Park (Anaheim).
A cover of "If I Could Go" was recorded by the Kidz Bop Kids and was released on Kidz Bop 3 children's album. The album debuted #1 on Billboard Kid Albums chart, #17 on Billboard 200 Album chart "marking the highest chart debut ever for a non soundtrack children's album in the history of Billboard 200". The album is Certified Gold by the RIAA selling over 500,000 copies.
On August 20, 2002 Animal House (album) debuted #11 on Billboard 200 Album charts, and #6 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts respectively selling 92,000 copies its first week. Rolling Stone gave the album a favorable 3 out of 5 star review. Sacario is also listed as one of the Album's Executive producer's. He is the first recording artist in history to be named Executive Producer of his label bosses album.
Sacario wrote the songs Break Yourself & Harder on Man vs. Machine album by west coast rapper Xzibit. Man vs. Machine is Certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S., Certified Canadian Gold by the CRIA for selling over 50,000 copies and Certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for selling 35,000 copies.
Good Day Live. BET's 106 & Park. He spit a freestyle in the "Booth" on Rap City (BET program) followed by a brief interview by Big Tigger.Last Call with Carson Daly. He was a special guest on Canada's Much Music Show alongside Angie Martinez. He performed with singer Lil Mo and Angie Martinez on Showtime at the Apollo. He also performed on Soul Train alongside Tank (American singer).
Sacario is featured in Issue 36 of XXL (magazine). His Sacario the Boss mixtapes are heavily bootlegged on many Hip-Hop websites throughout Asia. He was featured on the Jade Jagger disc of Renaissance Presents Pacha Ibiza Album. Canadian recording artist Promise (rapper) requested Sacario to feature alongside rapper Drake (entertainer) on the record titled You Got Me. Sacario has a two-page spread interview in Bloque Urbano, a magazine based in Dominican Republic. He recorded the theme song for the NBA Washington Wizards girls 2012/13 season.
|US||US R&B||Pop Songs|
|2002||"Live Big Remix" (featuring Fat Joe and Angie Martinez)||--||--||--|
|2002||"If I Could Go" with Angie Martinez (featuring Sacario)||15||26||11||Animal House|
- Invincible (2001)
- Best of Sacario Hosted by Angie Martinez (2002)
- Sacario The Boss Part 1 (2003)
- Sacario The Boss Part 2 (2004)
- Sacario The Boss Part 3 (2004)
- Sacario The Boss Part 4 (2005)
- Sacario The Boss Part 5 (2006)
- My Movie (2008)
- Sneak Attack (2010)
Studio albums (Collaborative)
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2002||Animal House (album)||11||6||--|
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2002||Man vs. Machine||3||1||--||Gold|
|US||US R&B||Kid Albums|
|2002||Totally Hits 2002: More Platinum Hits||21||--||--||Platinum|
|2003||Kidz Bop 3||17||--||1||Gold|
|US||US R&B||Kid Albums|
|2003||NBA Live 2003||--||--||--||Platinum|
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