Un-D-Nyable Entertainment

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Un-D-Nyable Entertainment is a record label founded by Frank Thomas (“The Big Hurt”), the star player and home run hitter of the Chicago White Sox.[1]

Un-D-Nyable Entertainment
Founded 1996
Founder Frank Thomas
Status Inactive
Distributor(s) Navarre Corporation
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Chicago, Illinois

Label history[edit]

In the fall of 1996, after funding the development of a number of producers in Atlanta for roughly three years, Frank felt it was time to move things to the next level. He moved the producers to Chicago, leased two floors in a downtown Chicago office building that had recently been the studios for a PBS radio station, WBEZ, and equipped it with high quality industry standard recording equipment.

The first artist signed to Un-D-Nyable was Virgo Williams. Virgo was the featured vocalist on a Sony/So So Def Records album release "So So Def Bass All Stars" that sold over 560,000 units in the US. The hit single was "My Boo", featuring Virgo.

In 1997, Paul David Wilson accepted an offer from Frank, to serve as President of Un-D-Nyable Entertainment. Paul agreed to run the label in partnership with Thomas.

Said Wilson,

Their initial release was a CD single entitled “3-5, The White Sox Got’em Open Up Wide,” with Frank Thomas featuring D. Stoy. Jet magazine wrote:

In June 1997, Un-D-Nyable, with Wilson, signed 15-year-old Dejah Gomez to an exclusive recording contract.

In 1998, Chicago quartet Entourage (James “Slique” Adams [1], Floyd Massey, Eric "Papi312" Wade [2] and Irone Guyton, a R&B singing group) was signed to the label, followed by rap artist Ant-Dub and STRONG, an R&B group that was a family of five brothers.

In late 1998, Wilson and Thomas produced the debut CD for Dejah Gomez (“Dejah”)[3] and Entourage (“The Fall Backs of a Playa”) [4] [5] and matching videos for the CD songs and a CD single title “I Can’t Hide” featuring STRONG. In December, a single “When,” by Entourage, they charted on Billboard.[4] Soon, both Dejah and Entourage were starting to “take off,” but, in January 1999, just as the action and excitement was building for his young record company, Wilson suffered a stroke. Thomas subsequently did not renew Wilson's contract.[5]

"Frank's vision always was for Un-D-Nyable to have a street hip-hop kind of a vibe,"[5] Regina Daniel, a publicist who has represented Un-D-Nyable. "Where Paul was leading it was not necessarily where Frank's vision was."[5] Danielle Dickerson, Promotions Manager of the label, she said "the company's problems had more to do with the inherent difficulty of competing against the major companies than any failure by Un-D-Nyable."[5] On June 25, 1999, the main office were closed due to poor record sales and lack of funding. Three months later in September, 1999 the studio equipment was sold and the Un-D-Nyable Recording studio was closed.

Albums[edit]

Year Title Artist
1998 Dejah Dejah
1998 The Fall Backs of a Playa Entourage
1999 STRONG STRONG

Singles[edit]

Year Title Artist
1997 3-5, The White Sox Got’em Open Up Wide Frank Thomas featuring D. Stoy
1998 Just A Lil’ But Dejah
1998 Page Me Entourage
1998 Krazy Dejah
1998 When Entourage
1999 I Can’t Hide STRONG
1999 Mi Amiga STRONG

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Frank Biography". JockBio.com. Black Book Partners, LLC. Retrieved 2006.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ruffin, Mark (February 26, 1998). "Big Hurt, Knockin' Musical Hits Out The Park". N'Digo. Hartman Publishing Group. 
  3. ^ "Athletes Find Success In Music Industry". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. August 11, 1997. 
  4. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales, "When," Produced by Frank Thomas and Paul David Wilson". Billboard The Billboard Hot 100. Nielsen Company. 1998. Retrieved 2009.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d Brown, Mark. "Risky business for Sox slugger Thomas". Sun Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved March 1, 2001.