After moving to Columbus, OH in 1998 then to Chicago, IL in 2002, he decided to take his musical talents seriously. By the age of 15, he began producing music by using the small amount of resources available. That’s when he found his love for music.
Years passed and he landed a few notable placements with some local Chicago artists such as former Atlantic Records artist Bump J. December of 2007 is when he chose to take advantage of an opportunity to prosper his music career. A week before Christmas, during a winter storm in the SouthSide of Chicago, GS decided to drive 20 miles to Ford City Mall after hearing that Disturbing Tha Peace Records artists, including Chingy amongst other label-mates, were going to be doing an in-store signing at clothing store DTLR. He banked on this opportunity and received Chingy’s contact information to send him some of his tracks.
After several months of sending rapper Chingy his music, it wasn’t until July of the next year that he heard back from him. What caught Chingy’s attention was a track that GS sent him which included a live organ and electric guitar solo that he recorded and produced himself. Chingy was so impressed that he wanted him to work exclusively with the label during that phone call. At 18 is when GS, then known as “The Young Hustla” was introduced to the CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace Records, Ludacris. GS was offered the same production deal through DTP/Def Jam that Kanye West received in 2000 through Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam before becoming a recording artist.
GS worked thoroughly with artists on the label such as Bobby V, Shawnna, B.X.C., Willy Northpole, Playaz Circle (2 Chainz a.k.a Titi Boi & Dolla Boi), Chingy, and Ludacris. Alongside working with DTP Records affiliates, GS then began to work directly with other artists such as Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, R. Kelly and the entire TDE (Top Dawg Ent.) camp (Jay Rock, K.Dot b.k.a. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and B.O.). In fact, in Q1 of 2009 he collaborated with TDE to release an official TDE Mixtape dedicated to the city Chicago from all LA artists from TDE called “The BlockAid: Chicago Edition Vol. 1″.
After witnessing every notable music artist leave DTP for various reasons besides the CEO, GS chose to refocus on his other career paths outside of music. While producing for several artists in the industry, he continued his higher education at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management that he began in the fall of 2008 and started his own production company, Immortal Media Group LLC, the following year. In late-2010, while still keeping his ties with the entertainment industry, GS acquired a position as a Seasonal Financial Analyst for well-known investment banking firm Goldman Sachs in New York City, New York.
After finishing this position at Goldman Sachs and returning home to Chicago, GS was brought to Hollywood in July of 2011 where he assumed responsibility for the final edits, branding inputs and the strategic marketing campaign for a book called “Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain: How I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur” by his friend and mentor Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus Sciences. Along with the success of the book becoming a #1 NY Times Best Seller and more than $5 million in sales, things began to look up for him once again. Although on October 13, 2011; at the height of success from the book, GS was hospitalized and suffered severe injuries after a near fatal car accident on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA where he was struck in an intersection directly at his driver’s side door of his Jaguar sedan by a GMC SUV.
The 22-year-old Chicago musician told MTV, “2011 may have been the best and worst year I’ve experienced personally, but at the same time, it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I may have been in an accident that could’ve cost me my life (amongst other things unmentioned), but it didn’t. God kept me here for a reason. Time waits for no man, and my season is coming.”
Now at 24, an alum of both Purdue University and Pepperdlne University with a B.S. in Business Management and MBA in Business Economics, GS is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. In attempts to better characterize himself, GS issued a name change from “The Young Hustla” to “Goldman Stacks”, with the influence from his experience at Goldman Sachs. He’s since worked in film pre-production, production and post-production with HBO on shows including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Hello Ladies”. He’s entered in philanthropy, expanded Immortal Media Group, LLC. to L.A. and recently partnered with both ArtNet Agency and blockchain technology startup Block26. He’s also currently working on 2 films in development as well as BTS work for an album for an affiliated artist. GS has remained in good ties with TDE and plans to venture back into the music scene; whether it’s still behind the scenes or as a music artist. Only this time, it’ll be 10 times better.
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The official collaboration between LA's Top Dawg Ent (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, BO) & Chicago's "Goldman Stacks" (then known as The Young Hustla) "The BlockAid" will be re-released soon