Eddie F


Eddie F
DJ Eddie F
Origin Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, rap, R&B
Years active 1988–present
Labels Uptown, Untouchables Entertainment

Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell is the co-founder, partner, and DJ of the Uptown Records rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. Ferrell is a producer, arranger, songwriter, executive and entrepreneur serving as CEO and President of Untouchables Entertainment Group, the parent company of his Closter, New Jersey studios Playground/MiniMansion Recording and Untouchables Records.

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Early career

The Mount Vernon, New York native made his entry into production in 1987 on the gold certified Heavy D & the Boyz debut Living Large with “Mr Big Stuff.” Eddie continued to show his production prowess on their follow-up platinum releases, Big Tyme and Peaceful Journey, creating such classics as “Somebody For Me” and “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet,” to name a few. He has been largely responsible and instrumental in delivering or developing much of the talent coming out of the Mt. Vernon area such as Heavy D, Al B. Sure, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Dave Hall, and even Diddy who lived with EF in the early stages of his A&R career.

In 1989, Eddie created Untouchables Entertainment in order to bolster the careers of promising young producers, writers and artists. Credited with originating the first modern “production camp,” the company featured multi-platinum production and writing architects, including Eddie F himself, Pete Rock, Dave Hall, Kenny Greene, Mary Brown, Kenny Smoove and Donell Jones, who produced, wrote, and/or remixed songs for recording artists such as TLC, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, LL Cool J, Will Smith, Jodeci, Destiny's Child, Jaheim, Luther Vandross, and Run DMC.

By the 90s, Eddie had discovered and executive produced gold certified projects for rap duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth and R&B trio INTRO. During this year, Eddie also created the theme song for the popular Fox television series “In Living Color” starring then up and coming comedians, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, The Wayans Brothers, and “fly girl” Jennifer Lopez.

In 1994, he added the title of Vice President of A&R for LaFace Records to his repertoire, reporting to co-owner and founder, LA Reid and was responsible for assisting Reid in managing its talent roster including Usher, OutKast, TLC and Toni Braxton. During this year, Eddie also released Eddie F. and the Untouchables-Let's Get It On, the album on Motown Records. Spotlighting the works of the Untouchables camp, the compilation featured the only known in-studio collaboration of two up-and-coming hip-hop MC's at the time, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., on the title track “Let's Get It On”, also featuring Heavy D and Grand Puba.

He later segued to Motown Records as the Executive Vice President of A&R, again managing a classic roster including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Boyz II Men, as well as newcomers 98 Degrees, 702, and his personal signing of Mario Winans.

This was also the year that he discovered a then unknown Chicago singer named Donell Jones. Eddie quickly invested in Jones by making him a part of the Untouchables Records family. He then secured a distribution outlet for Jones and further developed his relationship with LA Reid and LaFace Records spawning the hit single “U Know What's Up” featuring Left Eye of TLC which was also produced by him.

Current projects

Eddie is continuing to focus on further developing his enterprise. He is currently developing several new and exciting artists for the Island/Def Jam label with “LA” Reid and serving as a technical or music consultant for several industry heavyweights including Steve Stoute and his Translation mega-marketing company, Butch Lewis, and Andre Harrell, while also serving as founder of the new ground-breaking online music iTunes distribution company, Musicwerks.com, that is poised to redefine how the new music business is done.

He continues to write and produce tracks for some of music's most popular artists including Jaheim, Chris Brown, Anthony Hamilton and the last two Grammy winning albums of the late Luther Vandross just to name a few. He has recently launched his newest production, producer, and writer management company, HotProducerz.com, and also co-manages one of the hottest new producers out of Atlanta, Maddscientist who is currently producing (Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls, Akon and Mario).

His New Jersey studio Playground/MiniMansion Recording continues to function as not only a vehicle for Eddie's own creative endeavors, but also other producers and artists.

Discography

2001

Angie Stone “More Than A Woman” (S) J Records Mahogany Soul (G)

Luther Vandross “Let's Make Tonight The Night” J Records Luther Vandross (P)

AZ “Everything” Motown Records Nine Lives

Prophet Jones “Doin’ Me” University/Motown Records Prophet Jones

Pam & Dodi “Don’t Have To” MCA Records Two Can Play That Game Soundtrack

Nicole Wray “I’m Lookin” (S) The Gold Mind/ Elektra Ent. (Unreleased album) “Wanna Cruise” “Too Controllin’”

Torrey “TC” Carter “Tight Jeans” The Gold Mind/Elektra Ent. (Unreleased album)

Richard Burton “I’ll Do It All” 3rd Street/MCA Records Ballamore “Sum’n Tonight”

2000

Ruff Endz “No More” (S) Epic Records Love Crimes

Donell Jones “U Know What's Up” Hollywood Records Save The Last Dance Soundtrack

Donell Jones “Do What I Gotta Do” Ghet-O-Vision/LaFace/Arista Shaft Soundtrack (G)

Donell Jones “Take It There” Warner Brothers Bait Soundtrack

Double “U (Hater)” Sony Japan Double/Double “Untouchable (Don’t Keep Me Waiting)”

Co-Ed “Sumn’ On You” Universal Records Utopia

Peter “Phendi” Moore “What Is It (Ready or Not)” Hollywood Records (Unreleased album)

Mel B. (of the Spice Girls) “Tell Me” (R) Virgin Records UK/EMI Hot

Debelah Morgan “Dance With Me” (R)/(G) Atlantic Records Dance With Me

1999

Donell Jones “U Know What's Up” (S)/(G) Untouchables/LaFace/Arista Where I Wanna Be (EP)/(P) “U Know What's Up” f. Left-Eye (R)/(G) “Pushin’”

Guy “Dancin’” (S) MCA Records Guy III (Guy 2K)

Chico DeBarge “Give You What You Want (Fa Sure)” (R) Kedar Ent./Motown/Polygram The Game

Case “Faded Pictures” f. Joe (R)/(G) Def Jam/Polygram Personal Conversations (G)

1997

Donell Jones “You Should Know” (S) Untouchables/LaFace/Arista My Heart (EP) “Waiting On You” “All About You” “The Only One You Need”

98 Degrees Motown Records/Polygram 98 Degrees (EP)/ (G)

Mario Winans Motown Records/Polygram Story Of My Heart (AR)/(EP)

1996

Queen Latifah “Living Single” Theme Song Warner Brothers Living Single: Music From & Inspired By the Hit TV Show

Horace Brown “Things We Do For Love” (S) Motown Records/Polygram Horace Brown (EP) “Things We Do For Love” f. Jay-Z (R)

Tony Rich Project “Nobody Knows” (R) /(P) LaFace Records/Arista Words (AR)/(EP)/(P)

Taral Hicks “Silly” Motown Records/Polygram Taral

Zhane “Just Like That” Illtown/Motown/Polygram Saturday Night (AR)/ (EP)

1995

Xscape “Feels So Good” (R)/(G) SoSoDef/Columbia Off The Hook (P)

1994

Eddie F. and the Untouchables “Let's Get It On” Untouchables/Motown/Polygram Let's Get It On the album (AR)/(EP) “Had Enough”

Usher “You Took My Heart” LaFace/Arista Usher

TLC “Creep” (R)/(P) LaFace/Arista Crazy Sexy Cool (11xP) “Kick Your Game” (R) “Diggin’ On You” (R)/(G) “Switch” (R)

BoyzIIMen “Thank You” (R) Motown Records/Polygram II (12xP)

Jade “If The Mood Is Right” (R) Giant Records Mind, Body & Song (G)

1993

Intro “Love Thang” (S) Untouchables/Atlantic Intro (EP)/(G)

Mary J. Blige “You Don’t Have To Worry” (S) Uptown/MCA Who's The Man Soundtrack What's The 411? Remix (G)

Father MC “I Beeped You” Uptown/MCA Sex Is Law

YGz "Itchy Trigger Finger" Reprise/Warner Bros. Records Street Nigga

1992

Heavy D. & the Boyz “Truthful” (R) Uptown/MCA Blue Funk (EP)/(G)

Father MC “One Night Stand” (S)/(G) Uptown/MCA Close To You

Pete Rock & CL Smooth Asylum/Elektra Ent. Mecca & the Soul Brother (EP)

Christopher Williams “Where Is The Love” (R) Uptown/MCA Changes

1991

Heavy D. & the Boyz “Peaceful Journey” (S) Uptown/MCA Peaceful Journey (P) “Let It Rain” “I Can Make You Go Oooh” “Don’t Curse” “Cuz He’z Alwayz Around” “Letter To The Future” “Body and Mind”

1990

Al B. Sure! “Missunderstanding” Warner Brothers Private Times…And The Whole 9 (G)

Johnny Gill “Rub You The Right Way” f. CL Smooth (R)/(G) Motown Records Johnny Gill (2xP)

LL Cool J “Around The Way Girl” (R) Def Jam/Columbia/CBS Mama Said Knock You Out (2xP)

EnVogue “Lies” (R) ATCO/Eastwest Records Remix To Sing

Ralph Tresvant “She's My Love Thang” (R) MCA Records Ralph Tresvant (P)

The Winans “Don’t Leave Me” (R) Quest Records/Warner Bros. Return (G)

1989

Heavy D. & the Boyz “Somebody For Me” (S) Uptown/MCA Big Tyme (P) “Big Tyme” “You Ain’t Heard Nuttin Yet” “Mood For Love” “More Bounce” “Flexin’” “Let It Flow”

1987

Heavy D. & the Boyz “Don’t You Know” (S) Uptown/MCA Living Large “Moneyearnin Mount Vernon” (S) “Nike” “Chunky But Funky (Remix)” “Dedicated” “Here We Go” “On The Dance Floor” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” “Overweighter” “I’m Getting Paid” “Rock The Bass” “Mr. Big Stuff (Remix)”

Unsorted

  • Chris Brown “Nuthin But Luv”
  • Joe “Come Around”
  • Knowledge MC “Bring It In” (w/Heavy D) & Book Of Knowledge “Is There A Place” (w/AZ)
  • Mario “Whiz”
  • Najiyah “Oh How I Love Jesus” “Watchin Over Me” “Baby In A Manger”
  • Stephanie Mills“Free” “Something In The Way”
  • The Hootz ALBUM
  • Luther Vandross“Lovely Day Part 2”
  • Sharissa “Come Around My Way”
  • MC Lyte “Freestyle”
  • Next “Imagine That” “That's My Word” “Brand New”
  • Tyrese “She Let's Me Be A Man”
  • Strong “Roll With Ya”
  • Calvin Richardson “More Than A Woman”
  • Jaheim “Everywhere I Am” “Tight Jeans” “Long As I Live”
  • Elias Farah “Impossible”
  • Donell Jones “Put Me Down” “Gotta Get Her (Outta My Head)”
  • Best Man “I See You” Barbershop Soundtrack
  • Darius Rucker “Ten Years”
  • Coko “Tonight's Da Night” RCA Records
  • “Monday”
  • Rafael Brown “All About You” Arista Records
  • Private Life (Unreleased album)

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