Goldman Stacks, born in the infamous city of Gary, Indiana where he learned the hard knocks before he started school. Coming from a family of musical talent, the son of both a singer and club DJ, GS learn the ways around the studio since he was in a stroller. Throughout his childhood he mastered reading and playing sheet music for various instruments he learned such as the alto saxophone, piano and guitar amongst others.
After relocating from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL in 2002, he decided to take his musical talents seriously. At the age of 15, he began producing music by using the small amount of resources available: A PC desktop computer and FL Studio on Windows XP. That's when he found his niche in music.
Years passed and he landed a few notable placements with some local Chicago artists such as former Atlantic Records artist Bump J. He began working with close friend and schoolmate Donald "Rockie Fresh" Pullen on several records. December of 2007 is when he chose to take advantage of an opportunity to alter his music career. A week before Christmas, during a blizzard in the southside streets of Chicago, GS decided to drive his then '97 Neon 20+ miles down to Ford City Mall after hearing that Disturbing Tha Peace Records artist Chingy amongst other label-mates were going to be doing an in-store signing at DTLR. He banked on this opportunity and received Chingy's contact information to send him some of his beats.
After several months of sending rapper Chingy his beats, it wasn't until July of the next year that he heard back from him. What caught Chingy's attention was the track the GS sent him that included a live organ and electric guitar solo that he recorded himself. Chingy was so impressed that he wanted him to work exclusively with the label. At 18 is when GS, then known as "The Young Hustla" was introduced to the CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace Records, Ludacris. GS received the same production deal through DTP/Def Jam that Kanye West received through Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in 2000 before becoming a performing music artist.
GS worked thoroughly with artists on the label such as Bobby V, 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, School Boy Q, Ab-Soul, and B.O.). In fact, in Q1 of 2009 he released 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 focus on his career in and outside of music. Alongside producing for several artists in the industry, he continued his education at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and started his own production company, Immortal Media Group, in 2009. In 2011, while still keeping his ties with the music industry, GS acquired a position as a Summer Financial Analyst for the well-known investment banking firm Goldman Sachs in New York City, New York.
Then things started to take a turn in this 20-year-old's life. During his stay in New York for his position at Goldman Sachs, GS' own five bedroom Burr Ridge, IL home caught on fire just hours after his weekend visit home. As a result of the fire being stopped within minutes, he only suffered the loss of a car in the garage and most of his personal possessions. A month later, on another trip back home to Chicago to visit family, GS was a victim of a high-speed chase and shoot-out after an attempted car-jacking at a gas station at 2 AM in East Chicago, IN. After finishing this position at Goldman Sachs in New York, GS was brought to Hollywood where he began writing and promoting a book called "Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain" by Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus Sciences. Along with the success of the book becoming a #1 NY Times Best Seller, things began to look up for him once again. In October 2011, while in LA to promote the book, GS suffered severe injuries after near fatal car accident on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills where he was struck by an SUV directly in the driver's side door of his Jaguar sedan.
The 24-year-old Chicago musician told MTV, "2011 may have been the worst year I've experienced personally, but at the same time an experience I'll never forget. I may have lost a vehicle in a fire, but didn't lose the home. I may have been shot at, but the people that shot at me aren't breathing anymore. I may have been in an accident that could've cost me my life, but it didn't. God kept me here for a reason. Time waits for no man, and my time is coming."
Now an alum of both Purdue University and Pepperdlne University, GS is currently living in Los Angeles, CA while traveling back to his hometown of Chicago, IL periodically. In attempts to reinvent himself, GS issued a name change from "The Young Hustla" to "Goldman Stacks", with the influence from his experience at Goldman Sachs. Now working in production/post-production at HBO on shows including "Boardwalk Empire" and "Hello Ladies", GS has entered a new era of his career in film. GS plans to venturre 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 stronger.
01. Words - Bobby V. (2010)
02. Doin Dishes - R.Kelly (2011)
03. Can't Live - Ludacris ft. Monica (2009)
04. Kiss Goodbye - Avant (2010)
01. Can't Live With You - Ludacris ft. Monica (2009)
02. Big Dawg - Playaz Circle ft. Lil Wayne & Birdman ('10)
03. Good Relationship - Ludacris ft. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg & Katt Williams (2009)
04. Grizzly - Ludacris (2010)
05. OuterSpace Flow - Soulja Boy (2009)
06. Money Motivation - Chingy (2008)
07. Doin Dishes - R. Kelly (2011)
08. Five Seconds - El Debarge ft. Fabolous (2010)
09. Porno Star - Chingy (2008)
Real Name: Matt Curtis
Location: Los Angeles & Chicago
Producer Since: 2005
Record Label(s): DTP/Def Jam ('08-'12)
Category: Music Producer / Film Producer / Songwriter / Music Engineer / Actor
Main genre: Hip-Hop, Rap
Genres: R&B, Gospel, Pop, Trap,
Neo-Soul, Ambient, Smooth Jazz
Film Production Credits: Boardwalk Empire, Hello Ladies
Production Company: HBO
Acting: Grand Theft Auto V (Voice-Acting Session) (2012)
BMI Urban Music Awards 2011
Co-Producer R&B Album of the Year
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Welcome to the new GoldmanStacks.com
It's been a long time coming, two years to be exact, since the name change from The Young Hustla to Goldman Stacks. Since then, my website had been under construction. It took quite a while to get clearance from artists, labels and private copyright holders to post some of my contributions online. Some still aren't available, but that's no surprise.
On my website, you'll find some of the tracks that I've recently produced, some that were made into singles and others that I've written. You'll also get a better understanding of me and my background by reading the section.
I've put a lot of time, effort and energy into building this website myself. I hope you enjoy it. -GS
Boardwalk Empire [Final] Season Five Out Now!
The final season on one of the greatest shows that I've been given the honor of working on; Boardwalk Empire, is out now on HBO! To all of the cast and other crew members, it was dope to be able to work alongside you to help this show remain a hit since my introduction to the project in Season 4.
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Purdue University & Pepperdlne University Alum
Majored in Business Admin, Business Econ, Entrepreneurship
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