What’s My Story?
Kye Russaw began producing in Oklahoma City under master engineer and mixer Humza Lee (who produced and mixed two platinum “Color Me Badd” singles) and Mark Murray (who produced for Snoop Dogg, Brian McKnight, DMX, Luniz and Dru Down). After becoming one of Oklahoma’s preeminent producers, Kye decided to move to Georgia with his older sister, who introduced Kye to Greg Smith. Greg Smith was connected to the industry through his brother Gary “Giz” Smith, who was signed to LaFace Records and produced a number of soundtracks, including, “Men In Black,” “Brown Sugar” and “¬¬¬. After hearing his work, Greg brought Kye to his brother, Gary’s, studio. Impressed by his work, Gary took Kye under his wing for a short time until he moved back home. Back in Oklahoma City, one of Kye’s early mentors, Mark Murray, took him to meet Kanye West at Diamond Sound Recordings, where they engaged in a studio session. Between playing music for each other and collaborating, Kanye offered Kye some useful advice about tempo and encouraged him to keep honing his craft. Time passed, and eventually Mark Murray flew Kye out to Oakland, where he met local producer and C-Note Records executive, Chris Hicks. Upon hearing Kye’s music, they offered to pay him for ten tracks and to record an album with C-Note artist, G.R. Kye accepted. So, he signed a two-year management contract under Murray with Beat Brokerz. This would be Kye’s first experience with agreements and contracts. He then went on to record his first album with G.R., entitled “Tha Bizness.” Kye also produce two tracks,”Throw Your Turfs Up,” featuring Jim Jones and “Doing It Moving,” featuring Keak da Sneak.