John Kirby Gets a Well-Deserved Seat At The Table On Solange Knowles’ Critically Acclaimed New Album

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Yu Leseberg and Helen Yu, Esq. are thrilled to congratulate friend and client John Kirby on his stunning contributions to Solange Knowles’ chart-topping record A Seat at the Table.  

John, a multi-talented musician, served as a co-producer on 3 tracks on Solange’s critically acclaimed new album, released by Columbia Records on September 30, 2016.  In addition to co-producing 3 tracks, John Kirby co-wrote 2 songs (“Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)” and “Junie"), as well as lending his fine musicianship to many of the songs on A Seat at the Table.   

“John is one of the most amazing talents – he can make anything sound like an old school sample.  His production skills are so next level,” says his attorney Helen Yu.  “He’s very humble and keeps his head down, but I feel he’s a secret weapon for Solange.”

A Seat at the Table has been a massive success with both fans and critics alike, debuting at Number One on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Charts.  Pitchfork gave the record a whopping 8.7 rating, calling it “a document of historical significance, not just for its formidable musical achievements but for the way it encapsulates black cultural and social history with such richness, generosity, and truth.”  “Cranes in the Sky,” which features John Kirby’s haunting and memorable synthesizers, was featured as Pitchfork’s “Best New Track” and is rapidly climbing the charts.

Congratulations, John… We toast your hard-earned success and can’t wait to hear your next project!

 

Ty Dolla $ign For President

Kudos, respect, and much appreciation to our friend and client Ty Dolla $ign, who is enjoying a year of explosive and well-deserved success. Ty is living proof that with talent, determination, and the right team -"The Dream" is well within reach. 

On September 25, 2016, Ty hosted and headlined his inaugural "Dolla Day," a live concert and voting drive, at the famed Hollywood Palladium to a sold-out audience celebrating the release of his timely soundtrack albumCampaign. The Dolla Day concert featured surprise performances by fellow friends and superstars A$AP Rocky, Belly, G-Eazy, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. Billboard praised Ty's performance as "one of the most formidable forces in R&B and hip hop." The star-studded evening was prefaced by a two-day pop-up shop, featuring Campaign-themed merch, voter registration, and live mural painting. 

See live stream by Tidal. Tidal streamed the entire event

Ty, a multi-talented songwriter, singer, musician, songwriter and producer also co-wrote and is featured on Fifth Harmony's Billboard #1 Top 40 single "Work From Home," released in February 2016, certified double platinum.

Rolling Stone calls "Work From Home" one of the "Greatest Songs of 2016" and has been streamed 514 million times on Spotify. In August 2016, Ty was also honored with his first MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for Best Collaboration for his contributions to "Work From Home." He also performed "Bacon" with Nick Jonas during this year's VMA telecast. 

Earlier this year, Ty's strength in diversity has also shone. He co-wrote and performed on the Billboard #1 Rock Album smash single "Sucker for Pain," featured in the motion picture film Suicide Squad. Ty Dolla $ign with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, and the song went #1 on iTunes, #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and boasts over 166 million plays on Spotify

With no signs of slowing: last week, Ty performed his new songs from Campaign on MTV's voting special "TRL: Total Registration Live" which songs XXL Magazine called "near perfect" including: "No Justice," "Stealing," "3Wayz" ft. Travis Scott, "Campaign" ft. Future, and "Zaddy," are available on iTunes; and Ty's newmusic video for "Zaddy" has been viewed nearly 5 million times on YouTube. 

Los Angeles Entertainment Attorney - Helen Yu: "It has been my pleasure being Ty's lawyer for the past 7 years... it is a thrill to watch him receive the recognition he deserves. Ty's incredible unparalleled talent, along with his great team to support his visions, makes it an honor to be part of his journey." 

We are beyond thrilled to celebrate Ty's successes, and can't wait to see what he drops next! 

Deon "Big D The Impossible" Evans Passes Away at age 45

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend, multi-platinum hip hop producer Deon "Big D The Impossible" Evans. He passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Los Angeles at the age of 45. In recent years, Deon struggled to maintain his health after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2005. 

Big D Evans was widely known and recognized for his legendary work with Tupac Shakur producing the rapper's biggest hit records, including: "Brenda's Got a Baby," "Changes,", "N.I.G.G.A," "Crooked Nigga Too," "Ghetto Gospel," "If My Homie's Call," "Don't U Trust Me?," "Resist the Temptation," "Dopefiend's Diner," and "Papa'z Song," among others.

Big D Evans also played an instrumental role in assisting Tupac's mother and estate in releasing Tupac's posthumous best-selling multi-platinum album: Tupac's Greatest Hits which sold over 11 million copies worldwide, remaining the best-selling rap greatest hits album of all time. Evans also produced on both albums released by Tupac during his life, including 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Big D Evans got his start producing artists such as the critically acclaimed group, Digital Underground and Hollywood Records pop group, Youngstown. In later years was regular collaborator of Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith), whom Evans gave the name "Ne-Yo" to as his professional moniker. 

His longtime Los Angeles entertainment attorney, Helen Yu of Yu Leseberg, said: 

With the passing of Big D Evans and along with Tupac, hip hop royalty has lost two of its members. These guys put Oakland and the Bay Area sound on the map worldwide and changed popular culture forever. Deon Evans was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I've had pleasure of representing. Having fought hard through all of his medical issues and other hardships, Deon truly epitomized the spirit of hip hop... battling to overcome the struggle. He is dearly missed. 

Deon is survived by his sons Akira and Kai, his twin sister DeAnn, his brothers James and Steven, and his mother Caroline.

Joan Sebastian, 1951-2015

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our client and friend, the enormously talented performer, songwriter and artist Joan Sebastian. The most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history, his remarkable 38-year career was highlighted with five Grammy Awards, and seven Latin Grammy honors. 

At my first client office meeting with Joan, we had lunch in Century City near my old offices. During that lunch I learned how powerful and culturally impactful Joan Sebastian and his music were: By the end of our hour-long meal, virtually every employee in the restaurant had come by our table to pay homage to the much-loved icon.

I will never forget the first time I saw him perform. Although all of his lyrics were entirely in Spanish (and my Spanish is mediocre), his songs required no interpretation. The depth, feeling, and emotion conveyed though his music was understood -- as pure love.

 From Joan's classically handsome face and smile, his gracious charm and mass appeal, Joan was an absolute gentleman and loved working with women (so he told me!) I feel so blessed and privileged that he welcomed me as his lawyer into his inner circle. 

He was a true class act. He leaves behind an incredibly beautiful body of work and a remarkable life story. I salute Joan Sebastian and send my deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and team Tony Navarro, Polo Molina, and Edmundo Monroy. 

Much love,
Helen Yu