Rapper, Writer & Producer are just some of the titles worn by this International Latin American Superstar. Born January 16th 1981, SACARIO aka "Mr Guantalo Ahi" burst onto the New York Hip-Hop scene with his now classic record "LIVE BIG" (CAR KEYS).
His distinctive near-flawless delivery, crisp almost naturally mixed vocal tone & clever wordplay skyrocketed SACARIO to fame in 2001. Almost immediately the young word smith drew comparison to another "young" rapper, Jay-Z.
Enters HOT 97 RADIO ICON ANGIE MARTINEZ. "She came to meet me Uptown on Dykman and Broadway" SACARIO recalls of the impromptu meeting between him and Angie in the Summer of 2001. "We sat in her truck and spoke for about 3 hours, it felt right". A decision was made that same night, SACARIO would sign with Angie's newly formed Production Company 'Animal House'.
From continuous features on A-List DJ Mixtapes like Kay Slay, Envy, Whoo kid, Big Mike, & Green Lantern to features on huge REMIXES with USHER, ALICIA KEYS & MISSY ELLIOT. SACARIO has done it all. The decision to re-release his record "Live Big" (car keys) and premier it on Hot 97 was the nail in the coffin. "We played it for Mr Cee just to see what he thought about the record and he was like give it to me, this needs to go on right now!" So it did, then DJ ENUFF played it, then FUNK FLEX then nearly every record company called!.
Enters former Chairmen and CEO of ELEKTRA ENT; SYLVIA RHONE. "Angie was already signed as an Artist to Elektra so we decided to take that meeting first" says SACARIO. That meeting would be the first and last because shortly after the initial meeting, Elektra Ent offered SACARIO an unprecedented 5 ALBUM / $4.4M RECORDING CONTRACT. And before the ink on the contract even dried 'Live Big' was added onto the Blockbuster Movie Soundtrack 'THE TRANSPORTER'
If I Could Go
"My A&R Fed Ex'd the beat to my house and said "this is the single, write it" says SACARIO referring to what would become one of the biggest records of 2002, "IF I COULD GO". "I honestly wasn't really feeling the beat at first" he said. "But I sat down on my couch and starting writing it". SACARIO turned in the entire song to Elektra the next day including the singing vocals for Lil Mo. "Alot of people don't know that Elektra wanted Jennifer Lopez and even Shakira on that record". Ultimately the wisest choice would be Lil Mo who's soulful-angelic voice complimented the infectious crossover Latin-themed dance grove.
24 WEEKS ON BILLBOARD TOP 40 MAINSTREAM CHARTS Most added on Crossover radio stations, 9,000 per week spin average, 80 Million radio audience and charting in over 12 countries, "If I Could Go" flew out of this atmosphere and became a International smash hit.
The 50 CENT / G-UNIT REMIX TO "IF I COULD GO"only helped to further propel the record as a fixture on radio stations and mixtapes worldwide.
# RAP FANATIC
# BLOQUE URBANO
# ROLLING STONE
# BET 106 & PARK
# BET RAP CITY THE BASEMENT
# NBC CARSON DALY SHOW
# MUCH MUSIC CANADA
# ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA
# SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO
# SOUL TRAIN
# MTV DIRECT EFFECTS
# ROGERS CENTRE (Formally Sky Dome), Toronto (12,000 attendance)
# TROPICANA FIELD, Tampa (21,000 attendance)
# CIVIC CENTER, Hartford (6,000 attendance)
# DISNEYLAND RESORT, Anaheim
# 200+ CLUB VENUES WORLDWIDE
# YOUR TOP CHOICE INC (YTC)
# BROADCAST MUSIC INC (BMI)
# AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTIST (AFTRA)
# SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG)
# TAIYO MUSIC PUBLISHING (TOKYO, JAPAN)
# CHELSEA MUSIC PUBLISHING (LONDON)
Beyince "Single ladies" (put a ring on it)
Keri Hilson "Return The Favor"
Britney Spears "Womanizer"
R Kelly "Freakshow"
Nas "Hero (Remake)
Donnie Klang "Take You There"
Young Stef "Put that on everything"
Live Big (Car Keys) featuring Angie Martinez & Fat Joe
Usher "You Don't Have To Call"
Alicia Keys "What a woman's worth"
3rd Storee "You should get wit me"
Toni Braxton "Let me show you the way"
Series "My Philosophy"
Missy "Work It"
The enormous success of "If I Could Go" prompted Elektra Executives to hire SACARIO to write Angie's second single which he titled "TAKE YOU HOME". The record also featured KELIS. SACARIO's work with Miami Production duo COOL N DRE (50 Cent, Game, Christina Milian) would produce 3 more records off of Angie's album all written by SACARIO for Angie. Multi-Platinum Producer SCOTT STORCH (Dr Dre, Beyonce) also lent his midas touch, as did MISSY ELLIOT & SALAAM REMI. (Wyclef, Amy Winehouse).
SACARIO WENT ON TO WRITE ANGIE'S ENTIRE ALBUM
ANIMAL HOUSE PEAKED TOP 10 ON BILLBOARD CHARTS
In less than 6 months SACARIO had already written 2 Hit records but the unpresidented decision to make him EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of Angie's Album. was monumental. "You have to understand Angie signed me" he said. "There aren't too many artist, if any, who can say they got signed and then Executive Produced their bosses album". SACARIO's wisdom, hands-on approach, work-ethic and ability to multi-task were all the makings of a young superstar . . . .