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Fiend

New Orleans, LA | Established. Jan 01, 1997

New Orleans, LA
Established on Jan, 1997
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If ever there were two perfect words that best describe Louisiana based
recording artist/entrepreneur FIEND (a.k.a. International Jones), they would
be simply: renaissance man. With two gold records, a Grammy nomination, a
successful independent record label, a lucrative management company, a
budding boutique clothing line and a burgeoning film company under his belt,
Fiend embodies what a successful modern day music industry entrepreneur is
all about – versatility.

FIEND began his career in earnest when he was just a teenager, who landed a
spot freestyling on New Orleans’s hottest radio station, Q-93. From there, he
was signed to local record label, Big Boy Records, where he released an LP
entitled The Baddest Mutha Alive, which instantly became a regional classic –
one that is still highly sought after by serious collectors of New Orleans hip
hop. Regrettably, FIEND’s tenure with his first label was cut short when the
label folded, leaving FIEND without a home until 1997, when he inked a deal
with Master P’s No Limit Records.


During his tenure with No Limit, FIEND appeared on over 20 gold and platinum
No Limit albums including his two solo LPs the rowdy ghetto tome, There’s
One in Every Family, and the deeply introspective Street Life; both albums
achieved gold status. In addition to be a recording artist, he also wrote hooks
and verses for various No Limit acts including Master P himself. Unfortunately,
FIEND felt that he wasn’t quite getting the money or respect that he deserved,
so he left No Limit and formed his own independent label FE Entertainment
where he could expand his musical horizons and gain the full financial benefits
of his musical skills. “After leaving No Limit, it was only right to start a
company to further my art for me and others.”

Under his fledging independent label, FE Entertainment, FIEND released five
albums totaling over 600,000 units independently. Chief among his indie
releases is the Headbussa’s (a super group that includes Three 6 Mafia’s DJ
Paul and Juicy J) with the lead single, "That’s How It Happen to Em" selling
over 400,000 Soundscan units. His underground compilation project Can I Burn
Vol. 1 sold 50,000 units soundscan while Vol. 2 sold slightly over 50,000 units
and counting. The Go Hard or Go Home compilation sold over 50,000 units
Soundscan. In addition to selling over 50,000 units, The Addiction LP, garnered
FIEND major accolades as a producer.

From there, FIEND landed a publishing deal with Mike Caren of Atlantic
Records. Caren teamed him up with producer Jim Jonsin and the two wrote
Twista’s hit single entitled “Girl Tonight.” The song went on to become a top
ten single. FIEND also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Single for Lil
Wayne’s “Don’t Get It (Misunderstood)” from the his classic LP The Carter III.
He continued working with Caren and Atlantic Records as a writer and A & R
where, according to him, he “discovered a lot of talent and made a lot people
wealthy.”

In 2002, he and his childhood friend Mousa Hamdan formed a management
firm called Street Customs Management. Today the firm boasts a small but
impressive roster of artists including FIEND, Currency, Cornerboy P, Parradox
and the Jet Life Crew. In addition, they manage the production team Beats
How U Want’m, who have produced tunes for Flo-Rida, Lil Wayne, Trey
Songz, Bobby Valentino and Hurricane Chris. In 2010, Street Customs co-
organized all three of the Smoke Club tours and organized all three of the Jet
Life tours, the first of which had 53 out of 57 cities both in the US and Europe
sold out. Street Customs organizes at least two tours per year.


With all of the international exposure that FIEND gained on these tours, his mind began to expand as did his music. “Traveling the world was the best thing to ever happen to me. I learned that I had loyal fans in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Hamburg, etc. that know and love my music. That realization helped to open my mind to what it means to be a true citizen of the world. That when I started calling myself International Jones, because I am truly international.”

In 2007, FIEND introduced the name International Jones on two of Trick Daddy’s songs, “Lights Out” and “Booty Doo” on the LP Back by Thug Demand. International Jones introduces the laid-back, velvet-smooth, rich baritone vocals that FIEND is known for (think Street Life) over cool jazzy hip hop music that appeals to both young and old alike.