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"The Shakir Stewart Story: Death of a Music Mogul"

Responsible for introducing JayZ to Beyonce' & signing Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and many more, Shakir's sudden death is a mystery

"The Shakir Stewart Story: Death of a Music Mogul"

Responsible for introducing JayZ to Beyonce' & signing Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and many more, Shakir's sudden death is a mystery

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Last updated June 23, 2014

About

Shakir Stewart was a kid from East Oakland, CA who ended up running the biggest music label in the world, Def Jam. His story is one that only a few people know, but his contribution to Hip Hop and R&B is still seen today as being one of the biggest to the culture. Responsible for introducing JayZ to Beyonce' and finding acts such as Beyonce', Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and many more... Shakir had a keen sense of finding talent and making them into superstars. But suddenly in 2008, he was mysteriously found dead in his Atlanta home. Investigators ruled it as a suicide but industry insiders and close friends and family believe that there was foul-play involved in his death.

 This project is aimed to shed light on his story and hopefully bring closure to his friends and family about his mysterious death. As a family man, Shakir loved his two children and this story is so sad because people that know him personally state he could never do this to himself, leaving behind his children and wife.

 I wanted to tell this story because I feel that Shakir's life is an example of someone who defeated all the odds against him to rise up and become one of the most successful and influential people in the music industry. Many do not know his name or story but everyone knows the careers and hits he was responsible for manifesting.

 With your pledge, we will have funding to execute the filming of his story and hopefully bring inspiration to young kids all over the world that they can do anything, no matter where they come from, as long as they have the drive and passion to get there, it can be done.

Money raised will go directly to paying for costs associated with the production of this documentary which includes equipment rentals, crew, pre and post production costs.  

 I am very excited to be working with Shakir's friends and family to shed light on his life and death... and with your pledge, his story can finally be told. 

Thank you,

- Mark "Malek" Adam (Director)

Risks and challenges

Some potential obstacles are getting certain interviews from artists that Shakir signed and founded. Due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, many high profile artists are reluctant to comment on the subject matter for fear of death or being "blackballed" within the industry.
To tackle this obstacle, we plan on focusing on people that knew Shakir best with interviews from his close friends and family. Re-enactments will serve as a driving force in the telling of Shakir's story.

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