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Hafiz Farid

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Hafiz Farid has been writing since childhood, a published poet as a young teenager, he went on to write short stories and then screenplays. His father was a well-known jazz musician in Newark New Jersey, playing with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Elvin Jones, Ben Webster and many others. He studied communication and film at West Virginia University and New York University. Farid began his film industry career back in 1986 forming Foremost Productions and writing spec scripts to sell to Hollywood studios. His first script Going Straight was optioned by Centuri Pictures. Farid formed Foremost Management and he soon branched out into managing artists. Writing and managing led Hafiz to work as a writer for young upcoming comedians for ShowTime at the Apollo. He soon began to develop the careers of young Hip-Hop artist in the New Jersey area, working closely with Redmen, when he was just a young teenage DJ in Newark NJ. He coordinated and promoted the first Hip Hop event ever held at Newark?s Symphony Hall bringing Kid N Play to the hall to host a promotional screening of Columbia Pictures feature House Party. Hafiz later developed and managed the group Lords of the Underground, working extensively with Marley Marl and later securing a production deal with Marley?s company. Hafiz was able to sign this group to Pendulum/EMI Records headed by President Rueben Rodriquez. The group went on to produce a Gold debut album “Here Comes the Lords” and a number 1 single on Billboards Hip-Hop charts entitled “Chief Rocka”. Hafiz wrote and directed several music videos while working with Lords of the Underground. Under Farid?s management, the Lords were able to secure a role in Peter Spires Hip-Hop documentaryRhyme or Reason. Hafiz and the group later went on to achieve a Gold record for their contribution to the soundtrack of the filmNew Jersey Drive.

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