Hoodywood Records is an American record company and a subsidiary of Conglomeride Inc. Conglomeride Entertainment, owned by music producer and businessman, Antheiaus D. Conquest.
In 2000, businessman and musician / producer, Antheiaus Conquest, along with business partners, Warren â€œFlightâ€ Benjamin and Johnny â€œPedroâ€ Williams, launched and co-founded Conglomeride Entertainment. However, soon after its inception the partnership between Conquest and Warren soured due to irreconcilable differences. As a result, a bitter battle between the two ensued over the company and its assets, and the friendship ended on very bad terms.
After incorporating and taking ownership of the Conglomeride name, Conquest pushed forward with Williams, and continued to promote the company in the Denver community. The two teamed up with Les Franklin and his organization, The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth (a non profit out reach program for at-risk teenagers). The youth program was started out of Franklinâ€™s grief after his 16-year-old son, Shaka, committed suicide in October 1990.
Conquest and Williams were to initiate and spearhead the music production department of the foundation. Williams who prided himself in being a well-rounded and well-connected business leader and â€œall-around manâ€ in the Denver community played the pivotal role in negotiating this deal. Though he certainly was a friend and associate to many, it was Williamsâ€™ numerous other business dealings and lack of a central focus that resulted in the break down of this arrangement. In frustration, Franklin would later put two other prospects in charge of the foundationâ€™s studio, leaving Conquest, Williams, and Conglomeride to settle for a dilapidated back warehouse.
Through their persistence, the duo eventually turned the back warehouse into an impressive recording studio, surpassing the standards and quality of the foundationâ€™s main studio. This left Franklinâ€™s chosen studio managers very unhappy and envious. As circumstances were heating up between the rivals, tragedy would once again strike for the Franklin family when Franklinâ€™s only other child, Jamon, took his own life in 2001, as his younger brother had done ten years earlier. The already tedious relationship between Williams and Franklin would not survive this, and as a result, the company was put into a state of limbo, forcing Conquest and Williams to reorganize and devise a new strategy and look for another base of operations.
It was during this time that Conquest decided the best course of action, to bring the companyâ€™s potential to full fruition, would be to move the enterprise back home to Los Angeles, California. It was during this state of flux that Hoodywood Records was born and launched under the Conglomeride corporate umbrella. Its home would, most fittingly, be in the 90078 zip code, Hollywood, California.
Hoodywood Records is Conglomeride Inc.â€™s flagship music brand, and has grown into a diverse entertainment company with a reputation for discovering premiere musical talent and developing innovative music. In its brief history, Hoodywood has been on the industry’s cutting edge, introducing to the world such impact artists as Joneus, Lisa Lyris and Marcio. The label currently maintains an ever-growing staff, with field offices in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado, with another office expected to open in the â€œdirty south.â€  Hoodywoodâ€™s future
Hoodywood Records is attempting to expand and develop through partnerships with key brand name entities. The company is also embracing forefront modern technology in its music delivery via the Internet. Hoodywood management has announced plans to make its entire catalog available for digital download, along with its entire repertoire of music videos available for streaming over the net.
As ongoing corporate consolidation transforms the music industry, the biggest beneficiary of the restructuring has been the independent sector. Over the last several years, the independents have consistently surpassed many of the multinationals in market share. Hoodywood Records hopes to secure its place and make its own name in this illustrious group of independents.