TAXI Members Join to
Create Billboard Hit

By Rachel Laskow
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For TAXI member Michael Cheung, the 2005 TAXI Road Rally was about more than just listening to panels and bands. He used the opportunity to connect with fellow TAXI member, and producer, De Anthony Wiley. Cheung, manager of the group Ahmir, used one of Wiley's tracks to create "Welcome to My Party."

Ahmir, an unsigned group, has had incredible success with "Welcome to My Party." After about a week in stores, the song debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales, #32 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales, and #100 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Since then, the song has hit #4 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales, #19 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales, and #84 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs.

"If it wasn't for the Rally, I wouldn't have met the producer, and wouldn't have had the song," Cheung said.

"There's no question that the biggest side benefit of coming to the Road Rally are the connections people make. We've seen tons of evidence that these relationships are turning into deals and hits," said TAXI CEO, Michael Laskow.

Cheung has been a TAXI member for less than a year, but has received a lot of great encouragement and contacts through TAXI. "TAXI has provided a lot of useful feedback that we use to create new songs," he said.

On April 15, Boston-based Ahmir won Best R&B Group at the New England Urban Music Awards. The same weekend, the group was featured in two articles in The Boston Globe as an unsigned artist that has topped the charts.

"I've been able to do this through hard work, great music, and no major help or funding," Cheung said.

Ahmir just finished the video for a follow-up song, "Wedding Song." For now, Cheung wants to push "Welcome to My Party" to radio and in clubs. "I want to make so much noise that the major labels can't avoid contacting me," he said.

For more information about AHMIR and to hear "Welcome to My Party," visit and

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