Born in Gary, Indiana, Goldman Stacks was destined for success in entertainment. From a mother who was a local DJ to a father who was a singer, these factors lead to him being familiar with the studio since he was a toddler. After moving to Columbus, Ohio with his family at 8 years old and later settling in the southern region of Chicago, Illinois by the age of 11, GS started to take his music seriously.
After learning how to read sheet music and play instruments such as the alto saxophone and keyboard, GS started producing music at the age of 15. He began making beats for his father and local rap artists, including Chicago rap-artist Bump J. He took on the alias “The Young Hustla” as a producer.
When he saw an opportunity to work with a major label, he reached out to then DTP Records/Def Jam Records‘ artist Chingy at a local in-store signing. After several months of producing beats for Chingy, GS was introduced by him to his label executives. This eventually lead him to be an in-house producer for the label by the age of 18 during his freshman year at Purdue University. This opened the opportunity to work with other artists on the label (Bobby V., Playaz Circle [2 Chainz], Shawnna, BXC, etc.) besides the CEO of the label Ludacris. His duties ranged from producing or writing songs, to post-production on music and viral videos. Besides the “Battle of the Sexes” album, which was later certified Gold, several mixtapes and videos were released containing his creative efforts as well.
As his name started to spread throughout the industry for his skills, GS started working with the likes of his peers Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, etc. to name a few.
In late-2008, after following then underground independent rap label Top Dawg Entertainment and their artists (Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, BO & Punch), he was approached by them to host a future mixtape of theirs. This lead to the 2009 production of “TDE: Chicago Edition – Vol. 1” a.k.a. “The BlockAid“.
By the the end of 2010, most of the artist roster under DTP Records had exited the label, and Ludacris focused his efforts on acting in films, such as the Fast and Furious series. GS still remains in connection with the labels.
During his junior year at Purdue University, GS was invited by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs to their headquarters in the Financial District of New York City, NY for an analyst position being offered to a select group of 5 college applicant finalists. GS took this opportunity in the winter of 2010 and continued later as a seasonal Financial Analyst in 2011.
This was not only a career change, but also lead him to the name change “Goldman Stacks”, retiring the juvenile alias “The Young Hustla”.
GS was later invited back to Goldman Sachs’ headquarters as a candidate for a Technology Analyst position in January 2013, that of which he did not remain after a period of time.
After finishing his Junior year at Purdue University, as well as his position at Goldman Sachs, GS was invited by serial entrepreneur Ryan Blair to work on his book, launch and campaign for his autobiographical business book debut “Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain: How I Went From Gang member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur” in Hollywood, CA. GS landed in LA in late July 2011 to take on this new venture.
After the book was completed, GS was given the responsibility of the book campaign’s graphic/web design, digital media marketing; including social media, as well as celebrity outreach. When the book launched on August 4, 2011, the buzz for the book was so outstanding that it became a #1 New York Times Bestseller within a few weeks, not only due to GS’ efforts, but for Ryan’s story and his non-stop efforts as well.
Not long after the success came tragedy.
On October 13, 2011, GS was struck directly in his driver’s side door of his Jaguar from an SUV in a T-Bone accident in the intersection of Wilshire Blvd & Westholme Ave in Westwood, Los Angeles. He lost control of his vehicle as it slammed into a nearby building. After being hospitalized and healing from his wounds, GS got back to what he came to LA for and continued working on the book campaign tour.
Soon afterward, he transferred to Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA to continue his college education, while still remaining in the Los Angeles area.
While continuing his college education at Pepperdine University in 2012, he was offered and accepted a voice-acting role in Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto V” thanks to DJ Pooh and his affiliates.
After completing his Spring 2013 semester at Pepperdine, he began working at HBO in production/post-production on two shows; “Hello Ladies” and later season four of their hit gangster-series “Boardwalk Empire“.
When both shows were wrapped up, he decided it was best to complete his education more efficiently back at Purdue University in Indiana. This is where he could graduate faster within a year not only with his Bachelor’s degree, but for their combined degree; a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and MBA with a concentration in Business Economics.
After this mission was completed by summer 2014, he moved back to LA.
Since both Boardwalk Empire and Hello Ladies had been cancelled while completing his education, GS had to create his own opportunities.
By Q1 2015, he began working with Tupac Shakur‘s videographer and former business partner Gobi Rahimi as the executive producer on a Tupac related film entitled “7 Dayz“. The script is based Shakur’s last 7 days seen alive from Gobi’s perspective who with him in Las Vegas the night Shakur was shot and days after in the hospital. This project was set to be initially crowdfunded, but is now in pursuit of being privately funded.
GS is currently involved in development of other film related projects.
GS met Ped Hasid in September 2014 when Ped was in the process of developing his startup company “Block26“, which invested in companies seeking Blockchain technology and its cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. GS, Ped & co-founder Ni’coel Stark teamed up on the venture while GS began investing in Bitcoin that later year when the price was around $350 per Bitcoin.
When the price of Bitcoin dropped to $171, GS saw this as an opportunity to invest in the cryptocurrency at a discount. Now in 2018, the price of 1 Bitcoin has already peaked at upwards of $19,500 in late 2017. He’s currently heavily invested in several other cryptocurrencies as a trader and is considered to be in the top 1.5% of crypto traders based on his investment portfolio.
GS has now decided to take his efforts to train others on investing in cryptocurrencies, along with becoming trading experts to maximize their portfolio as well.