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Released when Ahmad was only 18, “Back in the Day” hit 26 on the U.S. pop charts and 19 on the U.S. R&B charts on the strength of its hook - a sample of the Teddy Pendergrass song “Love TKO” - and Ahmad’s quirky vocal style, reminiscent of Fatlip of The Pharcyde fame. It was the major single off his first and only album to date, ‘Ahmad’. A remix of “Back in the Day” is featured on the soundtrack to The Wood, a 1999 motion picture.

A second album was recorded for Revolution Records, a sub-label of Giant Records but it was unreleased. After accepting Jesus Christ as his savior, Ahmad abruptly retired from the music business and devoted himself to full-time ministry. After a two year break from the music scene, Ahmad formed Lookalive Records, and went on to found the “hip rock soul” group 4th Avenue Jones. In 2002, 4th Avenue Jones secured a recording contract with Interscope Records, through Ahmad’s imprint Lookalive Records. The band’s righteous musical content contributed to its artistic disagreements with Interscope, and its album “No Plan B pt. 2” was never released. The band went on to sign a deal with Gotee/EMI records, through which the group released the popular indie album “Stereo.”

4th Avenue Jones toured extensively, performing for fans in Sweden, Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, and most of the United States. The band has shared the stage with such notables as James Brown, The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Black Eyed Peas, and KRS-ONE.

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