LLeft Entertainment is a media company that produces independent music, videos, podcasts, and books. Founded in 2011, the company is owned and operated by the creative husband-and-wife team, Tracey and Lori Nelson Lee.
LLeft was created after the duo decided to merge their individual companies, Tray Lee, Inc., Nelson Publishing, and CharmCiti Entertainment. The company's motto, When Mainstream Goes Right... We Go LLeft is a celebration of independent creatives, and the freedom to create outside the lines.
Tracey inked a recording deal with Bystorm/Universal Records under which he released a solo album entitled, Many Facez (1997). This album included the hit single, The Theme (It’s Party Time), which settled on Billboard’s Top 100 for thirty-seven weeks. He had the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning artists such as the Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, and Kanye West. Some of Tracey's performances and appearances included BET Rap City: The Basement, BET Teen Summit, Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and HBO Original Series: ARLI$$.
Tracey's whirlwind music industry experience prompted him to earn a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern University Law Center making Tracey the 1st former major label hip-hop artist to earn the abbreviation Esq. behind his name. As a lawyer, his client list has included Eric Roberson (Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer/Songwriter), Invisible Productions (for Kelly Rowland, Solange Knowles and Kobe Bryant), and DJ Young Guru (Tour DJ & Engineer for Jay-Z), to name a few.
In 2014, Tracey returned to the music scene as an independent artist under the LLeft Entertainment label that he owns with his wife, Lori Nelson Lee. To date, he has released 3 major projects; ESQ. The Revelation, with appearances by DJ Young Guru, Eric Roberson, and Algebra Blessett, Expect The Unexpected, which received rave reviews from some of music industry's top DJs, and his most recent release, Glory, which is already being revered as Tracey's magnum opus for his ability to so poetically capture the strife of a major societal shift, (Covid-19, Quarantine, Police Brutality, and Civil Unrest), and turn it into pure art.
Fall of 2016, Tracey joined the faculty staff of Coppin State University as an adjunct professor teaching The Business of Music to aspiring artist, and he gave a presentation on Contracts, Copyrights & Performing Rights Societies at the Music Industry Symposium for Singers and Musicians in St. Lucia.
Currently, Tracey sits on the Governor's Board for The Recording Academy Washington, DC Chapter, and is a member of Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association (BESLA), American Bar Association (ABA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
Lori Nelson Lee
Lori Nelson Lee is the publisher and author of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Her goal has always been to introduce great stories and fun characters that entertain, educate, and empower all children. Her first published book, The Adventures of Hillary: Hillary’s Big Business Adventure, gained attention as a book with a powerful female lead that introduces the concept of entrepreneurship to young kids. The book was added to several elementary classrooms in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio among others. Her book has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBN, CW, CBS, and FOX. It was also featured several times at the Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion, in Publisher's Weekly (Independent Publishing Edition), and Baker & Taylor’s Books For Growing Minds. In February 2017, her company Nelson Publishing was a featured publisher in the popular Just Like Me© book subscription box for children of color. Since then, Lori has published several additional books, mentored countless aspiring authors, and ghostwritten stories for busy clients.
Lori's gift for storytelling led her to win a spot as a finalist in a Nickelodeon writing competition, which introduced her to the world of screenwriting and filmmaking. Her second project, a 90 second film competition, won the 2009 Allstate Insurance Be Reel Community Voice Film contest (optioned by Burrell Communications for The Root). Lori's short films have been finalists and winners in several film competitions and her web series The Archives, hosted by hip-hop artist and husband Tracey Lee, included appearances by hip-hop artist Chubb Rock, Grammy nominated producer 9th Wonder, Grammy award-winning engineer DJ Young Guru, and actors Omari Hardwick and Cory Hardrict.
More recently, Lori was the Executive Producer and co-host of the popular hip-hop podcast, Married to Hip Hop (Not The Drama) with Tracey Lee, a show that combined lifestyle topics, social issues, celebrity news, humor, and of course great music. The list of guests included Grammy award-winning producer Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie, Grammy nominated singer Eric Roberson, actor Dorian Missick, and rapper/lecturer Gabriel Asheru Benn, best known for writing and performing the theme song for the popular TV series, The Boondocks.