I had my personal interactions with Mel dealing with the bookings for Yo Gotti whom he was managing along with B.Mimms. It seemed he was always focused and sharp with his commands. His great relationship with studio owner Curtis Daniel III lead to me securing him to speak at our IdOMUSIC® Networking Event years ago. The panel consisted of some of the best in the biz along with Dj Rasta Root, Kay Woods, Alan Floyd, Clay Evans and Amir Boyd. Most people in the room didn't know the moves Mel made but respected the knowledge he gave. My first conversation came years ago finding out he was one of the managers for Wu-Tang Clan which I believe is the greatest hip hop group of all time. In order to manage so many personalities you had to be a sharp individual which Mel fit perfectly. Super smooth but stern when handling the business. He delivered the intangibles necessary to succeed in a tumultuous industry.
Mel orchestrated a lot of major plays behind the scenes. Many I'm finding out from online messages about his passing. He assisted in getting B.O.B his deal with Atlantic Records and locking in a publishing deal with Eminem. The many plays carried out for the Wu-Tang Clan and individuals members such as Raekwon The Chef in their golden days. You can hear Kanye West shouting out Mel Carter on The College Dropout track titled "Last Call." He was instrumental in taking 'Ye to numerous labels in the beginning stages of his career. Yo Gotti would go on to thank him for meeting Kanye West and opening many doors never imagined for himself and CMG.
Patchwerk Recording Studios and IdOMUSIC® sends it's condolences to the entire Cartel Music Group and Mel Carter's family and friends.