June 26, 2022

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of Mid-South Businessman Alex Tyrone Crane’s immeasurable strides as an accomplished Philanthropist, Making Headline News deemed it necessary to label this our Juneteenth Special Report


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)


DIG DAT, MANE 

HE’S STILL STANDING — Suitably known as a youth gun violence interventionist whose stage name is BOS$TY, Alex Crane has generated a wave of headlines throughout the Mid-South, in large part because he’s destined to help city officials combat crime throughout the Memphis metropolitan area. Today, Crane, 47, is the mastermind behind Memphis Music Records.

MEMPHIS — Alex Tyrone Crane was in inner city Memphis, the historic Westwood district, to put it more precisely.

Widely regarded as a self-proclaimed “outsider” in his home, Crane somehow managed to devote his attention to academic. So much, in fact, that he graduated with honors as a proud member of Westwood High’s Class of 1992.
All things considered, a rather strange sequence of events unfolded for a then-teenage kid whom, truth be told, should have very well taken his butt to someone’s college or university.
So, what exactly happened?
How in the world did a beloved honor student who boasted so much talent academically suddenly wound up on the wrong side of success?
Maybe…just maybe, he could explain it better.

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HOLDIN’ IT DOWN, MANE — Now overseeing the day-to-day operations of a rising record label that is starting to garner a national presence, Crane’s Memphis Music Records has signed six entertainers to date — five rappers and one Neo soul/R & B artist.

“I was an outsider in my home, at school and in my community,” Crane, 47, told Making Headline News during an exclusive weekend interview. “I was a child who was subjected to physical abuse and felt unloved.”

Having been saddled by an array of unfavorable circumstances — with broken relationships undoubtedly topping the list — Crane, as he tells it, had ultimately found the love he so desperately sought, the kind of partiality that, in keeping it 100, could have very well sentenced him to a premature death on these dangerous Bluff City streets.


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“I found the that I thought I was looking for,” Crane told MHN, referring to his ceremonious affiliation in having joined the Gangster Disciples just months after earning his high school diploma.

Crane, at the time, seemed to have found his niche amid his unlikely christening of joining a gang, given he subsequently moved up the ranks as if to insinuate he had nowhere to go but up.


“I rose in the ranks of the Gangster Disciples and became a Governor of the Gangster Disciples and a major drug dealer,” Crane recalls. “I helped organize the very first gang structure in Memphis, Tennessee.”


Soon, Crane’s gang affiliation, coupled with a rash of unlawful deeds, would ultimately catch up with him, thus thrusting his life in a downward spiral in the process.

The young Crane was eventually arrested and sentenced to four-and-a half years in federal prison. His dreaded incarceration, it turns out, was a massive blessing in disguise for the native Memphis whom, today, is the mastermind behind Memphis Music Records.

Suitably known as a youth gun violence interventionist whose stage name is BOS$TY, Crane has generated a wave of headlines throughout the Mid-South, in large part because he’s destined to help city officials combat crime throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.


MEMPHIS MADE, MANE


What a difference being incarcerated has made.

“During my incarceration, I joined a ministers study group, learned carpentry, and real estate,” Crane recalls.

Interestingly enough, Crane diligently began to change his life for the better, particularly upon his release from prison, having enrolled at the University of Phoenix, where he studied Business Management. He would later enroll at Liberty University, where he studied Theology and even took tax preparation classes at the University of Memphis.


FAMILY FOCUS — “I was an outsider in my home, at school and in my community,” Crane told Making Headline News during an exclusive weekend interview. “I was a child who was subjected to physical abuse and felt unloved.”

Better late than never for the former Westwood High honor student whom, to his credit, had the brains to become whatever he wanted in life.

Now we know why.

Now overseeing the day-to-day operations of a rising record label that is starting to garner a national presence, Crane’s Memphis Music Records has signed six entertainers to date — five rappers and one Neo soul/R & B artist.


“I have always started from the bottom and worked my way up,” said Crane, alluding to his once downtrodden tenure as a gang member to his fervent rise a Mid-South-area philanthropist. “I enjoy helping young men and women in my community to reach their goals and aspirations.”


A record label company that caters to people and groups of all ages regardless of race, creed, or color, Crane is determined to help keep Memphis music relevant for years to come.

“I’m trying to take this (record label) nationwide,” Crane says without hesitation. “My personal mission is to empower my people to positive change, to spread love and construction rather than hate and destruction. God inspired me, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For “about 7 years,” Crane acknowledged, with a lifetime to go.


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ALWAYS HAD IT IN HIM — Widely regarded as a self-proclaimed “outsider” in his home, Crane somehow managed to devote his attention to academic. So much, in fact, that he graduated with honors as a proud member of Westwood High’s Class of 1992.

What a difference being incarcerated has made.

“I believe it is my duty and job,” Crane said, “to share my experiences and knowledge that I have learned throughout my years with others who may be lost in the dark.”

Appropriately and eloquently uttered by this beloved Memphian whom, because of the divine calling on his life, has miraculously become a beacon of light in a “dark” world.

That’s what’s up, mane.


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For more information about Mid-South Businessman/Philanthropist Alex Tyrone Crane of Memphis Music Records, to inquire about opportunities with his company, schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with him via social media under: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alex.crane.1004. Also, send email to: crane.alextyrone@gmail.com.

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