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Meet Mykel T. Brooks and Bakari Vashon of The Lab Rats Ink in Buckhead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mykel T. Brooks and Bakari Vashon.

Mykel and Bakari, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Lab Rats Ink, founded by – super producers and songwriters – Mykel T. Brooks and Bakari Vashon – is a cohort of songwriters/engineers/producers and R&B/Pop artists. We started in Atlanta in December 2018, and collectively we have established the company and have extended members in Germany, Florida, Nashville, North and South Carolina and Georgia. As of today, have 19 members, 14 songwriters and 5 producers, aging from 22-32 years old, Our main goal is to bridge the gap between old and trendy. Intertwining the feels of late 90’s/early 2000’s R&B with the sound of today’s melodic transitions and cadence, every song written in the studio is created with a timeless formula. Our goal is to be the “Wu-Tang” of R&B.

Also, included on our roster is Grammy-nominated producer Andrell Shaw that goes by the moniker Zell. Zell is responsible for The Lab Rats being placed with El Debarge, 50 Cent, Young Money, Yung Berg, Fabolous, and Shawty Redd. The Lab Rats also have worked with TK Kravitz, Go Grizzly, Trey Songz, J.Holiday, K Michelle, Elijah Blake, George Clinton.

Oh yeah our Instagram is @MykelTBrooks & @BakariVashon

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been the smoothest road lol but as a company, we have maintained to stay the course. One of our biggest struggles is getting the right placements with the right artist. Everyone is so trendy now a day so we have to bridge that gap.

The Lab Rats Ink – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our company The Lab Rats Ink is a music production team based in Atlanta, GA we specialize in content creation for radio, film/TV, movies and recording artists. We are most proud of our ability to make songs “Pop”.

We are all Producers, Artists, Songwriters and Audio Engineers so we construct songs differently than most. Bakari and I, look for special people when we recruit.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
We just placed with Nivea which is pretty cool, We are producing her next couple of singles. We are also working on some Fast & Furious 9 stuff. Our Producer Zell got a Grammy Nomination with El Debarge that was pretty special. We think what’s happening NOW is most important, This industry is more about your success today rather than yesterday so we keep our members busy.


  • Music Production Package – Includes Instrumental,Songwriting, Recording Mixing and Mastering -1500.00
  • Songwriting Consultation – $75/hr – $40/half hour
  • Hooks Only – $550

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Image Credit:
RSG Agency, Michael Maceo Photography

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