William "Billy" Hines

Real Name:
William Hines
Hines started off owning an independent urban music record store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. By the 1980's the hip-hop and electro sound hit Miami with influences from NY and LA groups. Noticing the flux of independent labels such as Macola Records in California and Hot Productions in Miami, William Hines created his own label called 4-Sight Records that housed early Miami hip-hop and Miami bass sounds. William's son, MC ADE, later would help with production on the label's various releases. However by the end of the decade, the independent scene became a harder venue to operate in and 4-Sight Records closed shop into the 1990's.

William "Billy" Hines Discography Tracks


3359 Billy Golden, William "Billy" Hines Billy Golden, William "Billy" Hines - Good And Bad(Cyl, 2min) Edison Blue Amberol Record 3359 Unknown Sell This Version


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March 18, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Billy Hines converted the back of Royal Sounds Record Store into 4-Sight Records in 1984, 2 years before Hot Productions even opened. In fact, 4-Sight was so early in the game that Luke 'Skyywalker' Campbell used to openly admit that 4-Sight was the main inspiration for Luke/Skyywalker Records (although now Luke claims to be the first independent record label in Miami [sic]).

It was the success of MC ADE's Bass Rock Express that Luke looked to match, and even years later, Luke continued to license Bass Rock Express from Billy on compilations such as "Miami Bass Waves 2".

The lineage of Miami independent labels from the end of the Disco era into the Hip-Hop/Electro/Bass period goes like this:

1972: TK Records
1974 (?): Tashamba/Konduko
1980: Palm Tree/Red Rooster/Pandisc
1981: Sunnyview Records (owned with Morris Levy of NY)
1982: Bound Sound
1983: Music Specialists/Jam Packed
1984: 4-Sight Records
1985: Treasure/Joey Boy
1986: Hot Productions (when Morris Levy was convicted)
1986: Luke Skyywalker (after Hot turned down Throw the D)