Magnolia Shorty, born Renetta Lowe, was an American rapper in the New Orleans-based bounce music scene was shot.during a drive by shooting she was 28. She and Ms. Tee (Trishell Williams) were the first women signed to Cash Money Records. Her 1997 debut album Monkey on the Dick (often stylized Monkey On Tha D$ck) is considered a bounce classic, and she “was already considered a legend of bounce music” at the time of her death. Offbeat said the album exemplifies “the eccentric New Orleans elements of sexuality, comedy and hard edged dance rhythms.” In his 2007 book Triksta, Nik Cohn credits Magnolia Shorty with his own discovery of bounce, and the third chapter of that book is named after her debut album.
(1982 – December 20, 2010)
Magnolia Shorty was discovered by Birdman. She got her nickname from Soulja Slim, also known as Magnolia Slim, because both had grown up in New Orleans’ dangerous Magnolia Projects. Nicknamed “Queen of Bounce,” she collaborated with many Cash Money artists beginning in the 1990s, including Juvenile and Hot Boys. She was first featured on Juvenile’s 1997 song “3rd Ward Solja.” In 2009 she appeared at the SXSW music festival and won Best Bounce Song at the Underground Hip-Hop Awards in New Orleans. She was a member of Lil Wayne‘s Cash Money crew in the early 1990s, and she was collaborating as well as working on her second album on the Cash Money/Young Money label in 2010.
She was shot and killed in a car with Jerome Hampton in a double homicide in New Orleans. Police described the crime as a drive-by shooting.
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Who is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.?, The Rap world knows him by his stage name Snoop Dogg (previously Snoop Doggy Dogg), he is a Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre‘s most notable protégés.
Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the feature film Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. Snoop Dogg’s contribution to The Chronic was considerable; the rapper’s rhymes were as present as Dr. Dre’s. The huge success of Snoop Dogg’s debut Doggystyle was partially due to this intense exposure.
In 1993, during a stop in Columbus, Ohio on “The Chronic” tour, he discovered a six year old rapper and dubbed him Bow Wow.
While recording Doggystyle with Dr. Dre in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was shot and killed in a gang fight. Dubbed The Snoop Doggy Dogg Trial at the time. Snoop Dogg was defended by David Kenner, with his bodyguard McKinley Lee, while Sean Abrams (accompanying member in the jeep) was defended by Johnnie Cochran. Both Snoop Dogg and McKinley Lee were acquitted; Lee was acquitted on grounds of self-defense, but Snoop Dogg remained entangled in the legal battles around the case for three years. His video “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” http://www.youtube.com/v/Qb4V4jfHOO8&hl=en&fs=1&with the late Tupac Shakur chronicled the difficulties each rapper was dealing with as a result of their unrelated but concurrent criminal prosecutions.
To fuel the ascendance of West Coast “g-funk” rap, the singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice” http://www.youtube.com/v/czyfws7OLCs&hl=en&fs=1&reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians. Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and others.
A short film about Snoop Dogg’s murder trial called Murder Was the Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. However, by the time Snoop Dogg’s second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the price of living (or sometimes just imitating) the “gangsta” life had become very evident. Among the many notable rap industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg’s friend and label-mate Tupac Shakur
and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. Dr. Dre
had left Death Row earlier in 1996 due to a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger
and DJ Pooh.
This album featured a distinct change of style as compared to Doggystyle. While the album sold reasonably well, it was not as successful, and it was widely believed that its quality suffered from Dr. Dre’s lack of involvement. However, Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. The immediate aftermath of Dr. Dre’s withdrawal from Death Row Records, realizing that he was subject to an iron clad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight, other than the insulting “Fuck Death Row”, until his contract expired.
Later that year he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, on Capitol Records which featured the hit singles and videos “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” http://www.youtube.com/v/GfPB6TUW4fM&hl=en&fs=1&and “Beautiful” http://www.youtube.com/v/tFfb_CwBma0&hl=en&fs=1&featuring guest vocals by Pharrell.
In 2004, Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment both of which are distributed through Interscope Records; Star Trak is headed by the Neptunes, who produced several tracks for Snoop’s 2004 release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
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(featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg’s first single to reach number one. His third release was “Signs“,
featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at #2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold very well, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and television.
Snoop Dogg’s appeared on two tracks from Ice Cube’s
2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later, http://www.youtube.com/v/iFt6YexQIVU&hl=en&fs=1&including the single “Go to Church“, and on several tracks on Tha Dogg Pound‘s Cali Iz Active the same year. Also, his latest song, “Real Talk”, was leaked over the Internet in the summer of 2006 and a video was later released on the Internet. “Real Talk”http://www.youtube.com/v/cLhW0CsqyHY&hl=en&fs=1&is a dedication to Tookie Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two other singles on which Snoop made a guest performance were “Keep Bouncing” http://www.youtube.com/v/Y4lt-oviXGI&hl=en&fs=1&by Too Short (also with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas) and “Gangsta Walk“http://www.youtube.com/v/liAvsu-3wFU&hl=en&fs=1& by Coolio.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop’s album for 2006, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #5. The album, and the second single “That’s That Shit” http://www.youtube.com/v/Yb3UapPOuMA&hl=en&fs=1&featuring R. Kelly were well-received by critics. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers for his single “Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)“.
In July 2007, Snoop Dogg also made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone prior to its release as a single, “It’s the D.O.G.”. On July 7 2007 Snoop Dogg performed at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg.
Snoop Dogg has recently ventured into singing for Bollywood with his first ever rap for an Indian movie Singh Is Kinng; http://www.youtube.com/v/XjEMRXkoDjA&hl=en&fs=1&the title of the song is also Singh is Kinng. The album featuring the song was released on June 8, 2008 on Junglee Music Records.
In February 2009, Snoop Dogg had left Geffen Records (Interscope-Geffen-A&M) his recording home for over 10 years. At press time, Snoop has declined on divulge his next possible label home.
February 10, 2009 – MTV and rapper, icon, record producer, entrepreneur and actor, Snoop Dogg today announced a first-of-its kind global deal that will bring the entertainers’ personality to television in a new variety talk show, “Dogg After Dark,” http://www.youtube.com/v/hlmFLEmmRC4&hl=en&fs=1&and his music to fans with a new album release and into the best-selling music video game Rock Band®.
In 1993, Snoop appeared as a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show.
In 1998, Snoop had a cameo appearance in the film Half Baked http://www.youtube.com/v/UzEio_1trro&hl=en&fs=1&as the “Scavenger Smoker.”
In 2000, Snoop (as “Michael J. Corleone”) directed Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, a pornographic film produced by Hustler. This film, combining hip-hop with X-rated material, was a huge success and won “Top Selling Release of the Year” at the 2002 AVN Awards. Driven by this success, Snoop directed Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp http://www.youtube.com/v/6z9wGz4Egqs&hl=en&fs=1&in 2002 (this time using the nickname “Snoop Scorsese”).
In 2001, Snoop lent his voice to the animated show “King of the Hill”. http://www.youtube.com/v/5DdYMF6D4MY&hl=en&fs=1&His character was a white pimp named Alabaster Jones
In 2002, Snoop hosted, starred in, and produced his own MTV sketch comedy show entitled Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. http://www.youtube.com/v/1_Q8mXk5l6A&hl=en&fs=1&
Snoop was filmed for a brief cameo appearance in the television movie It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), http://www.youtube.com/v/2TblzSiImUM&hl=en&fs=1&but his performance was omitted from the final cut of the movie.
In 2003, Snoop had a cameo appearance in the film Old School as himself. Snoop also performed Sad But True http://www.youtube.com/v/3xcub7YxI98&hl=en&fs=1& at MTV Icon 2003, where Metallica was chosen as the band to be tributed.
On November 8th, 2004, Snoop Dogg was seen starring in the episode Two of a Kind of NBC‘s series Las Vegas.
In 2004, Snoop appeared on the Showtime series The L Word http://www.youtube.com/v/4BBaIGgoehs&hl=en&fs=1&as the character “Slim Daddy”, a combination of Slim Shady and Puff Daddy. He also notably played the drug dealer-turned-informant character of Huggy Bear, in the 2004 remake film of the 1970s TV-series of the same name, Starsky & Hutch. http://www.youtube.com/v/bNC9rpDVM3o&hl=en&fs=1&He appeared as himself in an episode of the Showtime series “Weeds,” and made an appearance on the hit TV shows Entourage and Monk, for which he recorded a version of the theme, in July 2007.
Snoop founded his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, in 2005. Their debut film was Boss’n Up,http://www.youtube.com/v/-hf8rSJQD2w&hl=en&fs=1& a film inspired by R&G starring Lil Jon
Perhaps in conjunction with his entry into the x-rated world, Snoop claimed in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine that unlike other hip hop artists who’ve superficially adopted the pimp persona, he was an actual professional pimp in 2003 and 2004, saying “That shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin’ layups for me. I was makin’ ’em every time.” He goes on to say that upon the advice on some of the other pimps he knew, he eventually gave up pimping to spend more time with his family.
In December 2007, his reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood http://www.youtube.com/v/YxIRDXdi4Dk&hl=en&fs=1& premiered on the E! channel. Snoop Dogg joined the NBA’s Entertainment League.
On March 30, 2008 he appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Master of Ceremonies for a tag team match between Maria and Ashley Massaro as they took on Beth Phoenix and Melina.
On May 8 and May 9, 2008, Snoop appeared as himself on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, with a new opening theme recorded by the artist presented for both episodes. In the episodes, Snoop performs at the bachelorette party for character Adriana Cramer, and credits Bo Buchanan
with helping him get his start in show business.
1990s – Snoop Dog was arrested for possession of cocaine. Over the next three years he spent time in and out of prison.
July 1993 – Snoop was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police while conducting a search of his car. In February 1997 he plead guilty to one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years probation.
August 1993 – Snoop was charged for being an accomplice to the murder of Phillip Woldermarian. In February 1996, with the help of attorney Jonnie Cochran, Snoop was found not guilty of all charges but voluntary manslaughter, on which the jury deadlocked.
May 1998 – Snoop Doggy Dogg was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was fined of $100, plus a $170 penalty assessment fee and a $100 payment to the Victim’s Restitution Fund, for a total cost of $370.
October 2001 – Snoop was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, after his tour bus was stopped and searched in Ohio. In May 2002 he pleaded no contest to the charge and was fined a total of $398.30 and a suspended 30-day jail sentence.
On April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested after being turned away from British Airways‘ first class lounge at Heathrow Airport. Snoop and his party were not allowed to enter the lounge because some of the entourage were flying first class, other members in economy class. After the group was escorted outside, they vandalized a duty-free shop by throwing whiskey bottles. Seven police officers were injured in the midst of the disturbance. After a night in prison, Snoop Dogg and the other men were released on bail on April 27, but he was unable to perform at the Premier Foods People’s Concert in Johannesburg on the same day. As part of his bail conditions, he had to return to the police station in May. The group has been banned by British Airways for “the foreseeable future.”
On May 11, when Snoop Dogg appeared at a London police station, he was cautioned for affray under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for use of threatening words or behavior . On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop Dogg should be denied entry to the UK for the foreseeable future due to the incident at Heathrow as well as his previous convictions in the United States for drugs and firearms offenses.
Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and The Game have been sued for assaulting a fan on stage at a May 2005 Auburn concert at the White River Amphitheatre. The accuser claims he was beaten by the artists’ entourage while he was running up to touch Snoop. He alleges that he reacted to an “open invite” to come on stage. Before he could, Snoop’s bodyguards grabbed him and he was beaten unconscious by crew people, including the rapper and producer Soopafly. Snoop and The Game were included in the suit for not intervening to hold the fight. The lawsuit focuses on a pecuniary claim of $22 million in punitive and compensatory damages, battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
On September 27, 2006, Snoop Dogg was detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security, after airport screeners found a collapsible police baton in Snoop’s carry-on bag. The baton was confiscated but Snoop was allowed to board the flight. He has been charged with various weapons violations stemming from this incident. When arrested, he told deputies the baton was a prop for a movie. Bail was set at $150,000, which Snoop has paid.
Snoop Dogg was arrested again on October 26, 2006 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California while parked in a passenger loading zone. Approached by airport security for a traffic infraction, he was found in possession of marijuana and a firearm, according to a police statement. He was transported to Burbank Police Department Jail, booked, and released on $35,000 bond. He faced firearm and drug possession charges on December 12 at Burbank Superior Court.
He was again arrested on November 29, 2006, after performing on The Tonight Show, for possession of marijuana and a firearm.
Snoop Dogg was arrested again on March 12, 2007 at 1:25 a.m CET after performing in a concert with P.Diddy in Stockholm’s Globe Arena, Sweden. Snoop Dogg was arrested along with a woman after the pair reportedly “reeked” of marijuana. They were arrested and released 4 hours later after providing a urine sample. Pending results on urine will determine whether charges will be pressed. However the rapper denied all charges.
Snoop Dogg’s visa card was rejected by local authorities on March 24, 2007 because of the Heathrow incident . A concert at London’s Wembley Arena on March 27 went ahead with Diddy (with whom he toured Europe) and the rest of the show. However the decision affected four more British performances in Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow and Budapest (due to rescheduling).
On April 12, 2007, Snoop Dogg was sentenced to five years of probation for gun and drug charges. He is expected to continue touring with supporting act Sam “OG” Biglari through the rest of 2008.
On April 26, 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship banned him from entering the country on character grounds, citing his prior criminal convictions. He had been scheduled to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on April 29, 2007. The ban was not lifted and Snoop Dogg was not able to attend. MTV Australia currently has a petition going to get him Australian citizenship.
On September 12, 2008, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship lifted the ban and had granted him visa to tour Australia. DIAC said “In making this decision, the department weighed his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour while in Australia, recent conduct – including charity work – and any likely risk to the Australian community … We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa.”
Snoop Dogg’s many legal issues forced San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to withdraw his plan to issue a proclamation to the rapper.
Snoop Dogg discography
Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
No Limit Top Dogg
Tha Last Meal
Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Malice In Wonderland
The Hard Way
With Tha Dogg Pound
Cali Iz Active
Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
Snoop Dogg – Murder Was the Case
Snoop Dogg-Sensual Seduction
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Lil Wayne. IWho is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.? The world knows him better by his stage name Lil Wayne, Wayne is an American rapper. Formerly a member of the rap group the Hot Boys, he joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. Get It How U Live, released in 1997, was Lil Wayne’s first album with Hot Boys, and Tha Block is Hot, his solo debut, came out 1999.
After gaining fame with two other albums in the early 2000s, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004’s Tha Carter and its two subsequent albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008). He earned various accolades following Tha Carter III, including being nominated for eight Grammy Awards. He will release a rock album titled Rebirth in 2009.
In 1997, Lil Wayne formed the group Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, Turk, and B.G.; at age 15, Wayne was the youngest member at that time. Hot Boys’ debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group’s major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, which reached #1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard 200. During their career, the Hot Boys had two charting singles, “We On Fire” from Get It How U Live! and “I Need a Hot Girl” from Guerrilla Warfare. Lil Wayne was also featured on Juvenile’s single “Back That Azz Up“, which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Let ‘Em Burn, a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000, came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. It reached #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #14 on the Billboard 200.
Lil Wayne’s debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot at age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys and went double platinum, climbing to #3 on the Billboard album charts. The album earned him a 1999 Source magazine award nomination for “Best New Artist”, and also became a Top Ten hit. The lead single was “Tha Block Is Hot“. After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, “Bling Bling“, with B.G., Juvenile, Turk, and Big Tymers.
His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA. Critics pointed to the lack of coherent narratives in his verses as evidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his fellow Hot Boys. The lead single was “Get Off The Corner” which was noticed for an improvement in lyrical content and style, it also received a music video. The second single which received less attention was “Shine” featuring The Hot Boys. Near the release of Lights Out, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, “1# Stunna” with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which rose to 24th place on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.
Lil Wayne’s third album 500 Degreez, released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut. The title was a reference to the recently estranged Hot Boys member Juvenile’s recording, 400 Degreez. The lead single was “Way Of Life” which like the album failed to match the success of his previous singles. After the release of 500 Degreez, he was featured in the single “Neva Get Enuf” by 3LW.
In the summer of 2004, Wayne’s album Tha Carter came out, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes. In addition, the album’s cover art featured the debut of Wayne’s now-signature dreadlocks. Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling over 1 million copies in the United States, while the single “Go DJ” became a Top 5 Hit. After the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny’s Child’s single “Soldier” with T.I., which peaked at #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts. The song Get Something (featuring Mannie Fresh) was supposed to appear on the album but failed to make the cut, however the music video was released.
Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies world wide. The lead single, “Fireman,” became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other singles included “Grown Man”, “Hustler Muzik”, and “Shooter” (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino’s “Tell Me“, which rose to #13 on the U.S. R&B Charts.
In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money. However, as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped down from the management of both labels and has handed management of Young Money over to Cortez Bryant.
In 2006, Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son, whose first single “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy“, reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audience through a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip-hop singles. Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review. Dedication 2, released in 2006, paired Lil Wayne with DJ Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious track “Georgia Bush,” in which Lil Wayne critiqued former US president George W. Bush‘s response to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Da Drought 3 was released the following year and was available for free legal download. It contained Lil Wayne rapping over a variety of beats from recent hits by other musicians. Numerous of features in prominent hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Vibe covered the mixtape. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 “among the best albums of 2007.”
Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including “Gimme That” by Chris Brown, “Make It Rain” by Fat Joe, “You” by Lloyd, and “We Takin Over” by DJ Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), “Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle, “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)” by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to “I’m So Hood” by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross). All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. On Birdman’s 2007 album 5 * Stunna, Lil Wayne appeared on the singles “100 Million” and “I Run This” among several other tracks. Wayne also appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little Brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West. “Make it Rain”, a Scott Storch production that peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2008.
Vibe magazine ranked a list of 77 of Lil Wayne’s songs from 2007 and ranked his verse in DJ Khaled’s “We Takin Over” as his best of 2007, with “Dough Is What I Got” (a freestyle over the beat of Jay-Z‘s “Show Me What You Got“) from Da Drought 3 the second song. At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as “Hottest MC in the Game”, The New Yorker magazine ranked him “Rapper of the Year”, and GQ magazine named him “Workaholic of the Year”. In 2008 he was named “Best Rock Star Alive” by Blender magazine and “Best MC” by Rolling Stone.
Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter III‘s largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as “The Drought Is Over Pt. 2″ and “The Drought Is Over Pt. 4″. Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008, The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.
On November 11, 2008, Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the Country Music Awards. He played alongside Kid Rock for the song, “All Summer Long“, in which Wayne did not rap but instead played guitar along Kid Rock’s band. Shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys – the most for an artist nominated. Wayne was then named the first ever MTV Man of the Year at the end of 2008.
DJ Drama stated that there would be a third installation of the Dedication mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who insisted that it will would be a full album under the title. However despite the fact Wayne wanted to release Dedication 3 as an album, it was released as a mixtape on November 14, 2008.
Wayne stated that he would release a debut rock album titled Rebirth. It is slated to be released on April 7, 2009. “Prom Queen”, the lead single, debuted on January 27 immediately after a live Internet broadcast of his concert in San Diego. “Prom Queen” peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
He has announced several possible upcoming projects, including a collaboration album I Can’t Feel My Face with rapper Juelz Santana that has been in production for several years. On the website HipHopDX.com, he has discussed a possible R&B album titled Luv Sawngz, for which he will heavily rely on a vocoder. He has also talked with singer Lloyd about doing a collaboration album in the future. On June 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and T-Pain formed a duo called T-Wayne and planned to release an album.
In an interview on MTV’s Mixtape Monday, Wayne asserted the possibility of an album titled Tha Carter IV. Following Tha Carter III’s achievement of selling over 2 million copies, becoming 2008’s best record, Wayne re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal.
Lil Wayne was a guest debater going up against Skip Bayless on the “1st & 10″ segment on the January 6, 2009 edition of ESPN First Take. On January 10th, he also appeared on ESPN’s Around The Horn and beat out veterans Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and fellow New Orleanian Michael Smith to win that show’s episode.Wayne is set to produce and compose music for the film Hurricane Season. A documentary titled Tha Carter is also in production and was released at the Sundance Film Festival. On February 7, 2009, he presented the Top Ten List on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.
Wayne has two daughters, one when he was a teenager,, and another named Reginae Carter with his high school sweetheart Antonia “Toya” Johnson. Carter and Johnson married on Valentines Day of 2004 and divorced in 2006. His newborn son, Dwayne Carter III, was born on October 22, 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
After earning his GED, Wayne enrolled at the University of Houston in January 2005 with plans to major in political science. To earn his degree, he had been taking online courses, An article in Urb magazine in March 2007 asserted that Wayne had been earning high grades at Houston, and by the end of the year Wayne discontinued his education there.
In an interview with Blender magazine, Lil Wayne revealed one of his favorite bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana, and cites them as a major influence in his music.
On September 24, 2008, Lil Wayne published his first blog for ESPN in their issue, ESPN The Magazine. Wayne revealed he was a fan of tennis, the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Red Sox. Wayne continued writing for ESPN, eventually reporting at the ESPN Super Bowl party.
Wayne told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on her All Access Grammy Special in 2009 that he enjoys smoking marijuana recreationally. However, he has been arrested for use or possession of marijuana and other drugs.
In the latter half of 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested twice. On July 22, 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City following a performance at the Beacon Theatre; the New York City Police Department discovered Lil Wayne and another man smoking marijuana near a tour bus. After taking Lil Wayne into custody, police discovered a pistol on his person, and he was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana. Another arrest was on October 5, 2007, following a performance at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, on felony fugitive charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a controlled substance. The incident was later described as a “mix-up” and the fugitive charges were dropped.
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Who is Andre Romelle Young?
The music and rap world knows him by his stage name Dr. Dre. Dre, he is an American record producer, rapper, record executive, and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records, also having produced albums for and overseeing the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.
During the 2000s, he focused his career on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals in other artists’ songs. Rolling Stone named him among the highest-paid performers of 2001 and 2004. Dr. Dre also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, and the 2001 films The Wash and Training Day.
The first child of Verna and Theodore Young, Dr. Dre was born André Romelle Young on February 18, 1965, when his mother was 16. She married his father, Theodore Young, after he was born. Young’s middle name, “Romelle,” came from Theodore Young’s unsigned, amateur R&B singing group The Romells. In 1968 his mother divorced Theodore Young and later married Curtis Crayon. They had 3 more children together, two sons named Jerome and Tyree (both deceased) and daughter Shameka.
In 1976 Young began attending Vanguard Junior High School but due to gang violence around Vanguard he transferred to the safer suburban Roosevelt Junior High School. Verna later married Warren Griffin, whom she met at her new job in Long Beach, which added three new stepsisters and one new stepbrother to the family. That stepbrother, Warren Griffin III, would eventually become a rapper under the stage name Warren G.
Young attended Centennial High School in Compton during his freshman year, in 1979, but transferred to Fremont High School due to poor grades. Young attempted to enroll at Northrop Aviation Company in an apprenticeship program, but poor grades at school made him ineligible. Thereafter, he focused on his social life and entertainment for the remainder of his high school years. Young fathered a son with Lisa Johnson, Curtis, born on December 15, 1981. Curtis Young was brought up by his mother and didn’t meet his father until he had become a rapper about 20 years later, with his stage name being Hood Surgeon.
Inspired by the Grandmaster Flash
song “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel“, http://www.youtube.com/v/LzRcAu9g1CU&hl=en&fs=1&he often attended a club called The Eve After Dark to watch many DJs and rappers performing live. Thus, he became a DJ in the club, initially under the name “Dr. J” based on the nickname for Julius Erving, his favorite basketball player. At the club, he met aspiring rapper Antoine Carraby, later to become member DJ Yella of N.W.A. Soon afterwards he adopted the moniker Dr. Dre, a mix of previous alias Dr. J and his first name, referring to himself as the “Master of Mixology”. He later joined the musical group World Class Wreckin’ Cru under the independent Kru-Cut Records in 1984. The group would become stars of the electro-hop scene that dominated early 1980s West Coast hip hop, and their first hit “gangsta bois” would prominently feature Dr. Dre on the turntables and sell 50,000 copies within the Compton area. Dr. Dre and DJ Yella also performed mixes for local radio station KDAY, boosting ratings for its afternoon rush-hour show The Traffic Jam. Dr. Dre’s earliest recordings were released in 1984 in a compilation titled Concrete Roots. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the website Allmusic called the compiled music, released “several years before Dre developed a distinctive style”, to be “surprisingly generic and unengaging” and “for dedicated fans only”.
His frequent absences from school jeopardized his position as a diver on his school’s swim team. After high school, he attended Chester Adult School in Compton following his mother’s demands for him to get a job or continue his education. After brief attendance at a radio broadcasting school, he relocated to the residence of his father and residence of his grandparents before returning to his mother’s house. He later dropped out of Chester to focus on performing at the Eve’s After Dark nightclub.
N.W.A.’s debut became a bestseller, despite its controversial content. Dre is second from right.
In 1986 he met rapper Ice Cube, who collaborated with Dr. Dre to record songs for Ruthless Records, a rap record label run by local rapper and drug dealer Eazy-E. N.W.A however, along with fellow west coast rapper Ice T,
debuted with rhymes including profanity and gritty depictions of crime and life on the street. No longer constricted to racially charged political issues pioneered by rap artists such as Public Enemy or Boogie Down Productions, N.W.A shot out with hardcore and realistic perspective of street violence and local black gangster lifestyle. Propelled by the hit “Fuck tha Police“, http://www.youtube.com/v/2TiMtDhiJ2o&hl=en&fs=1&the group’s first full album Straight Outta Compton became a major success, despite an almost complete absence of radio airplay or major concert tours and warnings from the FBI. The FBI sent letters to Arabian Prince, Ice Cube and Eazy-E urging them to stop releasing their music as a response to the large number of complaints they had received about the group’s lyrical content and use of expletives.
After Ice Cube left N.W.A over financial disputes, Dr. Dre produced and performed for much of the group’s second album Efil4zaggin.
He also produced tracks for a number of other rap acts on Ruthless Records, including Above the Law, and The D.O.C. for the album No One Can Do It Better. In 1991 at a music industry party in Hollywood, he assaulted television host Dee Barnes of the Fox television program Pump it Up, after he felt dissatisfied by a news report of hers on the feud between the remaining N.W.A members and Ice Cube. Thus, Dr. Dre was fined $2,500 and given two years’ probation and 240 hours of community service, as well as a spot on an anti-violence public service announcement on television.
Dr. Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic, was among the top-selling albums of the 1990s and spawned three hit singles.
After a dispute with Eazy-E, Dre left the group at the peak of its popularity in 1991 under the advice of friend, and N.W.A lyricist, The D.O.C. and his bodyguard at the time, Suge Knight. Knight, a notorious strongman and intimidator, was able to have Wright release Young from his contract and, using Dr. Dre as his flagship artist, found Death Row Records. In 1992 Young released his first single, the title track to the film Deep Cover, a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg, whom he met through Warren G. Dr. Dre’s debut solo album was The Chronic,
released under Death Row Records. Young ushered in a new style of rap, both in terms of musical style and lyrical content.
On the strength of singles such as “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang“,http://www.youtube.com/v/1gK1e2TCFAA&hl=en&fs=1& “Let Me Ride“,http://www.youtube.com/v/rBu2uxdvNmI&hl=en&fs=1& and “Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody’s Celebratin’)” http://www.youtube.com/v/OPaNaD2gr-E&hl=en&fs=1&(known as “Dre Day” for radio and television play), all of which featured Snoop Dogg as guest vocalist, The Chronic became a cultural phenomenon, its G-funk sound dominating much of hip hop music for the early 1990s. In 1993 the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album multi-platinum, and Dr. Dre also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his performance in “Let Me Ride“. For that year, Billboard magazine also ranked Dr. Dre as the eighth best-selling musical artist, The Chronic as the sixth best-selling album, and “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” as the 11th best-selling single.
Besides working on his own material, Dr. Dre produced Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle, which became the first debut album for an artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. In 1994 Dr. Dre produced the soundtracks to the films Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case. http://www.youtube.com/v/LC2OpFMBReg&hl=en&fs=1& He collaborated with fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube for the song “Natural Born Killaz”
in 1995. For the film Friday, Dre recorded “Keep Their Heads Ringin'”, http://www.youtube.com/v/hIBY97PD5rs&hl=en&fs=1&which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Singles (now Hot Rap Tracks) charts.
In 1995, just as Death Row Records was signing rapper 2Pac and positioning him as their major star, Young left the label amidst a contract dispute and growing concerns that label boss Suge Knight was corrupt, financially dishonest and out of control. Thus, in 1996, he formed his own label Aftermath Entertainment directly underneath the distributor label for Death Row Records, Interscope Records. Consequently, Death Row Records suffered poor sales by 1997, especially following the death of 2Pac and the racketeering charges brought against Knight. Susan Berg, president of Global Music Group, bought Death Row Records for US$24 million in June 2008, making her the owner of all of Dr. Dre’s recordings.
The Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath album, released on November 26, 1996, featured songs by Dr. Dre himself as well as by newly signed Aftermath artists, and a solo track “Been There, Done That“,http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/1298836377/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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intended as a symbolic farewell to gangsta rap. Despite being classified platinum by the RIAA, the album was not very popular among music fans. In October 1996 Dr. Dre appeared on the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, broadcast on the NBC television network in the United States, to perform “Been There, Done That”. In 1997, Dr. Dre produced several tracks on The Firm‘s The Album; it was met with similarly negative reviews from critics. Rumors began to abound that Aftermath was facing financial difficulties. Aftermath Entertainment also faced a trademark infringement lawsuit by the underground thrash metal band Aftermath. First Round Knock Out, a compilation of various tracks produced and performed by Dr. Dre, was also released in 1996, ranging from World Class Wreckin’ Cru to N.W.A to Death Row recordings.
The turning point for Aftermath came in 1998, when Jimmy Iovine, the head of Aftermath’s parent label Interscope, suggested that Young sign Detroit rapper Marshall Mathers, artistically known as Eminem, to Aftermath. Young produced three songs and provided vocals for two on his controversial album, (“My Name Is”http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/1916515927/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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, “Guilty Conscience” http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/3039850517/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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) in 1999.
Dr. Dre’s second solo album, 2001, released in the fall of 1999, was considered an ostentatious return to his gangsta rap roots. It was initially titled The Chronic 2000 to imply being a sequel to his debut album The Chronic but was re-titled 2001 after Death Row Records released an unrelated compilation album earlier in 1999. Other tentative titles included The Chronic 2001 and Dr. Dre. The album featured numerous collaborators, including Devin the Dude, Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit,
and Eminem. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the website Allmusic described the sound of the album as “adding ominous strings, soulful vocals, and reggae” to Dr. Dre’s style. The album was highly successful, charting at number two on the Billboard 200 charts and has since been certified six times platinum, thus reaffirming a recurring theme featured in its lyrics, stating that Dr. Dre was still a force to be reckoned with, despite the lack of major releases in the previous few years. The album included popular hit singles “Still D.R.E.” http://www.youtube.com/v/kG_qcud1ShM&hl=en&fs=1&and “Forgot About Dre“,http://www.youtube.com/v/FY9HfOfG6h0&hl=en&fs=1& both of which Dr. Dre performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 23, 1999. Dr. Dre won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in 2000, and joined the Up in Smoke Tour with fellow rappers Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube that year as well.
During the course of the popularity of 2001, Dr. Dre was involved in several lawsuits. Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company behind the Star Wars film franchise, sued him over the use of the THX-trademarked “Deep Note“. http://www.youtube.com/v/Ld27BQwBPPA&hl=en&fs=1&The Fatback Band also sued Dr. Dre over alleged infringement of its song “Backstrokin'”http://www.youtube.com/v/R_7_s7R-DOc&hl=en&fs=1& in his song “Let’s Get High” http://www.youtube.com/v/noS5S4GxDqQ&hl=en&fs=1&from the 2001 album; Dr. Dre was ordered to pay $1.5 million to the band in 2003. The online music file-sharing company Napster also settled a lawsuit with him and heavy metal rock band Metallica in the summer of 2001, agreeing to block access to certain files that artists do not want to have shared on the network.
Following the success of 2001, Dr. Dre focused on producing songs and albums for other artists. He produced the single “Family Affair” http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/1722323333/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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by R&B singer Mary J. Blige for her album No More Drama http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/3751906119/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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in 2001. He also produced “Let Me Blow Ya Mind“,http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/3633509251/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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a duet by rapper Eve and No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani and signed R&B singer Truth Hurts to Aftermath in 2001. Another copyright-related lawsuit came upon Dr. Dre in the fall of 2002, when Sa Re Ga Ma, a film and music company based in Calcutta, India, sued Aftermath Entertainment over an uncredited sample of the Lata Mangeshkar song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” http://www.youtube.com/v/_2oik3XLXqQ&hl=en&fs=1&on the Aftermath-produced song “Addictive” http://www.youtube.com/v/iiJu58dDKJw&hl=en&fs=1& by singer Truth Hurts. In February 2003, a judge ruled that Aftermath would have to halt sales of Truth Hurts’ album Truthfully Speaking if the company would not credit Mangeshkar.
Another successful album that Dre produced for Aftermath was Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the 2003 major-label debut album by Queens, New York-based rapper 50 Cent. It featured the Dr. Dre-produced hit single “In da Club“,http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/1293290353/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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a joint production between Aftermath, Eminem’s boutique label Shady Records and Interscope. In April 2003, rapper Ja Rule released a mixtape of freestyle raps criticizing Dr. Dre and his associated artists 50 Cent and Eminem. In November 2004, at the Vibe magazine awards show in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre was attacked by a fan named Jimmy James Johnson, who was supposedly asking for an autograph. In the resulting scuffle, then-G-Unit rapper Young Buck stabbed the man. Johnson claimed that Suge Knight, president of Death Row Records, paid him $5,000 to assault Dre in order to humiliate him before receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award. Knight immediately went on CBS‘s The Late Late Show to deny involvement and insisted that he supported Dr. Dre and wanted Johnson charged. In September 2005, Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to stay away from Dr. Dre until 2008.
Dr. Dre also produced “How We Do“, a 2005 hit single from rapper The Game from his album The Documentary.
For an issue of Rolling Stone magazine in April 2005, Kanye West praised Dr. Dre as among the greatest performing artists of all time.
In November 2006 Dr. Dre began working with Raekwon on his album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II. He also produced tracks for the rap albums Buck the World
by Young Buck, Curtis by 50 Cent,, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment by Snoop Dogg, and Kingdom Come
by Jay-Z. Dre also appeared onTimbaland‘s track “Bounce”,http://www.youtube.com/v/yJmpZxX1d3w&hl=en&fs=1& from his 2007 solo album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value along side, Missy Elliott,
and Justin Timberlake..
Among planned but unreleased albums during Dr. Dre’s tenure at Aftermath have included a full-length reunion with Snoop Dogg titled Breakup to Makeup, an album with fellow former N.W.A member Ice Cube which was to be titled Heltah Skeltah, an N.W.A reunion album, and a joint album with fellow producer Timbaland titled Chairmen of the Board.
Detox is to be Dr. Dre’s final album. In 2002, Dre told Corey Moss
of MTV News that he intended Detox to be a concept album. Work for the album dates back to early 2004, but later in that year he decided to stop working on the album to focus on producing for other artists but then changed his mind; the album had initially been set for a fall 2005 release. After several delays, the album was finally scheduled to be released sometime in 2009 by Interscope Records, which has not set a firm release date for the album as of February 2009. Producers confirmed to work on the album include Bernard “Focus” Edwards Jr., Hi-Tek, J.R. Rotem, RZA,
Jay-Z, Warren G,
and Boi-1da. Snoop Dogg claimed that Detox was finished, according to a June 2008 report by Rolling Stone magazine.
After another delay based on producing other artists’ work, Detox is now scheduled for a 2009 release, coming after 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct and Eminem’s Relapse. Dre appeared in the remix of the song “Set It Off”http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/381218873/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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by Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall (also with Pusha T); the remix debuted on DJ Skee‘s radio show in December 2008. At the beginning of 2009, Dre made a guest performance on the single “Crack a Bottle“http://www.youtube.com/v/LbVK9AcbTuE&hl=en&fs=1& by Eminem and the single sold a record 418,000 downloads in its first week. and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of February 12, 2009.
Other upcoming albums for which he will produce include The Reformation by Bishop Lamont, The Nacirema Dream by Papoose,  Here I Am by Eve, and an upcoming album by Queen Latifah. Dre was also rumored to produce tracks for The Game‘s 2008 album LAX.
In 2001, Dr. Dre appeared in the movies The Wash and Training Day. A song of his, “Bad Intentions” http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/3133867946/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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(featuring Knoc-Turn’Al) and produced by Mahogany, was featured on The Wash soundtrack. Dr. Dre also appeared on two other songs “On the Blvd.”http://www.youtube.com/v/h7jCPXiGgvE&hl=en&fs=1& and “The Wash”http://www.youtube.com/v/QwGzRdmV6NU&hl=en&fs=1& along with his co-star Snoop Dogg. In February 2007 it was announced that Dr. Dre would produce dark comedies and horror films for New Line Cinema-owned company Crucial Films, along with longtime video director Phillip Atwell. Dr. Dre announced “This is a natural switch for me, since I’ve directed a lot of music videos, and I eventually want to get into directing.”
In July 2008, Dr. Dre released his high-performance brand of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre. The headphones are made by Monster. He is also planning on releasing an “Aftermath Cognac and vodka” around the same time he will release Detox.
Dr. Dre has said that his primary instrument in the studio is the Akai MPC3000, a drum machine and sampler, and that he uses as many as four or five to produce a single recording. He cites George Clinton, Isaac Hayes
and Curtis Mayfield
as primary musical influences. Unlike most rap producers, he tries to avoid samples as much as possible, preferring to have studio musicians re-play pieces of music he wants to use, because it allows him more flexibility to change the pieces in rhythm and tempo. In 2001 he told Time magazine, “I may hear something I like on an old record that may inspire me, but I’d rather use musicians to re-create the sound or elaborate on it. I can control it better.” Other equipment he uses include the E-mu SP-1200 drum machine and other keyboards from such manufacturers as Korg, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Moog, and Roland.
After founding Aftermath Entertainment in 1996, Dr. Dre took on producer Mel-Man as a co-producer, and his music took on a more synthesizer-based sound, using fewer vocal samples (as he had used on “Lil’ Ghetto Boy” and “Let Me Ride” on The Chronic, for example). Mel-Man has not shared co-production credits with Dr. Dre since approximately 2002, but fellow Aftermath producer Focus has credited Mel-Man as a key architect of the signature Aftermath sound. About.com ranked Dr. Dre #2 (tied with Pete Rock)
on their “Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers” list.
In 1999 Dr. Dre started working with Mike Elizondo,
a bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist who has also produced, written and played on records for female singers such as Poe, Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette, In the past few years Elizondo has since worked for many of Dr. Dre’s productions. Dr. Dre also told Scratch magazine in a 2004 interview that he has been studying piano and music theory formally, and that a major goal is to accumulate enough musical theory to score movies. In the same interview he stated that he has collaborated with famed 1960s songwriter Burt Bacharach by sending him hip hop beats to play over, and hopes to have an in-person collaboration with him in the future.
Dr. Dre has stated that he is a perfectionist and is known to pressure the artists with whom he records to give flawless performances. In 2006 Snoop Dogg told the website Dubcnn.com that Dr. Dre had made new artist Bishop Lamont re-record a single bar of vocals 107 times. Dr. Dre has also stated that Eminem is a fellow perfectionist, and attributes his success on Aftermath to his like-minded work ethic.
A consequence of this perfectionism is that some artists that initially sign deals with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label never release albums. In 2001, Aftermath released the soundtrack to the movie The Wash. featuring a number of Aftermath acts such as Shaunta, Daks, Joe Beast and Toi. To date, none have released full-length albums on Aftermath and have apparently ended their relationships with the label and Dr. Dre. Other noteworthy acts to leave Aftermath without releasing albums include King Tee, 2001 vocalist Hittman, 1980s rap icon Rakim.
However, over the years word of other collaborators has surfaced. During his tenure at Death Row Records, it was alleged that Dr. Dre’s stepbrother Warren G and Tha Dogg Pound member Daz made many uncredited contributions to songs on his solo album The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s album Doggystyle (Daz received production credits on Snoop’s similar-sounding, albeit less successful album Tha Doggfather after Young left Death Row Records).
It is known that Scott Storch, who has since gone on to become a successful producer in his own right, contributed to Dr. Dre’s second album 2001; Storch is credited as a songwriter on several songs and played keyboards on several tracks. In 2006 he told Rolling Stone:
“At the time, I saw Dr. Dre desperately needed something,” Storch says. “He needed a fuel injection, and Dr. Dre utilized me as the nitrous oxide. He threw me into the mix, and I sort of tapped on a new flavor with my whole piano sound and the strings and orchestration. So I’d be on the keyboards, and Mike [Elizondo] was on the bass guitar, and Dr. Dre was on the drum machine”.
Current collaborator Mike Elizondo,
when speaking about his work with Young, describes their recording process as a collaborative effort involving several musicians. In 2004 he claimed to Songwriter Universe magazine that he had written the foundations of the hit Eminem song “The Real Slim Shady“, stating, “I initially played a bass line on the song, and Dr. Dre, Tommy Coster Jr. and I built the track from there. Eminem then heard the track, and he wrote the rap to it.” This account is essentially confirmed by Eminem in his book Angry Blonde, stating that the tune for the song was composed by a studio bassist and keyboardist while Dr. Dre was out of the studio but later programmed the song’s beat after returning.
Furthermore, in the September 2003 issue of The Source, a group of disgruntled former associates of Dr. Dre complained that they had not received their full due for work on the label. A producer named Neff-U claimed to have produced the songs “Say What You Say”
and “My Dad’s Gone Crazy”
on The Eminem Show, the songs “If I Can’t”
and “Back Down”
http://www.youtube.com/v/wr1w71VWv0U&hl=en&fs=1& on 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and the beat featured on Dr. Dre’s commercial for Coors beer.
Although Young studies piano and musical theory, he serves as more of a conductor than a musician himself, as Josh Tyrangiel of Time magazine has noted:
Every Dre track begins the same way, with Dre behind a drum machine in a room full of trusted musicians. (They carry beepers. When he wants to work, they work.) He’ll program a beat, then ask the musicians to play along; when Dre hears something he likes, he isolates the player and tells him how to refine the sound. “My greatest talent,” Dre says, “is knowing exactly what I want to hear.”
Although Snoop Dogg retains working relationships with Warren G
and Daz, who are alleged to be uncredited contributors on the hit albums The Chronic and Doggystyle, he states that Dr. Dre is capable of making beats without the help of collaborators, and that he is responsible for the success of his numerous albums. It should be noted that Dr. Dre’s prominent studio collaborators, including Scott Storch, Elizondo, Mark Batson
and Dawaun Parker,
have shared co-writing, instrumental, and more recently co-production credits on the songs where he is credited as the producer.
It is also widely acknowledged that most of Dr. Dre’s raps are written for him by others, though he retains ultimate control over his lyrics and the themes of his songs. As Aftermath Producer Mahogany told Scratch: “It’s like a class room in [the booth]. He’ll have three writers in there. They’ll bring in something, he’ll recite it, then he’ll say. ‘Change this line, change this word,’ like he’s grading papers.” As seen in the credits for tracks Young has appeared on, there are often multiple people who contribute to his songs (although it should be noted that often in hip hop many people are officially credited as a writer for a song, even the producer). As a member of N.W.A, The D.O.C. wrote lyrics for him while he stuck with producing. Popular New York City rapper Jay-Z
ghostwrote lyrics for the single “Still D.R.E.” from Dr. Dre’s album 2001.
“Let Me Ride“—Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance – 1994
“California Love“—Grammy Award Nomination as Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with 2Pac and Roger Troutman) – 1997.
“No Diggity“—Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (with Blackstreet and Queen Pen) – 1998
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“Forgot About Dre“—Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group – 2001 | (with Eminem)
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“Still D.R.E.“—Grammy Award Nomination Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Snoop Dogg) and The Source Awards Nomination Single of the year (2000)
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The Marshall Mathers LP—Grammy Award for Best Rap Album – 2001 (with Eminem)
Various Production—Grammy Award for Producer of the Year – 2001
His first child, Curtis Young, was born to Cassandra Joy Greene, then age 16, when Dre was 17 years old. Curtis Young is also a rapper who goes by the name Hood Surgeon
He had a second son, Andre Young Jr, with then-girlfriend Jenita Porter. Andre Young Jr. was discovered “unresponsive” by his mother at his home in. He died at the age of 20 on August 23, 2008 at his Woodland Hills home. Young’s mother told police that she attempted to rouse her son at 10:24 a.m. on Saturday, and when she couldn’t, she called paramedics. They pronounced him dead at the scene.The coroner determined that he died from an overdose of heroin and morphine.
Dr. Dre Buries His Son Andre Young, Jr a few days later.
Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video (1992), himself
Set It Off (1996), Black Sam
Up in Smoke Tour (2000), himself
Training Day (2001), Paul
The Wash (2001), Sean
From 1990 to 1996 Dr. Dre dated singer Michel’le,
who frequently contributed vocals to Death Row Records albums. In 1991 the couple had a son, Marcel. In May 1996 Dr. Dre married Nicole Threatt,
the ex-wife of NBA player Sedale Threatt. Dr. Dre and Nicole have two children together: a son named Truth (born 1997) and a daughter named Truly (born 2001).
In 2001, Dr. Dre earned a total of about $52 million from selling part of his share of Aftermath Entertainment to Interscope Records and his production of such hit songs that year as “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige. http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/2993683943/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1
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Rolling Stone magazine thus named him the second highest-paid artist of the year. Dr. Dre was ranked 44th in 2004 from earnings of just $11.4 million, primarily from production royalties from such projects as albums from G-Unit and D12
and the single “Rich Girl” by singer Gwen Stefani
and rapper Eve.
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He was ranked 9th in 2008 from earnings of $15 million 
1. 50 Cent – $150 million
2. Jay-Z – $82 million
3. P Diddy – $35 million
4. Kanye West – $30 million
5. Timbaland – $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams – $20 million
7. Swizz Beatz – $17 million
8. Snoop Dogg – $16 million
9. Dr. Dre – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $14 million
11. T.I. – $13 million
12. Lil Wayne – $13 million
13. Eminem – $12 million
14. Common – $12 million
15. Akon – $12 million
16. Jermaine Dupri – $11 million
17. Lil Jon – $11 million
18. OutKast – $10 million
19. Chamillionaire – $10 million
20. The Game – $10 million
Who is Timothy Zachery Mosley?, better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American record producer, rapper, and singer. Timbaland has produced albums and singles for a number of artists from the mid-1990s to the present day.
Timbaland’s first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine…the Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine; the album was both a commercial and critical success. After further successful work on Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a Million and Missy Elliott’s 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip-hop artists. He also released several of his own albums, often joined by fellow rapper Magoo. Between 2003 and 2005 he mainly worked together with Brandy, next to works with Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim and Bubba Sparxx. Timbaland is one of the highest-paid people in the music industry, having earned $22 million in 2008, according to a 2008 Forbes article, “Hip Hop Cash Kings.” According to the “Keep It Fit” Campaign, Timbaland was paid $45M during year 2007-2008 for the production of tracks for other artists.
He was born March 10, 1971 and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Originally a disc jockey known as “DJ Timmy Tim” or “DJ Tiny Tim”, Mosley began making hip hop backing tracks on a Casio keyboard. While in high school, Mosley began a long term collaboration with rapper Melvin Barcliff, who performed under the name of Magoo. The teenaged Mosley also joined the production ensemble S.B.I. – “Surrounded By Idiots” – which also featured Neptunes producerPharrell
.and partner Magoo.
Singer/rapper Missy Elliott
heard his material and, taken by Mosley’s unique sense of rhythm, began working with him . She and her R&B group Sista auditioned for DeVante Swing, a producer and member of the successful R&B act Jodeci. DeVante signed Sista to his Swing Mob record label and Elliott brought Mosley and Barcliff along with her to New York, where Swing Mob was based. It was DeVante who renamed the young producer Timbaland, after Timberland construction boots, which were popular in hip hop fashion.
Sista, Timbaland, and Magoo became part of DeVante’s stable of Swing Mob signees known as “Da Bassment” crew, joining artists such as R&B singer Ginuwine, male vocal group Playa (Smoke E. Digglera, Static Major and Digital Black), and the girl group Sugah. Timbaland did production work on a number of projects with
, including the 1995 Jodeci
LP The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel”the theme song to Seasame Street, and Sista’s debut LP 4 All the Sistas Around the World, which was shelved and never released.
Elliott began receiving recognition as a songwriter for artists such as R&B girl group
702 and MC Lyte
. Due to Timbaland’s connection with her, he was often contacted to produce remixes of her songs. One of these, the remix to 702’s “Steelo”
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in 1996, became Timbaland’s first major production credit.
In 1996, Ginuwine released his debut album, Ginuwine…the Bachelor,
which was produced by Timbaland. The album was both a commercial and critical success. On many of the tracks, Timbaland can be heard either rapping or providing ad-libs, similar to what both
Elliott and Puff Daddy
were doing at the time; Timbaland’s deep voice was usually vocoded to give it an electronic sound. While work was being completed on Ginuwine…the Bachelor, R&B artist Aaliyah contacted Timbaland and Elliott to write and produce songs for her second album, One in a Million
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. The tracks that were crafted for Aaliyah featured musical arrangements similar to those on Ginuwine…the Bachelor. One in a Million went on to sell over 11 million copies worldwide.
Asian instrumentation is present through much of his early work (Xscape’s “My Secret” remix,
especially, with a sitar outro and Timbaland ad-libbing.
“Let’s take a little trip…to India”), but was most successful and prevalent with “Big Pimpin'”
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in 1999, which sampled directly from Hossam Ramzy’s “Khusara Khusara,”
a belly dance version of the song “Khosara” originally made famous by Egyptian singer
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Elliott’s 2001 hit single, “Get Ur Freak On”
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Timbaland produced songs including Ludacris‘ “Roll Out
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(My Business)”, Jay-Z’s “Hola’ Hovito”,
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We Need a Resolution”
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(featuring himself rapping a verse), “More Than a Woman“, and the ballad “I Care 4 U“.
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Timbaland & Magoo’s second album together was slated for release in November 2000. Indecent Proposal was to feature appearances by Beck, Aaliyah, as well as new Timbaland protégés — some from his new Beat Club Records imprint–Ms. Jade, Kiley Dean, Sebastian, Petey Pablo, and Tweet (who was a member of Sugah during the Swing Mob days). The album was delayed for an entire year, finally released in November 2001. It was a commercial disappointment. Beck’s vocals for the track “I Am Music” were not included on the final version, which instead featured Timbaland singing alongside Steve “Static” Garrett of Playa and Aaliyah.
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 The loss of Aaliyah deeply affected Timbaland, whose work was less omnipresent after 2001. In a phone call to the MTV show Total Request Live, Timbaland said:
She was like blood, and I lost blood. Me and her together had this chemistry. I kinda lost half of my creativity to her. It’s hard for me to talk to the fans right now. Beyond the music, she was a brilliant person, the [most special] person I ever met.
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album, Deliverance, and the third Timbaland & Magoo album, Under Construction, Part II. Both albums were released to little fanfare or acclaim even though Deliverance was praised by reviews and embraced by the internet community.
Timbaland continued to produce hit singles and albums for artists; in 2004 Timbaland-produced singles by LL Cool J, Xzibit, Fatman Scoop, and Jay-Z became staples on urban radio, and he produced the bulk of Brandy’s fourth album, Afrodisiac. The Timbaland-produced song “I’m So Fly”
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on Lloyd Banks’s
2004 debut album The Hunger for More is significant in that it was the first official Timbaland production bearing a co-production credit from Danja, who would go on to become a requisite collaborator with Timbaland in the future.
Embracing an international audience, Timbaland co-wrote two tracks (Exodus
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(feat. Mike Jones)”, and “Partytime”
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Timbaland started a new label distributed by Interscope, Mosley Music Group, bringing some talent from his former Beat Club Records label. On the new label are Nelly Furtado, Keri Hilson, and rapper D.O.E.. During 2006, Timbaland had seven singles receiving airplay worldwide by Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. Additionally, Timbaland also appears in most of the videos.
In early 2007, Timbaland mentioned he wanted to work with female artist Britney Spears on her album Blackout. However, Spears had refused. This came during the time she was in a rehabilitation center in Malibu. Timbaland provides vocals on the singles the Pussycat Dolls‘s “Wait a Minute“,
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Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous”
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and “Ice Box”
all of which climbed the U.S. charts. In an interview published in August 2006 in the UK, Timbaland revealed he was working on a new LP by Jay-Z and that he had been working on tracks with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Timbaland worked on seven songs for Björk’s new album, including “Earth Intruders”, “Hope”, and “Innocence”, and he later worked on tracks for the new Duran Duran album, Red Carpet Massacre,
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including one featuring his frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake. Later in the year, Timbaland produced songs for Bone Thugs N Harmony’s LP, Strength & Loyalty and the song “Ayo Technology”
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on 50 Cent’s album Curtis. Timbaland also produced most of the tracks on Ashlee Simpson‘s third CD, Bittersweet World, including the song “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)“.
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On April 3, 2007, Timbaland released a collaboration album featuring artists such as 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, and others called Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The first single, “Give It to Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Timberlake, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The fourth single from the album, a remix of the OneRepublic song “Apologize“,
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was in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten for 25 weeks, the longest any song of the 2000s has spent in the top ten of the chart
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when Timbaland anonymously called out Storch, rapping, “I’m a real producer and you just the piano man”. Timbaland confirmed that he was talking about Storch in an interview with MTV personality Sway Calloway. Storch responded with the track “Built Like That”
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A rivalry flared up between Timbaland and record producer Scott Storch in early 2007. The tension initially started on the single “Give It to Me”, when Timbaland anonymously called out Storch, rapping, “I’m a real producer and you just the piano man”. Timbaland confirmed that he was talking about Storch in an interview with MTV personality Sway Calloway. Storch responded with the track “Built Like That” on February 26, 2007, featuring Philadelphia rapper NOX, which caused a final response by Beat-Club-rapper D.O.E. on the song “Piano Man”. The end of the feud was confirmed by Timbaland in the final issue of Scratch Magazine.
on February 26, 2007, featuring Philadelphia rapper NOX, which caused a final response by Beat-Club-rapper D.O.E. on the song “Piano Man”. The end of the feud was confirmed by Timbaland in the final issue of Scratch Magazine.
In November 2007, Timbaland and his then-fiancee Monique Idlett became parents to a baby girl Reign. Monique was also a publicist working at Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group record company.
In 2008, Timbaland helped produce many albums for various artists that include Sean Paul‘s The Next Thing, Madonna‘s Hard Candy, Brandy‘s Human, Omarion‘s ,Menudo‘s upcoming album, Ashlee Simpson‘s Bittersweet World, Keri Hilson‘s In A Perfect World, Flo Rida‘s Mail On Sunday, Letoya Luckett‘s Lady Love, Lindsay Lohan‘s Spirit in the Dark, Chris Cornell‘s Scream, JoJo‘s All I Want Is Everything, Nicole Scherzinger‘s Her Name is Nicole, Missy Elliott‘s Block Party, Matt Pokora‘s MP3, Keithian‘s Dirrty Pop, The Pussycat Dolls‘s Doll Domination, Busta Rhymes‘s B.O.M.B, Lisa Maffia‘s Miss Boss, Teairra Mari‘s Pressed For Time, Jennifer Hudson’s debut album, Dima Bilan‘s Against The Rules, Ashley Tisdale‘s Miss Independent, Samantha Jade‘s, My Name Is Samantha Jade, Brittany Murphy‘s Debut Album.
On February 8, 2008, it was announced that Timbaland would be releasing an album solely on a mobile platform for Verizon Wireless’s V CAST cell phone service and was designated its very first “Mobile Producer in Residence.” Timbaland will be joined by Mosley Music Group/Zone 4 singer/songwriter
to begin work on the mobile album’s first track aboard the fully equipped Mobile Recording Studio. The only track to surface so far is “Get It Girl”. In his first effort within the video game industry, he is working with Rockstar Games to produce Beaterator, a music mixing game for the PlayStation Portable to be released in the summer of 2009.
In reference to Timbaland’s supposed musical “Midas touch,” his name is heard in a lyric of Weezer’s 2008 single Pork and Beans. The line reads, “Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts. / Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art.”
Timbaland postponed his Australian Shock Value tour which was originally set for mid July to August . There has not been a press release and no reason has been given. On August 22 Timbaland was scheduled to play at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and on the same date The Coke Live Festival in Poland. Timbaland has furthermore cancelled his Australian/New Zealand tour, and is suing the promoter of the concert, “Showtime Touring” for failing to pay and tarnishing his image by making it appear as if the concert didn’t go ahead because of personal reasons. Instead, it was because the company failed to make its payments to Timbaland.
, alongside british singer
, due in 2009, his 6th studio album and follow-up to his platinum album Shock Value in 2007.
He was originally known as Puff Daddy and then as P. Diddy (Puff and Puffy being often used as a nickname, but never as recording names). In August 2005, he changed his stage name to simply “Diddy”. He continues to use the name P. Diddy in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the latter after a legal battle with another artist, Richard “Diddy” Dearlove. In June 2008 Combs’ representative denied rumors of another name change.
His business interests under the umbrella of Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide include Bad Boy Records, the clothing lines Sean John, Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company, and two restaurants. He has taken the roles of recording executive, performer, producer of MTV‘s Making the Band, writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor. Combs is one of the richest hip-hop performers, having a net worth estimated at US $346 million in 2006. He is portrayed by Derek Luke in the biopic of The Notorious B.I.G. called Notorious.
Combs was born November 4, 1969 in the public housing projects of Harlem, New York, the son of Janice and Melvin Combs. He grew up in Mount Vernon, just to the north of the New York City borough of The Bronx. When Combs was two, his father was shot to death in his car on January 26, 1972 at age 33 in a Manhattan park following a party he attended. The elder Combs was an associate of Frank Lucas, the New York drug lord. Both Lucas and rival gangster Nicky Barnes publicly state that they were close with Melvin.
Combs played football at the Roman Catholic Mount Saint Michael Academy, where he played defense. When Combs was a senior in 1986, his team won a division title. Combs has “fond memories” of his high school buddies, one of whom (the team quarterback) was reputed Gambino crime family enforcer, Andrew Campos. Combs is not alleged, either in court papers or by law enforcement sources, to have engaged in any wrongdoing in any of his dealings with Campos.
After completing his private secondary education at Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987, Combs attended Howard University in Washington, DC. At Howard he gained a reputation as a party promoter, showing an early penchant for marketing and promotions, and eventually became an intern at New York’s Uptown Records. In a display of his tenacity, he would travel back and forth between Washington and New York, juggling his classes and his internship. He eventually dropped out of Howard when he became a top executive at Uptown. He was instrumental in developing Jodeci and signing and producing Mary J. Blige.
In 1991 Combs promoted a concert headlined by Heavy D. The concert was held at the City College of New York gymnasium following an AIDS charity basketball game. The event was massively overcrowded; it was oversold to almost twice the capacity of the gymnasium. In addition, thousands without tickets were outside. In order to keep them from sneaking in, Combs’ people shut the only door to a stairwell and put a table behind it, despite the crowd jammed inside pounding on the door and pleading for help. At some point people in the crowd outside broke several glass doors in an attempt to get in; this caused a stampede inside the gymnasium in which nine people died. In a 1999 ruling, a Court of Claims judge found Puff Daddy and Heavy D. responsible for 50 percent of the incident. City College bore the rest of the responsibility in part for abandoning security responsibility to Puff Daddy, even though they knew the event was oversold.
In 1992, Combs entered into an agreement with Hartford, Connecticut, disc jockey JC “Big Balla” Sledge to start a label in Hartford for the city’s untapped talent, named Hip Hart Beat Records. The pair had creative differences over the usage of talent and eventually split. In a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine, JC said, “Sean and I remain friends, just not as close as we once were. Our split where it relates to business was because we saw two totally different avenues. I wanted to drive left and go the way of Def Jam and its mainstay of artists and Puffy [Puff Daddy] wanted to drive right, business as usual. The split was amicable. Hip Hart Beat Records will one day become a reality. We are close now.”
After being fired from Uptown in 1993, Combs went on to establish Bad Boy Records, taking new hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. with him.
Both The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack quickly released hit singles, followed by similarly successful LPs, particularly B.I.G.’s Ready to Die. Combs began signing more acts to Bad Boy, including, Dream, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Father MC, 112 and Total, as well as producing for Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil’ Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Aretha Franklin, and others, and forming The Hitmen, an in-house production team.
Mase and D-Block (known as “The L.O.X.” at the time) soon joined Bad Boy, just as a widely publicized rivalry with the West Coast’s Death Row Records was beginning. Combs and B.I.G. were criticized and parodied by Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight in songs and interviews during the mid-1990s. During 1994–1995, he also helped produce songs for TLC’s CrazySexyCool, which was the decade’s best-selling R&B album. Songs he helped produced include “If I was Your Girlfriend” and “Can I Get A Witness”.
In 1997, Combs recorded his first commercial vocal as a rapper under the name “Puff Daddy.” His debut single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album, No Way Out was a #1 album and won the 1998 Grammy Award for best rap album.
He collaborated with Jimmy Page on the song “Come with Me” for the Godzilla film. The track, approved by Page, sampled the Led Zeppelin song “Kashmir“. Producer Tom Morello supplied live guitar parts, playing bass on the song. Combs and Page filmed a video for “Come with Me”, which reached #2 in the UK.
By the late 1990s he was receiving criticism for watering down and overly commercializing hip-hop for a mainstream market and as overusing guest appearances by other artists as well as samples and interpolations of past hits for the majority of his own hit songs. The Onion parodied this phenomenon in a 1997 article called “New rap song samples Billie Jean in its entirety, adds nothing.”
In December 1999, Combs was accused of assaulting Steve Stoute of Interscope Records. Stoute was the manager for Nas, whose video for “Hate Me Now” featured Nas being crucified. Though Combs had willingly filmed the video scene earlier that year, he demanded that the images be removed. Stoute’s refusal led to an argument and Puff Daddy’s arrest for aggravated assault. This was followed by yet more negative publicity as The Lox left Bad Boy Records, and a recording session with Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease, both of Biggie’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse, was interrupted by gunfire.
On December 27, 1999, Combs and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, were at Club New York, a midtown Manhattan nightclub, when gunfire broke out. After a police investigation, Combs and fellow rapper Shyne were arrested for weapons violations and other charges. The New York County District Attorney‘s Office, led by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, indicted Combs after his driver, Wardel Fenderson, claimed that Combs had tried to bribe him into taking the weapon after the shooting.
With a gag order in place, the highly-publicized trial began. His attorney was Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.. After the trial was over, Combs was found not guilty on all charges; Shyne was convicted on the same charges and sentenced to ten years in prison. Combs and Lopez split shortly after.
A lawsuit filed by Combs’s driver, Fenderson, was settled in February 2004. Fenderson said he suffered emotional damage after the club shooting. Lawyers for both sides, having agreed to keep the settlement terms secret, refused to say what it took to resolve the case; they would say only that the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.
In 2001, after his acquittal on gun possession and bribery charges, Combs changed his stage name from “Puff Daddy” to “P. Diddy”. He later appeared as a drug dealer in the film Made and starred with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton in Monster’s Ball.
Combs tried to reinvent his image, but was once again in court facing assault charges from a Detroit television host, Dr. Roger Mills, and then was arrested for driving on a suspended license in Florida. In spite of continuing legal problems, he decided that he was going to release a gospel album, Thank You, but it was never released. After yet more legal problems stemming from an accusation of reckless driving by the Miami police, he began working with a series of unusual (for him) artists. A collaboration with David Bowie appeared on the soundtrack to Training Day, whilst he also began working with Britney Spears and ‘N Sync. He signed California-based pop girl group Dream to his record label. He was also an opening act for ‘N Sync on their Spring 2002 Celebrity Tour.
Later in 2002, he made his own reality show on MTV called Making the Band 2, a sequel to the first Making the Band. In it, contestants compete to be in a new group on Bad Boy Records. The six finalists have to come up with their name, CD and video (see Da Band). The group was maligned by comics and critics, including a well-known skit that appeared on Chappelle’s Show, and was dissolved by Combs at the end of the series.
In 2003, Combs ran in the New York City Marathon and raised $2,000,000 for the educational system for the children of New York. On March 10, 2004, he appeared in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the marathon. He finished the marathon in four hours and eighteen minutes.
In 2004, Combs headed the campaign “Vote or Die” for the 2004 Presidential Election. The “Vote or Die” slogan was mocked by both The Daily Show and South Park as being too simplistic and encouraging young people to vote without knowing the issues. In a South Park episode entitled “Douche and Turd“, Combs and his friends were depicted chasing one of the main characters around with weapons, literally threatening to kill him if he wouldn’t vote in his school election.
On August 16, 2005, Combs appeared on the Today show and announced that he was altering his stage name yet again, dropping the “P.” and referring to himself simply as “Diddy”, saying that “the P was getting between me and my fans.” However this name change to Diddy upset Richard “Diddy” Dearlove, a London based musical artist & DJ. Richard Dearlove filed suit in November 2005 in the Royal Court of Justice, London to start injunctive proceedings, a case which he won when an out of court settlement of £110,000 was agreed. As a result, Combs no longer uses the name Diddy in the UK, where he is still known as P. Diddy.
Combs also starred in the 2005 Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power. He had played the role of Walter Lee Younger in the critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and the television adaptation which aired February 2008.
He later hosted the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005 by Time magazine. He even earned a mention in the world of country music: The narrator of “Play Something Country” by Brooks & Dunn and Sean Okundaye says he “didn’t come to hear P Diddy”, which he rhymes with “something bumpin’ from the city.”
It was reported that Combs would be singing on all the tracks of this album, but on the album’s first single, “Come To Me” (featuring Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls), he did not sing at all, but rather did his traditional rapping. He does sing on the third single, “Last Night” (featuring Keyshia Cole). “Tell Me” (featuring Christina Aguilera) was released as the second single. He was asking fans on his MySpace page to help him choose the fourth single, which was “Through the Pain (She Told Me)” (featuring Mario Winans).
In October 2007, he was sued by hip-hop promoter James Waldon for allegedly unleashing three violent bodyguards on him in a New York nightclub.
In March 2008, a source for the LA Times claimed that the Notorious B.I.G. and Combs knew about Tupac Shakur‘s death before hand. The LA Times later retracted this story, saying it believes the FBI reports were fabricated.
In 2002, he was featured on Fortune magazine’s “40 Richest People Under 40″ list and was placed number one in the list of the top ten richest people in hip-hop. He has donated undisclosed amounts to the Patricia Kirby Foundation, an organization that battles teenage bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders. In 2006 his estimated worth was US $346 million, making him one of the richest people in the hip hop entertainment business.
In 1998, Combs started a clothing line, Sean John. It was nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2000, and won in 2004.
The clothing line became controversial in 2003 when it was discovered that factories producing the clothing in Honduras were violating Honduran labor law. Among the accusations put forth were that workers were subjected to body searches and paid sweatshop wages. Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, who first exposed the factory, is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “Sean Puff Daddy obviously has a lot of clout, he can literally do a lot overnight to help these workers.”
Combs responded that there would be a “zero tolerance” investigation at his company, Sean John. He stated to a group of reporters “I’m as pro-worker as they get.” On February 14, 2004, Kernaghann announced on Pacifia station that Combs had made some “unprecedented” changes at factories including adding air conditioning and water purification systems, and allowing a union to form.
In November 2008, Combs launched his latest men’s perfume under the Sean John brand called “I Am King” dedicated to Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King. In his blog he stated: “There is a black president and it’s time for there to be a black Bond”. In November 2008, he unveiled a new Times Square billboard for the “I Am King” line to replace his iconic Sean John ad. The giant billboard is currently the largest print ad in Times Square.
In addition to his clothing line, Combs owns an upscale restaurant chain called Justin’s, named after his son. The current restaurant is in Atlanta; the original New York location was closed in September 2007. He is the designer of the green Dallas Mavericks alternate jersey.
On September 18, 2007, Combs teamed up with 50 Cent and Jay-Z for the “Forbes I Get Money Billion Dollar Remix.”He also made appearances with Jay-Z on his American Gangster concert tour in 2007.
As of October 2007, Combs has inked a multi-year deal, in which he’ll help develop the Ciroc brand, one of Diageo PLC’s super-premium Vodka lines, for a 50-50 share in the profits. The agreement is the latest in which a celebrity is going beyond the typical role of endorser to share in a brand’s rise and fall. Diageo said the agreement could be worth more than $100 million for Combs and his company, Sean Combs Enterprises, over the course of the deal, depending on how well the brand performs. Since then, he has launched multiple ventures for Ciroc, many of which were featured during the 2008 presidential election.
Combs acquired the Enyce clothing line from Liz Claiborne for $20 million on October 21, 2008.
Combs has never married but is the biological father of four children and one through association. His on-again, off-again girlfriend Kimberly Porter has a son Quincy Jones Brown (December 1991) with ’80s New Jack Swing romantic singer/producer Al B Sure, for whom Combs served as a father. Quincy was featured on My Super Sweet 16. Combs’ first biological child was Justin Dior Combs (December 1993), his son from a relationship with high school sweetheart, designer Misa Hylton-Brim. His second child is son Christian Casey Combs (April 1998) with Kim Porter. Porter also had Combs’ twin daughters, D’Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs, in December 2006.
On October 13, 2006, the mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, gave Combs the key to the city and a pair of cufflinks to commemorate the inauguration of an annual October 13 “Diddy Day”. He received the honor as reward for certain charitable work at Chicago’s City Hall.
In the February 2007 issue of Blender magazine, Combs spoke about his wardrobe. He describes his style in three words: “Swagger. Timeless. Diverse.” On September 2, 2007, Combs held his ninth annual “White Party” in which all guests are limited to an all white dress code. The hip-hop mogul’s annual White Party, which he has held in St. Tropez in recent years, was held in his Long Island home in East Hampton. It featured a white carpet to go along with the white dress code. Combs stated, “This party is up there with the top three that I’ve thrown, It’s a party that has legendary status. It’s hard to throw a party that lives up to its legend.”
Combs has residences in Manhattan; Alpine, New Jersey; East Hampton, New York; Miami Beach, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia.
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Who is Shawn Corey Carter? The Rap world knows him by his stage name Jay-Z, he is an American hip hop artist and businessman. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. He co-owns The 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having sold over 26 million units in the United States. Jay-Z’s crowning achievement, his debut album Reasonable Doubt, is ranked by Rolling Stone as #248 on their “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“. His critically acclaimed album, The Blueprint, was written in only two days. After announcing his retirement from recording music in 2003, he returned in late 2006 with the album Kingdom Come, which sold 680,000 copies in its first week, Jay-Z’s highest-selling album in a one-week period. MTV named him number one on their list of the greatest MCs of all time. The New York Times announced in April of 2008 that Jay-Z is on the verge of a partnership with Live Nation for $150 million — among the most expensive contracts ever awarded to a musician. Carter married Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008.
Originally from Marcy Houses housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Jay-Z was abandoned by his father Adnes Reeves and shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry when he was twelve years old. Jay-Z attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn, along with rapper AZ, until it was closed down. After that he attended George Westinghouse Information Technology High School in Downtown Brooklyn, with fellow rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate. He claims to have been caught up in selling drugs, to which he refers in his music.
In his neighborhood, Carter was known as “Jazzy”, a nickname that eventually developed into his stage name, “Jay-Z”. The moniker is also an homage to his musical mentor, Jaz-O (a.k.a. Jaz, Big Jaz), as well as to the J/Z subway lines that have a stop at Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn.
Jay-Z can be heard on several of Jaz-O’s early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including “The Originators” and “Hawaiian Sophie”. His career had a jump start when he battled a rapper by the name of Zai. The battle caught the eye of many record labels, as Jay-Z was able to hold his own against Zai. He first became known to a wide audience by being featured on the posse cut “Show and Prove” on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy’s Home  He also made an appearance on a popular song by Big L, “Da Graveyard”, and on Mic Geronimo‘s “Time to Build”, which also featured early appearances by DMX, Q-Man, Ja Rule and Shazim Hasan in 1995. His first official rap single was called “I Can’t Get With That”, for which he also released a music video.
After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Executively produced by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, it sold better than his previous effort. Jay-Z later explained that the album was made during one of the worst periods of his life. He was reeling from the death of his close friend The Notorious B.I.G. The album was a personal revelation for Jay-Z as he spun the tale of his hard knock upbringing. The album’s glossy production stood as a contrast to his first release, and some dedicated fans felt he had “sold out”. However, the album did feature some beats from producers who had worked with him on Reasonable Doubt, namely DJ Premier and Ski. Jay-Z mentioned on the YES Network‘s CenterStage show that if he could do one thing in his career over, it would be Vol. 1, claiming that “it [the cd] was this close to being a classic, but I put like, a few songs on there that ruined it.” Two examples of what he was referring to are “I Know What Girls Like” and “(Always Be My) Sunshine“. They both were produced by Bad Boy beatmakers and criticized as a commercialization of his sound. Like its predecessor, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 also earned Platinum status in the United States.
1998’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)“. He also relied more on flow and brilliant wordplay, and he continued his penchant for mining beats from the popular producers of the day such as Swizz Beatz, an upstart in-house producer for Ruff Ryders, and Timbaland. Other producers tapped for beats include: DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, The 45 King, and Kid Capri. Charting hits from this album included “Can I Get A…”, featuring Ja Rule and Amil, and “Nigga What, Nigga Who“, which featured Amil too. Vol. 2 would eventually become Jay-Z’s most commercially successful album; it was certified 5x platinum in the United States and has to date sold over 8 million worldwide. The album went on to win a Grammy Award, although Jay-Z boycotted the ceremony protesting DMX’s failure to garner a Grammy nomination.
In 1999, Jay-Z released Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Despite continued criticism for his increasingly pop-oriented sound, the album proved to be successful and went platinum three times and sold over 5.6 million records worldwide. Through his lyricism, he was able to retain respect from some of his die-hard fans. Vol. 3 is remembered for its smash hit, “Big Pimpin’” (feat. UGK). By this time, Jay-Z was seen as a hip-hop figurehead both by hardcore fans and by the hip-hop industry due to his lyrics and his high album sales.
The subject of much criticism, praise, popularity, condemnation, and discussion, Jay-Z decided to begin developing other artists. Around 2000, he and Damon Dash signed various artists (including “Dynasty” members Amil, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek) and began introducing them to the public. He next appeared on The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which was intended as a compilation album to introduce these new artists, though the album had Jay-Z’s name on it to strengthen market recognition and by extension, sales. This strategy worked to an extent – The Dynasty: Roc La Familia sold over 2 million units in the U.S. alone.
In 2001, Jay-Z released The Blueprint which was later considered by many to be one of hip hop’s “classic” albums, receiving the coveted 5 mic review from The Source magazine. Released during the wake of September 11 attacks, the album managed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, selling more than 427,000 units; the album’s success was overshadowed by the tragic event. The Blueprint has been certified two-time Platinum in the United States. This album was the first since his breakthrough album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life not to feature Amil, who was dropped in late 2000 because of a feud between Jay-Z/Roc-A-Fella and herself, caused by her meager album sales and her weight gain.
The Blueprint was applauded for its production and the balance of “mainstream” and “hardcore” rap, receiving recognition from both audiences. Eminem was the only guest artist on the album, producing and rapping on the single “Renegade”. Four of the thirteen tracks on the album were produced by Kanye West and represents one of West’s first major breaks in the industry.
Jay-Z’s next solo album was 2002’s 4 million (U.S. only) selling The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse, a double-album. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, selling over 545,000 units and surpassing The Blueprint. It was later reissued in a single-disc version, The Blueprint 2.1, which retained half of the tracks from the original and went on to sell a further 800,000 copies. The album spawned two massive hit singles, “Excuse Me Miss” and “Bonnie and Clyde” featuring Jay-Z’s girlfriend of four years Beyoncé Knowles. “Guns & Roses”, a track featuring Lenny Kravitz, and “Hovi Baby” were two successful radio singles as well. The album also features the tracks “A Dream”, featuring Faith Evans and a recording of the late The Notorious B.I.G.; and “The Bounce”, featuring Kanye West (who, at that time, was not yet an artist). The Blueprint 2.1 features tracks that do not appear on The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse, such as “Stop”, “La La La (Excuse Me Again)”, “What They Gonna Do, Part II” and “Beware” produced by and featuring Panjabi MC.
Jay-Z toured with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul while finishing work on what was announced as his final album, The Black Album. He worked with several producers including Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, DJ Quik, 9th Wonder and Rick Rubin. Notable songs on the album included “What More Can I Say”, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder“, “Change Clothes“, and “99 Problems“. The latter was a cross-over hit comparable to the Beastie Boys‘ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn“, which some believe pays homage to the now-rare old-school rap style. A few of the songs done on this album portray a more personal side of Jay-Z; for example, “Moment of Clarity” sheds light on his feelings towards his estranged father and coping with his death. It also deals with accusations that he sold out to reach a wider audience. “What More Can I Say” addresses the “biting” accusations leveled against him by Nas in “Ether” and other detractors, as Jay-Z raps, “I’m not a biter I’m a writer for myself and others/I say a Big verse I’m only biggin’ up my brother.” During that same year, Jay-Z supplied new rhymes on a remix of Panjabi MC‘s “Mundian To Bach Ke“, a desi rap jam with a Bhangra flavor of which Jay-Z became enamored after hearing it at a nightclub in Hong Kong. Re-released as “Beware of the Boys“, the East-West hip-hop fusion track charted in North America. The Black Album has sold 3 million copies in the US.
Also in 2004, Jay-Z collaborated with rock group Linkin Park. The project was named Collision Course, and contained a six track EP, as well as a making of DVD. Some of the mash ups tracks were entitled “Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You”, “Jigga What/Faint”, and “Numb/Encore”. “Numb/Encore” went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and was also performed with Linkin Park live at the Grammys, with a special appearance by Paul McCartney, who added verses from his song Yesterday. The EP sold over two million copies in the US alone.
On November 25, 2003, Jay-Z held a concert at Madison Square Garden, which would later be the focus of his film Fade to Black. This concert was his “retirement party”. All proceeds went to charity. Other performers included collaborators like The Roots (in the form of his backing band), Missy Elliott, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Siegel, Freeway, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Twista, Ghostface Killah, Foxy Brown, Pharrell and R. Kelly with special appearances by Voletta Wallace and Afeni Shakur, the mothers of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur respectively.
While Jay-Z had attested to a retirement from making new studio albums, various side projects and appearances soon followed. Included in these were a greatest hits record, mash-up projects and concert appearances with R. Kelly and Linkin Park.
Jay-Z was the executive producer of Fort Minor‘s debut album The Rising Tied. Mike Shinoda got together with Jay-Z and Linkin Park bandmate Brad Delson to discuss what tracks should make the album.
Having been such a visible artist in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, Jay-Z has been the subject of more rap-related controversy than most artists in mainstream hip-hop. Some of these have been resolved, some are ongoing, and some have simply dissipated.
On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York’s Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse. The concert was entitled the “I Declare War” Concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war. As he had previously “declared war” on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other events, many believed that the Powerhouse show would represent an all-out assault by Jay-Z upon his rivals.
The theme of the concert was Jay-Z’s position as President and CEO of Def Jam, complete with an on-stage mock-up of the Oval Office. Many artists made appearances such as the old roster of Roc-A-Fella records artists, as well as Ne-Yo, Teairra Mari, T.I., Young Jeezy, Akon, Kanye West, Paul Wall, The LOX, and Diddy.
At the conclusion of the concert, Jay-Z put many arguments to rest to the surprise of hip-hop fans. Instead of declaring war, he declared that he was the “United Nations of this rap shit”. The most significant development in this show was closure to the infamous hip hop rivalry between Jay-Z and Nas. The two former rivals shook hands and shared the stage together to perform Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” blended with Nas’s song “The World is Yours” from which “Dead Presidents” had sampled the vocals on the chorus. Nas’s verses were rapped over the “Dead Presidents” beat in the vein of a mix song done by DJ Statik Selektah. Nas also performed songs of his own later in the show.
Disagreements between other artists were also brought to a close (or put on hold) at the Powerhouse show. The event brought together for the first time in years, Diddy and The LOX, both having had a long-standing animosity due to a contract agreement and the latter’s departure from Bad Boy Entertainment. Shortly after the concert, the altercation was fully rectified.
Jay-Z returned with his comeback album on November 21, 2006 titled Kingdom Come. Jay-Z’s comeback single, “Show Me What You Got“, was leaked on the Internet in early October 2006, scheduled to be released later on that month, received heavy air-play after its leak, causing the FBI to step in and investigate. Jay-Z worked with video director Hype Williams, and the single’s video was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job). The album features producers such as Just Blaze, Pharrell, Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin (single entitled “Beach Chair“). This album has sold 2 million copies in the U.S. alone. In June 2007, Jay-Z reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with Rihanna’s “Umbrella“, becoming his first number one song since “Crazy in Love” with Beyoncé Knowles.
Jay-Z released his tenth album entitled American Gangster on November 6, 2007. After viewing the film, he was heavily inspired to create a new “concept” album that depicts his experiences as a street-hustler. The album is not the film’s official soundtrack, although it will be distributed by Def Jam. Jay-Z’s American Gangster depicts his life in correlation to the movie American Gangster.
At the start of the album’s first single, “Blue Magic”, Jay-Z offers a dealer’s manifesto while making references to political figures of the late 1980s with the lyric: “Blame Reagan for making me to into a monster, blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra, I ran contraband that they sponsored, before this rhymin’ stuff we was in concert.” Also notable about the “Blue Magic” music video was Jay-Z flashing 500 euro notes, in what Harvard Business School professor Rawi Abdelal has called a “turning point in American pop culture’s response to globalization.”
Jay-Z also stated that after he finishing touring he’s going to start another album. Timbaland has previously stated that he will be producing the entire album. Recently, however, Jay-Z went on record to say that it is not guaranteed to be a full Timbaland production.
During Kanye West’s August 6 concert at Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z came out to perform a new song and he and Kanye proclaimed that it was to be on The Blueprint 3.
Apart from having been President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Jay-Z is also one of the owners and founders of the Roc-A-Fella empire, which includes Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc-La-Familia, Roc-A-Fella Films and Rocawear.
Jay-Z announced on December 24, 2007 that he will not remain at Def Jam as the company’s President, and vacated the position effective of January 1, 2008. Jay-Z teamed up with Norwegian production duo Stargate to establish a record label called StarRoc.
Jay-Z co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with partners Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Def Jam purchased a 50% stake in the company in 1997 for a reported $1.5 million.
In late 2004, Jay-Z, Dash and Biggs sold their remaining interests in Roc-A-Fella Records and the Def Jam Recordings by Island Def Jam chairman L. A. Reid. Reportedly this major industry move was prompted by disagreement between Jay-Z and Dash as to what new ventures Roc-A-Fella could undertake.
The publicized split between Jay-Z, Dash and Biggs led to the former partners sending jabs at each other in interviews. Dame Dash has made comments that after the break up he was portrayed as “Osama bin Laden” to ensure that rappers would stay with Jay-Z and not sign with him. Dash currently operates the recently-founded Dame Dash Music Group as a joint venture with Island Def Jam producing some former Roc-A-Fella artists.
In 1999, Jay-Z co-founded the urban clothing brand Rocawear with Roc-A-Fella Records partners Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Rocawear has clothing lines and accessories for men, women and children. The line was taken over by Jay-Z in early 2006 following a falling out with co-founder Damon Dash.
In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group, for $204 million. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing and product development.
Jay-Z co-owns The 40/40 Club, an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City, NJ. Future plans will see 40/40 Clubs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Singapore. Roc-A-Fella also distributes Armadale, a Scottish vodka, in the U.S.
On October 16, 2006, Jay-Z’s new commercial spot with Anheuser-Busch aired, featuring his latest single “Show Me What You Got”. Jay-Z will serve as co-brand director for Budweiser Select while collaborating with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. He will be providing direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV, radio, print, and high-profile events.
Jay-Z is a part-owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA team paying a reported $4.5 million for his share. He is also interested in relocating the team to Brooklyn. In October 2005, he was reported in English media as considering buying a stake of Arsenal FC, an English football (soccer) team. However, at this point, this is still speculation.
Jay-Z has invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels which recently acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, New York. Jay-Z and his partners are contemplating constructing a high-end hotel or an art gallery building on the newly acquired site which has the potential to go up about twelve stories.
According to The New York Times, Jay-Z is finalizing a deal with concert promoter Live Nation for $150 million, one of the richest contracts ever awarded to a musician. This partnership, which will be named Roc Nation, will include financing for Jay-Z’s own entertainment ventures (which are expected to become a record label, talent/management agency, and music publishing company). Live Nation is expected to contribute $5 million a year in overhead for five years, with another $25 million available to finance Jay-Z’s acquisitions or investments. Roc Nation would then split profits with Live Nation. To finalize the deal, Jay-Z will depart from Def Jam Records after he turns in his last required album under his talent contract. Jay-Z is the first hip-hop artist to sign with Live Nation.
Jay-Z and Stargate have created a new label, StarRoc. The recording studio will be based in Jay-Z’s Manhattan Roc the Mic studio. Although there are no new artists signed yet, all artists will be signed to 360 contracts, which includes endorsements, record sales, and concert revenue.
In 1999, Jay-Z was accused of stabbing record executive Lance “Un” Rivera for what Jay-Z perceived was Rivera’s bootlegging of Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. The stabbing allegedly occurred at the record release party for Q-Tip’s debut solo album Amplified at the Kit Kat Klub, a now defunct night club in Times Square, New York City, on December 9. Jay-Z’s associates at the party were accused of causing a commotion within the club, which Jay-Z allegedly used as cover when he supposedly stabbed Rivera in the stomach with a five-inch (127 mm) blade.
Jay-Z initially denied the incident and pleaded not guilty when a grand jury returned the indictment. Jay-Z and his lawyers contended he was nowhere around Rivera during the incident and they had witnesses and videotape evidence from the club that showed Jay-Z’s whereabouts during the disturbance. Nevertheless, he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that resulted in a sentence of three years probation. Jay-Z makes reference to the trial and incident on his songs “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, on The Blueprint, “Threat”, on The Black Album, “I Did It My Way” on The Blueprint 2: The Curse, and “Dear Summer”, which was included in Memphis Bleek’s 2005 release 534. Nas references this on “Ether” with the lyrics: “your man stabbed ‘Un’ and made you take the blame”. Rival rapper Cam’ron claimed on a diss song (“Gotta Love It”) that the stabbing had actually been over female rapper Charli Baltimore.
Jay-Z’s most public relationship to date has been with American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, a former member of Destiny’s Child. In 1998, Jay-Z was featured on a song by producer Timbaland, titled “Lobster & Scrimp”, which references Destiny’s Child’s first single “No, No, No”. His lyrics include “She said, ‘You’re stressin me now,’/Said, ‘No No No,’ then, ‘Yea yea yea’ like she Destiny’s Child.” In 1999, Jay-Z directed rapper Amil‘s video for “I Got That”, in which Beyoncé was featured. In 2001, Jay-Z was featured on a song by Missy Elliott, titled “One Minute Man (Remix)”, in which he raps “Get your ‘Independent’ ass out of here – QUESTION?”, a reference to the Destiny’s Child 2000 single “Independent Women Part I“. Destiny’s Child was also seen in his 2001 video “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” lip-syncing some of his raps. However, some fans mark their relationship as going public in their collaboration on “Bonnie & Clyde”, the first single off his 2002 album The Blueprint 2 – The Gift and the Curse. His lyrics include “Let’s lock this down like it’s supposed to be/ The Bonnie and Clyde, Hov and B.” Jay-Z returned the favor the next year on Knowles’ hit single “Crazy In Love” and as well as “That’s How You Like It” from her debut Dangerously in Love. On her second album, B’Day, he made appearances on the 2006 hits, “Déjà vu” and “Upgrade U“. In the video for the latter song, she comically imitates his appearance.
The couple generally avoid discussing their relationship. Beyoncé has stated that she believes that not publicly discussing their relationship has helped them. Jay-Z said in a People article, “We don’t play with our relationship.” They keep a low public profile despite being photographed at New Jersey Nets home games and while on vacation in Cannes in 2007. The pair were listed as a Power Couple on Time Magazine’s 100’s Most Influential People of 2006.
Jay-Z attends President Barak Obama’s staff party during the January, 2009 inaugural festivities.
Jay-Z also, along with Sean “Diddy” Combs, pledged USD 1 million to the American Red Cross‘ relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. Jay-Z stated his support for Kanye West after the latter’s outburst against President Bush during a live Katrina charity telethon. He also addressed the issue of the Katrina disaster, and the government’s response, in his song “Minority Report“.
Shortly after the release of Murda Muzik, Jay-Z spoke out against the duo Mobb Deep, leading to an increase in publicity. Rumor has it that Prodigy took issue with two Jay-Z lines that he felt were subliminal shots at Mobb Deep. One line from Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter states, “How dare you look at Jigga like I’m shook like boo,” which he interpreted as a reference to “Shook Ones Pt. II.” These remarks were compounded with a line from another one of Jay-Z’s albums, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life: “What the deal is? (huh?)/Its like New York’s been soft Ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings,” which Prodigy felt referenced Mobb Deep’s beef with Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Death Row Records. Later, at the Hot 97 Summer Jam show of 2001, Jay-Z performed “Takeover,” which attacked Prodigy and was later re-recorded for his album The Blueprint. He also revealed photographs of a young Prodigy dressed up like Michael Jackson in 1983, although Jay-Z claimed it was 1988.
The Grey Album is an album by Danger Mouse, released in 2004, using an a cappella version of Jay-Z’s The Black Album coupled with instrumentals created from a multitude of unauthorized samples from The Beatles‘s The White Album. The Grey Album gained notoriety due to the response by EMI in attempting to halt its distribution and the “Grey Tuesday”, a day of coordinated electronic civil disobedience. Jay-Z has not publicly commented on The Grey Album. The album is still available as download on the Internet and often billed as “Jay-Z and Danger Mouse”, “Jay-Z vs Danger Mouse” or “Jay-Z “The Black Album” vs. The Beatles “White Album””.
Joe Budden raised eyebrows on a remix of “Pump it Up” featuring Jay-Z where the rappers appeared to be battling each other. This has led to speculations of bad blood between the two being a factor in the constant delays The Growth has suffered, since Jay-Z was the President of Joe’s then parent label, namely, Def Jam. However, both men have denied this. But more conversation was brought up, e.g., how Dame Dash signed Budden to Roc-A-Fella without telling Jay-Z, whom Dame was partners with at the time. Later, Joe would be let go from Def Jam while under Jay-Z’s presidency, and his second album would never be released.
On the song titled “Talk 2 Em”, which leaked December 15, 2007, Budden took stabs at Jay-Z’s relevance as an artist and his abilities as Def Jam president. He expressed his thoughts and feelings toward his former boss,
“Maybe you should study your understudy/I mean, are we hustlin’/or are we grown up/every time I hear you/ya changin’ ya tone up/when the new generation think about Jordan/all they remember is when Iverson crossed ‘em/take off the blazer, loosen up the tie/n***as fell in love when Superman died.”
Since this time, Jay-Z hasn’t directly responded.
The feud between The Game and Roc-A-Fella Records grew out of an earlier rivalry with Memphis Bleek over the name of his label (Get Low Records), which was similar to the one The Game was previously signed to (Get Low Recordz). On the single “Westside Story“, The Game raps that “I don’t do button-up shirts or drive maybachs“, which was perceived as being directed towards Jay-Z. Later Jay-Z performed a freestyle on Funkmaster Flex‘s radio show on Hot 97 and in it, he repeatedly used the word “game”, which some hip-hop fans believed was directed towards The Game. The Game responded with the track “My Bitch” and made several remarks directed at Roc-A-Fella Records on several other tracks.
While The Game was feuding with Roc-A-Fella artists, his first album featured production from Kanye West and Just Blaze, two Roc-A-Fella producers. In an interview with Ed Lover and Monie Love, The Game said the Maybach line on “Westside Story” was referring to Ja Rule. He also said he has a lot of respect for Jay-Z and would never take shots at a legend. Jay-Z later insisted that the “game” references were just about the rap game itself, not the rapper. The Game still addressed Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and Young Gunz on some songs, but the feud between them cooled off. There were rumors that Jay-Z was planning on “declaring war” on The Game and others at a concert. He instead used the opportunity to make peace with many of his rivals.
On February 1, 2008 it was announced that Jay-Z would headline the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. Tickets failed to sell out with 100,000 being sold – out of a possible 137,500 and as the festival sold out in 2 hours the previous year critics blamed the choice of a hip hop artist as opposed to a rock band as the main problem. Oasis’ Noel Gallagher criticised the organizers of the festival for scheduling Jay-Z as a headliner for the traditionally guitar-driven, stating “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.” A controversy ensued in the months leading up to the event with artists, promoters and fans weighing in both for and against. Jay-Z responded to this controversy saying, “We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving. From Afrika Bambaataa DJ-ing in the Bronx and Run DMC going platinum, to Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince winning the first rap Grammy, I’m just next in the line. We have to respect each other’s genre of music and move forward.”
Jay-Z opened his set at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival with a cover of Oasis’ classic “Wonderwall.” When Gallagher was asked about the incident he replied “The way it’s played itself out is that I said Jay-Z had no right to play Glastonbury, which is a crock of horseshit. I got off a plane and someone asked me about the fact that Glastonbury hadn’t sold out for the first time in years, and if it was because of Jay-Z. From there it grew into this crap that I was standing on an orange crate at Speakers’ Corner saying, ‘Gather round, brothers and sisters. Have you heard what’s happening at Glastonbury this year?’ I have a certain turn of phrase. So if I say, “Chicken sandwiches in McDonald’s are just plain fucking wrong,” it doesn’t mean I’m attacking all chickens or all sandwiches. I’ve hung out with Jay-Z in Tokyo. I’ve seen his show. It’s not my bag, but it’s all right. We have a mutual friend in Chris Martin. So I am a guy who doesn’t like hip-hop — shock, horror. I don’t dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the ’80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it’s all about status and bling now, and it doesn’t say anything to me.”  When Jay Z was asked about Gallagher’s comments he said “I haven’t spoken to him [Gallagher], I heard he was reaching out. I don’t bear any grudge, it’s all good. I just don’t believe in good music and bad music, I’ve always said that. You look at any interview from the beginning of time, I’ve always stated that I don’t believe in the lines and classifications that people put music in so they can easily define it”. When asked who he would be interested in collaborating with in the future, the rapper said, “Anyone. Oasis as well – it doesn’t matter to me.” However he later went on to follow up the controversy by referring to the incident in the track “Jockin’ Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)“: “”That bloke from Oasis said I couldn’t play guitar, someone shoulda told him I’m a fuckin’ rock star.”
On the song “Beat Without Bass”, Lil Wayne takes a surprising attack at Jay-Z on verse stating
“You old ass rappers better stay on tour/ You like 44/ I got a 44 I’m 24 I could murk you and come out when I’m 44″
While Wayne doesn’t explicitly out names, on December 06 issue of Complex Magazine in which Weezy stated “I’m better than (Jay-Z)…I’m 24 years old. … I’m 13 years deep with five albums and 10 million records sold.” He continued, “I don’t like what he’s saying about how he had to come back because hip-hop’s dead and we need him…What the f— do you mean? If anything it’s reborn, so he’s probably having a problem with that. You left on a good note, and all of the artists were saying, ‘Yo, this is Jay’s house. He’s the best.’ Now he comes back and still thinks it’s his house… It’s not your house anymore, and I’m better than you.” Jay-Z had decided to keep quiet denying a real beef between the two, until a track off T.I.‘s “TI vs TIP album “Watch What You Say To Me” Jay-Z takes an unexpected subliminal on Lil Wayne, rapping, “I hear you baiting me lately / I’ve been doing my best just to stay hater free / Still… watch what you say to me / Sooner or later I take you up on your offering / Put you all in your place / Like I’m replacing your father / You’re talking to the author / The architect of the Blueprint/ My DNA in your music / Muthafucka… watch what you say to me.” Lil Wayne responded with a freestyle over “Ether”, the Nas song about his feud with Jay-Z. Eventually, the beef was squashed between them, and the two of them recorded tracks together like “Hello Brooklyn 2.0,” “Mr. Carter,” and “Swagga Like Us.”
Who is Joseph Cartagena? The Rap world knows him better by his stage name Fat Joe. He is an American rapper signed to Imperial Records, CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and member of musical groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad.
Fat Joe was born August 19, 1970, his first album was Represent, released in 1993, followed by Jealous One’s Envy in 1995. From 1998 to 2006, he was signed to Atlantic Records, releasing four albums under the label, Don Cartagena in 1998, Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) in 2001, Loyalty in 2002, and All or Nothing in 2005. Around the release of All or Nothing, Fat Joe became involved in a highly publicized feud with another New York City-based rapper 50 Cent, who attacked Fat Joe in his song “Piggy Bank”. His most popular song in which he performed was his Remy Ma duet “Lean Back“http://www.youtube.com/v/ajmI1P3r1w4?fs=1&hl=en_US with Terror Squad. The song was a number-one hit in the summer of 2004.
Starting in 2006, when his album Me, Myself, & I was released, Fat Joe was signed to Imperial Records, which distributes through Terror Squad Entertainment. His follow up album wasThe Elephant in the Room, which was released in 2008; Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2), the sequel to Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.), was released in October 2009. His tenth album The Darkside Vol. 1 is currently being prepared for a July 27, 2010 release.
1991-1995: Early years
Under stage name Fat Joe da Gangsta and part of the Diggin’ in the Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew, Cartagena was signed to Relativity Records in the early 1990s, recording material and working with many artists who he would later sign to his own label. In 1993, his debut album Represent was released, featuring production from The Beatnuts, Diamond D, Lord Finess, and others. Its lead single Flow Joe peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart; other minor singles from the album included “Watch the Sound”http://www.youtube.com/v/QnGqH0C3Yf4?fs=1&hl=en_US and “This Shit is Real”.http://www.youtube.com/v/tHhkw8HuHgo?fs=1&hl=en_US
In 1995, Fat Joe released his second studio album, Jealous One’s Envy, which peaked at #71 on The Billboard 200 and at #7 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album featured a guest appearance from KRS-One and production from Diamond D. The lead single was Success, which did not chart, but his second single, “Envy”http://www.youtube.com/v/oPo8Sil02rY?fs=1&hl=en_US peaked at #8 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The success of this album led Fat Joe to be featured on the remix of LL Cool J’s single I Shot Ya along with Foxy Brown, Keith Murray and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
1998-2005: Signing to Atlantic Records, Terror Squad, feud with 50 Cent
Released in 1998, Don Cartagena was Joe’s third album and his first for Atlantic Records. It peaked on The Billboard 200 at #7 and #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop albums, eventually being certified gold by the RIAA.
The album featured two hit singles “Bet Ya Man Can’t Triz”http://www.youtube.com/v/lqv_tcJlotw?fs=1&hl=en_US, and “Don Cartagena”http://www.youtube.com/v/_7dZ1nObzHU?fs=1&hl=en_US. Guest appearances included Nas, Diddy, Big Pun, Raekwon, Jadakiss, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Within the album, Fat Joe debuted his own group Terror Squad that consisted of the late Big Pun, as well as Cuban Link, Triple Seis, Prospect, Armageddon and later Remy Ma. Joe himself acknowledged, in an interview with HipHopGame.com, that he has received criticism for releasing only one solo album by a former Terror Squad member, Remy Ma, as well as barely featuring original members Prospect and Armageddon on “True Story.” Terror Squad singer Tony Sunshine has had possible album release dates pushed back over three years, and Joe had stated that artists Prospect and Armageddon have not released solo albums yet as the result of them being “really lazy”. Former Terror Squad member Triple Seis also went on record when asked who had written Fat Joe’s lyrics, stating that he and Pun were Joe’s ghostwriters, and asserts that Joe continues to hire ghostwriters. In 1999, he appeared on Jennifer Lopez‘s single “Feelin’ So Good“http://www.youtube.com/v/Z2E-YG8wf2I?fs=1&hl=en_US from her On the 6 album with late rapper Big Pun.
Fat Joe released his fourth album Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) in 2001, featuring production from the then-popular Irv Gotti. The album featured a star-studded line up from the likes of Ashanti , Ja Rule, N.O.R.E., Busta Rhymes, Petey Pablo, M.O.P., Ludacris, R. Kelly, Buju Banton, and artists from his Terror Squad label. The lead single “We Thuggin'”http://www.youtube.com/v/Lv08OLBbk6o?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring R. Kelly was a big hit in late 2001, but would not reach the level of the Irv Gotti-produced “What’s Luv?” http://www.youtube.com/v/zGIo1TFjK6U?fs=1&hl=en_USwhich was a massive hit in early 2002 and featured The Inc. superstars Ja Rule and Ashanti. The album was Fat Joe’s biggest hit as it was successful from its January release all the way into May, being certified platinum. However, Fat Joe’s fifth album Loyalty, out in 2002 and featuring production from Irv Gotti, was not as successful.
In 2003, Fat Joe was featured in the pop single “I Want You” by Mexican singer Thalía.http://www.youtube.com/v/WSnzTXkxRrc?fs=1&hl=en_US The same year, he and Tony Sunshine performed the single “Crush Tonight”http://www.youtube.com/v/C49JqE97qVk?fs=1&hl=en_US from Loyalty on the Comedy Central program Chappelle’s Show, hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle.
Despite the setback, Fat Joe scored a number-one hit in 2004 with his group Terror Squad, collaborating with Remy Ma on the Scott Storch production “Lean Back”http://www.youtube.com/v/ajmI1P3r1w4?fs=1&hl=en_US from the album True Story . The song was criticized twice by conservative columnist L. Brent Bozell III for its extensive use of obscenity. However, Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic called the song “a perfect club-ready duet between Joe and Remy Ma that boasts a trademark Scott Storch beat and a memorable singalong hook and dance-along step”.
Three years later, in 2005, Fat Joe released his sixth album All or Nothing, noted for featuring the popular diss track “My Fofo”,http://www.youtube.com/v/MbBQHDVbxvw?fs=1&hl=en_US aimed at fellow New York rapper 50 Cent, who had dissed Joe for recording with Ja Rule. All or Nothing spawned the singles “So Much More”http://www.youtube.com/v/S2uX7gmPVfU?fs=1&hl=en_US and “Get It Poppin” featuring Nellyhttp://www.youtube.com/v/V43HLiCHcc8?fs=1&hl=en_US, also with guest appearances from Eminem, Mase, Remy Ma, Mashonda, and R. Kelly. Responding to “My Fofo”, 50 Cent attacked Fat Joe in his song “Piggy Bank” from his 2005 album The Massacre. Fat Joe subsequently attacked 50’s street credibility and called him a “coward” on a phone interview with Kay Slay of New York City hip-hop radio station WQHT. The conflict carried on at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, while Fat Joe introduced the reggaeton act featuring Daddy Yankee, Joe remarked, “I feel safe with all the police protection—courtesy of G-Unit.” Shortly after, when MTV switched to a commercial break, 50 Cent directed an obscenity at Joe, and 50 Cent jumped on stage as Fat Joe was leaving.http://www.youtube.com/v/iBml5rbXL58?fs=1&hl=en_US
2006-2008: Me, Myself &I, The Elephant in the Room, the 50 Cent feud continued, and more
Me, Myself & I, released in 2006, is Fat Joe’s seventh album. It was his first album released on his new deal with Virgin Records. It featured the hit single “Make It Rain”http://www.youtube.com/v/VNPlrE9z1vs?fs=1&hl=en_US with southern rapper Lil Wayne, followed by “No Drama (Clap and Revolve)”.http://www.youtube.com/v/HUqsyxS2iPE?fs=1&hl=en_US Fat Joe did a freestyle cipher segment for VH1‘s “Freestyle 59″ competition in October 2006 prior to the VH1 Hip Hop Honors featuring New Jersey emcee Neuse.
In June 2007, the Reverend Michael Pfleger targeted Fat Joe as among several rappers he believed promoted misogyny in his billboard campaign “Stop Listening to Trash”, which was launched June 18, 2007 throughout Chicago, Illinois, where Pfleger preaches. Also that month, Fat Joe was featured in the DJ Khaled singles “We Takin’ Over“http://www.youtube.com/v/D9g2szHsoz0?fs=1&hl=en_US alongside Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Birdman, and Lil Wayne and the remix to Khaled’s “I’m So Hood“http://www.youtube.com/v/vcX_JYQFJQ8?fs=1&hl=en_US with Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Ludacris, and Birdman. Verbal disputes between Fat Joe and 50 Cent continued during this time period: in September 2007, on the BET program Rap City, 50 Cent accused Fat Joe of being cowardly for not willing to confront him, but Fat Joe dismissed this claim as nonsense. Later in January, 50 Cent released another Fat Joe diss, called “Southside Nigga (I’m Leaving)”. At the end of January 2008, Fat Joe and his longtime accountant Brian Dittrich both denied rumors spreading on the Internet that Fat Joe owed the IRS in taxes.http://www.youtube.com/v/3eVyxcchojQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
Fat Joe’s eighth solo studio album The Elephant in the Room was distributed by Imperial Records, a division of Capitol Records and Terror Squad Entertainment, and released on March 11, 2008; its lead single was “I Won’t Tell” featuring singer J. Holiday. The album debuted at the sixth position on the Billboard Hot 100.”Ain’t Sayin’ Nuthin'” followed and featured Plies.http://www.youtube.com/v/L4LSV0H8-mo?fs=1&hl=en_US
On March 20, 2008, shortly after record sales were released for Fat Joe’s new album The Elephant in the Room, 50 Cent released a video via his YouTube account, which features the “funeral” of Fat Joe, which shows 50 Cent crying in the fake footage. 50 Cent then talks about Fat Joe’s record sales, and states that he ended Fat Joe’s career (like he says he did to Ja Rule’s) and that his mixtape blew out Fat Joe’s album.http://www.youtube.com/v/3df6LoXquiU?fs=1&hl=en_US
2009-Present: Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 and The Darkside Vol. 1
Fat Joe’s ninth solo studio album is to be titled J.O.S.E. 2 and released towards the end of June 2009. The project reprises the title of Joe’s 2002 RIAA-Certified Platinum release, Jealous Ones Still Envy, and will mark Joe’s third release since bringing his Terror Squad imprint to the EMI family in 2006. For this album, Joe has reached out to many artists, landing assists from Ron Browz, Fabolous, Lil’ Kim, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Akon. Producers include Jim Jonsin, The Inkredibles, and frequent collaborator StreetRunner. “One“,http://www.youtube.com/v/6GhBMlpOiCg?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring Akon, was the first single. The album was released on October 6, 2009 and sold 11,000 copies in its first week. It debuted on The Billboard 200 at #73.
In January 2010, Fat Joe announced that he was working on a new album, The Darkside Vol. 1. MTV News reported that Fat Joe intended “all the material…to be much harsher” than his previous album. Production comes from The Alchemist, Cool & Dre, Streetrunner, and possibly Scott Storch, with guest appearances by DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, and Young Jeezy. The first single from The Darkside Vol. 1 is “(Ha Ha) Slow Down,”http://www.youtube.com/v/9QZY6SzHaAI?fs=1&hl=en_US which features Young Jeezy. On March 28, 2010 Fat Joe signed a record deal with E1 Music and will release his upcoming The Darkside Vol. 1 album through the label this June.
Fat Joe is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Born in The Bronx, he grew up in a family that was on welfare. By 1996, he weighed 300 pounds. In 2005, Stuff magazine and ContactMusic.com profiled Fat Joe’s weight loss efforts. He has a wife, Lorena, and two children.
On September 8, 1998, Fat Joe and Big Pun were arrested on assault charges for hitting a man with a baseball bat and stealing the man’s gold chain on June 14 that year. Joe was arrested again on May 12, 2002 for allegedly fighting with another man at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square, but the charges were dropped on January 10, 2003.
In two murder cases, Fat Joe has been named a witness. Joe’s former bodyguard, Jose Mulero (also known as Sing Sing), was arrested on September 17, 2004 for the April 15, 1994 shooting death of 16-year-old Ernesto Rivera at a Bronx nightclub. Responding to a subpoena, Fat Joe claimed to have heard the shooting and seen people fleeing the scene, but investigators argued that he was standing closer to Mulero, by a door. Miami Beach police also named Fat Joe as a witness in a Memorial Day double homicide outside David’s Cafe II in South Beach. Jermaine Wufgang Chamberline of Miami Gardens was accused of shooting Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro to death on that morning; Fat Joe and the two victims were sitting in a rented Cadillac Escalade parked outside the restaurant when a fight broke out between passengers and another man.
At a “School is Cool” assembly in Public School 5 in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 11, 2009, Fat Joe was a speaker.
Fat Joe is also an avid sneaker collector, which could be seen in an episode of Bobbito Garcia‘s show “It’s the Shoes“.
- Represent (1993, as Fat Joe da Gangsta)
- Jealous One’s Envy (1995)
- Don Cartagena (1998)
- Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) (2001)
- Loyalty (2002)
- All or Nothing (2005)
- Me, Myself & I (2006)
- The Elephant in the Room (2008)
- Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) (2009)
- The Darkside Vol. 1 (2010)
- The Crack Era (2008)
- Thicker Than Water (1999) – Lonzo Medinahttp://www.youtube.com/v/vQCFt3mkrZ0?fs=1&hl=en_US
- Prison Song (2001)
- Empire (2002)http://www.youtube.com/v/RgqDFjTCJSo?fs=1&hl=en_US
- Scary Movie 3 (2003) – As Himselfhttp://www.youtube.com/v/fGTrKmkceiE?fs=1&hl=en_US
- Happy Feet (2006) – voice of Seymourhttp://www.youtube.com/v/GeT1ED0PMEs?fs=1&hl=en_US
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