Kimberly Denise Jones, was born on July 11, 1974, to parents Linwood Jones and Ruby Mae. She is of Native American and African American descent. Standing just 4 feet 11 inches tall Kimberly Jones seems much less than being just your average girl in the hood, but when "Lil' Kim" was introduced to the world she became known for her provocative over-the-top outfits, glamorous blonde hair-dos, pornographic attitude, sexy man-crazed looks, and a groundbreaking triumph that eventually secured her place as one of the few female rappers in a male-dominated industry. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kimberly was born into a broken home, by age 9 her parents had filed for divorce, leaving her and older brother Christopher under the custody of their father. A rebellious child living under the strict rules of her dad, Kimberly and her father had constant fights, and eventually she ran away from home. As a teenager she lived with friends, drug-dealing boyfriends, and, occasionally, on the streets. After meeting her mentor and life saver Christopher Wallace, (Notorious B.I.G/Biggie Smalls), she began to clean up her life and it was Christopher who helped her develop a career in music. By then Kimberly had taken in the slogan "Lil' Kim" after her height and curbing her name to just Kim.
With the help of Christopher she became the only female member of the short lived rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Their 1995 debut album Conspiracy debuted at 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered the hit singles "Player's Anthem" (13) and "Get Money" (17). Following the release, Lil' Kim appeared on records by Mona Lisa, the Isley Brothers, Total, and Skin Deep. And it was obvious that it was time for her to come out with her own solo album, and that's just what she did in 1996, with the release of "Hard Core". Lil' Kim's marketing campaign for the album was quite challenging - she was dressed in a skimpy bikini and furs in advertisements, as well as the album covers - but instead of resulting in criticism, the album became a hit, debuting at 11 on the pop charts. The first single from the album, "No Time" a duet with Sean "Puffy" Combs, became a 1 rap single and 20 on the pop charts. A top ten single followed with "Not Tonight" (6). But while Lil Kim's career was blossoming, her life was shattered along with the music world when her father like figure Notorious B.I.G. was murdered on March 9, 1997.
Following that incident, Lil' Kim took a hiatus from recording her own music, but she still kept busy with a string of other projects. She was one of the featured performers of Puff Daddy's highly successful 1998 "Bad Boy Tour", and built her own business with the launch of Queen Bee Records, with Lil' Kim herself as CEO. Her long-awaited "Notorious K.I.M." was released in the summer of 2000 under the Queen Bee record label and debuted at 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. By then, she had lost weight but still kept the sexual techniques and provocative antics coming for fans that were hungry for more. She had also taken a shift into films debuting in the 1999 teen flick "She's All That" and playing Tina Parker in the 2002 comedy "Juwanna Man". In 2001 Lil Kim gained her first 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in a remake of Patti Labelle's hit "Lady Marmalade" that collaborated her with singers Mya, Pink, and Christina Aguilera, the success awarded them a Grammy in 2002 for Best Pop Collaboration. Her third full-length album "La Bella Mafia" was released in 2003 debuting at 5 on the pop charts and earned her two more hits with "The Jump Off" (17) and "Magic Stick/feat.50Cent" that shot to 2. Her album The Naked Truth released in September 2005 debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top 200 Album's chart and sold 109,000 copies during the first week of its release.
This Brooklyn MC hit the rap scene hard with his debut single, "Can't Deny It", in 2001. Ever since, Fabolous has been blazing up the Rap and Pop charts. Currently on the road, Fabolous tour dates have been scheduled at several events and shows throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Fabolous concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Fabolous tour dates and venue information.
Fabolous starting rhyming in high school and earned recognition on the local NYC Hot 97 dial when he was invited to rap live for DJ Clue. His performance led to a deal with Elektra Records who released his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, in 2001. The singles, "Can't Deny It" and "Holla Back Youngin'" were radio hits and drove sales of his debut to Platinum status. He released Street Dreams in 2003, which remains his best selling album to-date.
Fabolous released his third album, Real Talk, in 2004 and From Nothin' to Somethin, in 2007. The single "Make Me Better" featuring Ne-Yo, spent fourteen weeks at the top of the Billboard Rap Tracks chart and remains his biggest single to-date. Fabolous released Loso's Way in 2009 and is currently in the studio working on his sixth release, Loso's Way 2, which is due out in 2011. For those fans who are anxiously waiting for his next album to drop, you can catch Fabolous on tour this 2011. Fabolous tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Stay on top of the Fabolous 2011 concert schedule and use Eventful as your source for Fabolous tour dates and venue information.
14 years is forever in the hip-hop lifecycle. Few hip-hop artist take claim to over a decade of consistency under their resume. Even fewer can claim to have been able to contribute classic material within that time span.
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To the average eye, they read like song titles. To the student of hip-hop culture, they read like chapters in the big book of hip-hop. Turn to page 2006 and you'll find the story of one of hip-hop musics most influential entities aligning with one of the biggest forces in music to release their most talked about project yet with Blood Money.
Blood Money marks the 7th release by Mobb Deep. This doesnt include solo efforts like Prodigys critically acclaimed solo effort, H.N.I.C, in 2002 or their made-for-the-streets mix-tape album. It does however signal a new chapter in Havoc and Prodigys rise from New York City mainstays to international rap delegates.
Hip-Hop music has been good to Mobb Deep since both, Havoc and Prodigy, first met at New York Citys Arts and Graphics High School in Manhattan. Influenced by the golden era sounds of Run DMC, Rakim and The Juice Crew, Havoc and Prodigy put pen to pad under the name the Poetical Profits, but soon changed their name to reflect their reputation on the streets. Rolling deep with a mob of trouble makers, the duos style of music reflected the harsh climate that was New York City in the early late 80s/early 90s and Mobb Deep was born.
What originally started out as a group soon became a movement; furthermore a sound. The movement started in 1993 with the release of their debut, Juvenile Hell. Powered by the single Hit it from the Back, a then-teenage Havoc and Prodigy stood apart from their more conscious counterparts by addressing a more aggressive style of hip-hop that echoed their tough upbringing on New York notorious Queens Bridge Houses. But it was their 1994 classic, The Infamous, which secured Mobb Deeps stature as one of the most important acts in hip hop. Guided by classic records like Shook One Pt.2and Survival Of The Fittest, the album is perceived by many till this day, as the 1st album and established Havoc and Prodigy as the premier duo of the 90s hip-hop scene. Two years later brought fourth, Hell on Earth, a million plus seller that placed Prodigy as one of the most influential emcees of his generation and Havoc as one of its most promising producers.
While Havoc flourished his production on classic albums by acts such as Nas (It was Written), Foxy Brown (Ill Nana) and the late Notorious B.I.G. (Life After Death), Prodigy was in the studio gearing up for the next Mobb follow-up over some of Havs works-in-progress. The unintentional separation resulted in 1999s Quiet Storm (White lines), the hit single off of the platinum-plus selling, Murda Muzik.
Going into the Y2K and beyond, Mobb Deep continued to release music that became the soundtrack to the streets on a worldwide scale. Albums like 2002s, Infamy, and 2004s Amerikaz Nightmare solidified Mobb Deeps stature as A-list hip hop product.Throughout the years, Mobb Deeps music continues to influence many of todays acts with their brutal depiction of street life and backdrops that paint the picture for the dark and sinister state of mind that comes with inner city life. One of those undoubtedly influenced by the Mobb sound is Queens resident, 50 Cent.
Since his re-introduction in 2001, 50 Cent has performed memorable freestyles over some of Mobb Deeps key instrumentals. In 2002, 50 Cents use on Bump That- a Havoc solo record was met with the kind of reception that prompted a remix that became yet another classic under the Mobb belt. 50 and the Mobb reunited again in 2004 on the unreleased cut Clap Those Things and again on the Havoc produced Ain't No Click off Lloyd Banks platinum seller, Beg for Mercy. This was the beginning of what now seemed inevitable.
Four years into his success 50 Cent, along with G-Unit, continue to use Mobb Deeps music as platform to unleash some of their most memorable music unto the streets. After fulfilling commitments to their previous label, the Mobb became free agents in 2004. The first call came from 50 Cent himself and within days, the most significant sound in 50s style of music is now signed to G-Unit Records.
We were like thats it. It was the perfect move. recalls Havoc on the day 50 personally made the call. We did crazy songs before we even inked the deal. It was a perfect fit.
Blood Money will feature G-Unit members Young Buck (Give It To Me), Lloyd banks (You Cant Get With This), Tony Yayo (Night Rider) and 50 Cent (Pearly Gates and Creep) over the Mobbs signature sound: aggressive, mesmerizing and innovative.
For the first time in the respective careers the Mobb have gone outside the norm for production duties. Joining Havoc on Blood Money are G-Unit's own Sha Money XL, Mobb affiliate, The Alchemist, up-and-comer Jonathan "JR" Rotem (50 Cent, Fabolous, Snoop Dogg) and legendary producer, Dr. Dre. The most sought after producer in music adapted to the Mobbs haunting sound for the infectious Nightmares. It was crazy. says Havoc about finally working with the greatest hip-hop producer of all time, Dr. Dre. You get to see a genius at work. He is actually making beats after all these years. Coming from producers stand point, thats an inspiration to me. Its that inspiration that encouraged Havoc to create some of his best tracks to date as he provided Blood Money with 70 percent of the albums production.
Another track that sure to earn a strong word of mouth is the controversial, Pearly Gates, a track that finds Prodigy unleashing some of his most powerful lyrics to date. This is how I felt. says Prodigy about the rhymes many will deem as blasphemy. Ive been through enough to where Ive earned the right to speak what I spoke.
With a loyal fan base already in place, the Mobb is looking to upgrade their audience with the association of G-Unit, one of the most powerful brands in hip hop today. We made a mark in the game. As an artist, you want to be able to reach the furthest audience as you can. We put in hard work on our previous albums and still hit our core fan base. The difference this time around is that more people will hear this product this time.
Contrary to popular belief, the Mobb sound will not be changing as they aim to take their music towards a wider audience. This is not a new Mobb Deep. declares Havoc. For us to look at it is a re-introduction would mean that were erasing our past and erasing our history and thats too important. Weve built something that shows what it takes to be here for the long run. Some of our fans are aspiring artists. Mobb Deep is here for a reason: to show that you can be here for a long time.
Blood Money will solidify Mobb Deeps stature as hip-hop musics premier duo.
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As one-half of Method Man & Redman, Reginald "Reggie" Noble has been one of rap's hardest hitting lyricists and comedic actors. Redman emerged on the rap scene in 1990 with his featured performance on EPMD's Business as Usual. Since then, Redman has released over a dozen albums, appeared in as nearly as many films, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Redman will release his latest studio album in 2011 and embark on a promotional tour. Don't miss a date on the Redman concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Redman tour dates and venue information.
The Newark, New Jersey native released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album, in 1992. The rapper wowed crowds and critics alike with cleverly comical lyrics and raw beats. Redman prolifically released album after album throughout the decade including albums with rap supergroup Def Squad and his partner in crime, Method Man. The duo even appeared in movies together including How High. Redman was also featured on Christina Aguilera's international smash single "Dirrty", for which they were nominated for a Grammy in 2003.
Redman will release his eighth solo album, Muddy Waters 2, this 2011 as well as his third collabo album with Method Man, Blackout! 3. While we wait in anticipation for these albums to drop, you can catch Redman on tour throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on one of rap's iconic performers. Use Eventful as your source for Redman tour dates and venue information.
Method Man has emerged as one of Hip-Hop's premier rappers and actors. After breaking out with the rap collective, Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man has released Platinum albums, starred in movies, and has even won a Grammy Award. Method Man is currently in the studio working on his fifth solo album, The Crystal Meth, due out in 2012. Method Man tour dates have been scheduled periodically at various venues throughout the nation this 2011. Don't miss a date on the Method Man concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Method Man tour dates and venue information.
As an original member of Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man achieved multi-Platinum success. However, his solo career was equally blazing throughout the '90s. His debut album, Tical, was released in 1994 and featured the hit single "All I Need" featuring the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul - Mary J. Blige. The single propelled album sales to Platinum status and earned Method Man a Grammy Award. In 1997, Method rejoined Wu-Tang to release Wu Tang Forever, which has sold over eight million copies since its release. In 1998, Method Man released his sophomore set, Tical 2000: Judgement Day, and toured with Jay-Z on the Hard Knock Life Tour, to promote his various projects.
In addition to his collaboration with Wu-Tang, Method Man is one-half of a duo with Redman. Together, they have released two albums and will release their third effort, Blackout! 3, in 2011. The duo have appeared in various film and TV projects including the hit comedy How High. Method Man is a Hip-Hop legend with Platinum plaques and hit singles to his credit. He refined the game and still managed to bring the message of the streets to the mainstream. Stay on top of this legend's concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Method Man tour dates and venue information.