Christopher Charles Lloyd, better known by his stage name Lloyd Banks, is an American rapper. Banks began his career as a member of East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, alongside childhood friends 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. After the group released their debut album, Beg for Mercy in 2003, Banks released his first solo album The Hunger for More in 2004, which featured the top ten hit single "On Fire", his second studio album, Rotten Apple was released in 2006. Banks left Interscope Records in 2009 and, along with the rest of G-Unit, signed with EMI the following year to distribute Banks third studio album The Hunger for More 2, released on November 22, 2010. Banks was born in New Carrollton and raised in Queens, New York City, his father spent most of Lloyd's childhood in prison, leaving his mother to raise him and his two siblings. Lloyd attended August Martin High School but dropped out at the age of 16. For his stage name, he took his great, great-grandfather's name Banks, passed on by his uncles who shared it.
G-Unit was founded when childhood friends Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo decided to form a group. They met Young Buck when UTP group came to 50 Cent heard Young Buck rapping. After 50 Cent signed his contract with Aftermath Entertainment they took Young Buck in the group and signed him. Tony Yayo, being an older and more experienced rapper, joined 50 Cent on the Nas Promo Tour, the Cash Money Tour and the Ruff Ryders Tour; as Banks remained at home waiting for 50 and Yayo to return, he started rapping around the neighborhood to further increase his buzz on the streets. He hooked up with neighborhood producers and recorded tracks for local mixtapes, becoming renowned on the mixtape scene. While Banks was recording Mixtapes, 50 Cent was soon granted his own record label by Dr. Dre and released the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. I. M. P". Soon after the group had established their own record label, G-Unit Records, G-Unit released their first official group album Beg for Mercy in November 2003, which went on to be certified double platinum.
On September 10, 2001, Lloyd Banks was shot twice while leaving a nightclub in Southside Jamaica, Queens. He was hit in the back and stomach, ran to the nearest hospital after suffering the injuries, he woke up the next morning to news of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and watched from his hospital bed as the Twin Towers fell to the ground. During August 2005, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, their entourage were traveling in a van, when the vehicle was pulled over after passing through a red light in midtown Manhattan. Officers said they discovered another weapon in the van. Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges after an investigation determined that neither Lloyd Banks nor Young Buck were in possession of the weapons. Felony gun charges against Lloyd Banks and Young Buck were dropped on November 8, 2006. In the early morning hours of January 9, 2010, in a Kitchener, Ontario hotel, an alleged altercation took place between Banks and a concert promoter over performance fees. Banks, three of his associates, were charged with forcible confinement, aggravated assault and robbery, released on $50,000 bail.
The most well known feud involving Lloyd Banks is the feud between himself and The Game, which became public after The Game left G-Unit. Banks speculates that The Game was jealous about the attention Banks received after the success of his debut album The Hunger for More as well as Banks winning a lyricist title. Lloyd Banks released his solo debut album The Hunger for More in June 2004; the first single was the summer smash hit "On Fire" which featured 50 Cent, however he was uncredited. Banks explained the reasoning behind the album's title: The album was a commercial success, receiving positive reviews, it debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts with over 433,000 copies sold in the first week. The album has since sold over 1.5 million copies and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. During an interview, Lloyd Banks commented on his first week sales: Two other singles were released from The Hunger For More, "I'm So Fly" and "Karma", the latter was a hit reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 9 on the R&B charts and number 6 on the rap charts.
The Big Withdrawal was intended to be Lloyd Banks's second album. The album was leaked to the internet after Banks had a ménage à trois encounter with two women and left the CD album behind; the leaked version of the album contained 23 tracks. During an interview, Lloyd Banks commented on the issue, he said: It's truth to that rumor; that comes from me doing too much. I was just lost in my ways, fucked two women at one time. It's the little things. I had the CD in an actual DJ Whoo Kid mixtape cover, it was just a blank CD with just tracks. I got over 70, 80 tracks, so you can't get them all on one CD. So I might have had something like that. Next thing I know, can't find the CD. I'm assuming. Maybe I'mma just stick to one girl from now on. That's the only explanation. Sticky fingers. Due to the leak, Lloyd Banks began work on Rotten Apple. "Rotten Apple" is a play on New York City's nickname "The Big Apple". It was released on October 10, 2006; the album debuted at # 3. Rotten Apple was not considered as a commercial success because his debut album sold a higher number of copies in its first week.
He has released three singles from Rotten Apple: "Hands Up", "The Cake", "Help". Banks was dropped from Interscop
A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians and musicians. Such titles are adopted for a wide variety of reasons and may be similar or nearly identical to an individual's birth name. In some situations, a performer will adopt his or her title as a legal name, although this is not the case. Personal names or nicknames that make up the professional name should not be considered as a "fake name" like Lady Gaga: for example: Miley Cyrus: born Destiny Hope Cyrus, uses her personal nickname "Miley" and her maiden name "Cyrus" as her professional name, in 2018 she changed to Miley Ray Hemsworth. A performer will take a stage name because his/her real name is considered unattractive, dull, or unintentionally amusing, is difficult to pronounce or spell, has been used by another notable individual, or projects an undesired image. Sometimes a performer adopts a name, unusual or outlandish to attract attention. Other performers use a stage name; the equivalent concept among writers is called a nom de pen name.
In radio, the term "radio name" or "air name" is used. Some individuals who are related to a celebrity take a different last name so they are not perceived to have received undue advantage from their family connection. Examples of these include Joan Fontaine, Luka Bloom, Mike McGear. Sisters Loretta and Brenda Webb adopted the names Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue, Crystal Gayle, respectively. Actor Nicolas Cage, born Nicolas Coppola, chose a new last name to avoid comparisons with his uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola, who gave him his big break in the movie Peggy Sue Got Married. Conversely, individuals who wish to receive benefit from their family connections may take that person's first or last name. For example, Lon Chaney Sr.’s son Creighton spent a number of years appearing in minor roles before renaming himself Lon Chaney, Jr. Actress Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle rechristened herself Carla Laemmle in reference to her uncle, Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle. Emilio Estevez and his sister Renee chose not to take their father Martin Sheen’s professional name and use their birth names.
Women who achieve fame after marriage use their married name as part of their professional name, ie. Kris Jenner while women who achieved fame before marriage continue to use their maiden name or a Hyphenated surname like Mariah Carey and Courteney Cox-Arquette. In some cases, the individual may adopt a stage name to avoid confusion with other family members who have similar names. Actor Mark Harmon uses his middle name professionally to avoid confusion with his father Heisman Trophy winner and former broadcaster Tom Harmon. Guilds and associations that represent actors, such as the Screen Actors Guild in the United States and British Actors' Equity Association in the United Kingdom, stipulate that no two members may have identical working names. An actor whose name has been taken must choose a new name. Notable examples include: David Tennant, born David McDonald, who said in an interview that he adopted the surname "Tennant" after seeing Neil Tennant in a copy of Smash Hits. Diane Keaton, whose birth name is Diane Hall, took her mother's maiden name as a stage name after learning that there was a registered actress named Diane Hall in the Actors' Equity Association.
Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams uses "Vanessa L. Williams" due to SAG guidelines, although the other actress with same first and last name is arguably less notable. David Walliams changed one letter in his surname due to there being another "David Williams". Terry O'Quinn of Lost fame changed his surname from Quinn to O'Quinn as another registered actor had the name Terrance Quinn. Long-time Simpsons writer and Futurama executive producer David X. Cohen changed his middle initial from S to X because there was a David S. Cohen registered with the Writer's Guild of America. In other cases, a middle name may be adopted in preference to changing a name. Examples include comedian Hugh Dennis born Peter Hugh Dennis, actor-comedian Hugh Laurie born James Hugh Calum Laurie, actor Timothy Carlton born Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. In some cases, attaching a generational suffix is sufficient for guild rules. A person hoping to become successful as an entertainer who has a name identical to a name familiar to the public may change his/her name in order to avoid having his/her name evoke the other person with the same name.
For example, the actor/writer/director Albert Brooks was born Albert Einstein and changed his surname to avoid associations with the renowned physicist with the same name. Singer Katy Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, released her self-titled album under the name Katy Hudson, but used her mother's maiden name to avoid confusion with
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur. Drake gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, he released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum, his next two releases, 2011's Take Care and 2013's Nothing Was the Same, were critically and commercially successful. In 2015, he released two mixtapes—the trap-influenced If You're Reading This It's Too Late and a collaboration with Future titled What a Time to Be Alive—both of which earned platinum certification in the U. S, his fourth album, broke several chart records. The dancehall-influenced album sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over 10 years.
The album's second single, "One Dance", topped the charts in several countries, became his first number-one single as a lead artist. That year, Drake led both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 charts for eight weeks. Views achieved quadruple platinum status in the US, earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release, its lead single "Hotline Bling" peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and received Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song. In 2017, he released the mixtape More Life. Described by Drake as a "playlist", it became his seventh consecutive number one on the Billboard 200, set multiple streaming records. A year he released the double album Scorpion, which broke several streaming records, housed the Grammy Award winning number-one single "God's Plan", the bounce-infused number ones "Nice for What" and "In My Feelings". Drake holds several Billboard chart records, he has the most charted songs among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted Hot 100 songs in a single week, the most time on the Hot 100 and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week.
He has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts. Drake has won three Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, fifteen Billboard Music Awards. Among the world's best-selling music artists, with more than 20 million albums and 100 million singles sold globally, he is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the world's highest-certified digital singles artist; as an entrepreneur, Drake has founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40, as well as using the "OVO" moniker to create a clothing line and program on Beats 1 Radio. Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, his father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practising Catholic from Memphis and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake's mother, Sandra "Sandi" Graham, is an Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian who worked as an English teacher and florist, his parents met after Dennis performed at Club Bluenote in Toronto, where he first interacted with Sandra, in attendance.
He is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. In his youth, Drake attended a Jewish day school, formally celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah in a religious service. Drake's parents divorced. After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father returned to Memphis, where he was incarcerated for a number of years on drug-related charges. Dennis' limited finances and legal issues caused him to remain in the United States until Drake's early adulthood. Prior to his arrest, Dennis would travel to Toronto and bring Drake to Memphis every summer, his father collaborated with Canadian music group Arkells on the music video for a song titled "Drake's Dad". Drake was raised in two polarizing Toronto neighbourhoods. In his youth, he played minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings. Drake moved to one of the city's affluent neighbourhoods, Forest Hill, in 2000; when asked about the move, Drake replied, " a half of a house we could live in. The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half.
I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious, it was what we could afford."He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school. He attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city's multicultural Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood. Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to." Drake was bullied in school for his racial and religious background, upon realizing that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his burgeoning acting career, Drake dropped out of school. He graduated in October 2012. At 15, eager to begin as an actor, a high school friend introduced Drake to his father, an acting agent; the agent found Drake a role on Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate.
When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, "My mother was sick. We were poor, l
Movado is an American watchmaker that traces its origins to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is best known for its Museum Watch. Movado means "always in motion" in Esperanto; the watches are known for their signature metallic dot at minimalist style. Movado was founded as LAI Ditescheim & Freres SA in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by Léopold Achille Isidore Ditesheim. In 1905, the company changed its name to Movado. In 1983, the company was purchased by North American Watch Corp, founded by Gedalio Grinberg, a Cuban-born Jew, who fled Fidel Castro's Marxist Revolution in 1960 with his family, his son, Efraim Grinberg, is the Chief Executive Officer of Movado Group, Inc.. The North American President of Movado is Alan Chinich. In 2006, Movado celebrated its 125th year of watchmaking. On February 23, 1999, Movado Group, Inc. completed the sale of Piaget business to VLG North America, Inc. for $30 million. In August 2018, Movado acquired watch startup MVMT, founded in 2013, for more than $100 million.
The company markets the Museum Watch, designed by the American designer Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Influenced by Bauhaus, the watch dial has a simple design defined by a solitary dot at 12, symbolizing the sun at high noon; this makes it difficult to distinguish the time. It was first made by an American importer of Swiss watches called "Vacheron & Constantin-LeCoultre Watches Inc.", produced by Movado. Horwitt's dial was selected for the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1960, the first watch dial awarded this distinction. Movado settled with Horwitt in 1975 with a payment of $29,000. Following Horwitt's death, Movado started heavy promotion of Horwitt and the design of the Museum Watch. Photographer Edward Steichen called Horwitt's design "the only original and beautiful one for such an object"; the single dot dial now appears in many of Movado's timepieces. Some Movado watch models have Esperanto names such as Bela, Fiero, Brila and Verto; the company's name means "always in motion" in that language.
In November 2015, Movado announced the release of the Movado Motion collection of fine Swiss-made watches, powered by the Manufacture Modules Technologies MotionX technology platform. The collection includes the men's Museum Sport models. Movado Group's brands include Movado, Concord, EBEL and MVMT, plus licensed brands Olivia Burton, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Scuderia Ferrari, Rebecca Minkoff, Uri Minkoff. Movado manufactured other licensed brands, plus owned Piaget. Movado commissioned Time Sculpture by architect Philip Johnson; the bronze sculpture with granite base, located outside Lincoln Center in New York City, was dedicated May 19, 1999. Official Site G Grinberg's Obituary in the New York Times
Rodney Basil Price, known as Bounty Killer, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. AllMusic describes him as having been "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the'90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk", he is the founder of a dancehall collective known as The Alliance with deejay Mavado and Vybz Kartel Price moved to Kingston at an early age, along with his mother and siblings. His father owned and ran the Black Scorpio sound system and Price started his musical career as a sound system deejay in his early teens. At the age of 14, Price was shot by a stray bullet during a gunfight between rival political factions, while convalescing in hospital decided on the name Bounty Killer. After recovering, he increased his performances on a greater number of sound systems, turned his attention towards recording. Before his entry into the dancehall industry, Price was in the retail industry as an entrepreneur selling figurines, he was encouraged to record at King Jammy's studio in Kingston.
Price recorded with King Jammy, the first session being in Spring 1992. One of his first tunes was the "Coppershot", which Jammy was unwilling to release due to its lyrics glorifying gun culture. Jammy's brother Uncle T released the single himself. In 1993, Price performed at the greatest one night show on earth, held in Portmore, Jamaica every year on Boxing Day, whereupon he had a high-profile clash with fellow deejay Beenie Man; the rivalry continued with both accusing the other of a stolen act. They settled their differences after both realized the negative effect their feud was having on the industry, he has had heated rivalries with several other top deejays, including Merciless and Vybz Kartel, throughout his career. He increased control over his output in 1995 by leaving Jammy and setting up his own Scare Dem Productions company and Priceless Records label. During the 1990s, Price voiced for several producers and labels in Jamaica, releasing songs such as "Defend the Poor", "Mama", "Book, Book", "Babylon System" "Down in the Ghetto" and "Look Good".
At about this time, he became known in USA and in Europe, recording with such artists as Busta Rhymes, No Doubt, Masta Killa, The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga, Swizz Beatz and AZ. In the mid-1990s, he began releasing albums, with four released in 1994, his 1996 album My Xperience was hugely successful, spending six months on the Billboard reggae chart. In 1997, Bounty Killer made a cover version of Rose Royce hit single "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" with Swedish singer Robyn; the song was a success in the Caribbean. It was featured. In 1998, he contributed the song "Deadly Zone" to the album Blade: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture. Price has expressed disdain for popular rap, which he called "embarrassing to reggae," when collaborating with Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and others he considers hardcore. In 2001, Price collaborated with No Doubt on their single "Hey Baby". Further success followed with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination, which he lost to veteran Reggae producer Lee Scratch Perry, Bounty Killer admitting that he felt he should have won the award, as Lee Scratch should have won that category during his glory days.
In 2006, he signed with VP Records and released the compilation album Nah No Mercy – The Warlord Scrolls on 7 November 2006. He has been credited with having inspired many young artists such as Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man and several other members of The Alliance. In 2002, a collaboration with No Doubt, the song Hey Baby, won Bounty Killer his first Grammy Award, for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a duo or group; the win made Bounty Killer one of the few hardcore Dancehall artists to win a Grammy Award. Hey Baby sold over a million copies making it Bounty Killer's first single to go platinum; the deejay was voted'Guinness greatest Dancehall icon' in 2012 and won deejay of the year in 2013, in The STAR People's Choice Award presented by The Jamaica Gleaner. In 2003, Price canceled two of his concerts after the LGBT magazine Outrage! Petitioned Scotland Yard for his arrest, claiming songs about bashing gays would incite harassment against the gay community, he returned in 2006 after a three-year hiatus, performing uncensored lyrics at several venues without recrimination.
He has since directed his focus to social commentary and party lyrics, admitting that he will not pay attention to nor attack the gay community in his music. In 2008, Bounty Killer collaborated with Daddy Yankee in the song "Controlando El Area" for the album "Caribbean Connection". In 2014 Bounty Killer and long-term rival Beenie Man put aside their differences and recorded a single together, "Legendary". Price was arrested twice at the annual Reggae Sumfest: he was arrested but not charged in a 2001 altercation with another performer and arrested and charged in 2008 for using profanity during his performance, he was arrested on 3 February 2009 after running seven traffic lights in Kingston and charged with refusal to take a breathalyzer test and disobeying red lights. Price was charged with assaulting the mother of his child. According to the Jamaica Star, "The complainant was punched in the face several times, dragged some distance away and her head slammed into a wall." Roots, Reality & Culture Jamaica’s Most Wanted Guns Out Face to Face Down in the Ghetto No Argument My Xperience (
G-Unit is an American hip hop group formed by longtime friends and East Coast rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. After releasing a string of mixtapes in the early 2000s, including 50 Cent is the Future, God's Plan and No Mercy, No Fear, the group released their debut album Beg for Mercy in 2003, which went on to ship over 4,000,000 copies in the US and was certified Quadruple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; the album, which followed the critical and commercial success of 50 Cent's major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', served as a platform for Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo to release their respective solo debut albums. In 2008, the group released their second album T·O·S. During Tony Yayo's imprisonment in 2003, the group recruited Tennessee-based rapper Young Buck, featured throughout the Beg for Mercy album; the Game was added to the group, a proposition made by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in late 2003, to promote the Aftermath/Interscope newcomer.
However, due to The Game's "disloyalty" in the eyes of 50 Cent, he was soon removed from the group in March 2005. In April 2008, 50 Cent revealed Young Buck was no longer a part of the group due to his "excessive spending" and "inconsistent behavior". In early 2014, after Yayo and 50 Cent separately stated G-Unit was no more, the original members of the group reconciled and reunited at Summer Jam 2014, along with Young Buck after his six-year departure from the group. G-Unit Records artist Kidd Kidd was added to the group upon its reformation; the group released their first collaborative project in 6 years, an EP titled The Beauty of Independence in August of the same year. In April 2018, Kidd Kidd announced he was leaving both the group and G-Unit Records to become independent. In June of the same year, 50 Cent announced Lloyd Banks departure from the group, leaving himself Uncle Murda and Tony Yayo as the remaining members of G-Unit; the group's founding members, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo were all born and raised in South Jamaica, a section of the Queens borough of New York City, began rapping together as teenagers.
After 50 Cent was blackballed from the music industry in 2000 and lost his record deal, the group began recording music independently, released several mixtapes between 2002 and 2003, the most prominent of these being 50 Cent Is the Future, God's Plan, No Mercy, No Fear and Automatic Gunfire. In 2002, 50 Cent was discovered by Eminem and signed a $1 million contract with Shady Records, under the aegis of Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. After the success of his commercial debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', he was granted his own record label, which led to the creation of G-Unit Records. 50 Cent signed both Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo to the label, they began working on G-Unit's debut album, Tony Yayo was incarcerated at the time and was unable to record any new material for the album, which led to 50 Cent signing Tennessee-based rapper Young Buck to G-Unit Records and subsequently adding him to the group. After the signing of Young Buck, G-Unit made their first major label appearance as a group on the remix to 50 Cent's single "P.
I. M. P.", which featured Snoop Dogg and Young Buck. In November 2003, the group released their debut studio album, Beg for Mercy; the album featured guest appearances from R&B singers Joe and Butch Cassidy, production was handled by high-profile producers such as Hi-Tek, Dr. Dre and Scott Storch, among several others. 50 Cent served as the album's executive producer. Due to Tony Yayo's incarceration, he only made two appearances on the album, both of which used pre-recorded material, his face is seen on the brick wall of the album cover because he could not be photographed on account of his jail sentence. Beg for Mercy went on to sell over 3.9 million units in the U. S. 5.8 million copies worldwide, has since been certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA. During the production of Beg for Mercy, Los Angeles rapper The Game was discovered and placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records, their plan was to market The Game as a devotee, or a loyal member of 50 Cent's "camp". The Game made his first appearances as a member of G-Unit on Lloyd Banks and Young Buck's debut albums, The Hunger for More and Straight Outta Cashville.
Throughout 2004, The Game began working on his debut studio album, set to be executive produced by 50 Cent and Dr. Dre. In November 2004, the album's second single, How We Do featuring 50 Cent became a top 5 hit, as did the album's third single, Hate It or Love It, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being held back from the top spot by 50 Cent's single, Candy Shop featuring Olivia. Beginning in 2004, tensions began to rise between 50 Cent and The Game, shortly after the release of The Documentary, tensions escalated into a full-scale feud which led to 50 Cent announcing that The Game had been kicked out of G-Unit, with 50 Cent claiming he had not received full credit for writing 6 songs from The Documentary; the two held a press conference on March 9, 2005, calling a truce between the two of them and seeming to publicly squash the feud. However, shortly after, The Game and G-Unit continued to attack one another, releasing numerous diss tracks throughout 2005 and 2006. On April 7, 2008, in an interview with Shanna Leviste on New York's Hot 97 FM, 50 Cent stated that Young Buck was no longer a member of G-Unit, but was still signed to G-Unit Records.
50 Cent said problems involving excessive spending and Young Buck's public claim to not being paid royalty checks and "inconsistent behavior" from Young Buck, such as appearing on stage wi
Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer and record executive. Considered one of the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world's most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades. Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996; the album was released to widespread critical success, solidified his standing in the music industry. He has gone onto release twelve additional albums, which have all attained positive critical reception and universal commercial success, with The Blueprint and The Black Album albums being heralded as modern musical classics, he has released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne and Everything Is Love with Kanye West and wife Beyoncé, respectively. Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman.
In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations, allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, founded in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro, took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world's third-largest online streaming company, his marriage to musician Beyoncé has been a source of substantial media attention. Jay-Z is among the most critically acclaimed musicians and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide, he has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 13. He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2018, received the commemorative "Salute to Industry Icons" award at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Carter was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and was raised in Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. After their father, Adnis Reeves, abandoned the family and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter. Reeves would meet and reconcile with Jay-Z before dying in 2003. Jay-Z claims in his lyrics that in 1982 at age 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry. Along with future rapper AZ, Carter attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn until it was closed down, he attended the nearby George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with future rappers The Notorious B. I. G. and Busta Rhymes, followed by a stint at Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, though he did not graduate. According to his interviews and lyrics, during this period he sold crack cocaine and was shot at three times. According to his mother, Carter used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table.
She bought him a boom box for his birthday. He began writing lyrics. Known as "Jazzy" around the neighborhood, Carter adopted the showbiz/stage name "Jay-Z" in homage to his mentor Jaz-O. 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." Jay-Z became embroiled in several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early 1990s. He first became known to a wide audience on the posse cut "Show and Prove" on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy's Home. Jay-Z has been referred to as Big Daddy Kane's hype man during this period, although Kane explains that he didn't fill the traditional hype man role, was instead making cameo appearances on stage. "When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage." The young Jay-Z appeared on a popular song by Big L, "Da Graveyard", on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which featured early appearances by DMX and Ja Rule in 1995.
His first official rap single was called "In My Lifetime", for which he released a music video in 1995. An unreleased music video was produced for the B-side "I Can't Get with That." With no major label to give him a record deal, Jay-Z sold CDs out of his car and, with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs, created Roc-A-Fella Records as an independent label in 1995. After striking a distribution deal with Priority, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and an appearance by The Notorious B. I. G.. The album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200, was favored by critics; this album would be included in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" as No. 248 and reach platinum status. After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Produced by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, it sold better than his previous effort. Jay-Z explained that the album was made during one of the worst periods of his life when he was reeling from the death of his close friend, The Notorious B.
I. G; the album was a personal revelation for Jay-Z. The album's glossy production stood as a contrast to his first release, some dedicated fans felt he had "sold out." However, the al