Cocky & Confident
Cocky & Confident is the eighth studio album by American rapper Juvenile. The album was released on December 2009, by Atlantic Records, UTP Records and E1 Entertainment; the album is the rapper's follow up to his album Reality Check, which landed at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart when the album was released in March 2006. It features artists such as B. G. Dorrough, Kango Slim, Q Corvette, Rico Love and Pleasure P and others making guest appearances. Producers on the album include S-8ighty & more, it is the first album. The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200 with 23,000 copies sold in its first week; the first promo single is "Hands On You", produced by Lu Balz. It was released on iTunes on September 8, 2009; the first single is "Gotta Get It", produced by Precise. It was released on iTunes a week after "Hands On You" on September 15, 2009; the second single is "We Be Getting Money", featuring Shawty Lo, Dorrough, & Kango Slim and produced by S-8ighty. It was released on iTunes on October 27, 2009.
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Juve the Great
Juve the Great is the sixth studio album by American rapper Juvenile. The album was released on December 2003, by Cash Money Records and UTP Records, it was his last on Cash Money Records before departing from it. The album was certified platinum July 20, 2004, becoming his third album to do so, after 400 Degreez and Tha G-Code; the album sold over 100,000 copies in its first week. Juve the Great includes the hit single "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim, shot dead a month before the album's release, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, it became the most successful single for both artists and made Soulja Slim one of the only artists to top the charts posthumously. This was his first album since his debut Being Myself not produced by Mannie Fresh
In the music industry, a single is a type of release a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song, released separately from an album, although it also appears on an album; these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released. Despite being referred to as a single, singles can include up to as many as three tracks; the biggest digital music distributor, iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks less than ten minutes each as a single, as does popular music player Spotify. Any more than three tracks on a musical release or thirty minutes in total running time is either an extended play or, if over six tracks long, an album; when mainstream music was purchased via vinyl records, singles would be released double-sided.
That is to say, they were released with an A-side and B-side, on which two singles would be released, one on each side. Moreover, only the most popular songs from a released album would be released as a single. In more contemporary forms of music consumption, artists release most, if not all, of the tracks on an album as singles; the basic specifications of the music single were set in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercially produced musical recordings. Gramophone discs were manufactured in several sizes. By about 1910, the 10-inch, 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most used format; the inherent technical limitations of the gramophone disc defined the standard format for commercial recordings in the early 20th century. The crude disc-cutting techniques of the time and the thickness of the needles used on record players limited the number of grooves per inch that could be inscribed on the disc surface, a high rotation speed was necessary to achieve acceptable recording and playback fidelity.
78 rpm was chosen as the standard because of the introduction of the electrically powered, synchronous turntable motor in 1925, which ran at 3600 rpm with a 46:1 gear ratio, resulting in a rotation speed of 78.26 rpm. With these factors applied to the 10-inch format and performers tailored their output to fit the new medium; the 3-minute single remained the standard into the 1960s, when the availability of microgroove recording and improved mastering techniques enabled recording artists to increase the duration of their recorded songs. The breakthrough came with Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Although CBS tried to make the record more "radio friendly" by cutting the performance into halves, separating them between the two sides of the vinyl disc, both Dylan and his fans demanded that the full six-minute take be placed on one side, that radio stations play the song in its entirety; as digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it has become possible for every track on an album to be available separately.
The concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more promoted or more popular song within an album collection. The demand for music downloads skyrocketed after the launch of Apple's iTunes Store in January 2001 and the creation of portable music and digital audio players such as the iPod. In September 1997, with the release of Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" for paid downloads, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell a digital single from a well-known artist. Geffen Records released Aerosmith's "Head First" digitally for free. In 2004, Recording Industry Association of America introduced digital single certification due to significant sales of digital formats, with Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becoming RIAA's first platinum digital single. In 2013, RIAA incorporated on-demand streams into the digital single certification. Single sales in the United Kingdom reached an all-time low in January 2005, as the popularity of the compact disc was overtaken by the then-unofficial medium of the music download.
Recognizing this, On 17 April 2005, Official UK Singles Chart added the download format to the existing format of physical CD singles. Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 on this chart through downloads alone in April 2006, for their debut single "Crazy", released physically the following week. On 1 January 2007 digital downloads became eligible from the point of release, without the need for an accompanying physical. Sales improved in the following years, reaching a record high in 2008 that still proceeded to be overtaken in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Singles have been issued in various formats, including 7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch vinyl discs. Other, less common, formats include singles on Digital Compact Cassette, DVD, LD, as well as many non-standard sizes of vinyl disc; the most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7-inch. The names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm, the standard diameter, 7 inches; the 7-inch 45 rpm record was released 31 March 1949 by RCA Victor as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs.
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Beast Mode (Juvenile album)
Beast Mode is the ninth studio album by American rapper Juvenile. The album was released on July 2010, by UTP Records and E1 Entertainment. Producers on the album include S-8ighty, C. Smith, Streets, Raj Smoov, Niyo; the album is the rapper's follow up to his album Cocky & Confident, released in 2009. Juvenile said that he did not expect to include many featured guests on the album, but he does plan to recruit artists for the remix versions of his singles; the first single is "Drop That Azz", produced by C. Smith, it was released on iTunes on May 18, 2010. A music video for the single was released on June 11, 2010
Christopher Noel Dorsey, better known by his stage name B. G. is an American rapper from Louisiana. He began his music career signing to Cash Money Records in 1993, with Lil Wayne as half of the duo The B. G.'z. Both, along with rappers Juvenile and Turk, collectively formed the group, the Hot Boys in 1997. B. G. released several solo albums for Cash Money, including the platinum-selling Chopper City in the Ghetto in 1999. In 2001, he created his own label, Chopper City Records. Dorsey was born on September 1980 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, he grew in the Freret neighborhood of a rough neighborhood located in the 13th Ward. The Dorsey family lived in a rundown shotgun house on the corner of Valence & Magnolia Streets just a block away from the projects; when he was 12, his father was killed during an attempted robbery. After this he began hanging out on the street corners with drug dealers. While attending middle school, he began rapping and met with Bryan "Birdman" Williams in a barbershop in 1993.
Birdman and his brother "Slim" took Dorsey in to go stay with them and signed him to Cash Money Records. At 15, he began using heroin but still focused on making music. In 1993, After being signed to Cash Money, Birdman ended up introduced B. G. to his labelmate Lil Wayne, known as "Baby D." They formed a group called The B. G.'z, released True Story, locally successful. Following were Chopper City in 1996, it is considered his most consistent lyrical album. He released It's All on U, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in 1997. B. G. was part of the group Hot Boys with other local rappers Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Baby's nephew Derrick a.k.a. Bulletproof. Soon after Derrick, the fifth member of the Hot Boys, left the group to pursue a solo career; the group's debut album, Get It How U Live!, was released in 1997. Cash Money Records signed a deal with the major Universal Records label afterwards, B. G.'s major-label debut Chopper City in the Ghetto came out in 1999. The album spawned the hit "Bling Bling", along with Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up", made Cash Money a nationwide success.
The album further popularized the hip-hop slang term "bling bling" which described shiny, expensive jewelry, automobiles, or other forms of opulence, which were featured in Cash Money videos and on Cash Money album covers, as well as in B. G.'s life. He began wearing multiple Rolex watches and large necklaces while flashing his solid gold teeth in celebration of his success and wealth; the Oxford English Dictionary added "bling bling" in 2003. The Hot Boys' second album, Guerrilla Warfare, debuted within the top five spots of the Billboard 200 chart in 1999. Checkmate, released in 2000, was B. G.'s last album with Cash Money Records. After leaving Cash Money Records, B. G. created his own record label, Chopper City Records, which had a distribution deal with Koch Records, released sixth studio album Livin' Legend. In 2004 Life After Cash Money On Life after Cash Money, B. G. shows easy vocals gliding over magnificent Dirty South beats. He is no longer affiliated with the record company with which he was synonymous in the 1990s.
In 2005 B. G. released his eighth album The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 1 the album included the hit single Where They At. In 2006 B. G. released his ninth album The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 2. The first single from the album, Move Around, featured former Cash Money Records artist/producer Mannie Fresh; the album debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 with over 62,000 copies sold in the first week released, making it B. G.'s highest debut on the chart. B. G. signed to Atlantic Records in 2007. In 2007, the Hot Boys agreed to a reunion. With his new founded group the Chopper City Boyz he recorded the 23 songs We Got This in 2007 and Life in the Concrete Jungle in 2008, he released his tenth studio album, Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood, in 2009 after many delays. His first single from the album was "My Hood" that featured himself doing a collaboration with longtime friend Mannie Fresh it featured his artist Gar. "My Hood" made it to the U. S. R&B Charts at 70. Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood featured "Back To The Money" the song had a video but was not released as a single it featured B.
G.s other artist Magnolia Chop. There was a popular remix to the song that featured Birdman and Lil Wayne; the song showed that B. G. had mended his differences with Birdman. In June 2010, B. G. released a collaborative mixtape with Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie entitled "22504", the combined area codes of their respective hometowns. A month after, B. G. released a solo mixtape entitled Money Side, Murda Side where he introduces his newfound group, Chopper City Gorilla Gang. On October 5, 2010, B. G. released his street album entitled HollyHood. In a taped interview in early 2011, B. G. told of plans to release a sequel of his 2010 mixtape called Money Side, Murda Side II with CCGG's debut mixtape, Pussy Season, following soon after. However, in July 18, 2012, B. G. was sentenced to 14 years in a federal prison. On November 3, 2009, B. G. was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana after police pulled over his Chevrolet Tahoe for a routine traffic stop. It is rumored that he was leaving the home of his girlfriend in Uptown New Orleans when he was stopped by the police in Eastern New Orleans.
During a search of the vehicle police found three guns, two of which were reported stolen. Police found loaded magazines and two extended clips and some illegal drugs. B. G. was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail on an illeg
Bryan Christopher Williams, known by his stage name Birdman, is an American rapper, record executive and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and public face of Cash Money Records which he founded with his older brother Ronald "Slim" Williams in 1991. Birdman released his eponymous debut album in 2002, has gone on to release four solo studio albums in total. Aside from his solo career, he is a member of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers, along with producer Mannie Fresh. Along with his solo work and numerous releases with the Big Tymers, Birdman has released a collaboration album and numerous tracks with fellow rapper and protégé Lil Wayne, whom he discovered and took under his wing at an early age. Birdman has made his name by contributing to the making of YMCMB, a combination of the former's "Cash Money" and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment imprint under the label. Birdman has founded the project and hip hop supergroup Rich Gang, bringing attention to artists such as Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.
Birdman was born Bryan Christopher Brooks on February 15, 1969 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans to Johnnie Williams and Gladys Brooks. For a month after his birth, he did not have a given name, which led to people calling him "Baby", a nickname he retains to this day. Williams did not sign the birth certificate, which led to Bryan taking his mother's surname at birth; as a child and his family lived on top of a bar, owned by their father. His mother, became ill and died in 1975 when Bryan was five years old. After their mother's death and his siblings Kim and Ray were taken in by their uncle and spent two or three years in Prince George, British Columbia, followed by two years in foster care upon their return to New Orleans. After their father Johnnie learned that they were in the foster home, a long legal battle took place in the mid-'70s which ended with Johnnie and his wife Patricia gaining full custody and Bryan's name changing to Bryan Williams, he lived in the Magnolia Projects in Central City, New Orleans, where he developed a strong friendship with his step-brother Eldrick Wise.
While living in the Magnolia and Wise began committing robberies and sold heroin before both getting arrested at the age of 16. At 18, both were again arrested for drug possession and sentenced to three years in Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Williams served 18 months. After Bryan was released from prison, he and Slim both began paying attention to the emerging bounce sub-genre of hip-hop, a sound, becoming popular in nightclubs all over New Orleans. In 1991, Bryan came up with the idea to form their own record label, wanted to name it "Cash Money Records". Bryan and Slim would travel to nightclubs all over Louisiana to see, playing and try and recruit artists to the fledgling label, their first signed artist was a local rapper named Kilo G, who released the label's first project, a horrorcore album titled "The Sleepwalker" in 1991. Bryan and Slim continued to recruit more and more artists, Bryan was able to convince his friend and local DJ Mannie Fresh to become Cash Money's in-house producer.
By the mid-1990s, Cash Money had grown to a popular independent label in the south, with most of their fanbase located in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. In 1994, Cash Money artist Lil' Slim was introduced to 11-year-old Dwayne Carter at a local block party, after hearing him rap, bought him to Baby's attention, soon after Carter was signed to Cash Money as the youngest artist on the label. Carter was placed into a group with another young rapper, 13-year-old Christopher Dorsey, the two would be known as "Baby D" and "Lil Doogie", The B. G.'z. During this time, Baby himself began to rap as a member of the group 32 Golds, going by the name B-32. Despite their regional popularity, the label suffered many setbacks in the mid-1990s, with a number of the "first generation" of Cash Money artists leaving the label citing financial issues as the main reason. In addition to this, Kilo G, Pimp Daddy and Yella Boy were all murdered in the mid-90s; the only two artists to remain were Baby D and Lil Doogie, who renamed themselves Lil Wayne and B.
G. in 1997. The same year and Slim recruited two new artists and Juvenile, the four were placed together in a new group, known as the Hot Boys; the Hot Boys soon took Cash Money to new heights, the label was able to sign a $20 million deal with Universal Records in 1998. After Cash Money's nationwide success and Mannie Fresh formed their own group, dubbing themselves the Big Tymers. Big Tymers debuted in 1998 with the album How Ya Luv That? and went on to release I Got That Work in 2000 and Hood Rich in 2002. I Got That Work contained the popular singles "Get Your Roll On" and "#1 Stunna". Although the singles failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, I Got That Work was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 1 million copies in the United States. Hood Rich contained the hit single "Still Fly", nominated for a Grammy award and peaked at #11 on the Hot 100. Hood Rich was certified platinum in the US. Big Money Heavyweight followed in 2003, was again successful, being certified Gold in the US.
Baby released his major label debut, Birdman on November 26, 2002, by January 15, 2003, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, for the shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. The album peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200, featured guest appearances from Jazze Pha, Mannie Fresh, Lil' Wayne, Toni Braxton, Clipse, J
The Compilation (UTP album)
The Compilation is a compilation album by UTP, released on October 8, 2002 through Orpheus Records. Juvenile had left popular hip hop label Cash Money Records earlier in 2002 after three consecutive top 10 albums to form his own collective UTP. In addition to Juvenile, UTP featured Wacko, Corey Cee, Soulja Slim and Young Buck though Corey Cee would leave the group shortly after The Compilation. Most of the songs on the album were performed by the entire group, though some songs were performed by a lone member of the group. Production for the album was handled by Juvenile himself. Gregory McIntosh of Allmusic gave the album 2.5 stars out of a possible of five. In his review he stated "... For the most part, the beats are pretty ordinary, although the collective does pull out some clever hooks like on the anthem "Less Than a Playa," with its drowsy, lurching undercurrent of samples"; the album was not promoted, but it became a local success and managed to make it to No. 60 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums