Mr. Cheeks

Biography: Along with his partners the late Freaky Tah, Pretty Lou, and Sprigg Nice, Mr. Cheeks raised the bar for the hip-hop party record in 1995 when his group the Lost Boyz released their Universal Records debut, Legal Drug Money.

Aside from their music's brash, hypnotic production, the hip-hop quartet was known for their commanding, singsong choruses. Legal Drug Money, which was certified gold, was packed with hit singles, "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless," "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas And Benz," "Music Makes Me High," and "Rene." The latter, a sexy, funky rap ballad was originally recorded for the soundtrack for the Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood. The New York based group was also instrumental in easing some of the tension between East and West Coast hip-hoppers in 1996 when the Lost Boyz enlisted Los Angeles rappers Tha Dogg Pound to appear on the "Music Makes Me High" remix following the murder of Tupac Shakur who had been feuding
Along with his partners the late Freaky Tah, Pretty Lou, and Sprigg Nice, Mr. Cheeks raised the bar for the hip-hop party record in 1995 when his group the Lost Boyz released their Universal Records debut, Legal Drug Money.

Aside from their music's brash, hypnotic production, the hip-hop quartet was known for their commanding, singsong choruses. Legal Drug Money, which was certified gold, was packed with hit singles, "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless," "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas And Benz," "Music Makes Me High," and "Rene." The latter, a sexy, funky rap ballad was originally recorded for the soundtrack for the Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood.

The New York based group was also instrumental in easing some of the tension between East and West Coast hip-hoppers in 1996 when the Lost Boyz enlisted Los Angeles rappers Tha Dogg Pound to appear on the "Music Makes Me High" remix following the murder of Tupac Shakur who had been feuding publicly with the Notorious B.I.G.

The following year, the outfit maintained their momentum, issuing their next album, Love, Peace & Nappiness, which was also certified gold, and included the single, "Me And My Crazy World."

The group was struck with tragedy in 1999 when group member Freaky Tah was murdered. Later that year, the group mustered up enough strength to release the album, LB IV Life, that failed to achieve the notoriety of the group's previous efforts.

Mr. Cheeks re-emerged as a solo artist in 2001 with his album, John P. Kelly, that proved his viability, producing the biggest record of his career. The song "Lights, Camera, Action!" reached Number One and featured P. Diddy and Missy Elliott on its remix.

By 2003, Cheeks had been solicited by hip-hop's top female MC Lil' Kim to provide the hook for her song "The Jump Off," the first release from her third album, La Bella Mafia.

Mr. Cheeks' sophomore solo effort, Back Again, was also scheduled to be released in 2003, and featured collaborations with P. Diddy, M.O.P., Floetry, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and Alexander O'Neal.
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Mr. Cheeks' Scores

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Average career score: 67
Highest Metascore: 67 Back Again!
Lowest Metascore: 67 Back Again!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 music review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
67 Back Again! Mar 18, 2003 Primary Artist 8.7