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Memphis Bleek

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Brooklyn NY, United States (1996 – present)

Malik Thuston Cox (born on June 23, 1978) better known as Memphis Bleek, is a Brooklyn rapper who made his first appearance in Hip Hop on Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt in 1996. Memphis Bleek regularly came in contact with rap legends such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z during his childhood, and has collaborated with artists such as Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule and Missy Elliott, among others. “Memphis” is an acronym for Making Easy Money Pimping Hoes In Style.

Early years

Memphis “One Hit Away” Bleek’s first mainstream rap vocals appeared on the Clark Kent produced song “Coming of Age”, featured on Jay-Z’s classic debut LP Reasonable Doubt. Shortly after, Bleek became the first artist signed to Roc-A-Fella Records.

“Coming of Age”, ironiclly, was also the title of Memphis’ debut LP, which didn’t create massive records sales and chart-topping singles as his labelmate and peers’ albums had. The same was the case of his second LP, “The Understanding”, and third, “M.A.D.E”, though the latter spawned his largest amount of sales yet (900,000).

Get Low label and rivalries

In the time between the releases of his second and third albums, Memphis Bleek started his own label, Get Low, which in turn led to the signing of former Junior MAFIA member Lil’ Cease. The name of the label has sparked a hip-hop rivalry, or beef, between Memphis Bleek, JT tha Bigga Figga & The Game, the former of which built an independent record label with the same title.

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