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William Ray Norwood, Jr. (born January 17, 1981), better known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and rapper. He is the son of gospel singer Willie Norwood and the younger brother of Contemporary R&B singer Brandy.

He was signed with Elektra in 1995 by Darryl Williams. In 1997, he performed in a television special with his sister, but despite the mainstream attention, he was dropped by Elektra soon after. His easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy’s television show, Moesha, scoring him a role on the popular UPN series starting in 1999. He also started producing, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. In 1997 he also released his debut album Everything You Want, recorded the year before, which spawned two singles. “Let It Go” was the lead single of the smash soundtrack for Set It Off (Brandy also appeared on the soundtrack; and her song “Missing You” with Tamia, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight peaked also at number 25). It peaked number 25 in the U.S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U.S. R&B chart.

After appearing on the last episode of Moesha in 2001, Norwood stepped back into the studio and recorded “Another Day In Paradise” with Brandy, which was a Top Ten success in Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands and number 11 in Australia and France. The song was the lead single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal, in which he co-produced and performed songs.

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  • Finess101

    Ray J underrated, his slow songs be so on point. That second album is practically a classic, MINUS all the songs with features ('cept the Mya joint). Need to drop that Raydiation 2 already.

    19 Mar 1:15am Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @clicchick That could be the case but they likely would had got a sons of father of OJ Trail or something.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • poexone

    Still hittin' it

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • poexone

    Really don't like the dude, but i can't hate on his game. I respect his hustle. Got some good songs.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • x_TMMC

    I blame this man for the Kardashians...[4]

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Still_Reg

    I hit it First has to be the worst written R&B track ever, but the chorus is so catchy.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Larvi

    I wish a girl would write I hit it first about me.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Rayffle

    I Hit It First ♥

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • joshraw

    lol u mad tho

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ManhatanKun

    I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT I HIT IT FIIIIIIIIRST damn catchy

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sekhem

    I HIT IT FIRST

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MCLaim

    педрилла черная, тупая, на месте канье я бы его застрелил нахуй

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • PhilTLL

    Ray J was also a New Orleans R&B/soul/funk artist in the 1960s/70s!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tekila-club

    такой лох

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bodomkeyboards

    I blame this man for the Kardashians...[3]

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    I blame this man for the Kardashians... [2]

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • aninha0809

    Já pegou a Kardashian.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • clicchick

    I blame this man for the Kardashians...

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Chingy314

    iphoneking stop dick ridin all pages...fuck fagolous!

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • rihanna1990

    yeah you can sex..HaHaHa

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
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