C-Rayz Walz

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C-Rayz Walz
Birth nameWaleed Shabazz
Born (1975-08-03) August 3, 1975 (age 44)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active1999–present
Labels

Waleed Shabazz (born August 3, 1975), better known by his stage name C-Rayz Walz, is an American rapper from the Bronx, New York. [1] He has been a member of the collective Stronghold. [2]

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Early life

Waleed Shabazz was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. [3] His father was a drug kingpin. [4] When he was 2 years old, his father was murdered. [5]

He grew up listening to DJ Kool Herc, who is credited with originating hip hop music. [5] In this environment, he developed a love of music and began freestyling with his friends for fun. [5] In school, he had rap battles in the lunch room with his childhood friend Prodigy. [5]

Career

In 2003, C-Rayz Walz released a studio album, Ravipops (The Substance) , on Definitive Jux. [6] In 2005, he released another studio album, Year of the Beast , on the label. [7] In 2007, he released a collaborative studio album with Sharkey, titled Monster Maker , on Babygrande Records. [8]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

EPs

Singles

Guest appearances

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