Tony Pizarro is an American entertainment executive and record producer, listed as one of the "Top 50 Hip Hop Producers" of all time.Contributing to selling over 75 million albums as Tupac Shakur's producer, songwriter, recording engineer, and mixing engineer, Pizarro is one of hip hop's most notable producers, playing an instrumental part in Tupac achieving one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Memorable for co-writing and producing the hit single "Dear Mama", which was inducted into the Library of Congress, which made Tupac Shakur the third American rapper to have a song honored in the National Recording Registry.
Several years after Tupac's death, Pizarro re-emerged as one of Def Jam Recordings top performing executive A&R/producers. Pizarro promoted prominent artists such as DMX, Scarface, MOP, WC, and Keith Murray. Facilitating[ clarification needed ] DMX in the films Coach Carter and Cradle 2 The Grave .
Pizarro, a multi talented musician, catapulted to the top of urban music in the early 1990s, by mixing a (radio mix) for the hit single "I Wanna Sex You Up" by R&B group Color Me Badd. Enjoying success, Pizarro continued working as a recording and mixing engineer for artists such as Ice-T, Teena Marie, and Tevin Campbell.[ citation needed ]
Tupac Amaru Shakur, better known by his stage name 2Pac and by his alias Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many to be one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, he is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics' often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration.
Me Against the World is the third studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released on March 14, 1995, by Interscope Records. Drawing lyrical inspiration from his impending prison sentence, troubles with the police, and poverty, the album is described as being 2Pac's most introspective album. According to 2Pac, Me Against the World was made to show the hip hop audience his respect for the art form. Lyrically, he intentionally tried to make the album more personal and reflective than his previous efforts. The musical production on the album was considered by several music critics to be the best on any of his albums up to that point in his career.
Harlem World is the debut album by American hip hop recording artist Mase, released on October 28, 1997, by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. The album was nominated at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album. It went on to sell 4.8 million copies in the United States.
Country Grammar is the debut studio album by American rapper Nelly. It was released on June 27, 2000, by Universal Records. The production on the album was handled by Jason "Jay E" Epperson, with additional production by C-Love, Kevin Law, City Spud, Steve "Blast" Wills and Basement Beats. Nelly contributed to all lyrics on the album, with Epperson and City Spud also contributing. The album introduced a unique St. Louis, Midwestern sound, and introduces Nelly's vocal style of pop-rap singalongs and Midwestern, Missouri twang. It was supported four successful singles: "Country Grammar ", "E.I.", "Ride wit Me" and "Batter Up". Its lead single, "Country Grammar ", peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. "E.I." charted at number 16, number 12 and number 11 on the Hot 100, UK Singles Chart and ARIA Singles Chart, respectively. "Ride wit Me" peaked within the top five on the Hot 100, ARIA Singles Chart, Irish Singles Chart and UK Singles Chart. The album's fourth and final single, "Batter Up" featuring Murphy Lee and Ali, achieved moderate chart success.
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory is the fifth studio album by American rapper Tupac Shakur, credited as the alias Makaveli. It was released on November 5, 1996, almost two months after his death, and was released through Death Row Records and Interscope Records. It is his only album released under a new alternative stage name, Makaveli. The album was originally scheduled for release in March 1997, but as a result of his death, Suge Knight released it five months earlier.
Better Dayz is the eighth studio album and fourth posthumous album by the late American rapper 2Pac, the third to be released without the artist's creative input and is the last to be a double-album.
"Hit 'Em Up" is a diss song by hip hop artist 2Pac featuring The Outlawz, a group associated with him. It is the B-side to the single "How Do U Want It", released on June 4, 1996. The song's lyrics contain vicious insults to several East Coast rappers, chief among them, Shakur's former-friend-turned-rival, Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls. The song was recorded at Can Am Studios in May 1996. Reporter Chuck Philips, who interviewed Shakur at Can Am, described the song as caustic anti-East Coast crusade in which the rapper threatens to eliminate Biggie, Sean Combs (Puffy), and a slew of Bad Boy artists and other New York acts." The song was produced by long-time collaborator Johnny "J" and uses the bassline from "Don't Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards and interpolates 10% Dis by MC Lyte, and "Get Money" by Biggie's group Junior M.A.F.I.A. The video, itself described as infamous, includes impersonations of Biggie, Puffy and M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Kim.
Mario is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Mario. It was released on March 19, 2002, by J Records. Mario was supported by three singles: "Just a Friend 2002", "Braid My Hair" and "C'Mon".
"Dear Mama" is a song by American hip hop recording artist 2Pac, released on February 9, 1995, as the lead single from his third studio album, Me Against the World. The song is a tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur. In the song, Shakur details his childhood poverty and his mother's addiction to crack cocaine, but argues that his love and deep respect for his mother supersede bad memories. The song topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for five weeks and also peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 13, 1995.
The East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry was a feud between artists and fans of the East Coast hip hop and West Coast hip hop scenes in the United States, especially from the mid-1990s. Focal points of the feud were East Coast–based rapper The Notorious B.I.G., and West Coast–based rapper Tupac Shakur, who were both murdered in drive-by shootings. Orlando Anderson has been accused of the murder of Shakur, but he himself was shot dead in the spring of 1998. The person responsible for the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. remains unknown.
Above the Rim – The Soundtrack is the official soundtrack to the 1994 film of the same name. The soundtrack, released by Death Row and Interscope Records on March 22, 1994, was executive produced by Suge Knight. Dr. Dre acted as supervising producer on the project.
Joe Budden is the eponymous debut studio album by American rapper Joe Budden. It was released on June 10, 2003, by On Top, distributed by Def Jam. Recording sessions took place from 2002 to 2003, with production by Dub B aka White Boy, along with the other high-profile producers such as Just Blaze and Lofey. The album features guest appearances from Lil' Mo, Busta Rhymes and 112. Upon the record's release, it was met with favorable reviews from music critics. Joe Budden debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200, selling 95,000 units in its first week, although the record sold 420,000+ copies in the United States. It also entered at number 55 on the UK Albums Chart.
From Nothin' to Somethin' is the fourth studio album by American rapper Fabolous. The album was released on June 12, 2007, by Desert Storm Records and Def Jam Recordings. The production on the album was handled by Akon, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze and Polow da Don, among others.
All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac and the last to be released during his lifetime. Released on February 13, 1996, by Death Row Records and Interscope Records, All Eyez on Me features guest appearances from several artists including The Outlawz, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, E-40, Redman, Method Man, Tha Dogg Pound, K-Ci & JoJo, Roger Troutman, among others. The album features productions by Shakur alongside a variety of producers, including DJ Quik, Johnny "J", Dr. Dre, Rick Rock, Daz Dillinger, DJ Pooh, DeVante Swing, among others.
David Royce Aron was an American recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer, and musician.
Undisputed is the seventh studio album by American rapper DMX. It was released on September 11, 2012 on Seven Arts Music.
Live from the Styleetron is the debut studio album by Oakland-based hip hop group Raw Fusion. The group was fronted by Ron Brooks, known as Money-B, an active member of Digital Underground who produced this album as a side project with fellow group member David Elliot known as DJ FUZE. Among many featured artists was a young unknown performer named Tupac Shakur who would later become a legendary figure in the world of hip hop.
Craig Venegas Alvarado, known by his stage name DJ King Assassin, is an American disc jockey, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, California.
Love & War is the debut album by Jerzee Monét. It was released on July 16, 2002 through DreamWorks Records. The album debuted at number sixty on the US Billboard 200 and number fourth-teen on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2002. The album was produced by Tyric Jones, also DMX, Eve and Ja Rule made appearances as well.
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