Young Maylay

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Young Maylay
Birth nameChristopher Bellard
Also known asYoung Maylay
Born (1979-06-17) June 17, 1979 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000–present
Labels
  • Maylaynium Muziq (2000–present)
  • Lench Mob (2008–present)
Associated acts

Christopher "Chris" Bellard [1] [2] (born June 17, 1979) also known by his stage name, Young Maylay, is an American rapper, record producer and actor from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for providing the voice of Carl "CJ" Johnson in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas .

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Carl Johnson (<i>Grand Theft Auto</i>) protagonist of the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Carl Johnson is a fictional character and the main playable protagonist from Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, published by Rockstar Games. CJ is a member of the Grove Street Families, a gang located in Los Santos. While playing Grand Theft Auto, one controls the movements and actions of CJ as he proceeds through the storyline and finishes missions. Throughout the game, he slowly rises in prominence as he successfully completes increasingly difficult tasks.

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Early life

Christopher Bellard was born and raised in Los Angeles amidst the gang violence and the peak of gangsta rap in a crime riddled area in poverty which inspired his rapping career. Bellard is the cousin of actor/voice actor Shawn Fonteno, who voiced Franklin Clinton, one of the protagonists of Grand Theft Auto V . [3]

Gangsta rap or gangster rap is a style of hip hop characterized by themes and lyrics that generally emphasize the "gangsta" lifestyle. The genre evolved from hardcore rap into a distinct form, pioneered in the mid-1980s by rappers such as Ice-T, and popularized in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A. After the national attention that Ice-T and N.W.A attracted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop. Many gangsta rap artists openly boast of their associations with various active street gangs as part of their artistic image, with the Crips and Bloods being the most commonly represented. Gangsta rap parallels other indigenous gang and crime-oriented forms of music, such as the narcocorrido genre of northern Mexico.

Shawn Darnell Fonteno, also known as Solo, is an American actor and rapper who is best known as the voice and the acting performer of Franklin Clinton from the video game Grand Theft Auto V. He is also the cousin of American rapper Young Maylay who voiced Carl Johnson, the main protagonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Fonteno's performance in Grand Theft Auto V was mainly recorded using motion capture technology.

<i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> 2013 open world action-adventure video game

Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in April 2015 for Microsoft Windows. It is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. The open-world design lets players freely roam San Andreas' open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles.

Music career

Early days: 2000–05

His rapping career eventually took off in 2000. With help from King T, Maylay made his first appearance in Killa Tay's Thug Thisle, with the song #1 Hottest Coast (Killa Cali) in 2000. Later he appeared in Rodney O & Joe Cooley's Summer Heat in 2002. Since then, he has been featured on many releases across the West Coast. Maylay wrote the majority of King T's album Ruthless Chronicles. [4] He founded his independent label in 2005 with the money from GTA San Andreas and released his debut album in the same year.

Pre-Lench Mob: 2006–08

In 2006, Maylay was featured in Deeyah's single "What Will It Be" with a music video. In the same year, he appeared in DJ Crazy Toones' CT Experience, it was the first collaboration of the trio DJ Crazy Toones, WC and Young Maylay. In 2007 the trio began working in Maylay's album The Real Coast Guard. The album was released in 2008 and later that year, WC signed Young Maylay to Bigg Swang/Lench Mob.

"What Will It Be" is an award winning limited edition digital single by Deeyah Khan, featuring guest performance rap by LA rapper and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas voice talent Young Maylay. This was Young Maylay's first appearance in a single.

Lench Mob days: 2008–present

Lench Mob Records were set in 2006 to put out Ice Cube's and WC's records, but later other artists were signed, like Young Maylay, who is considered a veteran by Ice Cube. [5] DJ Crazy Toones created two blogs for Maylay, the first is called Who's Young Maylay? Mix Blog [6] and the second is called Young Maylay, WC & Bad Lucc Mix Blog. [7] Young Maylay is working on three albums, by himself, WC and Crazy Toones. Young Maylay is featured on two tracks by Ice Cube called Y'all Know Who I Am and Too West Coast on the album I Am the West. In 2010 Young Maylay was featured on two tracks on the album DJ Premier Presents Year Round Records - Get Used To Us. The track 'Temptation' is a solo performance while the track 'Ain't Nuttin' Changed (remix)' is a collaborative effort with Blaq Poet and MC Eiht.

Ice Cube American hip hop artist, record producer and actor

O'Shea Jackson Sr., known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, writer and actor.

<i>I Am the West</i> 2010 studio album by Ice Cube

I Am the West is the ninth studio album by American rapper Ice Cube. It was released on September 28, 2010 by Lench Mob Records and EMI.

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In an interview, when asked about a new album, Maylay said:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Maylay was working in New York when he received a phone call from DJ Pooh, who was in a meeting with staff from Rockstar Games. They started a regular conversation about music which, unknown to Maylay, occurred on speaker phone. Rockstar staff heard the conversation, and after conversation between the two ended, they encouraged Pooh to bring Maylay in to audition. A few weeks after the audition, Rockstar reviewed the tapes and decided on Maylay for the role of the main character of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas , Carl "CJ" Johnson. [9]

Mark Jordan, better known by his stage name DJ Pooh is an American record producer, voice actor, rapper, screenwriter, actor and film director. He has produced albums for many rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and many more.

Rockstar Games multinational video game developer and publisher

Rockstar Games, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in New York City. The company was established in December 1998 as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive, and as successor to BMG Interactive, a dormant video game publisher of which Take-Two had previously acquired the assets. Founding members of the company were Sam and Dan Houser, Terry Donovan and Jamie King, who worked for Take-Two at the time, and of which the Houser brothers were previously executives at BMG Interactive. Co-founders Sam and Dan Houser head the studio as president and vice-president for creative, respectively.

<i>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas</i> 2004 open world action-adventure video game

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for PlayStation 2, and on 7 June 2005 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox. A high definition remastered version received a physical release for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on 30 June 2015 and 1 December 2015, respectively. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It was released on the same day as the handheld game Grand Theft Auto Advance for Game Boy Advance. On 8 June 2018, the game was added to the Xbox One Backward Compatible library.

In the game, Maylay starred alongside celebrities such as actors Samuel L. Jackson, James Woods, Peter Fonda, Clifton Powell, Faizon Love, Big Boy, David Cross, Andy Dick, Chris Penn, Danny Dyer, Frank Vincent, Sara Tanaka, Charlie Murphy and William Fichtner, rappers Ice-T, MC Eiht, Chuck D, The Game, Kid Frost and Yo-Yo and musicians George Clinton, Axl Rose and Shaun Ryder.

OBG Rider Clicc

OBG Rider Clicc is Young Maylay's rap trio (with Young Dre The Truth and Killa Polk) the group first appeared in Young Dre's album called Revolution In Progress The Movement with the single Let's Get The Game Bacc Right. and later appeared with Compton Cavie, Dresta and BG Knocc Out with the song Wes Indeed in the Cali Luv mixtape.

Maylaynium Muziq

Malaynium Muziq is Young Maylay's own independent record label based in Studio City, California. His mixtapes were released on this label.

Discography

Mixtapes

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004The Introduction Carl "CJ" Johnson
(voice)
DVD released as the introduction to the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas synopsis.

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Carl "CJ" Johnson

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014The BrodiesMario
2018Dogstar: High School 2

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