1500 or Nothin'

1500 or Nothin' is an American musical ensemble composed of record producers, songwriters, musicians and music videographers, formed in 2006, in Los Angeles, California.[1] With headquarters located in Inglewood, California, 1500 or Nothin' is composed of three internal divisions: 1500 Or Nothin’ Music, 1500 Or Nothin’ Video, and 1500 Or Nothin’ Ancillary.[1] In 2006, 1500 or Nothin' began to create "a variety of music genres including Hip-Hop Rap, Rhythm & Blues, Alternative Rock, Urban and New Adult Contemporary.[1] The collective 1500 or Nothin' has[2] lent their writing, production or instrument skills to records for Justin Timberlake, Asher Roth, Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., Bruno Mars and B.o.B..[3]

1500 or Nothin'
Also known as1500, The 1500 Choir, 1500 or Nothin Orchestra, The Fifteen Hundreds
OriginLos Angeles, United States
GenresHip hop, R&B
Years active2006–present
Associated actsThe Game, Master P., Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Ally Brooke
  • Larrance Dopson
  • Mars
  • James Fauntleroy
  • Brody Brown
  • Alexandria Dopson
  • Bam
  • Los
  • Uncle Chucc
  • Jeret Black

In addition, the 1500 or Nothin' band or The Fifteen Hundreds as they are often referred to, are an 8-piece band that tours internationally and makes television appearances[2] regularly with artists including Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Faith Evans. 1500 Or Nothin' official members are Larrance "Rance" Dopson, Charles 'Uncle Chucc' Hamilton, Lamar 'Mars' Edwards, Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Kenneth "Bam" Alexander, Alexandria Dopson, Carlos 'Los' Mc Slain, and Jeret Black.


Former members

  • Kennieth "Bam" Alexander Jr – Drummer, producer, writer and singer.[12] Bam has contributed to hits such as Jay-Z's 'Show Me What You Got' on the Kingdom Come album released in 2006. Bam has also produced 2 songs that were featured in the 2009 film Dough Boys[13] He has toured with many artists, including R&B artist Bobby Valentino, a former member of Ludacris' record label, Disturbing Tha Peace.[14]
  • Alexandria Dopson – singer, songwriter. She has lent her writing, production or instrument skills to records for[15] Snoop's daughter, Cori B, and received writing credit Cori B's "Do My Thang".[15]
  • Charles 'Uncle Chucc' Hamilton – piano, drums, guitar, bass, percussion, vocals. At the early age of 5, Chucc was already developing his skills & talents as musician at his church where he learned to play organ, guitar, bass & the drums.[16] He released a solo album under Doggy Style Records, "Be your Teddy Bear" on December 17, 2012 and a gospel album with The Zion Messengers, No One But You in May 2013. Uncle Chucc began to receive more recognition as a solo artist after recording the chorus on Snoop Dogg's, "Neva Have 2 Worry".[17]
  • Carlos 'Los' McSwain – Drummer. Los has lent his instrument skills on records for J. Holiday, Destiny's Child and Snoop Dogg.[18]
  • Jeret "J.Black" Black – singer, songwriter. J Black is featured on records such as "Christmas on Soul" with Terrace Martin featuring Snoop Dogg.[19] He has recorded and toured with The Game, DJ Quik, Kurupt, Royce Da 5'9" and Eminem.

Production discography


In anticipation of his sixth album Mastermind, Miami-based rapper Rick Ross teamed up with the 1500 or Nothin' band to give concertgoers a whole new experience for 'One Night Only on August 14, 2013 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE.[20] Live on tour or for television appearances,[2] the band had performed with artists such as Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Xzibit, T.I., Faith Evans, and Fort Minor.[2] They are currently working with rapper Azealia Banks. They appeared at her April 2015 shows at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.


As a growing label, 1500 or Nothin' has partnered with Peer Publishing Company to create their own publishing company, 1500 Or Nothin' Publishing. They have signed artists Janae, Ally Brooke, and more.[21]

1500 or Nothin' has also created the 1500 Sound Academy with member James Fauntleroy as one of the instructors. The facility offers courses relating to production, mixing, writing, muscianship, and management to aspiring music professionals.[22]


Current Members

Larrance Dopson - keyboards, MD, percussion

Lamar "Mars" Edwards - keyboards

Brody Brown - bass guitar

Uncle Chucc - lead guitar, vocals

Kenneth "Bam" Alexander - drums

James Faunterloy - guitar, vocals

DJ Young Guru - DJ, programming

Just Blaze - DJ, keyboards, progamming

Former Members

Carlos McSwain - drums

Jaret Black - backing vocals

Latoya Williams - backing vocals

Awards and recognition

In 2012, 1500 or Nothin' had eight Grammy nominations[23] and by 2014 were nominated for 21in total.[5]

The 1500 or Nothin' band worked as co-music directors for The 2013 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, legendary keyboardist Greg Phillinganes in 2014.[2] They have also been nominated and received accolades from ASCAP, BET, BMI and the American Billboards.


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  14. "Artist Details : Kenneth BAM Alexander". ProMark Drumsticks. 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
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  17. "Neva Have 2 Worry (feat. Uncle Chucc)". last.fm.
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  19. "Terrace Martin – Christmas on Soul f. Snoop Dogg & J. Black". 2dopeboyz.com. December 17, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
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