Malik Deshawn Cox (born June 23, 1978), best known as Memphis Bleek (sometimes shorted to Bleek), is an American rapper mainly known for his tenure with Roc-A-Fella Records and CEO of his own labels Get Low Records and Warehouse Music Group. He has released four albums during his career (2 of which went Gold by the RIAA), and had planned to release The Process in 2011, although the album has yet to be released.
Memphis Bleek in 2002 with Beanie Sigel
|Birth name||Malik Deshawn Cox|
|Born||June 23, 1978|
New York City, New York
Memphis Bleek was one of the first artists signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, as protégé to Jay-Z. He grew up in Marcy Projects, the same neighborhood as Jay-Z. He appears on the Jay-Z albums: Reasonable Doubt, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, and The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Bleek's first official appearance was "Coming of Age" from Reasonable Doubt. After the huge success of Hard Knock Life and the exposure of the Roc-A-Fella camp, (a Memphis Bleek track off the aforementioned Jay-Z album, "It's Alright", actually charted on Billboard), the label released Memphis Bleek's debut album, Coming of Age. The album was the week's Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard 200, peaking at #7 with 118,000 units sold in its first week. The name "Memphis", which the rapper explained paid homage to pimps, was an acronym for "Making Easy Money, Pimping Hoes In Style". He has released three more albums since his debut, The Understanding, M.A.D.E., and 534 (Out of the three, The Understanding was certified Gold by the RIAA). In between the release of The Understanding and M.A.D.E., he took a three-year hiatus, in which time he took care of his older brother, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. There are three significant notes to take away from the album 534, which was named after the building number where Memphis and Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy Projects. First, it was the first release from the "new" Roc-A-Fella Records, referring to Jay-Z becoming President of Def Jam. It was also the first official Def Jam recording by label mate turned international star, Rihanna, on the song "The One". And lastly, this album marks where Jay-Z released his first song since beginning his brief "retirement". The song was called "Dear Summer", in reference to what Jay called the time of the year when he would drop a classic album or single every year for eight straight years, and how he had to metaphorically leave "her", Summer.
His highest charting single was "Is That Yo Chick", Featuring Missy Elliott and Jay-Z, which peaked at #7 on the Hot Rap Singles Billboard Chart, and only one of two songs by the artist to crack the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #68, and the only track to appear on one of his solo albums. The other single being "It's Alright", appearing on the Hard Knock Life album by Jay-Z, peaking at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. He has had countless collaborations with fellow hip-hop artists such as DMX, Ja Rule, T.I., and Trick Daddy, with many of the features coming with other Roc-A-Fella artists, including Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Cam'ron, Amil, Young Gunz, and of course Jay-Z.
In fall 2005, Memphis Bleek told MTV that he was recording an album called The Process, that he would describe as a make or break album, saying "I want to do an album that's through the roof, I want to do a classic album. I feel that if this album I'm not recording is a classic, I'm not even gonna put it out. I have to do it bigger than anybody has ever done it. I have to make a good record this time, not just talking-junk records." The rapper has worked on the album since 2005 and during that time frame he would release the songs "Hustla", "Get Ya Money Off" and "Let It Off". During this time, he would also leave Roc-A-Fella after Jay-Z told him he could run his own company and had the proper distribution deals to do so. He found a new home in 2009 when he signed to Mass Appeal Entertainment.
In the summer of 2010, he was on stage with Jay-Z, as a background singer, in the Swedish festival Peace&Love.
On December 13, 2014 Memphis Bleek married longtime girlfriend, Ashley Coombs, in an evening ceremony at The Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Bleek's mentor and hip hop mogul, Jay Z, was in attendance. Bleek is also the cousin of fellow Brooklyn rapper Sean Price.
Warehouse Music Group
|Warehouse Music Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City|
Getting the thumbs up from Jay-Z to give Memphis Bleek his own label as CEO and founder of Warehouse Music Group. The debut release from the label was Memphis Bleek single "So Different" featuring Manolo Rose that created a big buzz for the label. On July 28, 2016 Memphis Bleek made the announcement of signing Manolo Rose and Casanova. In 2017, Manolo Rose releases "Ball Drop" and "Pink Fur". Casanova releases three big singles "Don't Run", "Go Best Friend" and "Left, Right" featuring Chris Brown and Fabolous.
- Memphis Bleek (CEO)
- Manolo Rose
- Famous Kid Brick
- Meat Jones
Video game appearances
Memphis Bleek is a playable character in the video game Def Jam: Fight for NY.
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