Juelz Santana Biography
LaRon Louis James, known by the stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor from Harlem. He is a member of the East Coast hip-hop group The Diplomats. In 2003, he decided to pursue a solo career as well, having released two albums to date. He is currently working on his third, Born to Lose, Built to Win, as well as a new mixtape, The Get Back
Early Years & From Me to U
LaRon was born in New York City in 1982. He grew up in Harlem and began developed an interest in rap from a very young age. When he was twelve, LaRon formed a duo, Draft Pick. In his early 20s, he collaborated with Cam’ron, a fellow rapper from Harlem, on his second album. Consequently, he joined The Diplomats. The group released a studio album in 2003, titled Diplomatic Immunity, and several compilations and mixtapes. In the summer of the same year, Santana came out with his debut solo album, From Me to U. The record reached top 10 on the Billboard 200.
What the Game’s Been Missing! & Mixtapes
In 2005, What the Game’s Been Missing!, came out as the rapper’s second album. The gold-certified album topped both the R&B/Hip-Hop and the Rap. Additionally, it spawned 4 successful singles, Mic Check, the platinum-certifiedThere It Go (The Whistle Song), Oh Yes and Clockwork. Shortly after, he featured in Chris Brown’s number 1 hit Run It. In return, Chris Brown featured in Santana’s 2009 single, Back to the Crib. Furthermore, he released many mixtapes and collaborated with major artists such as Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne.
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