The Sound of Revenge is the debut studio album by rapper Chamillionaire. It was produced by Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Play-N-Skillz, Cool and Dre and other producers. It was released in 2005 and includes contributions from Lil' Flip, Lil Wayne, younger brother Rasaq, Natalie Alvarado, Krayzie Bone, Bun B, Scarface, Billy Cook, Killer Mike and Pastor Troy. This album was also released in a "screwed and chopped" version by DJ OG Ron C. Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone won the Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group Grammy for the song "Ridin'". In 2009, Chamillionaire released Mixtape Messiah 7 and explained on the final track of disc 1 that he was also going to be considered for the Best New Artist Grammy but, bootleggers caused him to be disqualified by releasing unauthorized Chamillionaire albums the same year his debut was released.
The album sold 130,000 copies in its first week, and later went Platinum, selling more than 1.5 million copies.http A non-single, "Picture Perfect", peaked #28 on Hot Ringtones .
:* Sean Blaze – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
:* Twinzbeatz / Thundertrax – Producer
:* Mannie Fresh – Producer
:* Scott Storch – Producer
:* Happy Perez – Keyboards, Producer
:* Gary Fly – Assistant
:* Rick DeVarona – Assistant
:* Tony Cavasin – Assistant
:* Cool and Dre – Producer
:* Wayne Allison – Engineer
:* Gregg Rominiecki – Engineer
:* Conrad Golding – Engineer
:* Matt Still – Engineer
:* Rodney Maspoch – Engineer
:* Taylor Dow – Assistant Engineer
:* James Hoover – Engineer, Mixing
:* Jason Goldstein – Mixing
:* Oscar Ramirez – Mixing
:* Wassim Zreik – Mixing
:* Bram Tobey – Mixing Assistant
:* Eric Jensen – Mixing Assistant
:* Kathryn Diehl – Mixing Assistant
:* Raj Makhija – Mixing Assistant
:* Chris Gehringer – Mastering
:* Eddy Schreyer – Mastering
:* Jennifer Rose – Vocals
:* Tami Latrell – Vocals (Background)
:* Steve Lake – Guitar
:* Avery Jones – Bass
:* Debra Killings – Bass
:* Fitzgerald Lingard – Bass
:* Preston Crump – Bass
:* Terrence Brown – Keyboards
:* Jonathan Mannion – Photography
:* Mikee Aguilar – A&R
:* Jordan Nixon – A&R
:* Nina Freeman – A&R
:* Sal Guastella – A&R
:* Mike Frost – Art Direction
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Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire due to his often being described by friends as the world's first chameleon-millionaire hybrid, is an American rapper, singer, philanthropist, and CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire is also the founder and an original member of The Color Changin' Click. He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007.
Chamillionaire was born in Washington, DC to a Muslim father from Oyo State, Nigeria and a Christian mother, and he was the oldest of their four children. His family moved to Houston when Seriki was 4, and his parents separated when Seriki was a teenager. Seriki was not allowed to listen to any secular music but became interested in rap. In order to support his family financially, Seriki worked stocking trucks and transporting blood and urine for a medical lab. Seriki attended Jersey Village High School and the University of Houston for two years. Seriki played basketball while in high school and thought he would play in the NBA.
Seriki's stage name Chamillionaire is a portmanteau of "chameleon" and "millionaire" He has been recording mixtapes since 1998. While self-promoting at an event, Seriki and fellow rapper Paul Wall met Michael "5000" Watts, a popular mixtape DJ from northern Houston. After proposing to do promotions for Watts's company Swishahouse, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall came to Watts's studio and convinced Watts to allow them to freestyle on an intro to Watts's radio show on Houston hip-hop radio station KBXX-FM. Watts, who himself was convinced to rap on the record, enjoyed the freestyle so much that he put the verses on one of his mixtapes. Soon, Seriki (performing as Chamillionaire) and Paul Wall became regular staples on Houston's mixtape circuit, appeared on several of Watts's mixtapes, and became permanent members of Swishahouse.
Chamillionaire and Paul Wall soon started their own group, The Color Changin' Click. In 2002, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall collaborated for the album Get Ya Mind Correct, which went on to sell over 150,000 copies. The Source magazine nominated the album for independent album of the year in 2002. Chamillionaire and the Color Changin' Click, dubbed "Houston's answer to 50 Cent and his G-Unit posse", performed at the SXSW music festival in 2004.
2005–2006: The Sound of Revenge
Chamillionaire's first major solo release The Sound of Revenge was released through Chamillitary Entertainment and Universal Records in November 2005. The album debuted and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. The album's lead single was "Turn It Up", featuring Lil' Flip produced by Scott Storch, followed by "Ridin'", featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony produced by Play-N-Skillz; "Ridin'" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Its video also was named "Best Rap Video" in the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ridin'". He was previously signed with Michael 5000 Watts' Swishahouse label. Comedic performer "Weird Al" Yankovic made a parody of the song, titled "White and Nerdy", for his own album Straight Outta Lynwood. The third single from the album was "Grown and Sexy".
Additionally, the bonus track "Grind Time" was featured in the video game NBA Live '06. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA, and a chopped and screwed version, screwed by OG Ron C, was released in February 2006. Guest appearances for the album included Lil' Flip, Natalie, Krayzie Bone, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Pastor Troy, Killer Mike, Scarface, singer Billy Cook, and his brother Rasaq.
In January 2006, Chamillionaire entered a feud with BCD Music Group, a company that used to distribute his music, as BCD claimed that Chamillionaire was making slanderous remarks about the company in his songs. Consequently, Shila Mitra, a partner of BCD, fueled the feud further with her own diss track. Later in 2006, Chamillionaire was featured in the singles "Get Up" by Ciara, "That Girl" by Frankie J, "Bet That" by Trick Daddy, "King Kong" by Jibbs, and "Doe Boy Fresh" by Three Six Mafia in 2007.
2007–2008: Ultimate Victory
Chamillionaire, MC Hammer and Mistah F.A.B. 2.jpgrightthumb220pxChamillionaire (left) with MC Hammer and Mistah F.A.B. on July 24, 2008.
To promote his new album, Chamillionaire released Mixtape Messiah 3 as a prelude to his new album on July 18, 2007 at exactly 11pm Eastern Time on his website. Chamillionaire released his second mainstream album Ultimate Victory on September 18, 2007. Ultimate Victory was made without a single profanity said by Chamillionaire. On Ultimate Victory Chamillionaire said: "On my new album I'll keep it clean, and won't say the f word or the n word, and if I do, it will be replaced by normal everyday expressions, so nobody will ever know. Also, all the stuff I say on the mixtapes, I don't really mean it about sex, money or drugs like most rappers do." Guest appearances included UGK, Krayzie Bone, Lil Wayne, Famous (Lil Ken), Tony Henry, Devin the Dude and Lloyd. The first single was "Hip Hop Police", featuring Slick Rick, which both Chamillionaire and Slick Rick performed on the CBS television network program Late Show with David Letterman on September 14, 2007. The following single is "The Evening News."
Mixtape Messiah 4, the fourth title in Chamillionaire's Mixtape Messiah series, was initially set for release on December 18, 2007, but was released on August 27, 2008.
2008–present: Final Mixtape Messiah, Venom, Major Pain, and Playlist Poison
In November 2008, Chamillionaire announced his plans for his third album, Venom, for release in early 2009. His sixth installment in the Mixtape Messiah series was to be a "prelude" to Venom. The first single off of Venom was initially planned to be "Creepin' (Solo)", which featured Ludacris and ended up reaching #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. However, it is unclear whether or not the song will be included on Venom after Chamillionaire canceled and then reinstated the album. He announced that Mixtape Messiah 7 would be the final installment of the "Mixtape Messiah" series and that he cancelled Venom to create different material for his third album. Chamillionaire awarded his final Mixtape Messiah 7 to 100 winners of a contest which he ran on his website. One of those winners was fellow rapper and Chamillionaire protege, E-Dawg (NJ), along with "Larry Hustle", aka Anonymayne. The first disc from Mixtape Messiah 7 was launched for free download on Aug 4, 2009 just after 11:30 pm EST, while Disc 2 was released on August 6, 2009 just after 2:00 am EST. The next day the next Disc 3 & 4 dropped making it a 66 track compilation..
On September 29, it was officially announced that Chamillionaire's third album would indeed be entitled "Venom" after a fan vote on his Web site. The first single from this upcoming album is titled "Good Morning". The album is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2010.httphttp
Chamillionaire appeared on the remix for Weezer's song "Can't Stop Partying", off of their album Raditude. He also joined Weezer for live performances as Lil Wayne, who is featured on the original version of the track, was convicted on gun possession charges and was unable to perform.http
On December 11, 2009, Chamillionaire performed a set for "Fort Hood Community Strong", an event described as a day of "healing, fun and entertainment" for those placed at the Fort Hood military base who were affected by the shooting that took place on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people. Other performers at the event included Nick Jonas, Dana Carvey and Zac Brown Band.http
On December 23, 2009, Chamillionaire announced via his YouTube page that he would be initiating a new mixtape series entitled "Major Pain" through his website by dropping a disc entitled Major Pain on February 2, 2010.httphttp
Due to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game taking place in Dallas, Texas, Chamillionaire released a new song, "The Main Event", on February 11, 2010 via free download. It features fellow Texas rappers Paul Wall, Slim Thug & Dorrough. "Every artist on the song with me has independent hustle and strength in the streets," he said. "It's an All-Star song, so what better place to shoot the video than All-Star Weekend, right here in our own backyard."http It was later released to iTunes on June 8, 2010.
In June 2010, AOL News reported that Chamillionaire lost his home to foreclosure and owed the Internal Revenue Service $184,000 in taxes from 2007.
On Chamillionaire's official website, he states "Right now the Venom album is set for March 16 and has been pushed back just like Lil Wayne's Rebirth, Game's Red album, and countless other hip hop albums that this happens to."http The date was later pushed back to June 22, but was not released that day. There is currently no date set for the release of Venom.
According to Kanye West's engineer and producer Andre Dawson, Chamillionaire and Universal Records have parted ways. “I’ve been working a lot with Chamillionaire, because I produced some tracks for him. He got out of his deal with Universal , which wasn’t a good situation for either of them,” revealed Dawson. “Him and I have an active producer agreement that is now null and void because they got caught in the legal shuffle, but I’m like, ‘I just want the music to come out. Let’s find a way to make it happen.’ I was emailing him stuff back and forth when I was in Hawaii. Some big stuff will be coming out this next year, so I’m stoked to see it going.” Cham also tweeted that he’ll be doing a Ustream session on January 14 to discuss his future plans.http
During his live UStream on January 14, 2011, Chamillionaire announced he was officially off of Universal Records. As part of this deal he is not allowed to release Venom or any material recorded during that time. He is currently working on a new series called "Playlist Poison" and will release tracks on a random basis. The first track of "Playlist Poison" was "When Ya On" which featured West coast rapper Nipsey Hussle,the second being "This My World" featuring Big K.R.I.T., and the third and latest track being entitled "Charlie Sheen" which is featuring Killer Mike.
Chamillionaire co-owns Houston based auto dealer Fly Rydes with a partner, Ernest. He personally owns a tour bus company and his record label, Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire has since let Ernest take over the whole company. Chamillionaire also has worked with William Kemp, an entrepreneur from Houston, Texas on a project still in the works involving the purchasing of stocks and other ventures.
On November 4, 2009, Chamillionaire launched the Global Innovation Tournament 2009 at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University with Quincy Jones III as part of the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar Series.http
* The Sound of Revenge (2005)
* Ultimate Victory (2007)
* The Playlist Poison (2011)http
* Get Ya Mind Correct (2002) (with Paul Wall)
* Controversy Sells (2005) (with Paul Wall)
* Chamillitary (2005) (with The Color Changin' Click)
*The Game (US TV series) (2007) 1 Episode (When the Chickens Come Home to Roost Part 1) (Credited as himself)
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