Rapper best known for his time as a member of the label Bad Boy Records during the late 1990s. In 2001, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder after a 1999 incident at a New York night club. He was released in 2009.
He was discovered in 1998 by the record Producer Clark Kent while he was freestyling in a New York barbershop. He was taken to the Bad Boy Records offices, where Sean Combs signed him on the spot.
In September 2000, he released his self-titled debut album while he was awaiting trial. It peaked at #5 on the US Billboard charts, and earned a Gold certification.
Upon his signing with Bad Boy Records, his sound became compared to that of Notorious B.I.G.'s.