Beanie Sigel OR

Beanie Sigel OR

Beanie Sigel


Other famous beanies include: Rafiki, Lenny Kravitz, the Charlie Brown Peanuts gang, the cast of The Peanuts Movie, Steve Buscemi, Big Bird, and—hold onto your hats—the King of Wenzhou.


In 2002, Sigel and much of the Roc-A-Fella roster starred in State Property. Its release coincided with the creation and promotion of State Property, a group of Philadelphia artists signed to Roc-A-Fella, who were organized by Sigel and Freeway. Its members included Peedi Crakk, the Young Gunz (Neef Buck & Young Chris), Oschino and Omillio Sparks. Their first collaboration was for the movie's soundtrack, an eponymous release that featured the original "Roc the Mic" by Sigel and Freeway. 2003's The Chain Gang Vol. 2 followed, featuring the single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" by the Young Gunz. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Dwight Equan Grant (born 6 March 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sigel's first major appearance was on the 1998 The Roots single "Adrenaline!" (which was later featured on Things Fall Apart in 1999), and he signed to Roc-A-Fella Records six months later. After making his Roc-A-Fella debut on founder Jay Z's 1998 album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, Sigel released his debut album, The Truth, in 2000, which went Gold in sales. His second album, The Reason, was released in 2001 and received mixed to positive reviews. That same year, Sigel founded the group State Property. (Source: hip-hop-music.fandom.com)


When The Truth appeared in 2000, it established Sigel, in the words of Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times, as "Jay-Z's most promising protege, a hardboiled storyteller who seemed to chew on each syllable before he spat it out". David Segal of the Washington Post felt that Sigel "can't shoulder the weight" of the hype that preceded him, pointing out that "only Samsonite outlet stores open with this much baggage". But Steve Jones of USA Today checked in with a positive review, arguing that "with tracks like the gritty 'Stop, Chill,' the ominous 'What Your Life Like,' and the inventive 'Mac Man,' he doesn't need a posse to tell his truth".

The Truth reached the top five on Billboard magazine's album sales chart, rising to number two on its R&B/Hip-Hop tabulation. The downbeat portrayal of prison existence in "What Your Life Like," as Sigel told of "hearing grown men moan at night," was anything but a glorification of the outlaw lifestyle. But Sigel's State Property clothing line, released along with his album The Reason in 2001, featured gun holsters that Sigel claimed were designed in such as way as to keep the weapon hidden during a police chase. "You know how you put your gun in your waistline and you gotta worry about it slipping?," Sigel asked in an allhiphop.com interview quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times. With these clothes, you don't got to worry about that." Some reviewers felt that Sigel broke no new ground with The Reason, but the leadoff single "Beanie (Mack Bitch)" received strong airplay, and the album equaled the chart performance of its predecessor. (Source: www.encyclopedia.com)



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