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Mr. Cheeks (The Lost Boyz) Interview

Mr. Cheeks is an emcee from Queens, NY. He is a member of The Lost Boyz and is a Grammy Award winning artist. With Cheeks’ uncle being Gil Scott-Heron, he was mentored alongside group members Spigg Nice, Pretty Lou, and the late Freaky Tah. The Lost Boyz released their first single “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Shameless” in 1995, which earned them a record deal on Uptown Records. Their debut album, Legal Drug Money, was released in 1996 and included other hits such as “Renee”, “Get Up”, “Music Makes Me High”, and “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz, & Benz”. Their sophomore album Love, Peace, & Nappiness was released in 1997, which included the classic song “Beasts From The East” featuring Redman, A+, and Canibus. In 1999, Freaky Tah, was murdered while leaving Mr. Cheeks’ birthday party in Queens. The remaining group members finished their third album LB IV Life and released it at the end of the year. In 2001, Mr. Cheeks released a solo album, John P. Kelly. It featured the hit song “Lights, Camera, Action” and a heartfelt collaboration with Stephen Marley called “Till We Meet Again” that tributes Freaky Tah. In 2003, Mr. Cheeks released another album, Back Again, followed by Ladies & Ghettomen in 2004. The Lost Boyz released a compilation album in 2005 called Lost Boyz Forever.

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