BEANIE SIGEL LIFE BIOGRAPHY:
Beanie Sigel, real name Dwight Grant, was born on March 6, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His alias 'Beanie Sigel' derives from the street in Philadelphia where he was raised, Sigel Street, and "Beans" is what people used to call him as a child because he had a disposition towards flatulence. It is also a play on the name of the famous gangster of all time, Bugsy Siegel.
The best rappers don't make demos. Even more ironically, they don't look for record deals. Record deals look for them. When Beanie Sigel proclaimed on the remix to Jay-Z's "Money, Cash Hoes" to have been put onto this music industry "without Unsigned Hype or Battle of the Beats," he wasn't kidding.
"I didn't have to send in a demo or none of that," Beanie speaks confidently. Rightfully so, because ever since the rapper laid down his verse for "1000 Bars" on DJ Clue's mix tape, he has been quickly recognized every time he picks up the mic. With that memorable verse, not only did he catch the attention of a number of record labels, but he managed to land a deal with one of the most prestigious in hip-hop, Roc-a-fella. Not only was he noticed by other emcees, he was noticed by arguably the one of the best of all time, Jay-Z.
Beanie Sigel signed to Damon Dash and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998. By adding himself to an already critically-acclaimed roster, Beanie Sigel takes pride in being signed to Roc-a-fella Records, "Roc-a-fella is a winning team, and when you're on a winning team, you always get a ring, even if you ride the bench. Only there ain't no bench riders on our team -- we're all starters."
No doubt, Beanie is far from a bench warmer, and he plays the background to none of the label's heavyweights either. Within a short time, Beanie has built up a demand for his own solo project. Since he blessed "Reservoir Dogs" (Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life, 1998) with the "Quiet town and tie it down" quote, the Philly native has been one of the most sought after artists in hip-hop. As a guest rapper on so many collaborations, Beanie Sigel has almost always overpowered other emcees with two very distinct characteristics, his witty-meets-hardcore lyrics and unique vocal delivery.
Lyrically, Beanie Sigel can take anything and turn it into a rhyme, as he did by turning the game of Monopoly into the rap game on "Crew Love." And on his albums, Beanie claims to have a lot more where that came from. "I got lyrics for days," comments Beanie, "I write a verse, leave it alone, and come back to it later. I try to make that perfect rhyme, that's what I strive for. A lot of people are just rappin'. I don't rap, I talk shit. It just so happens that it rhymes."
Sigel's debut LP, The Truth, was released February 28th, 2000, on Roc-A-Fella Records. The album went gold with hits like "The Truth" and "Remember The Days" which featured Eve. With guest artists such as Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek and production by Ruff Ryders', Swizz Beatz and Suave House's, Tony Draper, Sigel's album is hotter than the inside of a Chevy Nova with no air conditioning, driving through the deserts of Africa. He agrees, "I'm bringing nothing but fire. They call the fire department every time I leave the studio."
His second album, The Reason, hit the streets in summer 2001, led by the single "Beanie (Mack Bitch)." Sigel soon launched his State Property line of clothing by announcing his gear would have hidden pockets and gun holsters. Beanie also moved on to managing, and is responsible for getting his old partner, Murda Mill signed to Jive Records.
Around 2001, Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss of the Ruff Ryders were involved in an incident that stemmed from Jadakiss claiming rappers from Sigel's home city of Philadelphia were simply signed because they were a hot fashion among major labels. Sigel took offense to this, and the pair sent several diss tracks back and forth. Eventually Styles P (from D-Block, formerly known as "The LOX") and Jay-Z also got involve in the fued. Sigel even called out DMX, but received no response. Eventually Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss, and Styles P squashed their beef and performed together on Sheek Louch's album After Taxes on the song "Kiss Ya Ass Goodbye."
The incident continued even after Russell Simmons, owner at the time of Def Jam (the label which Roc-A-Fella was under and Ruff Ryders was affiliated with through DMX) forced the two to declare a brief truce. Jay-Z apologized to Jadakiss and bowed out. Disses finally stopped flying after Sigel released a diss track over Jada's "Put Ya Hands Up" beat, recalling when the LOX wore shiny suits in a Bad Boy video, among other things!
Legal problems plagued the rapper in 2003 when he was arrested on Federal weapon and drug charges stemming from a police chase where Sigel allegedly tossed a loaded handgun. He was arrested again in September the same year on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man in the stomach. The attempted murder trial was thrown out of court once already by the beginning of 2005 but was set to be retried while Sigel was pleading guilty to the Federal weapon charges. Preparing for jail, Sigel went into high gear and completed a movie, an album, and five videos to support the new album. The album, The B. Coming, hit the shelves on March 29, 2005, released by Dame Dash Music Group. The album contains 15 songs with special guests including Freeway, Redman, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Cam'ron, aswell as others. The album was completed before Beanie had to serve jail time and hit the highs of #1 on the R&B;/Hip Hop Albums Chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200. His movie he was working on, State Property 2, was released shortly after 'The B. Coming' album, in April 2005.
In September, 2005, a jury acquitted him of the attempted murder charges. In August, Sigel left federal prison after serving nearly a year on a federal weapons charge that stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop in Philadelphia. Sigel also has fallen behind in child-support payments. He was briefly jailed in November until he paid $27,000 in child support and $2,000 in fines, but now seems to be paying off his debts.
With the case behind him, Sigel now plans to "make music, make movies and work on his clothing line," said his attorney, Fortunato N. Perri Jr. The case was the last in a series of criminal charges against Sigel, who has a long arrest record dating back to his days growing up in South Philadelphia.
However, In October 2005, things once again turned very sour for Sigel when his step-father, Sam Derry was murdered.
On Tuesday, January 10, 2006, Sigel was convicted of assault for a fight in 2003. He agreed with the prosecutor's version of events, and was convicted of misdemeanor simple assault. He was immediately sentenced to two years probation plus $180 in court costs. The charges stem from an argument between Sigel and a man who said the rapper punched him in both eyes, breaking his left eye socket, during a January 2003 argument outside a Chinese restaurant. While he was in jail, it is said that none of the State Property members except for Oschino Vazquez came to visit him. He told Dame to pass the word on that State Property was no longer in effect, until after he was released. When the split between Roc-A-Fella owners occurred, Dame made it clear that Beanie's intentions were to move State Property to his new Dame Dash Music Group.
However, all members except for Oschino, chose to go with Jay-Z. When questioned, they claimed they were signed by Jay and never needed State Property or Beanie Sigel to make them popular. When he was released from jail, Sigel had a few choice words for his friends, claiming "I still love them like brothers... I just don't know if we can make music again."
It was thought that Sigel had chosen to sign with Dame Dash; however, this is unclear, as he was present at Jay-Z's I Declare War concert in 2005, and has said he now has his own State Property Records, though whether that label is under Island Def Jam or some other label is not clear.
On May 25, 2006 shortly after 8:00 am, Sigel was shot twice in the upper right arm during a robbery attempt. He was hospitalized and told as been in good condition. According to Philly.com, sources at the Philadelphia Police are skeptical of the details of the shooting because no shell casings, or witnesses to the shooting have been located.
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