- ARTIST: MR. CHEEKS
- GENRE: RAP | HIP-HOP
- LOCATION: QUEENS, NY
- AVAILABILITY: AVAILABLE
Mr. Cheeks became a solo artist in 2001. His debut solo album, John P. Kelly, named for both his cousin and his grandfather, featured the hit single “Lights, Camera, Action!”. The album also included a collaboration with longtime friend and business partner, Stephen Marley, (son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley) featuring the ballad “Till We Meet Again” (recorded in Freaky Tah’s memory) and the reggae-flavored “Mama Say”.
In 2003, Mr. Cheeks released the follow-up album, Back Again! The single off the album was “Crush On You” and it featured Mario Winans. In the fall of 2003, Cheeks separated from Universal, forming his own label, Diane’s Boyz. Cheeks was also featured on Lil’ Kim’s single, “The Jump Off.” In 2004, he was also featured on R&B quartet Famil’s single, “Finer Things” and Minneapolis rapper Kooke’s two singles in 2004, “Holla Back” (feat. RL from NEXT) and “New Money”.
On June 8, 2004, Mr. Cheeks released the album Ladies and Ghettomen, his third solo LP in as many years. Mr. Cheeks and Stephen Marley also created a record label, One Fam Music. Mr. Cheeks was scheduled to have another CD released in April 2006, even offering the first single “What We Do” for free on his website, however, the CD was never released and his website was taken down shortly thereafter. Later that year, he made a feature, rapping the hook, on Lakey The Kid’s single “Q.U. Side.”