Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper, singer & CEO Chief executive officer of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire is also the founder and an original member of The Color Changin' Click. He began his career independently with local releases in 2003, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'". Ultimate Victory followed in 2007. Chamillionaire is currently readying for his third major studio album release, Venom Venom (album) .
Chamillionaire was born on November 28, 1979 in Washington D.C. and later moved to Houston, Texas He attended Eisenhower High School Eisenhower High School (Houston) and transferred to Jersey Village High School to play in its basketball program, which he believed to be better than that of the former school.
Chamillionaire claims he has been recording mixtapes since 1998, with the help of his master Tahmid Ahmed King Jr. While self-promoting at an event, Seriki and fellow rapper Paul Wall met Michael "5000" Watts, a po***r mixtape DJ from northern Houston. After proposing to do promotions for Watts's company Swishahouse, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall came to Watts's studio and convinced Watts to allow them to freestyle on an intro to Watts's radio show on Houston hip-hop radio station KBXX-FM KBXX . Watts, who himself was convinced to rap on the record, enjoyed the freestyle so much that he put the verses on one of his mixtapes. Soon, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall became regular staples on Houston's mixtape circuit, appeared on several of Watts's mixtapes, and became permanent members of Swishahouse.
Chamillionaire and Paul Wall soon started their own group, The Color Changin' Click. In 2002, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall collaborated for the album Get Ya Mind Correct, which went on to sell over 150,000 copies.
2005–2006: The Sound of Revenge
Chamillionaire's first major solo release The Sound of Revenge was released through Chamillitary Entertainment and Universal Records in November 2005. The album debuted and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. The album's lead single was "Turn It Up Turn It Up (Chamillionaire song) ", featuring Lil' Flip produced by Scott Storch, followed by "Ridin' Ridin' (Chamillionaire song) ", featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony produced by Play-N-Skillz; "Ridin'" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 . Its video also was named "Best Rap Video MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video " in the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ridin'". The third single from the album was "Grown and ***y". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA Recording Industry Association of America , and a chopped and screwed version The Sound of Revenge (Screwed & Chopped) , screwed by OG Ron C, was released in February 2006. Guest appearances for the album included Lil' Flip, Natalie Natalie (singer) , Krayzie Bone, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Pastor Troy, Killer Mike, Scarface Scarface (rapper) , singer Billy Cook, and his brother Rasaq.
In January 2006, Chamillionaire entered a feud with BCD Music Group, a company that used to distribute his music, as BCD claimed that Chamillionaire was making slanderous remarks about the company in his songs. Consequently, Shila Mitra, a partner of BCD, fueled the feud further with her own diss track. Later in 2006, Chamillionaire was featured in the singles "Get Up Get Up (Ciara song) " by Ciara, "That Girl That Girl (Frankie J song) " by Frankie J, "Bet That" by Trick Daddy, "King Kong" by Jibbs, and "Doe Boy Fresh" by Three Six Mafia in 2007.
2007–2008: Ultimate Victory
and Mistah F.A.B. in July 24, 2008.
To promote his new album, Chamillionaire released Mixtape Messiah 3 as a prelude to his new album on July 18, 2007 at exactly 11pm Eastern Time on his website. Chamillionaire released his second mainstream album Ultimate Victory on September 18, 2007. Ultimate Victory was made without a single profanity said by Chamillionaire. Guest appearances included UGK, Krayzie Bone, Lil Wayne, Famous, Tony Henry, Devin the Dude and Lloyd Lloyd (singer) . The first single was "Hip Hop Police", featuring Slick Rick, which both Chamillionaire and Slick Rick performed on the CBS television network program Late Show with David Letterman on September 14, 2007.
2008–present: Final Mixtape Messiah, Venom, and Major Pain
In November 2008, Chamillionaire announced his plans for his third album, Venom Venom (album) , for release in early 2009. His sixth installment in the Mixtape Messiah series was to be a "prelude" to Venom. The first single off of Venom was initially planned to be "Creepin' (Solo)", which featured Ludacris and ended up reaching #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. However, it is unclear whether or not the song will be included on Venom after Chamillionaire canceled and then reinstated the album. He announced that Mixtape Messiah 7 would be the final installment of the "Mixtape Messiah" series and that he cancelled Venom to create different material for his third album. Chamillionaire awarded his final Mixtape Messiah 7 to 100 winners of a contest which he ran on his website. One of those winners was fellow rapper and Chamillionaire protege, E-Dawg (NJ), along with "Larry Hustle", aka Anonymayne. The first disc from Mixtape Messiah 7 was launched for free download on Aug 4, 2009 just after 11:30 pm EST, while Disc 2 was released on August 6, 2009 just after 2:00 am EST. The next day the next Disc 3 & 4 dropped making it a 66 track compilation.
On September 29, it was officially announced that Chamillionaire's third album would indeed be entitled "Venom" after a fan vote on his Web site. The first single from this upcoming album is titled "Good Morning Good Morning (Chamillionaire song) ". The album is scheduled to be released on June 15, 2010.
Chamillionaire appeared on the remix for Weezer's song "Can't Stop Partying", off of their album Raditude. He also joined Weezer for live performances as Lil Wayne, who is featured on the original version of the track, was convicted on gun possession charges and was unable to perform.
On December 11, 2009, Chamillionaire performed a set for "Fort Hood Community Strong", an event described as a day of "healing, fun and entertainment" for those placed at the Fort Hood military base who were affected by the shooting Fort Hood shooting that took place on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people. Other performers at the event included Nick Jonas, Dana Carvey and Zac Brown Band.
On December 23, 2009, Chamillionaire announced via his YouTube page that he would be initiating a new mixtape series entitled "Major Pain" through his website by dropping a disc entitled Major Pain on February 2, 2010.
Due to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game taking place in Dallas, Texas, Chamillionaire released a new single, "Main Event Main Event (song) ", on February 11, 2010 via free download. It features fellow Texas rappers Paul Wall, Slim Thug & Dorrough. "Every artist on the song with me has independent hustle and strength in the streets," he said. "It's an All-Star song, so what better place to shoot the video than All-Star Weekend, right here in our own backyard."
On Chamillionaire's official website, he states "Right now the Venom album is set for March 16 and has been pushed back just like Lil Wayne's Rebirth, Game's Red album, and countless other hip hop albums that this happens to." Chamillionaire has also recently stated the release date, now evident that it will be released on the fortold date via twitter.Chamillionaire co-owns Houston based auto dealer Fly Rydes with a partner, Ernest. He personally owns a tour bus company and his record label, Chamillitary Entertainment.On October 23, 2009, Chamillionaire's digital director, 'Digi Jeff' made a challenge where he would jump out of a plane with the title of Chamillionaire's album Venom and the release date on a pink shirt if Chamillionaire reached number one on the hip hop itunes hiphop chart for his new single "Good Morning." 24 hours later, Chamillionaire reached the #1 spot. The pink shirt brought awareness to #beatcancer campaign which set a Guinness Book of World Records. Digi Jeff has worked with Chamillionaire since 2006 running all his digital work. He is seen at several tech events with Chamillionaire including TechCrunch50, TC140, Twiistup and more.
Digi Jeff also appeared on CNN with news anchor Don Lemon on October 24, 2009'Solo'
* The Sound of Revenge (2005)
* Ultimate Victory (2007)
* Venom Venom (album) (2010)
'With Paul Wall'
* Get Ya Mind Correct with Paul Wall (2002)
* Controversy Sells with Paul Wall (2005)
'With The Color Changin' Click'
* Chamillitary with The Color Changin' Click (2005)
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