A+ (rapper)

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A+
Birth name Andre Levins
Also known as A+, Young Plus
Born (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 35)
Origin Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1996–2012
Labels Kedar Entertainment
UMVD Labels
Masta Mix Records
Assdroknot Entertainment
FochFam
Moneyline Records
Website myspace.com/youngplus

Andre Levins, also known as A+ (born August 29, 1979,[1] Hempstead, New York) is an American rapper. As a teenager he released albums in 1996 and in 1999.

History[edit]

A+ began his music career in 1995, after winning a national talent competition sponsored by Def Jam Records.[2] He was the first act signed to Kedar Massenburg's record label, Kedar Entertainment.[2] According to Massenburg, the A+ moniker "means that he's striving for perfection, and he's not really talking about the same things as other young rappers."[2] In 1996, at the age of 14, A+ released his first album, The Latch-Key Child, which featured contributions from AZ, Mobb Deep and Q-Tip.[3] "All I See" was chosen as the lead single,[2] and it peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[4] staying for 14 weeks.[5]

His second album, Hempstead High, was released in February 1999.[6] Guest appearances on the album included DeBarge, the Lost Boyz and Canibus.[6][7] The single "Enjoy Yourself", which sampled the 1976 Walter Murphy song "A Fifth of Beethoven,"[8] reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart,[9] number 63 of the U.S. Hot 100[4] for three weeks,[5] and was also commercially successful in Germany and Japan.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions[10]
US Hip-Hop Heatseekers
1996 The Latch-Key Child 36 17
1999 Hempstead High 60 19
2005 Back 2 Business mixtape w / DJ Don Demarco - -
2006 The Lab: Test#1 - -
2010 Without a Trace - -

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
AUS AUT BEL FRA GER NLD NOR NZ SWE SWI UK[9] US[4] US R&B[4]
1996 "All I See"
66
29
1999 "Enjoy Yourself"
26
25
5
27
30
4
6
8
19
19
5
63
50
1999 "It's On You"
1999 "She Don't Love You (feat. Joe)"
88
2006 "Throw Your Hands In The Air"
2009 "Who Stole Hip-Hop"
2012 "I'm Right Here"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Brad. "A+ - Biography". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hopkins, Tracy (1996-06-08). "A+ is a Perfect Score for Kedar". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 108 (23): 19. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ Mills, Brad. "Latch-Key Child - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d "A+ - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ a b Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Joel Whitburn. 2000. Record Research Inc. p. 3. ISBN 0-89820-139-X
  6. ^ a b Conaway, Matt. "Hempstead High - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  7. ^ a b Nathan, David (1998-12-19). "A+ Makes Grade at Hempstead". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 110 (51): 23. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  8. ^ Kim, Hyun (February 1999). "Revolutions". Vibe (Time Inc.) 7 (1): 139. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  9. ^ a b "'Enjoy Yourself' - Chart history". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  10. ^ "A+ - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-20.