Governor (singer)

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Birth name Governor Washington, Jr.
Also known as Country Boy[1]
Born July 25, 1983
Charles City, Virginia, U.S.
Genres R&B, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Labels G-Unit, G-Note (current)
Grand Hustle, Atlantic (former)

Governor Washington, Jr., simply known as Governor, is an American soul and R&B recording artist from Charles City, Virginia. He is perhaps best known as a singer-songwriter who was once signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint, under the aegis of Atlantic Records.[2][3][4][5] In 2010, he signed to the newly formed G-Note Records, a subsidiary label of 50 Cent's G-Unit Records.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Governor Washington Jr. was born in Charles City, Virginia. His father was a preacher.[7] After declining an offer to attend the Berklee College of Music, he formed the Jodeci-style group Case Closed. After moving to New York City, then back to Virginia, Governor left the group and returned to New York on his own. He released the album Another State of Mind in 2000.[8]

2005-2006: Grand Hustle signing and Son of Pain[edit]

In 2005, American rapper T.I. added Governor, to his Grand Hustle Records imprint, after Atlantic Records chose T.I. to act as his mentor. Atlantic Records' plan for Governor, who joined Atlantic's roster almost four years prior, was to market him a devotee, or a card-carrying member of T.I.'s "camp.".[9] Atlantic first tried to pair him with renowned record producer Dr. Dre, and then with gangsta rapper 50 Cent; however both plans fell through. In search of quick jolt of street credibility, the label brokered a deal for the singer to join T.I.'s imprint.[9] In 2006, Governor appeared alongside T.I., performing the song "Hello", from T.I.'s album King, for the Atlanta-based rapper's AOL Sessions.[10][11] After appearing on several of DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, Governor later released his Grand Hustle debut Son of Pain, in September 2006.[9] The album debuted at number 50 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

2009-present: G-Unit signing and A Touch of Magic[edit]

After signing to G-Unit Records in 2009, Governor was signed to the newly formed subsidiary G-Note Records, where he released the first single off his upcoming album.[12] He had this to say about signing with the label,

The song is called "Here We Go Again" and features 50 Cent.[13] The song will be released for digital download on December 27, 2010. In an interview with G-Unit Radio, 50 Cent said that Governor was "extremely talented" and that "he is about to blow".[14] Along with releasing his first single, "Here We Go Again" off his upcoming album, Governor reported that he was working on mixtapes as well as putting out new music on regularly to promote his album.[15][16]

In an interview with HipHopNMore, Governor revealed the title for his upcoming album which is called, A Touch of Magic.[17] The album will be released under G-Note Records and is scheduled for a summer 2011 release date. Governor also spoke about upcoming music with 50 Cent on the album and had this to say, "The first two or three collaborations was to allow people to get used to a particular feel and sound, while being connected to one of the most successful rappers on earth. Now, we are focusing on releasing songs that showcase that sound, speaking of myself as a solo artist".


  • Another State of Mind (2000)
  • Son of Pain (2006)
  • A Touch of Magic (TBA)


Year Song Artist(s) Album
2006 "Blood, Sweat & Tears" Governor Son of Pain
"You Got The Power"
2010 "Here We Go Again" Governor (feat. 50 Cent) A Touch of Magic

Guest Appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2002 "PJ's" Wyclef Jean, Prolific Masquerade
"Since Supernatural" Santana, Melkie Jean Shaman
"The World" G-Unit God's Plan
2004 "Hustlin' " T.I. Urban Legend
2006 "Hello" T.I. King
"Destiny" N/A Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
2009 "Do You Think About Me" 50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
2010 "They Burned Me" 50 Cent
"Kill It" Lloyd Banks H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)


  1. ^ Sims, Art (July 19, 2006). "An Evening of Performances", Chicago Defender 101 (43): 20.
  2. ^ Crawford, ReGina (August 3, 2006). "The Governor is in", Call and Post 90 (31): 5–6.
  3. ^ Leeds, Jeff (November 27, 2005). "Scenes From an Arranged Marriage", The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Venable, Malcolm (February 16, 2006). "Candidate for stardom", The Virginian-Pilot, p. E8. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Gail (May 27, 2006). "Rhythm & Blues: Hi-Tek Hits The Dre Dream Team", Billboard 118 (21): 46. Convenience link.
  6. ^ 50 Cent's G-Unit signs deal with Emi: What does it mean and why does it matter?
  7. ^ Ollison, Rashod D. (June 15, 2006). "A dream and a nightmare: Governor has been mistreated by the record industry, but he's not mad", The Baltimore Sun, p. T6. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  8. ^ Davis, Hays (September 28, 2006). "Country boy done good: Virginia's Governor makes a statement on the soul scene", Richmond Times-Dispatch, p. F13.
  9. ^ a b c Leeds, Jeff (November 27, 2005). "Scenes From an Arranged Marriage", The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
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  14. ^ 50 Cent Calls Into G-Unit Saturdays W/Jack Thriller Mimi & Nelson: Speaks On Premier Of 'Things Fall Apart' In March,Pimping Like Hugh Hefner, New Album Being 80% Done & More!...
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  16. ^ Governor - "Wish Me Luck" feat 50 Cent -
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