Governor Washington Jr. was born in Charles City, Virginia. His father was a preacher. 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.
2005-2006: Grand Hustle signing and Son of Pain
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.". Atlantic first tried to pair him with renowned record producer Dr. Dre, and then with gangsta rapper50 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. 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. After appearing on several of DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, Governor later released his Grand Hustle debut Son of Pain, in September 2006. The album debuted at number 50 on the US BillboardTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
2009-present: G-Unit signing and A Touch of Magic
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. He had this to say about signing with the label,
The new situation is an honor in itself. 50 and I grew up together in this music, so to speak. I hate to even give names sometimes dealing with my story because I hate to even give some of the haters light by mentioning their names. Regardless of any of that, it was a blessing to be able to re-connect to 50. We always shared a genuine respect for each others music and destiny had it so that we end up being able to work with each other again. The sweet thing about this situation on G-Note is that its an independent label, with major money behind it. Its not like being on a major for me. On G-Note, I don’t have to deal with certain issues that come along with being attached to a major. I actually talk to the owner of the company, ride in the same vehicle on the way to the airport. I have his telephone number and he actually answers….I don’t have the pressure of selling 2 million records to actually make a profit.
The song is called "Here We Go Again" and features 50 Cent. 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". 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 thisis50.com regularly to promote his album.
In an interview with HipHopNMore, Governor revealed the title for his upcoming album which is called, A Touch of Magic. 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".