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|Birth name||Phalon Anton Alexander|
April 25, 1974 |
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupations||Record producer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Keyboards, Vocals, Sampler, Percussion, Bass, Drums|
|Years active||1990 (recording artist)
1995-present (record producer)
|Labels||Elektra Records, Sho'nuff Records, Atlantic Records|
|Associated acts||Ciara, Cee Lo Green, T.I., E-40, Too Short, Nappy Roots, Teyana Taylor|
Phalon Anton Alexander (born April 25, 1974), professionally known as Jazze Pha (/ / JAZ-ee FAY), is an American music producer, songwriter and vocalist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sho'nuff Records, which American R&B singer-songwriter Ciara was signed to.
Jazze Pha was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His father is James Alexander, bassist for the Bar-Kays, an influential group on the Memphis soul scene in the 1960s. His mother is a singer named Denise Williams (not to be confused with chart-topping R&B and gospel singer Deniece "Niecy" Williams). Pha was named after the late Phalon Jones, another member of the Bar-Kays, who, along with three other Bar-Kays members, was killed in a 1967 plane crash.
Pha is known for announcing "Ladies and gentlemen" or "This is a Jazze Phizzle production!", both at the beginning and, occasionally, at the end of songs on which he is featured.
Jazze Pha reached his first commercial hit as a producer in 1996, with Tela's club anthem "Sho Nuff." Pha also played synthesizer on the track. Pha later produced on supergroup LSG's first album, "Let a Playa Get his Freak On," in 1997. LSG consisted of Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, and Johnny Gill.
Pha has collaborated with a large number of other artists. These include Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ciara, Eightball & MJG, Nappy Roots, MC Breed, Girlicious, Lil Wayne, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Nelly, Young Buck, Notorious B.I.G, Petey Pablo, Ras Kass, T.I., Too Short, Trick Daddy and U.G.K..
Pha helped Ciara begin her career as a performer. He produced her hit 2004 single "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott. Jazze Pha also produced Ciara's tracks "Thug Style", "Pick Up the Phone", and "Lookin' at You". In 2006, Pha produced her hit single "Get Up", featuring Chamillionaire. The two have not worked together since 2006.
|"Thug In Your Life"||2000||Cap.One||Through the Eyes of a Don|
|"Chooz U"||2001||T.I.||I'm Serious|
|"Keep It on the Hush"||Ludacris||Word of Mouf|
|"Gangsta Walk"||Baby D, Lil' C, Slim J||Lil' Chopper Toy|
|"Fair XChange"||2Pac||Better Dayz|
|"U Can Call"|
|"There U Go"||2Pac, Big Syke, Outlawz|
|"I'm Comin'"||Big Tymers, Mikkey, TQ||Hood Rich|
|"Get High"||Big Tymers|
|"Fly in Any Weather"||Birdman||Birdman|
|"On the Rocks"||Birdman, The D Boys|
|"Hustlas, Pimps and Thugs"||Birdman, 8Ball, TQ|
|"Ice Cold"||Birdman, TQ|
|"Bowtie"||2003||OutKast, Sleepy Brown||Speakerboxxx/The Love Below|
|"Pretty Pink"||David Banner, T.I., Marcus||MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water|
|"Down South"||Big Tymers, Lil' Wayne, Ludacris||Big Money Heavyweight|
|"Ride Tonight"||Boo & Gotti, Birdman||Perfect Timing|
|"Think..."||Boo & Gotti|
|"Mind on My Money"||YoungBloodZ||Drankin' Patnaz|
|"No Average Playa"|
|"Chillin' with My Bitch"||2004||T.I.||Urban Legend|
|"Still Feels So Good"||Twista||Kamikaze|
|"Pretty Toes"||Nelly, T.I.||Suit|
|"Girlfriend"||Guerilla Black||Guerilla City|
|"Contract"||Lil' Jon, Trillville, Pimpin' Ken||Crunk Juice|
|"Ménage a Trois"||Trick Daddy, Smoke, Money Mark||Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets|
|"4 Eva"||Trick Daddy|
|"Goodies (Remix)"||Ciara, T.I.||Goodies|
|"Everybody Loves a Pimp"||2005||Slim Thug||Already Platinum|
|"I'm Ballin'"||Bun B||Trill|
|"It's Your B-Day"||Trina||Glamorest Life|
|"Play Ur Position"||YoungBloodZ, Mr. Mo||Ev'rybody Know Me|
|"Take Your"||David Banner, Too Short, Bun B||Certified|
|"Thinking of You"||2006||Unk||Beat'n Down Yo Block!|
|"A Part of Thugs"||Yo Gotti||Back 2 da Basics|
|"Pimpin' Forever"||Too Short||Blow the Whistle|
|"Nothing Feels Better"|
|"16 Hoes"||Too Short, Bun B|
|"Tear da Club Up"||LeToya, Bun B||LeToya|
|"The Honey"||Pimp C, Jody Breeze, Tela||Pimpalation|
|"Chevy Smile"||Yung Joc, Block, Trick Daddy|
|"Say say"||Twista, Cee-Lo Green, Big Zak||Adrenaline Rush 2007|
|"Pimpin' Don't Fail Me Now"||8Ball & MJG, Juvenile||Ridin High|
|"The Product"||2013||August Alsina||The Product 2|
- (2007, April 14) Let's Hear It For The Girl, Billboard
"Deniece Williams is not Jazze Pha's mom. While chatting about the pending release of her first R&B album in more than 10 years, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter wants to clear up a misconception she has been hearing and reading the past two years.
'I applaud him and his success,' Williams says of Pha, who has produced hits by Ciara and others. 'But he is not my son.'
For the record — confirmed by Pha's dad, Bar-Kays member James Alexander — the confusion surfaced because his son's mother shares the same name as the singing Williams."
- Tolliver, Vincent. "Jazze Pha: Behind The Music", bet.com, Music section
"Jazze Pha has been surrounded by music all his life. His father is James Alexander, bass guitarist for the Bar Kays. His mother, Denise Williams, is an accomplished singer, having worked with everyone from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Barbra Streisand. But she is not the same Deniece Williams that R&B fanatics have come to know and love. 'Yea man straighten that out,' he says, referring to the belief that his mother is the legendary singer."
- Galloway, A. Scott. "Love & Lunch... Niecy Style", Urban Network, Interviews section
"Jazze Pha has a mother named Denise Williams that people keep mistaking for me."
- Goggans, Louis. "A Product of Memphis: Q & A with Jazze Pha". memphisflyer.com. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "Jazze Pha". answers.com. answers.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Official website
- Jazze Pha at AllMusic
- Jazze Pha discography at Discogs
- Jazze Pha discography at MusicBrainz
- Jazze Pha on Twitter