Lil Zane

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Lil Zane
Birth name Zane Copeland, Jr.
Also known as Lil' Zane, Zane, LZ Stunna
Born (1982-07-11) July 11, 1982 (age 32)
Yonkers, New York, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations rapper, actor
Instruments vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels Worldwide Entertainment, EMI, Priority Records (2001-2003)
Priority Records, Capitol Music Group (2003-2004)
U.S. Entertainment, Hollywood Fame Records (2008-2009)
Money Making Muzik (2010-Present)
Associated acts 112, Chris Brown, Romeo Miller, Sammie, Bow Wow, Dolla, Lil Wayne
Website www.lil-zane.com

Zane Copeland, Jr. (born July 11, 1982), better known as Lil' Zane, is a rapper & actor born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his debut album Young World: The Future, released in 2000, which featured the single "Callin' Me" featuring 112. To date Lil Zane has sold over 6,000,000 records [1][2][3] [4]

Early life[edit]

At age 10, Zane was inspired by Another Bad Creation and Kris Kross, and he got more serious about his eventual career and started rehearsing with his cousin E.Greene. He was first recognized by his fans when he was in a group called kronic signed to RCA Records. They were signed from 1993 to 96. They never put out any projects. Then 1996 he went solo and started entering local Atlanta talent shows. Then in 1999 he started touring with 112 while recording his debut album.

Music career[edit]

1999-01: Young World: The Future[edit]

In 1999, his first ever single, "Money Stretch", was included in the Next Friday soundtrack. In 2000 Lil' Zane released his debut album Young World: The Future which featured his smash single "Callin Me". The album debut at #25 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 copies sold in the first week.[5] The album also hit at #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In 2001 he made appearance on the Hardball soundtrack on the track of the same name with Bow Wow, Lil Wayne and Sammie. To date the album has sold close to 300,000 copies .[6]

2003: The Big Zane Theory[edit]

In 2003 Lil Zane released his second album, The Big Zane Theory. The album failed to match the success of Zane's previous album, as it charted at #191 on the Billboard 200's chart with 6,423 copies sold. It also charted at #39 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The only single that was released on the album was "Tonite I'm Yours" which peaked at # 87 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Soon after words Zane would leave Priority Records due to lack of financial compensation, artist support, and promotion to go on a 5 year hiatus from music to focus on his acting career. To date the album sold close to 30,000 copies.

2004-08: Under the Radar & Tha Return[edit]

In late 2004 Zane started working on his third album, Under the Radar. The album was to feature artist like Real Young, Raz B, John B, and Bone Crusher also Rich Boy. The album was going to get released in Spring of 2005 but then was pushed back to fall but was never released. In late 2006 Zane started to work on a new album Tha Return. The album was released on February 26, 2008. The album failed to match the success of Zane's previous albums, as it failed to make it to any Billboard charts. The only single that was released on the album was "Like This" which also failed to chart also. To date the album sold close to 10,000 copies.

2010-present: My World: My Future[edit]

In 2010 he made special appearance at the 10 year anniversary of 106 & Park in Los Angeles with Ray J & Tony Marsley also known as AK. He announced he was releasing a mixtape entitled The Missing Link and a new single entitled "Put It In My Lap".

On March 8, 2011 Zane said that the first single off his upcoming album My World: My Future is going to be "Must Be Nice", but it was later featured on his mixtape The Missing Link.

On April 28, 2011 a rumor circulated that Zane signed to Cash Money Records. Later, the statement was proven false.[7]

On June 7, 2011 Zane released a new single called "My Girl".

On May 14, 2013 Zane released a new song called "When I Get Home" featuring Young Joe which is featured on his mixtapes Champagne & Dirty Sprite.

On June 1, 2013 Zane stated that there will be a Remix to his song "When I Get Home" featuring Young Joe, King Varciti & J.P.E ( Joshua P. Edwards).

On September 18, 2013 Zane announced via his Facebook that the lead single off his upcoming album is called "Roof Gone".

As of March 10, 2014 it is known that Zane is still working on his upcoming album My World: My Future.

Other Ventures[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Zane has been in several movies and television shows, including Cuttin' da Mustard, The Parkers, A Day in the Life, Motives, The Fighting Temptations, Dr. Dolittle 2, Girlfriends, and Finding Forrester.

Money Making Muzik (MMM)[edit]

In 2004 Zane started his own record label Three Male Entertainment (3ME) But then changed it to U.S. Entertainment in 2006. Then in 2010 he changed it to Money Making Muzik (MMM) after buying B1 Music Group for a significant amount of money which is yet to be disclosed.In 2010 Zane signed many talents including spotlight florida artist Soulja P & others.

Current artist
  • Lil Zane (2004–Present)
  • Soulja P (2010–Present)
  • Shawty (2010–Present)
  • D Phlo (2012–Present)
  • The Triple M Boyz (D Phlo,Soulja P) (2014–Present)
Former artist
  • Real Young (2004 - 2006)
  • Young Crunk (2005 - 2006)
  • Miss Honey (2010 - 2012)
  • Indyspensablz (2011 - 2012)
  • cool Gang (2012)
  • G$C (2012)
  • Ya Gurl Ree (2012)
  • J RockStar (2012)
  • Fly High Gang (2012)

Personal life[edit]

In 2007 he attended St Andrews University.

In 2010 Zane had his first daughter named Nina.

Controversy[edit]

Young Buck[edit]

On September 20, 2011 Lil Zane said on Street Disciplez Radio, G-Unit CEO 50 Cent would have made more money by signing him over former group member Young Buck. In addition to revealing his interest in working with 50 Cent, Zane also taunted Buck's music."Yo, he's garbage, he's garbage," Zane told radio host EI8HT referring to Young Buck. "He's garbage though, I don't think he's a good rapper. He might be a good person but you know, he probably feels the same way about me. So the feeling's mutual, you know? But I don't think he's the best rapper. I think I would have made 50 Cent a little more money. I think 50 needs to sign me, man. I think it needs to be 50 & 60 Cent or something because I'm more like 60 Cent. You know what I'm saying?[8]

Game & Tyler, The Creator[edit]

In September, 2011 on an interview with DJ Vlad, Game named Lil Zane one of the wackest rappers. Zane responded on a freestyle over the song "Niggas in Paris". In the freestyle he disses not only the Game but also Tyler, The Creator.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US R&B
Young World: The Future 25 4
The Big Zane Theory
  • Released: August 19, 2003
  • Label: Priority, Capitol
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
191 34
Under The Radar
  • Released: Shelved
  • Label: 3ME, JLM, MAM Group
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
Shelved
Tha Return
  • Released: February 26, 2008
  • Label: U.S., Hollywood Fame
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
My World: My Future
  • Released: TBA, 2014
  • Label: Money Making Muzik
  • Formats: MD, LP
TBR

Note: In 2006 Lil Zane made a album called Under The Radar it was never released.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US R&B
Cognito Presents That's My Mic
  • Released: July 20, 2005
  • Label: JLM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP

Mixtapes[edit]

Zane's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
The Missing Link Volume 1
  • Released: October 26, 2011
  • Label: Money Making Muzik
  • Hosted by DJ Money Baggs
R.A.W (Raps About Women) (as LZ Stunna)
  • Released: November 11, 2011
  • Label: Money Making Muzik
Champagne & Dirty Sprite
  • Released: December 26, 2012
  • Label: Money Making Muzik
  • Hosted by DJ Purfiya
Still Callin' Me
  • Released: TBA, 2014
  • Label: Money Making Muzik
The Missing Link Vol. 2
  • Released: TBA, 2014
  • Label: Money Making Muzik

Singles[edit]

Main-artist singles[edit]

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap Certifications Album
1999 "Anywhere" (with 112) 15 5
  • RIAA: Platinum
Room 112 & Young World: The Future
"Money Stretch" Next Friday OST & Young World: The Future
2000 "Callin' Me" (featuring 112) 21 2 1
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
Young World: The Future
"None Tonight" 66 2
  • RIAA: Gold
2001 "Hardball" (with Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Sammie) 68 Hardball soundtrack & Young World: The Future
2003 "Tonite I'm Yours" (featuring Tank) 87 The Big Zane Theory
"To da River" (with T-Bone, and Montell Jordan) The Fighting Temptations soundtrack
2008 "Like This" Tha Return
2010 "We Are The World: The Next Generation" (with H. Wood City, Brian McKnight Jr., Taylor Parks, Bobby Tinsley, Tori Kelly, Montana Tucker, Mishon, Tyna Q, Sy Sylvers, Solre, Raz B, Kristy Flores, Marcel Dion, Bobbie Riley, Deja Riley, Naturi Naughton, Porscha Coleman, Ariana Pierce, Alyxx Dione, Lil Mama, Prima J, Lil' Fizz, J-Boog, Chani, Karen Flores) Non-album single
2011 "My Girl" Cognito Presents That's My Mic
"Go Hard" (with J Bigga) The Missing Link Vol. 2
2013 "When I Get Home" (featuring Young Joe) Non-album single
2014 TBA TBR TBR TBR My World: My Future

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2000 "Ways Of The World" Young World: The Future
2010 "Put It In My Lap" (featuring Tipse) Non-album single
2011 "Must Be Nice" The Missing Link Volume 1
"Why You Mad"
"Stay On My Grind"
2012 "Sippin Hennessy" (featuring Tupac Shakur) Champagne & Dirty Sprite
"Don't Trust Nobody" (featuring Shawty Lo)
"I Learned From You" (featuring Whitney Houston) Non-album single
2013 "Oh Heavenly Father" Champagne & Dirty Sprite
"Call It What You Want" Non-album single
2014 "Roof Gone" My World My Future

Featured singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
2010 "Body Rock" (Bass Rock featuring Lil Zane) Non-album single
2011 "De Gna (Go)" (Official Avo featuring Lil Zane & Novva)
"Elevator" (Hustleman featuring Lil Zane & J Soul)
"Body Rock 2" (CityStarz featuring Lil Zane)
2012 "Take You There" (K-Tone featuring Lil Zane & Ray Lavender) The Real Tone Pt. 2
2013 "Motivation" (Soulja P featuring Lil Zane) The Boot Camp
"When I Was 15" (Mac Trip Tha Don featuring Lil Zane) MOB Money's Everything

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

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