|Birth name||Lawrence Lee Thomas|
|Also known as||MC Pooh|
|Born||January 25, 1971|
|Origin||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, gangsta rap|
|Labels||Jive, Scarface, In-A-Minute, Killa Kali|
Pooh-Man, also known as MC Pooh (born Lawrence Lee Thomas, January 25, 1971) is an American rap artist who has released several albums on various labels, including Jive Records. His lyrics focused on the topics of sex, money and murder (his song "Sex, Money, and Murder" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 film Juice).
He was active in the music industry from the early 1990s onward. His only charting album, 1992's Funky as I Wanna Be, gained notoriety for its risque cover, featured guest appearances by MC Breed, Too Short, and Ant Banks, and brought him his biggest success, peaking at #158 on the Billboard Top 200.
Pooh-Man's third release, Judgement Day, contained insults directed at Too Short, Ant Banks, Spice 1 and The Dangerous Crew. One single, "Run Nigga Run," received light airplay on BET in the summer of 1993, though the title was changed to "Run Brother Run" in order to satisfy network censors. Neither the track nor the album proved successful, though the album did reach #57 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He appeared in the Hughes Brothers 'hood film Menace II Society later in the year.
A few years ago MC Pooh Man embarked on what appeared to be a promising career within Hip Hop. His 3 albums including the cult classic 'Life Of A Criminal' contained a number of underground street hits as Pooh Man garnered a substantial following. His big break for national stardom came when he was featured on the sound track to the movie 'Juice'. He quickly followed that accomplishment by appearing in the movie 'Menace II Society'. Then suddenly Pooh Man who's real name is Lawrence Lee Tate began to run into big problems. The first involved a libel lawsuit due to a song he released entitled 'Racia' which detailed the sexual exploits of an Oakland woman of the same name. Apparently Pooh-Man along with fellow rappers Too Short and Ant Banks kept it real by telling real life sex tales in this song. After this got resolved, Pooh-Man had a big falling out with Too Short and Ant Banks over money. He later relocated to Modesto which is located in Central California.
The Oakland Tribune ran a story about a Modesto crime spree in which a half a dozen banks and several jewelry stores were robbed. The robbers using a stolen Cherokee would roll through and make store owners and customers lie down on the floor during these strong arm robberies. Modesto Police formed a task force to combat the robberies. He had been on parole for the 1994 Walgreens robbery, at that time. Police and FBI gathered evidence and clues to connect Pooh to the other robberies. He was charged and sentenced for some of his charges in 2000. Pooh-Man is scheduled to be released soon and will be returning to the studio for his next album.
|Year||Title||Label||US R&B Chart||US Top 200|
|1991||Life of a Criminal||Jive||#39||-|
|1992||Funky As I Wanna Be||Jive||#38||#158|
|1994||Ain't No Love||In-A-Minute||#85||-|
|1997||State Vs. Pooh-Man Straight from San Quentin||In-A-Minute||-||-|
|2001||Fukin' Wit Dank 2001||Killa Kali||-||-|