Rock City (production duo)

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Rock City
Also known as R. City, Planet VI
Origin Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Genres Hip hop, pop, R&B, calypso, reggae fusion
Occupations Record producers, rappers, singers, songwriters
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Rebelution Records (current)
Kon Live Distribution, Geffen Records (former)
Associated acts Akon, Kardinal Offishall, Verse Simmonds, Cam Wallace, Mike Will Made It, Rihanna, SMKA
Website www.the6planet.com
Members Timothy "A.I." Thomas
Theron "Uptown AP" Thomas

Rock City also known as Planet VI, is a songwriting and record production team from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, composed of brothers Theron (born 1982) and Timothy Thomas (b. 1984), who go by the stage names of A.I (formerly Don't Talk) and Uptown A.P (formerly Da Spokesman), respectively. Their repertoire includes artists from R&B, pop and reggae fusion. Aside from writing and producing songs for other artists, the duo also release music of their own. In 2006, they secured a recording contract with Geffen Records and Akon's Kon Live Distribution imprint. They have written a string of hit singles for artists such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly and Akon, among many others.

Despite their songwriting success, they were unable to get a release date for their debut album under the labels. Subsequently the duo launched a very public campaign they gallantly called "PTFAO (Put the F**king Album Out)", to make the industry aware of their plight. Finally, in March 2011, after two years of campaigning, Akon met with the duo and offered them the option of remaining with the label and working towards releasing an album, or being released from their contract. Grateful as they were to Akon for the opportunities afforded them, the duo chose to become free agents. They then launched Rebelution Records, on which they plan to release their debut album under.[1][2]

Since 2008, the duo has released 15 mixtapes for free download online. The creative duo offers international flair combined with a hip hop aesthetic with their music. They later had to officially change their name to R. City because of confusion caused by Detroit's nickname (which is Rock City as well). After leaving Akon's Kon Live label, their name was once again changed to their current namesake Planet VI.[3]

History[edit]

1982-2005: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Hailing from St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, they grew up in the Oswald Harris Court Projects (popularly known as "Housin'"). The Thomas brothers graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School (C.A.H.S.) in 2000. They released their first mixtape one year later under the name 2EKwip(2EK). They later changed their name to Rock City, adopted from the nickname the locals gave to their island of St. Thomas. After struggling, they managed to get to the U.S. mainland where they started performing in talent shows. The Thomas brothers were later banned from talent shows because they were winning too much.[citation needed] Theron at the time went under the pseudonym Da Spokesman, while Timothy went as Don’t Talk.

2006-2011: Kon Live era and PTFAO series[edit]

Their first major placement as songwriters was Senegalese-American singer Akon’s “The Rain”, from his triple platinum-selling album Konvicted (2006), via a connect from their friend Benny D, who happened to be Akon's DJ. In a short time—they began penning songs for other artists and later in 2006, they amassed a number of tunes for artists including Mario, Usher, Eve, and Sean Kingston .[citation needed]

They continued to write songs for many artists from Pop to R&B. Many of their written and produced songs have contained the opening lyrics, "Right About Now". Perhaps the most successful songs the Thomas brothers have written include Mario's "Music for Love", Sean Kingston's "Take You There" which reached #7 on Billboard Singles, The Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" which reached #9 on Billboard, and Iyaz's "Replay" which reached #2 on Billboard. Nicole Scherzinger gave a shout out to Planet VI after the Pussycat Dolls won the 2008 VMA for Best Dancing In a Video for "When I Grow Up." The single went double platinum in the US.[citation needed]

Their first single from their debut album Wake the Neighbors, which was slated for release in 2008, is "Losin' It". It was originally intended to be a song for R&B singer Trey Songz.

The song "Forever" by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, which was produced by Canadian producer Boi-1da, was originally intended to be used for Kardinal Offishall on his album Not For Sale. The song featured the Thomas brothers on the hook instead of Drake and was leaked online in early 2008. Kardinal did not use the song for his album and it was later re-sold to Drake and released in late 2008 as "I Want This Forever" featuring Lil Wayne and Kidd Kidd, then re-made into the current version featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem.[citation needed]

On June 15, 2010, the group announced their leave from KonLive, via their official website. The reason for the departure was due to the label not helping the duo get their debut album out soon enough (which was originally scheduled for 2008 release). Although, says the duo, they still will remain friendly with their former labelmates and are venturing onto their own label, Rebelution.

On October 26 Planet VI dropped their new mixtape No Off Days, which has 23 songs on it. On November 4, Planet VI put a video on their website previewing video clips of 3 songs from their album No Off Days. On the same day Planet VI, announced that they are busy with a new reggae mixtape which will be called Struggles and Love Songs.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2008: Wake the Neighbors (shelved)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2008: The Black Beatles Mixtape
  • 2008: Rock City Takeova
  • 2009: 'Welcome to Rock City
  • 2009: Put the F*ckin' Album Out
  • 2009: Put the F'n Album Out... Sneak Peak
  • 2009: PTFAO: Independence Day
  • 2009: PTFAO: The Saga Continues
  • 2009: PTFAO: Stop Leaking Our Shit
  • 2009: The Lost Files'
  • 2010: PTFAO: Empire Strikes Back
  • 2010: PTFAO: Independence Day Part 2
  • 2010: PTFAO: Independence Day Part 3
  • 2010: No Off Days
  • 2011: The American Dream
  • 2012: American Nightmare[4]
  • 2014: V.I Til We Die

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Losin' It"[5] 2008 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"V.I O.G's"[6]
{Paebak featuring Planet VI)
2013 History

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Pledge of Allegiance"
(DJ Drama featuring Wiz Khalifa, Planet VI and B.o.B)
2012 48 Quality Street Music
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 2006 "All I Know" (Blak Jak feat. Rock City) from Place Your Bets
  • 2007 "Go Low" (Beanie Sigel feat. Rock City) from The Solution
  • 2007 "Struggle" (Jibbs feat. Rock City)
  • 2007 "Lost Girl" (Rich Boy feat. Rock City & Keri Hilson) from Rich Boy
  • 2008 "When the Lights Darken" (Willie the Kid feat. Rock City) from Absolute Greatness
  • 2008 "Let Me See" (Busta Rhymes feat. Machal Montano & Planet VI) (Leftover track on "Back on My BS")
  • 2008 "Born 2 Lose" (Bohagon feat. Mario & Rock City)
  • 2008 "Final Warning" (DJ Khaled feat. Rock City, Blood Raw, Ace Hood, Brisco, Bali, Lil Scrappy & Shawty Lo)
  • 2008 "Guns High" (Ace Hood feat. Rock City)
  • 2008 "Hustle" (E-40 feat. Rock City & Turf Talk) from The Ball Street Journal
  • 2008 "Slow" (B.o.B feat. Rock City) from Hi! My Name Is B.o.B
  • 2008 "Riding' High" (Young Capone feat. Rock City & Bohagon) from Welcome to the Trap
  • 2008 "King" (Booba feat. Rock City) from 0.9
  • 2008 "Bring It Back" (Kardinal Offishall feat. Rock City) leftover track from Not 4 Sale)
  • 2008 "I Love the Islands" (Savage feat. Rock City) from Savage Island
  • 2008 "Move Over" (Hydro feat. Rock City & Hussein Fatal)
  • 2008 "Last Day" (DJ Speedy feat. Planet VI)
  • 2008 "Hot Like Fire" (Savage feat. Rock City) #26 NZ from Savage Island
  • 2008 "Kicks 2day" Greg Street feat. Planet VI, Shortee Wop & Short Dawg
  • 2008 "Good Day Island Remix" Greg Street feat. Nappy Roots, Beenie Man & Planet VI
  • 2009 "Put It On My Back" (Hunt feat. Planet VI)
  • 2009 "Perfectionist" (Asher Roth feat. Rock City & Beanie Sigel) from Asleep In the Bread Aisle
  • 2009 "No Make Up Remix" (Huey feat. Planet VI & Trey Songz) (Leftover track on "Ready")
  • 2009 "Overboard" (Gucci Mane feat. OJ Da Juiceman, Planet VI, & La the Darkman)
  • 2009 "The Mover" (OJ da Juiceman feat. Rock City) from Bouldercrest Shawty
  • 2009 "Crazy Night" (R. Kelly feat. Rock City) from Untitled
  • 2009 "Brown Skin Girl" (Chris Brown feat. Sean Paul & Rock City) from Graffiti
  • 2009 "Dancer" (Iyaz feat. Planet VI)
  • 2009 "Warning" (The Clipse feat. Planet VI) (Til The Casket Drops Leftover Track)
  • 2009 "Activated" (Pitbull feat. Planet VI) (leftover track on "Rebullution")
  • 2009 "Replay Remix (Iyaz feat. Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hussle, Planet VI & Bizzy Bone)
  • 2010 "Go Hard" (Iyaz feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Oh Africa" (Akon feat. Keri Hilson & Planet VI) #4 Hungary
  • 2010 Untitled Track on Kardinal Offishall's upcoming album "Mr. International"
  • 2010 "Dancer" (Jason DeRulo feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Hearbeatlove" (Janet Jackson feat. Pitbull, Machel Montano & Planet VI)
  • 2010 "One Life" (Rick Ross feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Struggles" (Akon feat. G Stokes & Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Came Up" (Ariez Onasis feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Make Money" (Lucky Lanskey feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Leave Me Alone" (Machine Gun Kelly feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Hold Yuh Remix" (Gyptian feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "One Life" (Fabolous/Rick Ross feat. Planet VI)
  • 2010 "On It" (J. Cardim feat. Ariez Onasis, Planet VI & Paul Wall)
  • 2010 "Home Town" (DJ Benny D)
  • 2010 "Life Is Ruff" (DJ Benny D)
  • 2010 "My Home Town" (Sway DaSafo feat. DJ Benny D & Planet VI)
  • 2010 "Billy Crystal" (Yelawolf feat. Planet VI)
  • 2011 "Roll Around" (Flo Rida feat. Planet VI)
  • 2012 "Pledge of Allegiance" (DJ Drama feat. Wiz Khalifa, Planet VI & B.o.B) from Quality Street Music
  • 2012 "Runnin'" (Machine Gun Kelly feat. Planet VI)
  • 2013 "It's on Me" (Beni Haze feat. Pusha T & Planet VI)[7]
  • 2014 "Do It For the Hood 2" (Red Café featuring Planet VI and Maino)[8]

Music videos[edit]

  • 2008 Go Low (Beanie Sigel ft. Planet VI) Dir: Rik Cordero
  • 2008 Losin' It/The Rhythm
  • 2008 Stop Lyin
  • 2008 Good Day (Greg Street presents Nappy Roots-cameo appearance)
  • 2008 You Gotta Go Right Now
  • 2009 PTFAO
  • 2009 Hip Hop Props
  • 2009 Can I Get On (ft. Verse)
  • 2009 I Love the Islands (Savage ft. Planet VI)
  • 2009 Break Up Remix (Verse ft. Planet VI & Lunch Money)
  • 2010 Make Money (Lucky Lansky ft. Planet VI)
  • 2010 Takeover
  • 2010 Survivor Anthem
  • 2010 You Are
  • 2010 BMF Freestyle
  • 2010 I'm Good
  • 2010 Tell It Like It Is

Songwriter Discography[edit]

Singles and Charting Songs Written by Planet VI:

2007

  • Sean Kingston - Take You There (#7 US)
  • Leona Lewis - Misses Glass (#142 UK)
  • J-Shin - All I Got Is Love
  • Nicole Scherzinger - Supervillain
  • Mario - Music For Love (#109 US)

2008

  • Plies - Put It On Ya (ft. Chris J) (#31 US)
  • Prima J - Rock Star (#93 US POP)
  • Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up (#9 US)
  • T.I. - My Life Your Entertainment (wrote hook) (#119 US)

2009

  • Drake - Forever (ft. Kanye West, Eminem & Lil Wayne) (wrote hook) (#8 US)
  • R. Kelly - Crazy Night (ft. Rock City) (#107 US R&B)
  • Iyaz - Replay (#2 US)
  • Jennifer Hudson - If This Isn't Love (#63 US)

2010

  • Justin Bieber - Runaway Love
  • Rihanna - Man Down (#59 US)
  • Janet Jackson - Heartbeatlove (ft. Pitbull, Machel Montano & Rock City)
  • Rihanna - Raining Men (ft. Nicki Minaj) (#142 UK)
  • School Gyrls - Something Like a Party (#5 US DANCE)
  • R. Kelly - Tongues (ft. Ludacris)
  • Akon - Oh Africa (ft. Keri Hilson) (#56 UK, #4 HUNGARY)

2011

  • DJ Antoine vs. Timati - Welcome to St. Tropez (ft. Kalenna) (#5 HUNGARY)
  • Git Fresh - Eat It Up

2012

  • DJ Drama - So Many Girls (ft. Tyga, Wale & Roscoe Dash) (#90 US)
  • DJ Drama - Pledge of Allegiance (ft. Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B & Planet VI) (#48 US R&B)
  • Angel - Time After Time (#41 UK)
  • Iggy Azalea - "Murda Bizness" (ft. T.I.)

2013

  • Mike Will Made It - "23" (ft. Wiz Khalifa, Miley Cyrus & Juicy J) (#11 US)
  • Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop" (#2 US, #1 UK)
  • Beyonce - "Bow Down/I Been On"
  • Kelly Rowland - "Kisses Down Low" (#72 US, #24 US R&B)
  • Ciara - "I'm Out" (ft. Nicki Minaj) (#44 US, #13 US R&B, #86 CAN, #54 UK)
  • Cody Simpson - "Pretty Brown Eyes" (#61 CAN, #61 UK)
  • B Smyth - "Win Win" (ft. Future)
  • Angel - "Time After Time" (#41 UK)
  • Rihanna - "Pour It Up" (#19 US, #6 US R&B, #49 CAN, #70 UK)
  • Future - "Neva End Remix" (ft. Kelly Rowland) (wrote Kelly Rowland's verse) (#52 US, #14 US R&B)
  • French Montana - "Ain't Worried Bout Nothin" (Miley Cyrus Remix) (wrote Miley Cyrus' verse)
  • Omarion - "Know You Better" (feat. Fabolous & Pusha T) (#54 US R&B)
  • Netta Brielle - "It's the Weekend" (feat. B.o.B)
  • B.o.B - "All I Want"
  • Doughboyz Cashout - "Pure White" (feat. Pusha T, Jeezy & Big K.R.I.T.)
  • Veronica Vega - "Wicked"

2014

  • Future - "I Won" (feat. Kanye West) (#98 US)
  • Tessanne Chin - "Everything Reminds Me of You"
  • Becky G - "Shower" (#55 US)
  • Mike Will Made It - "Buy the World" feat. Future, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar

Other songs[edit]

Artists who have recorded Thomas brothers' songs include:

  • Day26, "Chef Tone"
  • Toni Braxton, "The Wave"
  • Usher, "You're All I Want" "Birthday Girl"
  • Chris Brown, "Brown Skin Girl", "Movie", "Lucky Me"
  • Booba, "King"
  • Sean Kingston, "Your Sister" "Change" "Got No Shawty" "Twice My Age"
  • Verse Simmonds "Be My Dancer"
  • Kardinal Offishall, "Bring It Back"
  • Blak Jak, "All I Know"
  • Brick & Lace, "Bang Bang", "Mr. Officer"
  • 2XL, "Like It Like That"
  • Jesse McCartney, "Make Up", "Relapse", "Freaky", "Think About It"
  • Corbin Bleu, "Willing To Go"
  • Akon, "The Rain", "I Got You", "Oh Africa"
  • Fantasia, "Bounce Back"
  • Mario, "Skippin"
  • Pussycat Dolls, "Lick My Lips", "Purrr"
  • Prima J "Infatuated", "Pose"
  • Colby O'Donis, "Follow You"
  • Flo Rida, "Rewind feat. Wyclef Jean", "Fresh I Stay feat. Lil Wayne"
  • Janet Jackson, "Rollercoaster"
  • Iyaz, "Replay", "Go Hard", "tortola"
  • Timati, "Groove On" (ad libs)
  • Cupid, "Spin the Bottle", "3-6-9"
  • J.Reu, "Me & My N***a's Ft. Verse"
  • Alex C. "Round N Round"
  • Rihanna "Long Distance Lover" (Unused song on Rated R)
  • Jason DeRulo "Dancer"
  • Vawn "Ain't Runnin Away"
  • Ray Lavender "Lose My Breath" "Rodeo"
  • Esmee Denters "Limit Is the Sky"
  • Young Capone "I'm a Rider"
  • Flypside "I'll Be Okay", "Be Without You"
  • Chocolate "Smile"
  • Bottom of the Map "Oh Yeah", "Hard", "Even Thugs Fall In Love"
  • Sweet Rush "Everything Belongs to Me"
  • Lil Jon "On De Grind"
  • Newsboys "Impossible"
  • Macy Gray "Help Me"
  • Mary J. Blige, Gyptian & Busta Rhymes "Anything You Want"
  • Keri Hilson "Bahm Bahm/I Want You"
  • Ciara "Keep On Lookin"
  • Jay Sean "All On Your Body (feat. Ace Hood)" "Break of Dawn (feat. Busta Rhymes)"
  • Nelly "U Know U Want To"
  • Iggy Azalea "Fuck Love" "Lady Patra"
  • Future "Blood, Sweat, Tears"
  • Candice Glover "Damn" "Die Without You" "Kiss Me" "Passenger"

References[edit]

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