Silkk the Shocker

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Silkk The Shocker
Birth name Vyshonn King Miller
Also known as Silkk, Silkk The Shocker
Born (1975-06-18) June 18, 1975 (age 39)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels No Limit Forever, XLP Distribution (current)
No Limit, Priority, EMI, E1 Music, Guttar Music (former)
Associated acts

Vyshonn King Miller (born June 18, 1975), known by his stage name Silkk The Shocker, is an American rapper and actor. He originally went under the stage name Silkk, but later adopted The Shocker after the release of his first album and successful releases from No Limit Records in the late 90's and early 2000's. He is now signed to his nephew Romeo Miller's label No Limit Forever.

Early life[edit]

Vyshonn King Miller was born on June 18, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was raised in the Calliope Projects, a housing project which is located in the 3rd Ward of Uptown New Orleans, along with his two brothers Percy "Master P" Miller, Corey "C-Murder" Miller and three other siblings. He relocated to Richmond, California at the age of 13 along with Master P. He attented De Anza High School and graduated in 1994.

Music career[edit]

1995-98: The Shocker and Charge It 2 da Game[edit]

Silkk The Shocker rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s, after striking a deal with Priority, Silkk released his 1996 debut album The Shocker in August 1996 using the alias "Silkk" and with beats from acclaimed producers such as Craig B and DJ Daryl. After changing his name to Silkk The Shocker, he went on to appear on numerous albums from TRU's Tru 2 da Game, Mia X's Unlady Like, and Mystikal's Unpredictable. He had a brief feud with veteran rapper L.L. Cool J in the 90's.Shorty after the release of The Shocker, Silkk changed his name from Silkk to acquire a new name based on his first album. He used the alias as just The Shocker on a few No Limit albums in 1997. Silkk would feature on Master P's 1997 hit "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" which is featured on Master P's 1997 album Ghetto D, but also released as a single in early 1998. Continuing on the success of the hit single, Silkk would release his next single with label-mate Mystikal as a featured artist on one of his biggest hits of his career at the time "It Ain't My Fault". It Ain't My Fault gained popularity and became one of the trademark songs for Silkk The Shocker. In that same year Silkk the Shocker would feature on, at that time a new group, Destiny's Child's single "Just Be Straight with Me",. The same year Silkk dueted with R&B singer Mýa on "Movin' On" ,a song from her self-titled debut album Mýa.

1999: Made Man[edit]

In 1999, Mýa and Silkk collaborated on the lead single from his album Made Man. The track, titled "Somebody Like Me, became one of the year's top-selling singles on the Billboard charts. Made Man's most successful single was It Ain't My Fault 2 featuring Mystikal is became one of Silkk's biggest hits to date. Made Man was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1999 making him a big mainstream artist in the late 90's and early 2000's.

2001-04:My My World, My Way & Based on a True Story[edit]

In 2001, Silkk released My World, My Way in 2001. He mad a single called "That's Cool" featuring rapper Trina which became a hit. A single called "He Did That" which was produced by Donald XL Robertson made it to #13 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks. Based on a True Story was released in 2004 which didn't release generated the same publicity he enjoyed in the late 1990s, but the former still managed to sell very well.

2010-present: Incredible[edit]

On June 3, 2010, a video of Silkk freestyling over DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" was posted to YouTube.[1] Silkk released his first mixtape called All I Do Is Win on August 21, 2010. This mixtape marks Silkk's return to hip-hop.[2] It was confirmed that Silkk signed with his nephew Romeo's new record label, No Limit Forever Records and is working on his sixth studio album called "Incredible" .[3] Some of the producers on this album is Manny Streetz, Marvz, Mike Bangum of Da Beat Kadetz and JoJo Ryder. In 2010 Silkk the Shocker went on a tour with his brother Master P & nephew Romeo Miller the tour was entitled "No Limit Forever International".[4]

On November 5, 2013, Miller announced on his Twitter account that he was still working on his upcoming sixth studio album Incredible.[5] On April 24, 2014 Silkk released the first single off Incredible entitled "Don't Give Up".[6] On May 15, 2014 Silkk released a music video on his Vevo channel for "Don't Give Up".[7]

Musical style[edit]

Rapping technique[edit]

Silkk was known for his unique purposely fast aggressive southern hip hop smooth style ryhmes & his catchy lyrical hooks.[citation needed]

Other ventures[edit]

Silkk was featured on World Wrestling Entertainment's Wreckless Intent album, which was released on May 23, 2006. The song he performed on the album, "I'm Comin'", has since been used as the theme song for WWE Smackdown wrestler Montel Vontavious Porter until his release in late 2010. Silkk also performed former SmackDown! wrestler Orlando Jordan's theme song, "Do It Big".

Acting career[edit]

In 1999 Silkk acted in the lead role to the major No Limit film Hot Boyz.

In 2007 Silkk was the lead actor in Six Five Films, More Money, More Family. The film was produced by Silkk The Shocker and Tracy McGrady, and shot on location in and around Orange, CA, using film students from nearby Chapman University. Originally intended for DVD release in Wal-Mart, the film has yet to find a distributor.

In 2011 Silkk also co-starred in the horror film Reservation, the film was produced by Sedona Studios.

Personal life[edit]

Relationship with Mýa[edit]

In the late 1990s it was known that Silkk used to date R&B singer Mýa. In 1999 he collaborated with her hit single Movin' On. The couple would later break up in the early 2000s.[8]

Family[edit]

Silkk is the younger cousin of Mo B. Dick. His older brother, Kevin Miller, was killed during a robbery.[9] He has one sister, who owns a beauty salon. He has six nephews: Romeo Miller, Valentino Miller, Lil' D, C-Los, Young Trump, and Veno Miller. He also has a niece, singer Cymphonique Miller. He has two children, son Lil King (born 2001), and daughter Jianna.

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1997 I'm Bout It Vito "Silk" McKnight Support Role
1998 MP da Last Don D.J. Support Role
1999 Corrupt M.J. Main Role
2000 Hot Boyz Kool Main Role
2002 Undisputed Gat Boyz Rapper 2 Cameo Role
2004 Still 'Bout It Vito "Silk" McKnight Support Role
2006 Little Girl Blue: What's Become of You? Ace Capone Support Role
2010 Reservation Drez England Support Role
2014 Get Money TBA Support Role

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