Butta-N-BizKit

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Butta-N-BizKit
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop, R&B
Occupation(s)Record producers, songwriters
InstrumentsKeyboards, Saxophone, Flute
Years active2007–present
Associated actsJohn Legend, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Ledisi
MembersKeith "Butta" Justice
Allen "BizKit" Arthur

Butta-N-BizKit is a multi-Grammy nominated,[1][2] platinum selling[3] record production duo consisting of Keith "Butta" Justice and Allen "BizKit" Arthur. Currently located in Los Angeles,[4][5] the two were previously part of the Philadelphia-based production team known as "Phatboiz", along with colleague Clayton "Gravy" Riley.[6]

Formation[edit]

Justice and Arthur first met as teenagers at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.[6][7] Arthur, a saxophonist, spent much of the early 2000's performing with soul, R&B, and Hip Hop artists such as Kanye West, Chrisette Michele, Rick Ross, and eventually secured a place in John Legend's band.[7] He also played saxophone on the Beyoncé single Déjà Vu, produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins[8]

Justice, a pianist since the age of 8, attended Long Island University where he received a B.A. in music.[6][9] Upon returning to Philadelphia, he worked as musical director for a number of artists, including Chrisette Michele[9]

In 2010, Justice and Arthur were offered a publishing deal with Cherry Lane/BMG and Homeschool Entertainment; they subsequently produced a number of singles including the Soul Train Award-Winning and Grammy Nominated "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)", performed by John Legend, ft. Ludacris.[6][10]

Discography[edit]

Singles Produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Certifications Album
"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"*
(John Legend, featuring Ludacris)
2012 Think Like a Man Soundtrack
"The Thrill"*
(Miguel)
Kaleidoscope Dream
"Forever Now"*
(Ne-yo)
"Derrière"*
(Hamilton Park Featuring Alley Boy)
2013
"Meant to Be"*
(TLC)
20
"'84"*
(Ro James featuring Snoop Dogg)
Cadillacs
"ISFU"*
(RaVaughn featuring Fabolous)
2014
"Who Knows"
(Jovanie)
2015 What's the Move Pt. II
* denotes a recording that was produced as "Phatboiz"

2010[edit]

Rick Ross featuring John LegendSweet Life - Cut from a Different Cloth...

  • Sweet Life

2011[edit]

LedisiPieces of Me

  • I Miss You Now

2012[edit]

John Legend, featuring LudacrisThink Like a Man Soundtrack

MiguelKaleidoscope Dream

  • The Thrill

Ne-YoR.E.D.

2013[edit]

Hamilton Park Featuring Alley Boy

  • Derrière (single)

TLC20

  • Meant to Be

Yo-Gotti featuring Ne-YoI Am

  • Respect That You Earn

Sean KingstonBack 2 Life

  • Love Ecstasy

Ro James featuring Snoop DoggCadillacs

  • 84

2014[edit]

RaVaughn featuring Fabolous

  • ISFU (single)

2015[edit]

SoMo — My Life II

  • Make Up Sex
  • On and On
  • Why Wait

JovanieWhat's the Move Pt. II

  • Who Knows
  • Whatchu Think About

Tracy T50 Shades of Green

  • Be Wit Me

2016[edit]

Eric BellingerEventually

  • Mean What You Say

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Butta-N-BizKit have been nominated three times.[11]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 "Pieces of Me" (Ledisi) Best R&B Performance Nominated
2013 "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" (John Legend, featuring Ludacris) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
"Kaleidoscope Dream" (Miguel) Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated

Soul Train Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 "'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award Nominated
Song of the Year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. Feb 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards 2012: Winners and nominees list". Los Angeles Times. 2012.
  3. ^ "American single certifications – John Legend – Tonight (Best You Ever Had)". Recording Industry Association of America. January 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Keith Butta Justice Personal Facebook Profile". Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Allen BizKit Arthur Personal Facebook Profile". Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Philly's Own Phatboiz Nominated For Multiple Soul Train Music Awards". You Wish You Knew. Nov 20, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Cannonball Saxophone Artist Biography - Allen "BizKit' Arthur". Cannonball Music Official Web Page. Nov 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Allen "BizKit' Arthur Discography". Discogs. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Blazetrak Artist Bio: Butta". Blazetrak. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "Soul Train 2012 Performances: Stevie Wonder, New Edition, Keyshia Cole, John Legend, Miguel, 2 Chainz". Vibe. Nov 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "Nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2010.