|Birth name||Corey Miller|
|Also known as||C. Miller|
March 9, 1971 |
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Genres||Hip hop, Gangsta rap, G-Funk|
Corey Miller (born March 9, 1971), better known by his stage name, C-Murder, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for murder. C-Murder is the brother of both Master P and Silkk the Shocker, uncle of rapper-actor Romeo and singer-actress Cymphonique, as well as younger cousin of producer, singer and rapper Mo B. Dick. C-Murder has released nine albums altogether on six different labels, No Limit Records, TRU Records, Koch Records, Asylum Records, RBC Records and Venti Uno. His first platinum album was Life or Death, which was released in 1998.
- 1 Music career
- 2 Other ventures
- 3 Legal issues
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1998: Life or Death
Miller rose to fame in the late 1990s after being featured on numerous No Limit releases. In 1998 Miller released his debut album Life or Death. Miller's debut made it to number three on the US Billboard 200 with 197,000 copies sold the first week. The album would eventually sell over one million copies making it certified platinum.
In 1999 Miller released his second album Bossalinie it would prove to be even more successful charting at number two on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 175,000. The album was promoted with the singles "Like a Jungle" and "Gangsta Walk" featuring fellow No Limit artist at the time Snoop Dogg. The album would eventually sell over 500,000 copies making it certified gold.
2000: Trapped In Crime
In 2000 Miller would release his third album, Trapped in Crime, the album was known for containing Miller's biggest and most well known single to date "Down for My N's" the single featured fellow No Limit artist's at the time Snoop Dogg and Magic. The album would chart on the Billboard 200 at number eight.
In 2001 Miller would release his fourth album C-P-3.com and his final with No Limit Records, the album would only chart the Billboard 200 at number forty-five a significant decrease from his previous releases. The album contained the singles "What U Gonna Do" and "Im Not Just". The album has currently sold over 260,000 copies.
2005: The Truest Shit I Ever Said
In 2005 Miller released his fifth album The Truest Shit I Ever Said, it would be his first album released while being imprisoned for his pending murder charge at the time. The album was promoted with the single "Y'all Heard Of Me" which featured fellow New Orleans artist B.G.. The album would debut on the Billboard 200 at number thirty-four.
2008: Screamin' 4 Vengeance
In 2008 Miller would release his sixth album Screamin' 4 Vengeance, this would be Miller's second album released while being incarcerated. The album was promoted with the single's "Be Fresh" and "Posted On The Block (Remix)". The album charted on the Billboard 200 at one-hundred-thirty.
2009–10: Calliope Click Volume 1 & Tomorrow
2013–Present: Ain't No Heaven In the Pen
On March 11, 2014 recently released rapper Lil Boosie collaborated with Miller on a song entitled "Came 2 Da Can", the song has caused major controversy due to Miller's negative remarks of his own brother and former CEO Master P.
On January 5, 2015 Miller announced via his website that he will be releasing a new album entitled Ain't No Heaven In the Pen. On January 10, 2015 Miller via his website would release the official tracklist for Ain't No Heaven In the Pen. On February 28, 2015 Miller would announce via his website the release date for Ain't No Heaven In the Pen which is March 24, 2015. On March 24, 2015, Miller would release his ninth album Ain't No Heaven In the Pen, it would feature guest appearances from Boosie Badazz, Shy Glizzy, Snoop Dogg, Callipoe Doefus, Al, Big Be, Bloc Boyz Click, Lil Kano, Montez, G-Dinero, Lil Soulja Slim, Adrian E and Jigga.
|Founder||Corey "C-Murder" Miller (CEO)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana (2000–present)|
Bossalinie Records formerly TRU Records is a record label founded by C-Murder in 2000.
- Current artist
- C-Murder (CEO/founder)
- Bloc Boyz Click
- Young Steez
On January 1, 2007 Miller released his first written novel entitled Death Around The Corner. On February 1, 2014 Miller released two novels entitled Red Beans and Dirty Rice For The Soul and Bound By Loyalty.
Steve Thomas case
In September 2003, Miller was convicted for the 2002 beating and fatal shooting of a fan, 16-year-old Steve Thomas, at the Platinum Club a now closed nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana. However, Judge Martha Sassone granted a new trial based on the claim that prosecutors improperly withheld criminal background information on three of their witnesses.
While awaiting re-trial Miller was placed under house arrest. Sassone allowed Miller to promote his new yet to be titled CD and novel, Death Around the Corner, while under house arrest, but ruled that a gag order pertaining to the case would remain in effect. The terms of the house arrest required Sassone's permission for all visitors, including reporters.
On March 13, 2007, Judge Sassone granted Miller's request to work on his music career on a per request basis, but denied his request for a 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. curfew. Sassone's rulings in the case became an issue in her failed 2008 bid for re-election. Sassone was defeated by Judge Ellen Kovach; prosecutors subsequently renewed a request to have Miller returned to jail. During January 2009, Corey Miller was confined to his residence on house arrest, and could only leave for a documented medical emergency.
On May 27, 2009, Miller pled no contest to two counts of attempted second degree murder. These charges stem from a 2001 incident in Baton Rouge in which Miller fired shots from a semi-automatic pistol at the owner and bouncer of a night club who refused to allow Miller to enter the business with the gun. Miller was sentenced to ten years with credit for time served. An actual surveillance video of the incident was posted on YouTube.
On August 5, 2009, the murder trial began. The father of the victim spoke of his son being a huge fan of C-Murder before the incident. A bouncer had also testified against Miller claiming to have witnessed every moment of the shooting. He claimed fear of repercussions for his testimony. Prosecutors also charged C-Murder's associates with threatening many other witnesses from this case. On August 10, 2009, the jury reported being deadlocked, but Judge Hans Liljeberg instructed them to attempt to resolve the deadlock. Three hours later, the jury returned to announce it had reached a 10-2 guilty verdict. The judge suspected that, given the deadlock announced earlier followed by the quick reversal, one of the jurors decided to switch under pressure to end the trial and instructed the jury to go back and deliberate on the case longer. When they came back with the same verdict, Miller was convicted of second-degree murder charges with a 10-2 verdict. During sentencing the victim's father was quoted as saying "I'm not rejoicing. I feel bad for [Miller's] family. But at least they can see him. What have we got but a gravesite and a photograph?" C-Murder was sentenced on August 14 by District Judge Hans Liljeberg to mandatory life imprisonment.
On August 27, 2009, Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana NAACP, requested an investigation into the jury deliberations. C-Murder's financial woes have reportedly landed him the help of two Harvard attorneys, one of them Ronald Sullivan, who have agreed to assist with his appeal. One of the jurors, Mary Jacob, said that both she and a fellow juror, a 20-year-old student at Xavier University of Louisiana, were verbally abused by fellow jurors for their decision to acquit. According to Jacob, the abuse resulted in her switching her verdict, saying "They literally made this 20-year-old girl so violently ill, she was shaking so bad. She ran into the bathroom. She was throwing her guts up. She couldn't function anymore. That's when I decided, the judge don't want to listen to me, doesn't want to listen to us? I told them, 'You want him to be guilty? He's guilty; now let's get the hell out of here.'" This account was partially confirmed by another juror. In Louisiana, a 10-2 consensus is sufficient for conviction but a 9-3 consensus results in a mistrial. As a result, Miller appealed the conviction.
On December 28, 2011, his conviction was upheld.
On February 19, 2013 Miller's final appeal would be rejected by the Supreme Court, Miller's attorneys would argue that because federal juries must reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases Miller should have not been convicted. A jury would vote 10-2 to convict him.
On April 2, 2014 Miller's legal team had taken action in hopes of receiving a fair trial, his attorney, Rachel Conner, filed a post conviction relief application in state court in Gretna. She raised 10 points to support her assertion that her client didn’t get a fair trial. Conner said she plans to raise more points later. Primary among the assertions is what she described as irregularities during the jury’s deliberations stating "One juror cast a guilty vote not based on the evidence but because she wanted to end deliberations to protect another juror who refused to convict Miller but was targeted by other jurors to change her mind, Conner wrote."
- Studio albums
- 1998: Life or Death
- 1999: Bossalinie
- 2000: Trapped in Crime
- 2001: C-P-3.com
- 2005: The Truest Shit I Ever Said
- 2008: Screamin' 4 Vengeance
- 2009: Calliope Click Volume 1
- 2010: Tomorrow
- 2015: Ain't No Heaven In the Pen
|1997||I'm Bout It||Q||Support Role|
|1998||MP da Last Don||Cuban Guard||Cameo Role|
|I Got the Hook Up||T-Lay Boy #1||Cameo Role|
|Da Game of Life||Money||Support Role|
|1999||Hot Boyz||Remo||Support Role|
|2002||Undisputed||Gat Boyz Rapper 3||Cameo Role|
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