C-Rayz Walz

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C-Rayz Walz
Birth nameWaleed Shabazz
Born (1975-08-03) August 3, 1975 (age 45)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
Labels

Waleed Shabazz (born August 3, 1975), better known by his stage name C-Rayz Walz, is an American rapper from the Bronx, New York.[1] He has been a member of the collective Stronghold.[2]

Early life[edit]

Waleed Shabazz was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.[3] His father was a drug kingpin.[4] When he was 2 years old, his father was murdered.[5]

He grew up listening to DJ Kool Herc, who is credited with originating hip hop music.[5] In this environment, he developed a love of music and began freestyling with his friends for fun.[5] In school, he had rap battles in the lunch room with his childhood friend Prodigy.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2003, C-Rayz Walz released a studio album, Ravipops (The Substance), on Definitive Jux.[6] In 2005, he released another studio album, Year of the Beast, on the label.[7] In 2007, he released a collaborative studio album with Sharkey, titled Monster Maker, on Babygrande Records.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Prelude (1999)
  • Detonator Records Volume 1 (2001) (with Akrobatik, Breez Evahflowin, and Chan)
  • Off the Radar (2003)
  • Limelight (The Outroduction) (2003)
  • Ravipops (The Substance) (2003)
  • Year of the Beast (2005)
  • 1975: Return of the Beast (2006)
  • The Best of the Beast (2006)
  • The Dropping (2006)
  • Monster Maker (2007) (with Sharkey)
  • Chorus Rhyme (2007) (with Parallel Thought)
  • Freestyle vs. Written (2008) (with Kosha Dillz)
  • Almighty: Original S.I.N. (2008) (with Killah Priest, M-Eighty, Son One, Bronze Nazareth, and 5-Star, as Almighty)
  • Who the F%@k Are You? (2009)
  • Naptown: The Broken Comb (2010)
  • All Blvck Everything: The Prelude (2011)
  • Year of the Beatnikz (2011)
  • The Code (2012)
  • The Calendar (2012)
  • St. Patrick Rayz: The Leper-Con (2013)
  • Almighty: The Solar Facts (2013)
  • Feel Me (2014) (with Sallam Said)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Singular Plurals (2002)
  • Singular Plurals Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Free Rayz Walz (2008)
  • Beat the System (2010)
  • Where the Walz Things Are (2010)
  • I Am Numba Four (2011)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Pots and Pans" (2001)
  • "It's a Wrap" / "Peroxide" (2002)
  • "The Essence" (2003)
  • "Buck 80" / "Body You" (2003)
  • "We Live" / "Protect My Family" (2004)
  • "R'Thentic" / "Street Reppin'" (2005)
  • "Dead Flowers" (2009)
  • "Linsanity" (2012)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Aesop Rock - "Bent Life" from Labor Days (2001)
  • Cannibal Ox - "Battle for Asgard" from The Cold Vein (2001)
  • El-P - "Blood" from Fantastic Damage (2002)
  • Dutchmassive - "The Hook" from Junk Planet (2004)
  • Chase Phoenix - "Say Something" from Cut to the Chase (2004)
  • Dub Sonata - "New York" from On the Arm (2007)
  • Gumz - "Hip Hop Music" from From Fetus to Genius (2007)
  • DJ I-Dee - "Explosion" from Solitude (2008)
  • Sadat X - "Gamer" from Brand New Bein' (2009)
  • Time - "Paraghnoid" from Naked Dinner (2009)
  • MC Paul Barman - "The Moon" from Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud (2009)
  • Access Immortal - "I Love New York" from Birth of a Dream (2010)
  • DJ Lord Ron - "Concrete Bars (Echo Park Beat Street N2 Da Future)" and "It'z Da R.C.P." from Environmental Shape Sounds of DJ Lord Ron (2010)
  • Irealz - "Starz of the Godz" from The Code of Omerta (2011)
  • Verse Essential - "Between the Lines" from Ingenious: Deluxe Edition (2011)
  • Intention - "Blvck Pioneer" from American Psycho (2012)
  • Bedlam Brethren - "Apocalypto" from Black Feather Messengers (2012)
  • Falcon Burns & Melph - "The Cypher" from Back in Effect: The Word Effect Chapter II (2012)
  • Apaulo Treed & Knightstalker - "Contraband" from The Last Line of Defence (2013)
  • Junclassic - "My Style (Remix)" from Blvd Backdrop (2013)
  • Cannibal Ox - "Street Reppin" and "That Moment Before Crazy" from Gotham (2013)
  • Plot - "I Feel Dirty" from Towny Fresh (2014)
  • Scholars Ent. - "When It Was Real" from Maintenance Vol. 1 (2015)
  • Obi Khan - "The Circus" from Grhyme... Thee EP (2018)
  • Kyo Itachi & Realio Sparkzwell - "Enemy of the State" from Akira (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Christopher. "C-Rayz Walz: Mind of a Lunatic". AllHipHop. Archived from the original on October 4, 2006. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "C-Rayz Walz - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Murphy, Tom (September 16, 2014). "Eleven Famous Musicians Who Recently Moved to Colorado". Westword. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Jones, Todd E. (2003). "Revolving Around The Sun Cycle Emcee". MVRemix. Archived from the original on June 18, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Long, Kyle (October 5, 2011). "C-Rayz Walz: Bronx emcee lands in Indy". NUVO. Archived from the original on July 20, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Pemberton, Rollie (October 8, 2003). "C-Rayz Walz: Ravipops (The Substance)". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on April 17, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 17, 2005). "C-Rayz Walz: Year of the Beast". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Sawdey, Evan (September 6, 2007). "C-Rayz Walz & Sharkey: Monster Maker". PopMatters. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2020.

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