Cainon Lamb

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Cainon Lamb
Birth nameCainon Renard Lamb
Also known asLamb, Lambo
Born (1978-03-22) March 22, 1978 (age 41)
Miami, Florida
GenresPop, Hip hop, R&B, Urban pop
Occupation(s)Record producer, Composer,Songwriter, Rapper, Hype man
Years active2004–present
Associated actsMissy Elliott

Cainon Renard Lamb (born March 22, 1978), professionally known as Lamb or Lambo, is a Grammy-nominated, American record producer, composer and songwriter from Miami, Florida. He has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, SWV, Missy Elliott, Monica, Keyshia Cole and Jazmine Sullivan.[1] In 2017, Lamb made his rapping debut on colleague Missy Elliott's single "I'm Better".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

A native of Miami, Florida, Lamb's involvement with music started in the church, as a drummer in the church band. As a youth, Lamb continued to develop his musical talents and excelled in sports, particularly football. He earned a full scholarship to Florida A&M University and became an All-American wide receiver for the FAMU Rattlers football team.[2] During his college years, Cainon Lamb was given an MPC aka "Beat Machine" as a gift from his late mother Regina T. Lamb. He utilized his musical background to create music for his local gospel rap group called Against da Grain.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Lamb went on to play professional arena football with the Tallahassee Thunder and Florida Firecats. During his Firecats tenure as a record-breaking wide receiver, Lamb and his team won the ArenaCup Championship in 2004.[3]

Music career[edit]

In 2004, Lamb's music caught the ear of Grammy Award-winning artist/producer/songwriter Missy Elliott who was given a beat CD through Lamb's affiliation with Elliott's Goldmind artist Lil Brianna. That same beat CD contained a track which became Lamb's first major song placement—American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's 2004 debut album Free Yourself.[4]

After retiring from football in late 2005, Lamb and Elliott went on to work with artists that included Monica, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Missy Elliott, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Trina and Jagged Edge.

In 2007, Lamb produced his first #1 record with Keyshia Cole's Grammy-nominated single "Let It Go". In 2008, Lamb went on to produce "Need U Bad"—Jazmine Sullivan's chart-topping debut single. He also produced "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)", the lead single from Jazmine's sophomore effort—Love Me Back. In addition to producing songs on Monica's 5th studio album The Making of Me, in 2010 Lamb produced 3 songs for Monica's 6th studio album Still Standing. While producing Monica's #1 hit single "Everything to Me", Lamb made his television debut on the December 8, 2009 episode of Monica's BET reality television show "Still Standing".

In 2011, Lamb started his own company—Lambo Music Group.[5]

In the same year he co-produced the track "Countdown" by Beyonce, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Dance Club/Play Songs Chart. In an interview with Leslie Moore, Lamb revealed, "I was in the studio and I was listening to Boyz II Men. The song, “Uhh Ahh” starts with a countdown of '10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1'..."[6][7] Lamb added his own touches to the sample and started a beat. Lamb's sent the song over to his publisher Big Jon Platt who played the track for Beyonce. "[Platt] told me Beyonce started bouncing up and down, dancing when the countdown came on. She started dancing, bouncing, moving all kind of ways."[5]

2017 opened with Lamb making his first rapping debut on colleague Missy Elliott's single "I'm Better".

Discography[edit]

2004[edit]

Fantasia Free Yourself
  • 04. "Selfish (I Want You to Myself)" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)

2006[edit]

Fantasia — Fantasia
  • 08. "I'm Not That Type" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
  • 10. "Two Weeks Notice" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
  • 13. "Sunshine" (co-produced by Harold Lilly)
MonicaThe Makings of Me
  • 06. "Doin' Me Right" (co-produced by Missy Elliott & Miguel "Pro" Castro)
  • 07. "Raw"
Ruben StuddardThe Return
  • 09. Ain't No Party

2007[edit]

Keyshia ColeJust like You

2008[edit]

Step Up 2: The Streets (soundtrack)
Jazmine SullivanFearless
  • 02. "Need U Bad" (co-produced by Missy Elliott) #1 for 8 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart
  • 08. "Dream Big" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)

2009[edit]

Crystal AikinCrystal Aikin
  • 06. "Love Him"
Billy Blue — Trap Certified (mixtape)
  • 22. "Story of My Life"

2010[edit]

MonicaStill Standing
  • 03. "Everything to Me" (co-produced by Missy Elliott) #1 for 8 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart
  • 06. "If You Were My Man" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
  • 11. "Blackberry" (co-produced by Missy Elliott) [bonus track]
Jazmine SullivanLove Me Back
  • 01. "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)" (co-produced by Missy Elliott) #3 for 8 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart
  • 07. "Excuse Me" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
Flo Rida Only One Flo (Part 1)
  • 09. "Momma"
  • Puzzle (promo single)
TrinaAmazin'

2011[edit]

Beyoncé4
  • 09. "Countdown" (co-produced by Beyoncé Knowles, Shea Taylor) #1 on Billboard Dance Club/Play Chart
BriannaFace Off (mixtape)
Jagged EdgeThe Remedy
  • 03. "Baby"
  • 06. "I Need A Woman"
Git FreshEat It Up (mixtape)
  • 04. "She Be Like"
Isaac Carree — Uncommon Me
  • 13. "Navigation"

2012[edit]

SWVI Missed Us
  • 01 "Co-Sign"
  • 02. "All About You"
  • 03. "Show Off"
  • 04 "Everything I Love"
  • 05. "Do Ya" (featuring Brianna Perry)
  • 06. "The Best Years"
  • 07. "I Missed Us"
  • 08. "Better Than I"
  • 09. "Keep You Home"
Monica — New Life
  • 01. "New Life (Intro)"
  • 05. "Big Mistake"
  • 08. "Until It's Gone" (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
  • 12. "New Life (Outro)"
  • 13. "Breathe" (co-produced by Ray Ray)
  • 14. "In 3D"
  • 16. "Anything (To Find You)" (featuring Rick Ross) (co-produced by Missy Elliott)
Mandy CapristoGrace
  • 01. "Allow Me"

2014[edit]

Missy ElliottBlock Party

2015[edit]

Jay BurnaTBA
  • 00. "Mood" (co-produced by Bigg D)

2017[edit]

Missy ElliottTBA
  • 00. "I'm Better" (featuring Lamb)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cainon Lamb". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  2. ^ "Complete Attack". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  3. ^ "Ten years later, Florida Firecats still celebrate title". The News-Press. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  4. ^ Moore, Leslie. "Cainon Lamb: FAMU Alumnus Becomes Successful Producer". Leslie Moore. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  5. ^ a b "With Grammy Nominations for Work With Missy Elliott, Lamb Sets Sights on Producing Entire Project". You Know I Got Soul. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  6. ^ Moore, Leslie. "Cainon Lamb: FAMU Alumnus Becomes Successful Producer". Journey Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  7. ^ "Song Stories Beyonce "Countdown"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-16.

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