Candyman (rapper)

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Background information
Also known asCandell, Candell Manson
Born (1969-06-25) June 25, 1969 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California
GenresHip hop, rap, R&B
Occupation(s)Rapper, record producer
Years active1989–present
LabelsEpic Records
Ruckus Records
Associated actsTone Lōc

Candell Manson (born June 25, 1969, Los Angeles, California, United States) known by his stage name Candyman, is an American rapper and record producer. He is best known for his hit single "Knockin' Boots". Candyman appears in the front row on N.W.A. and the Posse's 1987 album cover.[1]


Manson was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, where he attended Washington Preparatory High School. Manson's friend, rapper/producer Sir Jinx, introduced Manson to Dr. Dre, for whom Manson produced a three-song demo.

Candyman was featured backing Tone Lōc before he earned his own solo stint. His first recording as solo artist was the 1989 12" EP Hip Hop Addict, produced by Teafly and his late friend Johnny "J".[2] Prior to signing with Epic, Bill Walker [3] from Thump Records, purchased the master of "Knockin' Boots" for Lowrider Soundtrack Volume 1 and took the single to KDAY and Power 106. Candyman eventually signed to Epic Records in 1989 and released his debut album, Ain't No Shame in My Game, in the following year. It scored a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Knockin' Boots". The following year, he released another less successful LP for Epic Records, Playtime Is Over. He released I Thought U Knew for I.R.S. in 1993, which also failed to click. 2000 saw the release of Candyman's Knockin' Boots 2001: A Sex Odyssey, an album featuring his 1990 hit single remixed and new cuts as well."[4]

Candyman's latest effort to revive his career, Knockin Boots 2001... A Sex Odyssey, was a critical and commercial failure. The lead track, a remake of "Knockin Boots", "chronicles some of the pleasures found in a night out with the Candyman, including "front-row tickets to a bomb-ass play, a relaxing bath, dinner reservations, strawberries in the tub, whipped cream, champagne, and the music of R&B supergroup LSG."[5]

In 2007, Candyman was featured in Nas's Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix), which also featured Kam, King Tee, Threat, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the Conscious Daughters.

He also remixed the song "We Love You Celtic, (We Do)" for Celtic Football Club.[6]




Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot 100
US R&B HipHop

1988 "Money Talk$" singles only
1989 "Hip Hop Addict"
1990 "Knockin' Boots" 9 5 1 9 28 Ain't No Shame In My Game
"Melt In Your Mouth" 69 46 41
1991 "Nightgown" 91
1992 "Oneighundredskytalkpinelevenotwosevenine" Playtime's Over
1993 "Candyman, Do Me Right" I Thought U Knew
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


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  2. ^ "Candyman - Hip Hop Addict (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  3. ^ Thump Records catalog
  4. ^ "Candyman | New Music And Songs | MTV". Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  5. ^ [1] Archived March 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Candy Man – We Love You Celtic (We Do) – Listen and discover music at". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  7. ^ "Candyman - US Hot 100". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Candyman - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Candyman - Dutch chart". 14 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Candyman - Belgian Chart". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Candyman - German Chart". Retrieved 14 September 2014.