Cormega

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Cormega
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Background information
Birth name Cory McKay
Also known as Mega, Mega Montana
Born (1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York
Origin Queensbridge, Queens, New York, USA
Genres East Coast hip hop, mafioso rap, hardcore hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Songwriter, Poet
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Aura/Legal Hustle
Associated acts The Firm, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga, Wu-Tang Clan, Wu-Tang Killa Beez
Website http://instagram.com/iamcormega

Cory McKay (born April 26, 1970), better known by his stage name Cormega, is an African-American rapper and songwriter from New York City.

Early life[edit]

Cormega was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in various boroughs throughout New York City, forming childhood friendships with future rappers such as Nas, Nature, and Capone .[1][2] A frequent theme of his music addresses the countless number of friends and family that have been killed due to violence.

Career[edit]

1980s

He was featured on Hot Day's "Going Straight Up" from his album "It's My Turn".[3] He was also featured on Blaq Poet & DJ Hot Day's track "Set It Off" from their album "Without Warning" in 1991.

1990s

During a period of incarceration, Cormega gained some attention following a shout-out from Nas on his song "One Love", from the critically acclaimed Illmatic album.[3] Following his release in 1995, Cormega became determined to pursue rapping. Nas included him on a song entitled "Affirmative Action" for his second album It Was Written. The song also featured AZ and Foxy Brown, and became The Firm's first appearance.[4] Based on his performance, he was signed to Def Jam and recorded an album called The Testament. Based on the buzz from "Affirmative Action," Nas, his manager Steve Stoute and producers Dr. Dre and Trackmasters joined to produce The Firm. Cormega was replaced with another artist, Nature, because either he would not sign a contract with Stoute or Stoute felt Nature was a better rapper.[4] This led to an alleged altercation between Cormega and Nature. Cormega's dispute with Stoute also ended his friendship with Nas. Following the end of his membership in The Firm, Alex Trojano contributed in producing his album The Testament. Meanwhile, following a falling-out over creative differences with his manager Chris Lighty and Def-Jam imprint Violator Records, his debut album The Testament was indefinitely shelved. During the recording for The Testament Cormega responded to Nas' "One Love" in the form of a letter also entitled "One Love".[3][5]

2000s

In 2000, he was released from his contract and he started his own record company, Legal Hustle Records.[3] Cormega vented his disappointment with Nas and The Firm in a mixtape song titled "Never Personal".This song was never directly pointed to Nas, but the media made it look like that.[4] In 2001, he released his new debut album, The Realness, which was acclaimed by critics.[3] Many of the songs share a theme of betrayal.[5] Nas responded to Cormega on his song "Destroy and Rebuild" from his album Stillmatic. Cormega retaliated with more mixtape tracks, "A Slick Response" and "Realmatic". Nas revisited the Cormega beef in his song "The Cross" on the album God's Son. In reference to Cormega, Nas rapped "What I've discovered is my brother's tryin to be/The next me, yeah I support him but he's blinded I see/ Jealousy he love me to death and I'm buggin I love him for life/ We both still mournin on our mother's life" (referencing the fact that Cormega's mother was murdered when he was four).[6]

Cormega's follow-up album, The True Meaning won the Source Magazine's prestigious Underground Album of the Year Award. In 2004, he followed up with Legal Hustle (a compilation album showcasing his label's artists) and other talented hip-hop lyricists such as Ghostface Killah, Large Professor, AZ, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, and several others. This album is considered by some as more of a project than an actual solo album; nonetheless it was well received. In 2005, he was able to release The Testament on his own label,[3] which saw good reviews and sales and featured the original banned version of "Dead Man Walking" as a hidden track.

In early September 2005, Cormega posted a statement on his website that he and Nas had spoken and ended their feud. On December 22, 2006 at the Nokia Theatre Times Square, Cormega appeared on stage at a Nas concert and went on to perform with Nas (and Foxy Brown as well), further evidence that their feud is over.[3][7]

In the mid-2000s Cormega helped produce a few albums and was featured on several songs with The Jacka and the Mob Figaz.

An album collaboration with Lakey The Kid entitled My Brother's Keeper was released independently on August 22, 2006. On November 20, 2007, Cormega finally released his DVD in-the-making Who Am I?. The DVD took over four years of filming of Cormega in all aspects of his life and what others thought of Cormega, unedited. The DVD was released as a soundtrack plus DVD. Cormega intended to release an album which was to be entitled Urban Legend before T.I.'s album of the same name was released (Cormega mentions this on the Who Am I DVD, dated circa 2003); the new title is Born and Raised. The album was released October 20, 2009. The first single is called "Journey."[7]

2010s

Cormega has stated his desire to work with a variety of artists including Scarface, Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, Erykah Badu as well as past collaborators M.O.P., Mobb Deep, and tha Dogg Pound.[8]

Cormega made great efforts to increase peoples awareness of the 2010 flooding tragedy in Pakistan, adding images and video clips to his official site.[9]

Cormega's latest album, 'Mega Philosophy', was entirely produced by frequent collaborator Large Professor.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US
R&B

[12]
US
Ind.

[13][14]
The Realness 111 24 4
The True Meaning
  • Released: June 11, 2002
  • Label: Legal Hustle Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
95 25 5
The Testament
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: Legal Hustle Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
76 46
Born and Raised
  • Released: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Aura Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
56
Mega Philosophy
  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Label: Slimstyle Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
30
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US
R&B

[12]
US
Ind.

[13]
Legal Hustle 174 22 8
Raw Forever
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Aura Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. Rap
[15]
2000 "You Don't Want It" 41 The Realness
2001 "Get Out My Way"
2002 "Built for This" The True Meaning
"The Come Up" (featuring Large Professor)
2004 "Let It Go" (featuring M.O.P.) Legal Hustle
"Dangerous" (featuring Unda P. and Vybz Kartel)
2005 "One Love" The Testament
2007 "The Saga (The Remix)" (produced by Stanley O) Single Release
2009 "Dirty Game" Born and Raised
2016 "Guns and Butter" (feat. Gunplay)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CORMEGA BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Cormega - Article
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Birchmeier, Jason. "Cormega biography". allmusic. 
  4. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "The Firm > Biography". allmusic. 
  5. ^ a b Berliner, Brett (2003-09-01). "Cormega - The True Meaning - Review". Stylus Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Nas – The Cross". Genius. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Nas Plays New York, Reunites With Cormega & Foxy Brown
  8. ^ HipHopDX (2 July 2010). "DX News Bits: Pimp C, Cormega". HipHopDX. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "PodOmatic - Podcast - Conspiracy Worldwide Hip Hop Radio - [Part 2] Live Guests - Slaughterhouse - Crooked I - Four Horsemen - Killah Priest - Cormega - Dame Grease - 2 Hungry Bros - Willo Wispa - Pakistan Disaster Appeal - world exclusives and more! Conspiracy Worldwide Radio UNCUT!". PodOmatic. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Saigon; Hip-Hop's Next Supergroup??? - Beats, Boxing and Mayhem". Beats, Boxing and Mayhem. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Cormega – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Cormega – Chart History: Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Cormega – Chart History: Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cormega > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/cormega-p278660/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  16. ^ "Cormega and Gunplay release new single". 2dopeboys.com. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 

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