Fiend (rapper)

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Fiend
Birth name Richard Jones
Also known as International Jones, Sleepy Jones
Born (1976-05-13) May 13, 1976 (age 40)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels Fiend, Jet Life (Current) No Limit, Priority, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (Former)
Associated acts Master P, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Silkk the Shocker, DMX, Mystikal, Mia X, Juvenile, Yung Wun, Curren$y, Mr. Serv-On

Richard "Ricky" Jones (born May 13, 1976), better known by his stage names Fiend or International Jones, is an American rapper and producer best known for his time spent with Master P's No Limit Records. Fiend was also briefly a member of DMX's label Ruff Ryders Entertainment, and is currently signed to Jet Life under Warner Bros.

Music career[edit]

1995: I Won't Be Denied[edit]

On November 14, 1995, Fiend released his first album, entitled I Won't Be Denied, via independent label Big Boy Records.

1997–98: No Limit Records and There's One in Every Family'[edit]

In 1997 Fiend signed to Master P's record label No Limit Records and he appeared on Master P's Ghetto D and Mia X's Unlady Like before releasing his second album and first for No Limit, There's One in Every Family, in 1998. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Also in that year, Fiend appeared on Snoop Dogg's single "Woof!".

1999: Street Life[edit]

In 1999, Fiend released his third album, Street Life. The album peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and Fiend left No Limit. In 1998 he married Carly Liber who is also known as Fiend; they did a duet together called "Fiend for the D".

2000–02: Fiend Entertainment, Ruff Ryders, Da Headbusaz and Can I Burn?[edit]

In the early 2000s Fiend disbanded from No Limit Records and started his own label entitled Fiend Entertainment. On August 22, 2000, Fiend released his third album and first independent album entitled Can I Burn?; it charted at No. 52 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. In 2000 Fiend became a signed artist at Ruff Ryders Entertainment and appeared on the label's third compilation album, Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust, before leaving in 2001. In 2000, Fiend and former No Limit label mate Mr. Serv-On collaborated on Three 6 Mafia's song "Touched Wit It", which led Three 6 Mafia members DJ Paul and Juicy J to do a group album with Fiend to form a new group entitled Da Headbusaz;the album is entitled Dat's How It Happen to'M.

2003–06: Can I Burn? 2, Go Hard or Go Home and The Addiction: Hope Is Near[edit]

After the album, Fiend started his own label, Fiend Entertainment, and released three more albums. On May 13, 2003, Fiend released his fourth album and second independent album entitled Can I Burn? 2; it charted at No. 55 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. On August 31, 2004, Fiend released his fifth album and third independent album entitled Go Hard or Go Home, which charted at No. 55 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. On June 27, 2006, Fiend released his sixth album and fourth independent album entitled The Addiction: Hope Is Near; it charted at No. 70 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

2011–present: Jet Life Recordings, Street Aint Safe, Vol. 3 and Heart of a Ghetto Boy: Volume 1[edit]

On May 24, 2011, during an interview Fiend announced that he had signed to fellow New Orleans, Louisiana rapper Currensy's record label Jet Life Recordings. Fiend also joined Currensy's new group Jet Life and announced that he had completed a sequel to the album There's One in Every Family, entitled There’s One in Every Family Pt. II.[1]

On July 10, 2015, Fiend released his eighth album, entitled Street Aint Safe, Vol. 3, via Fiend Entertainment, Rapbay, Urbanlife Distribution.[2] On August 21, 2015, Fiend released his ninth album and fifth independent album entitled Heart of a Ghetto Boy: Volume 1 independently via Fiend Entertainment.[2]

Other ventures[edit]

Record production[edit]

Fiend also produces music, having done production for songs on Jadakiss' Kiss tha Game Goodbye and former labelmate C-Murder's The Truest Shit I Ever Said.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Fiend discography

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiend Reveals Status Of Jay-Z Deal, And His Invitation To "Detox"". HipHopDX. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Street Aint Safe, Vol. 3 by Fiend on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 

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