|Birth name||Jamal Phillips|
|Also known as||Jamal
|Born||April 26, 1979|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Record producer|
|Associated acts||Illegal, Def Squad, Erick Sermon, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Yukmouth|
Jamal Phillips (born April 26, 1979), who performs under the mononym Jamal, is an American rapper and music producer. He started his career as one-half of rap duo Illegal, the rap act formed by Dallas Austin in the early 1990s.
Illegal and going solo
Phillips' tenure with Illegal was short-lived; following the lukewarm response to 1993's The Untold Truth — the group's full-length debut — Phillips embarked on a solo career. He teamed up with Erick Sermon of the Def Squad to release 1995's Last Chance, No Breaks, his debut release.
The album (produced by Easy Mo Bee, Redman, Rockwilder and Sermon) peaked at #10 and #37 on Billboard magazine's Heatseekers and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts respectively. The album also spawned a pair of hit singles — "Fades Em All", which sampled The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' and "Keep It Real", which sampled Stevie Wonder's 'Ribbon In The Sky'.
In 1995 he performed on Conspiracy, the LP from Junior M.A.F.I.A. He has since gone on to collaborate with other renowned rappers; in 1996, he was featured on The Coming the LP from Busta Rhymes and Keith Murray's Enigma. The following year, he teamed up again with Busta Rhymes, performing on that rapper's 1997 LP, When Disaster Strikes. In 1998, he collaborated with the Def Squad on El Niño, their debut release.
Jamal appears on Illegal bandmate Malik's recent (2005) CD "Malik M.D. aka Hershey Locc Hefner: The Game Needs Me".
|U.S. Billboard 200||U.S. R&B|
|1995||Last Chance, No Breaks||198||37|
|Year||Song||U.S. R&B||U.S. Rap||Album|
|1995||Fades Em All||59||9||Last Chance, No Breaks|
|1996||Keep It Real||76||17|
- [http://www.smokealotrecords.com/artist_jamal.html >>The Official Smoke-A-Lot Records Site]
- AllMusic review