James Fauntleroy

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James Fauntleroy
Birth name James Edward Fauntleroy II
Born (1984-05-16) May 16, 1984 (age 31)
Origin Inglewood, California, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active 2006–present
Labels None
Associated acts 1500 or Nothin', Cocaine 80s, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Beyoncé, The Underdogs, Kendrick Lamar, The Y's

James Edward Fauntleroy II is a Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. Formerly a member of The Underdogs, Fauntleroy currently works with the production team The Y's and is the acting president of 1500 or Nothin'. He is perhaps best known for writing songs for several prominent artists, such as "No Air" by Jordin Sparks, "Take You Down" and "Superhuman" by Chris Brown and "Love Sex Magic" by Ciara. He is also a member of the alternative music group Cocaine 80s, along with No ID, Common, and Jhene Aiko among others. With the group Fauntleroy has released a series of EPs, for free download via the group's website.

Musical career[edit]

In 2009, James Fauntleroy co-wrote six tracks from Rihanna's fourth album Rated R (2009).[1] In 2011, Fauntleroy provided vocals for five songs on Common's The Dreamer/The Believer album. He appeared on "Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)," "Gold," "Cloth," "Celebrate," and "Windows." In 2012, he contributed vocals to Kanye West's first G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album, Cruel Summer. He appears on "Clique," "Higher," "Sin City," and "The One." [2] He also co-wrote every song on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (2013) and twelve further tracks on the follow-up The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013).[1][3]

In 2013, Fauntleroy also made high-profile appearances on Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce", Nipsey Hussle's Crenshaw, J. Cole's Born Sinner and Big Sean's Hall of Fame.[4][5][6][7][8] He also contributed writing and additional vocals to New Kids on the Block's 10 (2013) and Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013).[9] Fauntleroy also performed at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards.[10] On November 15, 2013, Timbaland released "Know Bout Me", the first single from his album Textbook Timbo featuring Fauntleroy, Drake and Jay-Z. However, Timbaland looks to have shelved the project for the time being, instead focusing on his new album Opera Noir.[11][12] In 2014, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for co-writing "Pusher Love Girl", for Justin Timberlake's highly successful third studio album The 20/20 Experience (2013).[13] in 2015, Fauntelory has submitted 3 tracks to Rihanna's upcoming studio album '#R8'

Solo discography[edit]


  • The Warmest Winter


  • String Theory Acoustic

Collaboration albums/EP's[edit]

  • Cocaine 80s: The Pursuit (2011) (as part of Cocaine 80s)
  • Cocaine 80s: Ghost Lady (2011) (as part of Cocaine 80s)
  • Cocaine 80s: Express OG (2012) (as part of Cocaine 80s)
  • Cocaine 80's: The Flower of Life (2013) (as part of Cocaine 80s)
  • Outer Limits (2015) (with India Shawn)


As a featured artist
List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Know 'Bout Me"
(Timbaland featuring. JAY-Z, Drake and James Fauntleroy)
2013 57 Non-Album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Born Sinner"
(J. Cole featuring James Fauntleroy)
2013 53 Born Sinner
"How Much A Dollar Cost"
(Kendrick Lamar featuring James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley)
2015 109 40 To Pimp A Butterfly
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Love Don't Live Here No More" 2006 Snoop Dogg Love Don't Live Here No More: Doggy Tales, Vol 1
"Shades" 2010 Diddy-Dirty Money, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Bilal Last Train to Paris
"Clique" 2012 Kanye West, Big Sean, JAY-Z Cruel Summer
"100" Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Royce da 5'9 Detroit
"Other Bitch Callin'" T. Mills Thrillionare
"Girls Love Beyoncé"[14] 2013 Drake N/A
"Woke Up" Big Sean, Say it Aint Tone, Early Mac, Mike Posner Detroit
"Drive" Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh
"Born Sinner" J. Cole Born Sinner
"No Wrong No Right" Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper 3ChordFold
"World Ablaze" Big Sean Hall of Fame
"If U Were Mine" Nipsey Hussle, Sade Crenshaw
"Come Over" Nipsey Hussle
"Only When I Walk Away" Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Brenda Radney The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
"Nate" 2014 Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
"Members Only"[15] HS87, Hit-Boy, Audio Push, B-Mac the Queen, Kent M$NEY, K. Roosevelt We the Plug
"Deeper" Omarion Sex Playlist
"It's Yours" Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, Thundercat 3ChordFold Pulse
"How Much a Dollar Cost?" 2015 Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Isley To Pimp a Butterfly
"West Side Highway" A$AP Rocky At. Long. Last. ASAP
"For the World" The Internet Ego Death

Writing discography[edit]

Writing credits adapted from ASCAP.

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Considered the highest music honor, the awards were established in 1958. James Fauntleroy has won 1 awards out of 4 nominations.[16][17]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2014 The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience (As a songwriter) Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
"Mirrors" (As a songwriter) Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
"Suit & Tie" (with JAY-Z) Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
"Pusher Love Girl" (As a songwriter) Best R&B Song Won


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  2. ^ "G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Terrace Martin, James Fauntleroy, and Robert Glasper Team for Touching 'No Wrong, No Right' | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Premieres". SPIN. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
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  10. ^ "He Got Soul: James Fauntleroy | Soul Train Awards | Shows". BET. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  11. ^ "Listen: Timbaland Teams Up With Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy on "Know Bout Me" | News". Pitchfork. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  12. ^ Helman, Peter (2013-11-15). "Timbaland – “Know Bout Me” (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  13. ^ "Grammys 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". LA Times. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
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  15. ^ Eric Jaffe (May 27, 2014). "Stream HS87's New Album "We The Plug"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Justin Timberlake". Grammy.com. 
  17. ^ Josephs, Brian (January 26, 2014). "Justin Timberlake Takes Home 2014 Grammy Award for Best Music Video". The Boom Box. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 

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