Lady May

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Lady May
Birth name Rhonda Natasha Robinson
Also known as Mae West, May
Born (1974-03-06) March 6, 1974 (age 44)
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actress, model
Years active 1998–2008
Labels Crazy Cat, Arista

Rhonda Natasha Robinson (born March 6, 1974) better known by her stage name Lady May is an American rapper, songwriter and model from Long Island, New York's suburbs.

May is African American and part Asian descent.[1] She grew up listening to Elton John, Duran Duran and Michael Jackson. At the age of fifteen, May stopped attending high school and became a hip hop dancer in music videos for artists such as LL Cool J and Jodeci, but was left unsatisfied, eventually turning to rap music.[2][3] She danced with Big Lez and became and accountant for Trackmasters.[4]

She began rapping in the late 1990s under her stage name, Mae West; her rapping skills would eventually gain notice from fellow producer/rapper, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, who introduced her via his 2000 solo debut album, Tell 'Em Why U Madd, on the track "Shysty Broads" alongside former Timbaland protégé, Babe Blue. He later renamed her, Lady May, introduced her to Crazy Cat Productions and she eventually landed a contract deal with Arista Records in 2001.

May released her debut single in 2002, "Round Up", which featured R&B singer and former label-mate Blu Cantrell it had got slowly rotation on the radio and her and Cantrell performed it together on Soul Train.[5][6][7] Her following planned single was "Dick & Doe"; a music video for the song was shot but in the midst of the pushbacks for May Day (first scheduled for a release in May 2002, then to July 16, 2002, then August 2002), the single and video as well as the album were altogether shelved after the poor reception gained from "Round Up" - the album eventually leaked onto P2P sites. She was also featured on former label-mate Rob Jackson's 2002 single "Boom Boom Boom",[8] which was slated to appear on his debut album, For the People, but was eventually shelved as well. In 2003, she was featured on Willa Ford's "A Toast to Men", also appearing in its video.

The same year she appeared on DJ Kayslay's Streetsweeper Vol. 1 on the song "Seven Deadly Sins", which also featured Vita, Angie Martinez, Duchess, Amil, Sonja Blade, and Remy Ma.[9]

May contributed on Jennifer Lopez's 2007 Brave album credited as a songwriter on several tracks.[10]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. R&B U.S. dance sales
2002 "Round Up" (featuring Blu Cantrell) 93[11] May Day
"The Dick & The Dough"
2003 "A Toast to Men" (Willa Ford featuring Lady May) 11[12] SexySexObsessive

Album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2000 Shysty Broads (The Madd Rapper with Mae West, Babe Blue, Erika Kaine & Mashonda) Tell 'Em Why U Madd
2001 Smash On The First Night (G. Dep feat. May) Child of the Ghetto
2001 Get The Party Started (Pink feat. Lady May Get The Party Started (Remixes) - Single
2002 Put Me Down (Rap Version) (Donell Jones feat. Lady May & Styles P) Put Me Down - Single
2002 Get Into Something (Remix) (Jené feat. Lady May & Foxy Brown) Get Into Something (Remix) - Single
2003 Seven Deadly Sins (DJ Kay Slay (feat. Lady May, Amil, Angie Martinez, Vita, Duchess, Sonja Blade, Remy Martin The Streetsweeper Vol. 1
2004 If You So Gangsta (Lloyd Banks (feat. May) The Hunger For More

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Soul Train Herself
2003 Anne B. Real Fendi
2004 Up Against the 8 Ball Fina
2007 Smack DVD Magazine Herself

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lady May Bio". Last.fm. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "Lady May | New Music And Songs | VH1". Vh1.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  3. ^ "MTV News". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "Vibe Magazine". books.google.com. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  5. ^ "Lady May Ready For The Frontline". Hiphopdx.com. 2002-05-14. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  6. ^ "Lady May TV.com". TV.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  7. ^ "Lady May & Blu Cantrell Soul Train Performance". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  8. ^ Ali, Rahsheeda. "Celebrity Gossip + Entertainment News | VH1 Celebrity". Vh1.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  9. ^ "Seven Deadly Sins Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  10. ^ "10 Sexy Female Rappers That Should Make A Comeback". Complex.com. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "Round Up" (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart), Billboard, July 27, 2002.
  12. ^ "A Toast to Men" (Hot Dance Singles Sales chart), Billboard, March 27, 2004.

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