Lil' Cease

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Lil' Cease
Birth name James Lloyd
Also known as Lil' Cesar, Cesar Leo de Janeiro, Cesar Leo, Lil' Cease
Born (1977-08-20) August 20, 1977 (age 38)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter, producer
Years active 1993–present
Labels Atlantic, Bad Boy Records, Queen Bee Entertainment, Get Low
Associated acts Junior M.A.F.I.A., The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Jay Z, Mase, The Commission, Chinx

James Lloyd (born August 20, 1977), better known by his stage name Lil' Cease,[1] is an American rapper and member of hip hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A..[2]

Cease released his first album, Conspiracy, with Junior M.A.F.I.A. in 1995, and gained mainstream attention with a memorable verse on "Player's Anthem", the album's highest charting single. Frequent name dropping from mentor and cousin The Notorious B.I.G. throughout Cease's career helped keep the young rapper in the spotlight. Cease also featured on the Def Jam-released soundtrack for the 1997 comedy film How to Be a Player alongside LeVert, Cam'ron and fellow Harlem rapper Mase. He is also known for being a featured artist on Lil' Kim's record Crush on You from her debut album Hard Core, which was a number 1 hit on the Hot Rap Songs chart. Rapper Cam'ron revealed that his pen was behind the original rendition of the song Crush on You.[3]

Mista Blessington and DJ Fort Knox with Lil Cease.jpg

After making guest appearances on other artists' albums, Cease released his debut and only studio album The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo in 1999. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and features Jay Z, Lil' Kim and Bristal. In 2005, Lil' Cease, Banger and MC Klepto reunited Junior M.A.F.I.A. and released the group's second album, Riot Musik. In January 2009, Lil' Cease released "Letter to B.I.G.", which sampled "Letter to B.I.G." by Jadakiss from the soundtrack to the film Notorious.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

He was portrayed by Marc John Jefferies in the 2009 biopic film Notorious.[5]


Studio albums[edit]


Guest Appearance[edit]

Year Song Album
1996 "Big Momma Thang" (Lil' Kim featuring Lil' Cease and Jay Z) Hard Core
"Crush on you" (Lil' Kim featuring Lil' Cease)
1997 "Cheat On You" (Mase featuring Lil' Cease, Jay Z & 112) Harlem World
"Lose My Cool" (SWV featuring Lil' Cease) Release Some Tension
"Back in You Again" (Rick James, Lil' Cease & Lil' Kim) Money Talks
1999 "Can I Get Witcha" (The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Lil' Cease) Born Again
"I'm Going Out" (Mobb Deep featuring Lil' Cease) Murda Muzik
"Future Sport" (Mister Cee featuring Lil' Cease, Redman, Mr. Bristal & Tone Hooker) How To Rob Cee
2000 Revolution" (Lil' Kim featuring Grace Jones & Lil' Cease) The Notorious K.I.M.
"Off the Wall" (Lil' Kim featuring Lil' Cease)
"Crime Life" (DJ Clue? featuring Ja Rule, Lil' Cease & Memphis Bleek) DJ Clue Presents - Backstage Mixtape
"What's His Name" (DJ Whoo Kid featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Cease, Lil' Kim & Memphis Bleek) Murda Mixtape
2001 "Chinatown" (DJ Clue? featuring Lil' Kim, Lil' Cease & Junior M.A.F.I.A.) The Professional 2
"Nothing Wrong" (DJ Clue? featuring Lil' Kim, Banger & Lil' Cease) Stadium Series Part 1: Mixtapes For Dummies
2007 "Set Us Free" (Ameer featuring Lil' Cease) The 25th - Hour Enter The Zone
2009 "Talk Go Through Us" (Fabolous featuring Lil' Cease) Return Of Mr. Fab
2010 "R7B Bitch" (BMF featuring Lil' Cease, Blue Davinci & Oweee) BMF - Street Certified
2011 "Own Man" (Chinx featuring Lil' Cease) Cocaine Riot
"Smokin Blunts" (Mistah F.A.B. featuring Lil' Cease & Jay Rock) The Grind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste Pt. 2
"Where You From" (Smoothe da Hustler featuring Trigger Tha Gambler & Lil' Cease) Violenttimes Day 2
"Company" (Mr. Cheeks & The Lost Boyz Mafia featuring Lil' Cease, B.o.B, L.V. & P. Cardni) Revolver Edition
"Money All The Time" (F.T (Fuc-that) featuring Lil' Cease) The Brooklyn Beast
2013 "Bury The Hachet" (DJ Kay Slay featuring Outlawz & Lil' Cease) Rhyme Or Die


  • Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. (2004)
  • Reality Check: Junior Mafia vs Lil Kim (2006)
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
  • Life After Death: The Movie (2007)


  1. ^ Oh, Minya. "Rapper Lil’ Cease Sentenced For Gun Possession". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Reid, Shaheem. "Lil’ Cease Says He’s No Snitch For Testifying Against Kim". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (28 April 2011). "Cam’ron Says He Wrote Lil’ Cease Verses on ‘Crush on You’ Cam’ron Says He Wrote Lil’ Cease Verses on ‘Crush on You’". The Boom Box (THE XXL NETWORK). Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Smokingsection
  5. ^ "Which roles Marc John Jefferies has done recently?". AskVille., Inc. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

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