Mindless Behavior

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Mindless Behavior
Original Mindless Behavior members (left to right): Roc Royal, Princeton, Prodigy, and Ray Ray
Original Mindless Behavior members (left to right): Roc Royal, Princeton, Prodigy, and Ray Ray
Background information
Also known as
  • The New MB
  • MB
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active2008–2017
Past membersCraig "Prodigy" Crippen, Jr.
Jacob "Princeton" Perez
Rayan "Ray Ray" Lopez
Chresanto "Roc Royal" August
Elijah Johnson
Michael "Mike River" Martin

Mindless Behavior was an American boy band who were best known for the singles "My Girl" and "Mrs. Right", produced by Walter Millsap. The band was put together in Los Angeles in 2008, by Keisha Gamble, Vincent Herbert and Walter Millsap. The band trained in dance and singing for two years before releasing a recording in Japan Music.[1] The members were all in their early teens when the band was created.[2]

Shortly after, lead singer Crippen separated himself from the group, leaving behind the original three members. The group would then introduce two other members, singer EJ and Mike.


They performed "My Girl" on The Today Show in November 2010.[1] Their debut album, #1 Girl, was released on September 20, 2011.[3] It debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart at number seven.[4]

Mindless Behavior toured with the Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber, Jason Derülo, and was the opening act for Janet Jackson's 2011 tour.[5] Mindless Behavior also headlined the first BET Closer to My Dreams Tour alongside Diggy Simmons, Lil Twist, Tyga, Trevante, and Jawan Harris.[6] In 2011, Mindless Behavior headlined the SCREAM Tour with Diggy Simmons featuring OMG Girlz, Jacob Latimore, and Hamiliton Park. They have been predicted as Future Stars by This Must Be Pop.[7]

In July 2012, they embarked their own 25-city tour, (#1 Girl Tour) with opening acts Jacob Latimore, Lil Twist, and rising star Kayla Brianna.[8]

In March 2013, the band released their second studio album, All Around the World on March 12, 2013 and their feature film documentary, Mindless Behavior: All Around the World. Mindless Behavior announced the All Around The World Tour starting in July 2013.

On June 17, 2016, they released the music video for their third single, #OverNightBag. They announced that they were going on a tour their third album "No Parents Allowed Tour" but was cancelled soon after for unexplained reasons and are getting ready to release an independent movie titled "Misguided Behavior”. In February 2017, rumors started spreading around that the group had disbanded after Princeton announced it after answering a fan question as he claimed that the group wasn't getting the rights to their music and the members decided that they wanted to do solo careers.

Band members[edit]

Past members[edit]

  • Prodigy (Craig Crippen, Jr.) – lead singer (2008–2013; 2014–2015)
  • Princeton (Jacob Perez) – backing vocalist, spokesperson (2008–2017)
  • Ray Ray (Rayan Lopez) – backing vocalist, sub-rapper, main rapper (2008–2015)
  • Roc Royal (Chresanto August) – backing vocalist, main rapper (2008–2014)
  • EJ (Elijah Johnson) – lead singer (2014–2017)
  • Mike (Michael Martin) – backing vocalist, sub-lead singer (2015–2017)


Member adjustments[edit]

The group experienced a lot of adjustments since their formation in 2008 that included original members Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal.

In November 2013, it was announced that lead singer Prodigy left the group to pursue a solo career, which he proved to be untrue. He left the group because of bullying and mistreatment received from the camp.[9] This left Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal as a trio.

In April 2014, the group announced that EJ would replace Prodigy as the group's new lead singer.[10]

In December 2010, Roc Royal was fired from the group due to his ill-mannered behavior. This included beating up a drug addict over money, having a baby at an early age and accusations of him stealing a producer's car.[11] This in turn prompted Prodigy to return to the group to replace Roc Royal, who served a two-year sentence in prison for battery and robbery.[12][13][14]

In June 2015, Prodigy left the group again, and it turned out that Prodigy was only a placeholder in the group to keep it a quartet. He left when Mike (who was the actual replacement of Roc Royal) joined the group.[citation needed]

In September 2015, Ray Ray decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career. This left EJ, Mike and Princeton (who was the only original member of the group left) as a trio until the disbandment of the group in February 2017.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
#1 Girl
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Interscope, Streamline
  • Format: CD, digital download
7 2
All Around the World
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Interscope, Streamline
  • Format: CD, digital download
6 1
#OfficialMBMusic 79 4
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"My Girl"
2010 40 #1 Girl
"Mrs. Right"
(featuring Diggy Simmons)
2011 72 8
"Girls Talkin' Bout"
"Christmas with My Girl"
96 Non-album singles
"Valentine's Girl"
"Keep Her on the Low" 2013 47 All Around the World
"All Around the World"
"Used to Be"
(featuring Problem and Bad Lucc)
2016 #OfficialMBMusic
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Outcome Ref.
2011 BET Awards BET FANdemonium Award Nominated [20]
2012 NAACP Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist Nominated
BET Awards BET FANdemonium Award Nominated [21]
BET Awards Best Group Nominated [22]
BET Awards Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award Won [23]
2013 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Group Nominated [24]
BET Awards Best Group Nominated [25]


  1. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (December 4, 2010). "Just the beginning", Billboard 122 (48): 27
  2. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (November 16, 2010). "Mindless Behavior Break Down Ode To Texting, 'My Girl'", MTV News. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 26, 2011). "Albums by Mindless Behavior and LeAnn Rimes", The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Trust, Gary, and Caulfield, Keith (September 29, 2011). "Mindless Behavior, Cody Simpson: Teenagers Hit the Charts", Billboard.biz. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (February 2, 2011). "Janet Jackson to Take Mindless Behavior on Tour". Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Thompson, Erica (July 29, 2011). "Tyga, Diggy Simmons and More Realize 'Dreams' in NYC Show", Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "brings you Future Pop! (Issue #05)". This Must Be Pop. November 7, 2011. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "News : MINDLESS BEHAVIOR ANNOUNCES THE #1 GIRL TOUR". Mindless Behavior. May 15, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  9. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Prodigy Tells All | Why He REALLY Left Mindless Behavior". YouTube.
  10. ^ "Mindless Behavior Announces New Member - Rap-Up - Rap-Up". www.rap-up.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "thacelebritea.com". Go Daddy. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "TSRExclusive: Former Mindless Behavior Member Roc Royal Sentenced To Two Years In Jail - The Shade Room". theshaderoom.com. July 21, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "An Interview With MINDLESS BEHAVIOR About Their Soon-To-Be Released Album! - All Access Music". music.allaccess.com. June 28, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mindless Behavior – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Mindless Behavior's ALL AROUND THE WORLD Debuts at #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Chart – BWWMusicWorld". Music.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  17. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016.
  18. ^ Peak positions for US Billboard 100:
  19. ^ Peak positions for R&B/Hip-Hop songs:
  20. ^ "2011 BET Awards Winners".
  21. ^ "2012 BET Awards Nominees". BET.
  22. ^ "2012 BET Awards Best Group Nominees". BET.
  23. ^ "Mindless Behavior receives Coca Cola Viewers Choice Award". BET.
  24. ^ "2013 Radio Disney Music Award Nominees".
  25. ^ "BET Awards 2013 Nominees". MTV.

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