Mr. Cheeks

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Mr. Cheeks
Birth nameTerrance Kelly
Born (1971-03-28) March 28, 1971 (age 47)
South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1991–present
LabelsUniversal Records
Associated acts

Terrance Kelly (born March 28, 1971), known professionally as Mr. Cheeks, is a Grammy-winning rapper best known for his work with the musical group Lost Boyz and as a solo artist.


1991–2019: Lost Boyz[edit]

Mr. Cheeks, who was mentored by his uncle Gil Scott-Heron, along with bandmates Freaky Tah (1971–1999), Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou made up The Lost Boyz. Current bandmates are Freaky Kah and K Chrys. The Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop and produced a number of singles including; "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless" (1994), "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz" (1995) and "Renee" (1996). Lost Boyz gained worldwide critical acclaim following the release of the albums; Legal Drug Money in 1996, Love, Peace & Nappiness in 1997, and LB IV Life in 1999.

2001–09: Solo career[edit]

Mr. Cheeks became a solo artist in 2001. His debut solo album, John P. Kelly, named for both his cousin and his grandfather, featured the hit single "Lights, Camera, Action!". The album also included a collaboration with longtime friend and business partner, Stephen Marley, (son of reggae artist Bob Marley) featuring the ballad "Till We Meet Again" (recorded in Freaky Tah's memory) and the reggae-flavored "Mama Say”. In 2003, Mr. Cheeks released the follow-up album, Back Again![1] The single off the album was "Crush On You" and it featured Mario Winans. In the fall of 2003, Cheeks separated from Universal, forming his own label, Diane’s Boyz. Cheeks was also featured on Lil' Kim's single, "The Jump Off."


In 2010, Lost Boyz reunited, and released a single called "Haaay." His most recent activities as a solo musician have included collaborations with R&B singer Ryan Michael, Stephen Marley, and Producer 9th Wonder & Nasiib.


Solo albums[edit]

with Lost Boyz[edit]

Solo singles[edit]

Featured singles[edit]

  • 112 — "Come See Me" (1996)
  • Lil' Kim — "The Jump Off" (2003)
  • Kookee — "New Money" (2004)
  • Kookee — "Holla Back" (2004)
  • Famil — "Finer Things" (2004)
  • Ayo B — "This Music" (2017)
  • Nasiib Beatz — "My Company" (2017)


  1. ^ "Mr Cheeks back again on new album". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2015.

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