Mr. Cheeks

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Mr. Cheeks
Birth nameTerrance Kelly
Born (1971-03-28) March 28, 1971 (age 48)
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 an American rapper best known for his work with the musical group Lost Boyz, as a solo artist, and as the co-host of The Ryan Show.


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. 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, LB IV Life in 1999 and Next Generation in 2019.

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.

Mr. Cheeks teamed up with The Ryan Show podcast in 2017 and became a permanent co-host. In 2018 The Ryan Show moved to FM radio on 98.1 FM in Boston. The variety show has since syndicated to 90 different markets across the world.


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)
  • Mr Cheeks K Chrys Freaky Kah; "Lost Boyz" (2019)


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

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