St. Lunatics

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St. Lunatics
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.[1]
GenresHip hop
Years active1993–2010
Labels
Past members

St. Lunatics was an American hip hop group formed in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1993. The group consisted of childhood friends Nelly, Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, City Spud, and Slo Down.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

St. Lunatics's first local independent hit was "Gimme What U Got" in 1996.[1] In 2000, Nelly was signed to Universal Records, followed by the rest of the group.[citation needed] While Nelly was working on his solo album Country Grammar, City Spud was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison for robbery.[5] After Nelly's breakthrough success in 2000, St. Lunatics released their debut album, Free City. In 2001, the singles "Summer in the City" and "Midwest Swing" were released. Free City was certified Platinum in the United States and Gold in Canada.[citation needed]

In 2002, Ali issued his solo album Heavy Starch and Murphy Lee published Murphy's Law in 2003. Murphy later launched his own label, UC ME Entertainment.[6] Nelly went on to have a successful solo career and in 2011, he partnered with St. Louis-based Vatterott College to open a music production school in downtown St. Louis, called Ex'treme Institute (E.I.).[7]

In 2009, St. Lunatics were reportedly working on a new album, City Free, to be released that summer.[citation needed] The album was postponed until 2011.[citation needed] A song titled "St. Lunatics" was leaked in early March 2009,[8] along with "Get Low 2 Da Flo", which was produced by Play-N-Skillz.[9] The first official single released from the album was "Money Talks", featuring rapper Birdman.[10] The second official single released from the album was "Polo".[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[11]
US R&B
[12]
CAN
[13]
2001 Free City 3 1 18

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US R&B
[12]
2006 Who's the Boss
  • Release date: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Fast Life Music
114 28

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[16]
US R&B
[17]
AUS
[18]
GER
[18]
NED
[18]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
1997 "Gimme What U Got" Who's the Boss
2001 "Midwest Swing" 88 41 Free City
"Batter Up"
(featuring Nelly)
19 79 31 75 28
2010 "Money Talks" (featuring Birdman) non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "St. Lunatics Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.com. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  2. ^ "St. Lunatics feud signals an end to St. Louis' original hip-hop dynasty". STLToday. Archived from the original on February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "City Free St Lunatics Album". 1VIBE.NET. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "St.Lunatics- Get Low to Da Flo". YouTube. April 30, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "Former St. Lunatic pays state for prison room and board". St. Louis Business Journal. April 26, 2002. Archived from the original on May 31, 2002.
  6. ^ "Free man Murphy Lee returns with "You See Me"". STLToday. December 10, 2009.
  7. ^ Tim Bryant (August 24, 2011). "Nelly and Vatterott to open recording school". STLToday. Archived from the original on December 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "City Free St Lunatics Album". 1VIBE.NET. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "St.Lunatics- Get Low To Da Flo". YouTube. April 30, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Kenya Vaughn (April 20, 2010). "St. Lunatics shoot video for first 'City Free' single". St. Louis American.
  11. ^ a b "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  12. ^ a b "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  13. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – May 19, 2020: St. Lunatics certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Music Canada Searchable Database". Music Canada. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  17. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  18. ^ a b c d "St. Lunatics and Nelly – Batter Up (Song)". Charts.nz. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 09 September 2001 – 15 September 2001". Official Charts Company. September 2001. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 2, 2022.