Valee

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Valee
Birth nameValee Taylor
Born (1988-08-27) August 27, 1988 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2015–present
Labels

Valee Taylor, known mononymously as Valee, is an American rapper known for his mixtape 1988 which got him signed to Kanye West's record label GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. He released GOOD Job, You Found Me on March 2, 2018. The first song he released was with Ty Money ("Cash Don't Bend").[2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Valee Taylor grew up on Chicago's South Side, living in the Robert Taylor Homes and moving repeatedly once they were demolished.[6] Valee has said his mother exposed him to musicians such as Erykah Badu, Sade, Jill Scott all at an early age.[7] To this day, he still references the artists showed to him at a young age as heavily influential on his current music.[7] Taylor was well trained as an auto mechanic and made money by working on people's automobiles from his mothers garage.[8]

Throughout his schooling, he had repeated issues with anger and his outbursts led to him being kicked out of numerous schools.[6] The rapper cites Cash Money, and Project Pat as early hip hop influences.[6]

Taylor says he decided to make music on a whim while living in the South Side of Chicago. He says he was on his way to purchase a video game system, but on the way decided to go to Guitar Center instead. He purchased the necessary equipment to start making beats and shortly after he began rapping over them.[9]

Music[edit]

Valee's early work includes collaborations with producers such as Rio Mac and Chase the Money.[6]

Between 2015 and 2017, Valee would go on to release five independent projects; 12:12 (2015), 1:11 (2016), 2:22 (2016), 12:12 Again (2016) and 1988 (2017).[10]

Valee's first official commercial project was, GOOD Job, You Found Me EP, which was released in March 2018, and was executive produced by Kanye West.[11] This EP received minimal attention from the mainstream, however Pitchfork reviewed the project and gave it a score of 7.4/10.[11]

In May 2018, Valee released "Womp Womp", featuring Jeremih.[12] The song was later featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 Netflix film Beats[13] leading its debut at number 98 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100[14] and at 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.[15]

In 2019, he released a surprise EP, Runnin Rich, which included features from G Herbo, King Louie, and Vic Mensa.[16] The cover art is a picture of the rapper's pet dog, whom he was publicly condemned for dying red. Valee responded to the critics explaining he used "edible vegan dye" in order to color the pet's fur.[16] He also released tracks with Big Baby DRAM ("About U"), Matt Ox ("Awesome"), and Lil Yachty ("Wombo") and appeared on YG's album 4Real 4Real.[16]

Valee is currently managed by Andrew Barber, founder of notable Chicago Hip-Hop Blog: Fake Shore Drive.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 12:12 (2015)
  • 12:12 Again (2016)
  • 1988 (2017)
  • Runnin' Rich (2019)
  • VACABULAREE (2022)

Collaboration Albums[edit]

  • The TrAppiEst Disco Music Ever (with AYOCHILLMANNN) (2021)
  • Gimme Five Im High (with CHASETHEMONEY) (2021)
  • Virtuoso (with Harry Fraud) (2023)
  • VALEEDATION (with MVW) (2023)

EPs[edit]

  • GOOD Job, You Found Me (2018)

Personal life[edit]

Valee has two children and three dogs (Furrari, Ravioli and Sophia).[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suliman, Ali (January 16, 2018). "ChaseTheMoney is the St. Louis producer collaborating with some of rap's most exciting acts". The Fader. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (March 7, 2018). "Here's how Kanye West put his touch on Valee's new EP". The Fader. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Mahadevan, Tara. "7 Things You Need to Know About G.O.O.D. Music's Newest Signee Valee". Complex. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (January 26, 2018). "Introducing Valee, the G.O.O.D. Music-Approved Rapper With an Elegant Trap Sound". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (March 9, 2018). "Chicago rapper Valee makes his mark on new EP, but gently". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Biography of Valee". Valee Music. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Holmes, Charles. "10 Things To Know About Valee, The Chicago Rap Rookie Backed By Kanye And Chance". MTV News. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  8. ^ Klinkenberg, Brendan (November 1, 2018). "Valee Is a Quiet Rapper Making a Lot of Noise". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Terry, Bryan Allen Lamb,Josh (April 21, 2017). "Welcome to the Warped World of Valee'". Vice. Retrieved February 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Valee". Genius. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Valee: GOOD Job, You Found Me EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  12. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 2, 2018). "Valee – "Womp Womp" (Feat. Jeremih)". Stereogum. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  13. ^ Hough, Quinn (June 21, 2019). "Every Song On Netflix's Beats Soundtrack". Screen Rant. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  14. ^ "Billboard Canadian Hot 100, week of June 1, 2019". Billboard. January 2, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  15. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100, week of June 8, 2019". Billboard. January 2, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  16. ^ a b c "Valee drops surprise EP Runnin' Rich". The FADER. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  17. ^ two, Eric HendrixWriter at Red RollJust a native south side Chicago kid with an opinion or (January 28, 2020). "Valee: A New Wave of Music". Red Roll. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (May 7, 2018). "Valee, Kanye West's New Signee, Is a Rapper Who Just Might Build You a Koi Pond". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 31, 2020.