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Juelz Santana

Santana in July 2005
Background information
Birth name LaRon Louis James
Born February 18, 1982 (1982-02-18) (age 28)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, record producer, actor
Years active 2000–present
Labels Def Jam, Skull Gang
Associated acts Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Freekey Zekey, Ron Browz, Don Omar

LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982),[1] better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper, producer and actor. He came to fame following his appearances on Cam'ron's 2002 singles, "Oh Boy" and "Hey Ma". In 2003, his debut album From Me to U was released by Def Jam Recordings; his next album What the Game's Been Missing! contained the top-ten single "There It Go (The Whistle Song)"



Santana was born in Harlem to a Dominican father and African American mother.[2] He began rapping at the age of twelve and at age fifteen started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records.[3] In 2000, Santana made a guest performance on a track on Cam'ron's album S.D.E. and eventually joined The Diplomats.[4]

In 2004, Santana released an album, From Me to U under Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam; its single "Dipset (Santana's Town)" reached #70 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. What the Game's Been Missing! followed in 2005 with the singles "There It Go (The Whistle Song)", "Oh Yes", and "Clockwork". "There It Go" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts; "Oh Yes" reached #56 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Rap charts.[5] Both this album and single "There It Go" were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[6]

Santana began working with Lil Wayne on a collaboration album I Can't Feel My Face in 2006.[7][8][9][10] Mick Boogie, a DJ from Ohio, released a mixtape in late August 2006 titled Blow that contained 12 leaked tracks from the album recording sessions.[11] Recording and production reportedly concluded by summer 2007.[12] Santana told Angie Martinez in an interview on New York City hip-hop station Hot 97 that he blames the delay on the album on fellow Dipset rapper Cam'ron.[13] In April 2008, Santana stated that issues existed over his and Wayne's signing to different labels and thus announced plans for various mixtapes to promote "unity and creativity".[14] Santana claimed that Cam'ron blocked collaborations by other artists.[15] XXL magazine brought up the delay of the album release in a February 2009 interview with Santana, who replied that "contractual issues" were to blame and that he was talking to L.A. Reid about releasing this album before his own solo album.[16] In Wayne's album Tha Carter III, Santana appeared on the fifteenth track.

Santana was arrested outside of his Teaneck, New Jersey home in March 2008. After being pulled over for driving with a suspended license, a search by police of Santana's Bentley found a bag of marijuana, 29 bullets and $20,500 in cash inside a plastic bag filled with Jolly Ranchers.[17]

In August 2008, Dipset founder Cam'ron revealed that he had sold Santana's contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million.[18] Despite selling him to the Def Jam label, Juelz says he is not mad at Cam. He revealed that he had inked a joint 50/50 joint venture with Def Jam, where he will release his next album, Born to Lose, Built to Win.[19] Santana performed on Jim Jones's single "Pop Champagne", which was produced by Ron Browz. "Pop Champagne" peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart; it was also certified Gold by RIAA on February 26, 2009.[20]


Studio albums



  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Juelz Santana > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ Dip Set Capo Jim Jones Still Gaining Altitude. January 15, 2007
  3. ^ "Biography". Def Jam. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy (2005). "Juelz Santana > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Juelz Santana > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-01-30). "Juelz Santana Sticks With Def Jam, Pimp C Gets Back To Work:". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-05-08). "Kanye, Wayne Give Khaled The Goods; R. Kelly Pushes Jamie Foxx:". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-07-05). "Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana May Turn Upcoming Mixtape Into Full LP". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  10. ^ Lelinwalla, Mark (2006-07-05). "Lil Wayne Working with Juelz Santana, Baby and Preps Tha Carter III". Vibe. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  11. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-08-28). "Nas Promises 'Crazy Joint' With Game; Juelz, Lil Wayne Together On Mixtape ... Sort Of:". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  12. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2007-06-11). "Lil Wayne Plans His Own Leak; Cassidy's Live-From-Jail Rhymes". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  13. ^ Jason (2008-02-25). "Juelz Santana Blames Cam'ron For Delayed Album". Rap Basement. 
  14. ^ Cabrera, Claudio E. (2008-04-08). "Juelz Santana talks Lil Wayne, Hurricane Katrina, and Lebron James!". Def Jam. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  15. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-08-19). "Juelz Santana Says Cam'ron Blocked 'Tons' of His Collaborations, But 'It's No Hard Feelings'". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  16. ^ "Juelz Santana, Free At Last". XXL. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Bullets, pot found in rapper's car", New York Daily News, March 12, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008.
  18. ^ Dukes, Rahman (2008-08-01). "Juelz Santana Out Of Diplomats, But Says He's Cool With Cam'ron: 'It's Still Dip Set 4 Life!'". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  19. ^ Bennett, Miles (2008-08-01). "Cam'ron Sells Juelz Santana To Def Jam For $2 Million". Baller Status. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  20. ^ "Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  21. ^ Shaheem Reid (August 19, 2008). Juelz Santana Says Cam'ron Blocked 'Tons' Of His Collaborations, But 'It's No Hard Feelings' MTV. Accessed August 20, 2008.
  22. ^ Juelz Santana's Def Jam Page (April 12, 2009). Official Release date for Born to Lose, Built to Win

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