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Kevin Rudolf

Background information
Birth name Kevin Rudolf
Born 1983
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop, rock
Occupations Singer, record producer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2001 - present
Labels Cash Money
Associated acts Lifehouse, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Timbaland, Rick Ross, Nas, Jay Sean

Kevin Rudolf (born 1983)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, and record producer. Rudolf is signed to Cash Money Records/Universal Republic. Born and raised in New York, he is based out of Miami, Florida. Rudolf's debut single, "Let It Rock" featuring Lil Wayne, was certified triple platinum by the RIAA on May 5, 2009. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the UK Singles Chart, #3 on the Australian Singles Chart, and #2 on the Canadian Hot 100. His second single, "Welcome to the World," reached #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Rudolf has appeared and performed on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Dancing with the Stars, at the Miss USA 2009 pageant, and at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. In 2009, Rudolf headlined his first US Tour, the "Let It Rock Tour".[3]


Early life

Rudolf grew up in New York City; his mother was a singer. He played in local bars and with amateur bands as a teenager and began recording his own music after he bought a computer and keyboard.[4]

Music career

In 2001, Rudolf got his first break with the release of self-written pop record Binocular by Maverick Records under the pseudonym Binocular.[5][6][7][8][9] The lead track, "You", was featured on TV series Smallville. In 2004 Rudolf (Binocular) released "Maybe You're Gone," written by singer-songwriter Danny Scherr, for the soundtrack of movie The Girl Next Door before returning to recording under his own name.[10]

In 2003, Rudolf began working with Timbaland and played guitar for Lil' Kim's single "The Jump Off".[4]

In the City was released on November 24, 2008. "Let It Rock" was used as the main theme for the WWE's 2009 Royal Rumble[11]. "Let it Rock" was featured on the soundtrack for WrestleMania XXV. "NYC" featuring Nas was featured on CSI: NY on November 5, 2008. "Let It Rock" reached #5 on the Billboard US Hot 100 chart, #5 on the UK Singles Chart, #3 on the Australian ARIA Chart and #2 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song "I Made It" will also be the official theme for WrestleMania XXVI.[12]



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2008 In the City 94 74


Year Single Peak chart positions Certification[13] Album
2008 "Let It Rock" (feat. Lil Wayne) 5 6 2 3 5 4 10
  • US: 3× Platinum
In the City
2009 "Welcome to the World" (feat. Rick Ross) 58 34 59 42 77 35 41
2010 "I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)" (feat. Birdman, Jay Sean, & Lil Wayne) 37 37 49 TBA

Guest appearances

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Shooting Star" (David Rush feat. LMFAO, Pitbull & Kevin Rudolf) Feel the Rush Vol. 1
2009 "Fading Away" (Shaggy feat. Kevin Rudolf & Lil Jon) Shagganuot
2009 "I Want It All" (Birdman feat. Lil Wayne & Kevin Rudolf) Pricele$$
2010 "One Way Trip" (Lil Wayne feat. Kevin Rudolf) Rebirth
2010 "Just Say So" (Brian McFadden feat. Kevin Rudolf) Wall Of Soundz

Music videos

Year Title Director
2008 "Let It Rock" Justin Francis
2009 "Welcome to the World" Jeff Panzer/Bill Yukich
2010 "I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)" Jeff Panzer/David Rousseau

Production credits

Musician credits

Instrument Year Title Album Artist(s)
Guitar, Bass 2005 "Thinking of You" Certified David Banner (feat. Case)
Guitar 2006 "Say It Right" Loose Nelly Furtado
"Scream" Timbaland Presents Shock Value Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson and Nicole Scherzinger)
"Release" Timbaland (feat. Justin Timberlake)
"My Style" Monkey Business Black Eyed Peas (feat. Justin Timberlake)

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ (2009-02-13). "Hot Canadian Digital Singles - "Let It Rock"". Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ []
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David (2008). "Kevin Rudolf: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Warner Chappell Music. "search for writer(s) Binocular". Accessed 5 January 2009.
  6. ^ Warner Chappell Music. "song(s) by the selected artist BINOCULAR". Accessed 5 January 2009.
  7. ^ Binocular Biography - yahoomusic
  8. ^ MTV. "lyrics: Don't Say Goodbye, Say Goodnight". Accessed 5 January 2009.
  9. ^ The A.V. Club, "Black Mirror: 4 bands (and 1 song) named after optical devices". Accessed 21 November 2009.
  10. ^ Internet Movie Database ""
  11. ^ The WWE (2009-02-13). ""Let It Rock" as theme song for WWE's 2009 Royal Rumble". Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  12. ^ "WrestleMania: "I Made It" by Kevin Rudolf is the official theme song of WrestleMania 26". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  13. ^ RIAA (2009-02-13). "The RIAA certification searchable database". Retrieved 2009-02-13. 

External links

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Kevin Rudolf
Background information
Born February 11 1986 (Age 23)
Genres Pop, Pop Rock Rap rock
Occupations Singer, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, synthesiser, drums
Years active 2007-present
Labels Cash Money Records/Universal Republic Records
Associated acts Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross, Birdman
Website Official site

Kevin Rudolf is an American singer-songwriter, and record producer. He did the popular song, Let It Rock with Lil Wayne.


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