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The only female member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad collective, Remy Ma was poised to become a major star until a late-night shooting (supposedly over $3,000) derailed her fast-rising career and sent her upstate for a lengthy stretch. Mentored by the legendary Big Pun, she made her debut (as Remy Martin) on his Yeeeah Baby album; then she was brought into TS and earned a GRAMMY® nomination for its mega-smash single "Lean Back." There's Something About Remy was her first solo album, released in 2006 to great reviews (if mediocre sales). Unlike Foxy Brown and Lil Kim, who mostly rhymed about sex and shopping, Remy adopted more of a thugged-out murderess approach. This won her plenty of fans but probably didn't help her court case much. She's scheduled for release in '15 or '16; this album should hold fans over until she gets out. With top-notch production from the likes of Alchemist and Scott Storch, plus features from Pun, Joe, Ne-Yo, Roc Raida, and Keyshia Cole, she goes all out on joints like "Feel So Good," "Thug Love," "Tight," and "What's Going On."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The only female member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad collective, Remy Ma was poised to become a major star until a late-night shooting (supposedly over $3,000) derailed her fast-rising career and sent her upstate for a lengthy stretch. Mentored by the legendary Big Pun, she made her debut (as Remy Martin) on his Yeeeah Baby album; then she was brought into TS and earned a GRAMMY® nomination for its mega-smash single "Lean Back." There's Something About Remy was her first solo album, released in 2006 to great reviews (if mediocre sales). Unlike Foxy Brown and Lil Kim, who mostly rhymed about sex and shopping, Remy adopted more of a thugged-out murderess approach. This won her plenty of fans but probably didn't help her court case much. She's scheduled for release in '15 or '16; this album should hold fans over until she gets out. With top-notch production from the likes of Alchemist and Scott Storch, plus features from Pun, Joe, Ne-Yo, Roc Raida, and Keyshia Cole, she goes all out on joints like "Feel So Good," "Thug Love," "Tight," and "What's Going On."

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About Remy Ma

Hard-hitting rapper Remy Ma has been on top of the Hot 100 and earned repeated Grammy recognition during a lengthy career disrupted by a prison term. The Bronx native born Reminisce Smith grew up in an environment greatly affected by drug addiction. As she raised her younger siblings, she also found time to write and perform rhymes and poetry. While still a teenager, she caught the attention of Big Pun, who mentored her and featured her on Yeeeah Baby, released in 2000 (two months following his death). Remy subsequently appeared on the remix of M.O.P.'s "Ante Up" and released the Swizz Beatz-produced single "Monster." She truly broke through in 2004 as a member of Terror Squad, whose "Lean Back" -- featuring her on the second verse -- went number one pop and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Remy's first solo album, There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, followed two years later. Boosted by the Scott Storch collaboration "Conceited," it debuted in the Top Ten of the R&B/hip-hop chart.

An assault conviction resulted in a prison term that prevented Remy from recording for six years, a period during which she married fellow rapper Papoose. Granted freedom in 2014, she immediately resumed recording with an assortment of featured appearances and solo material that included the mixtape I'm Around. Additionally, she joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York. She teamed up with Fat Joe for the full-length 2017 release Plata o Plomo, an album that featured a handful of hit singles. Most successful was the preceding "All the Way Up," which went Top 30 pop on its way to a multi-platinum certification and Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. By the end of 2017, Remy had released the Lil' Kim collaboration "Wake Me Up," the first single from her second proper solo album. That full-length, the deeply autobiographical 7 Winters & 6 Summers, arrived on Columbia the following year. ~ Marisa Brown & Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [The Bronx]
BORN
May 30, 1980

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