Juelz Santana

Genres: Urban
Decades: 2000s


LaRon Louis James, 18 February 1982, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. Juelz Santana began rapping and rhyming at the age of 12, when he and a friend formed Draft Pick. The duo played several local gigs, including an Amateur Night performance at the legendary Apollo. Santana continued rapping on his own after the duo broke up and his rhyming talents and drive were soon recognized by his cousin, who just happened to be friends with rapper Cam’ron. It did not take long for Cam’ron to take Santana under his wing, as the protégé lent his vocal skills to the track ‘Double Up’ on Cam’ron’s S.D.E. He was also signed to Cam’ron’s label, Diplomats Records (shortly thereafter, Cam’ron also appointed Santana as the label’s vice-president). Santana appeared on Cam’ron’s subsequent releases, ‘Hey Ma’ and ‘Welcome To New York City’, from 2002’s Come Home With M, as well as part...

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