From Me to U is the debut album by the American Hip-Hop rapper Juelz Santana, released on August 19, 2003. The album was seen as the introspective introduction of the rapper to mainstream entertainment. Following the success of various unofficial street mixtapes and being part of the rap group The Diplomats, co-founded by rappers Cameron Giles (a.k.a Cam'ron) and Joseph Guillermo Jones II (a.k.a Jim Jones), From Me to U was the second official album to be released while the super group was signed to Diplomat Records, a sublabel of Roc-A-Fella Records at the time, following Cam'ron's Roc-A-Fella debut Come Home with Me. Upon its release in 2003,after one year of recording and mastering, the 20-tracked album found commercial success, reaching #8 on Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums, even though it did not receive critical acclaim throughout the industry. Though some tracks originally were featured on Juelz's street mixtape Final Destination, they were still applied to the track listing of the official album as well.
After the signing of The Diplomats, also known as The Dips or Dipset, to Roc-a-Fella Records in 2002, there was an influx of mixtapes, features on other artists' records, television and radio interviews, in which Juelz achieved mainstream recognition not previously gained through the various Diplomat mixtapes, and his solo mixtape Final Destination. After recording feature verses on the two singles, "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy", which were on Cam'ron's first Roc-a-fella/Diplomat Records release, Juelz started working on his as well since he was going to be the next solo album released on Diplomat records. In addition, Diplomatic Immunity was a Dipset compilation and showcasing of the entire roster, mainly Juelz, who is featured on the majority of the songs.
Features and Production Credits
*"One Day I Smile"
**"My Heartbreak" by Delegation
**"Trying Make a Fool of Me" by The Delfonics
**"I'm Going Down" by Mary J. Blige
**"Making Love Out of Nothing at All" by Air Supply
**"You're Special" by The Commodores
*"How I Feel"
**"Woman To Woman" by Shirley Brown
**"Can You Help Me" by Usher
*"Dipset (Santana's Town)"
**"Anvil Chorus" by Verdi
**"I Love You So, Never Gonna Let You Go" by Love Unlimited Orchestra
**"Nights Like This" by After 7
**"Look What You've Done" by The Moments
**"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
*"This Is For My Homies"
**"Gangsta Lean" by DRS
From Me to U peaked at #8 in the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2003. It has sold 350,000 in the US and 640,000 World wide.
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LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper, producer and actor. He appeared 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)".
Early life & career
Santana was born to an African American mother and to a Dominican father.. LatinRapper.com: January 15, 2007 He began rapping at the age of five and at age twelve started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records. In 2000, Santana made a guest performance on a track on Cam'ron's album S.D.E. and eventually joined The Diplomats. Also he is soon to team up with the jersey city rapper albee al.
2002-2004 (Final Destination, From Me To U)
After the signing of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset, to Roc-a-Fella Records in 2002, there was an influx of mixtapes, features on other artists' records, television and radio interviews, in which Juelz achieved mainstream recognition not previously gained through the various Diplomat mixtapes, and his solo mixtape Final Destination, that was sold in late 2002. After being featured on fellow Diplomat member Cam'ron's two singles, "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy". Juelz started working on his debut album. In the summer of 2003, Santana released his debut album entitled, From Me to U under Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam; its single "Down/Rain Drops" which did not reach success and debut single "Dipset (Santana's Town)" reached #70 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
What the Game's Been Missing! (2005)
What the Game's Been Missing! followed in 2005 with the singles "Mic Check", "There It Go (The Whistle Song)", "Oh Yes", "Clockwork," "Shottas", and "Make It Work For Ya" Feat. Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. "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. "Mic Check" reached 35 in the Billboard Hot 100. Both this album and single "There It Go" were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
I Can't Feel My Face, Def Jam Signing & Skull Gang (2006-2009)
Santana began working with Lil Wayne on a collaboration album I Can't Feel My Face in 2006. 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. Recording and production reportedly concluded by summer 2007. 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. In April 2008, Santana stated that issues existed over his and Lil Wayne signing to different labels and thus announced plans for various mixtapes to promote "unity and creativity". Santana claimed that Cam'ron blocked collaborations by other artists. 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. In Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter III, Santana appeared on the fifteenth track.
In August 2008, Dipset founder Cam'ron revealed that he had sold Santana's contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million. Despite selling him to the Def Jam label, Santana 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. Santana performed on Jim Jones' 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. In May 2009 Skull Gang's debut album was released on Santana's new label, Skull Gang Entertainment, and Koch Records.
Born to Lose, Built to Win & Dipset Reunion (2010-present)
Since 2007, Santana has been recording material for his third album, Born to Lose, Built to Win. Shortly after recording began, Santana released a promo single, "The Second Coming", produced by Just Blaze. After a two year hiatus, he released a new song, "Days of Our Lives", with two accompanying music videos featuring cameos from Skull Gang. In late 2009 he released the first single off Born to Lose, Built to Win, "Mixin' Up the Medicine" featuring Yelawolf. In 2010, he released the second single titled, "Back to the Crib" featuring Chris Brown. In April 2010, Cam'ron and Jim Jones announced they ended their feud. In June 2010, the Dipset reunion began with a teaser titled "Under Construction" and a street single, "Salute" produced by Araabmuzik. The song features Jim Jones, Cam'ron, and Juelz Santana. The remix features new Diplomat artist Vado with a verse added. Since the reunion it is not yet known if or when Juelz will release the album. But it is known that he is working on a new album with The Diplomats. Recently Santana Twits "I will give people that people wants Reagan Era in the studio" so that means that we can wait a new album for 2011.juelz sanatana had a gig in westchester ny and had a interview with rayner hidalgo shout to him great man http
Juelz Santana recently collaborated with UK rapper's Giggs & Wiley on a track called Bright Lights produced by UK producers Dan Dare & Zdot.In February he released a music video for the song "Homerun" featuring Lil Wayne.Its unknow if Homerun is a single or not.
Santana maintained a store of his clothing and music near his old neighborhood of 151st and Amsterdam/Broadway on Amsterdam Avenue between 150th and 151st Streets sojones online magazine.
* 2003: From Me to U
* 2005: What the Game's Been Missing!
* 2011: Born to Lose, Built to Win
*2003: Final Destination
*2004: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 1
*2005: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 2
*2006: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 3
*2011: Reagan Era
*2003: Diplomatic Immunity (with The Diplomats)
*2004: Diplomatic Immunity 2 (with The Diplomats)
*2009: Skull Gang (with Skull Gang)
*2011: Diplomatic Immunity 3 (with The Diplomats)
* State Property 2 (2005)
* Killa Season (2006)
* The Project (2011)
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