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Beanie Sigel Biography

Beanie Sigel Biography

Dwight Grant, also known as Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed to Damon Dash and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998. Beanie founded the group and label State Property as well as the clothing company.Sigel's name derives from the street in South Philadelphia where he was raised, Sigel Street. It is also a play on the name of the famous gangster, Bugsy Siegel. Dwight Grant has homes in Philadelphia and Lansdale.

Sigel's debut LP, The Truth was released February 29, 2000 on Roc-A-Fella Records. The album went gold and spawned hits like "The Truth" and "Remember Them Days" featuring Eve. The album also had Jay-Z's single, "Anything". His second album The Reason was released in mid-2001. The Reason was lighter material compared to his debut album and introduced the world to his own rap group State Property, a band of Philly rappers signed to Rocafella Records.

Philadelphian rapper Beanie Sigel had a rapidly rising career, beginning with his appearance on one of underground rapper/producer DJ Clue?'s mixtapes, to his cameos on Jay-Z's Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, to a consequent solo deal with Roc-a-Fella Records. His distinctive, slightly drawling delivery and his clever but hard-hitting rhymes were showcased on his debut album, 2000's The Truth, which featured contributions from Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Eve, and Scarface, and production by the Ruff Ryders' Swizz Beatz and Suave House's Tony Draper. His second album, The Reason, hit the streets in summer 2001, led by the single "Beanie (Mack B****)." Sigel soon launched his State Property line of clothing by announcing his gear would have hidden pockets and gun holsters. Legal problems plagued the rapper in 2003 when he was arrested on federal weapon and drug charges stemming from a police chase where Sigel allegedly tossed a loaded handgun. He was arrested again in September the same year on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man in the stomach.

The attempted murder trial was thrown out of court once already by the beginning of 2005 but was set to be retried while Sigel was pleading guilty to the federal weapon charges. Preparing for jail, Sigel went into high gear and completed a movie, an album, and five videos to support the new album. The album, The B.Coming, hit the shelves in March of 2005 while the movie, State Property 2, was released in April. Out of prison by the end of the year, Sigel went to work on his fourth album, The Solution; though there seemed to be fluctuations in Sigel's stance in the split between Jay-Z and Damon Dash, the rapper remained with Jay-Z, on Roc-a-Fella, and The Solution was issued in December 2007.

Around 2001, Beanie Sigel was involved in an incident that stemmed from Jadakiss claiming rappers from Sigel's home city of Philadelphia got their style & flow from Jadakiss. Sigel took offense to this, and they sent several tracks back and forth. Eventually Styles P (also from D-Block, along with Jadakiss) and Jay-Z got involved. Sigel even called out DMX (from the Ruff Ryders crew, to whom Jadakiss was affiliated), which led to Jadakiss and DMX teaming together to release a Beanie Sigel diss track called "Un-Hunh".

The incident continued even after Russell Simmons, owner at the time of Def Jam (the label which Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella was under and Ruff Ryders was affiliated with through DMX) forced the two to declare a brief truce. Disses finally stopped flying after Sigel released a diss track over Jada's "Put Ya Hands Up" beat, recalling when the D-Block wore shiny suits in a Bad Boy video, among other things.

In 2007, Beanie released a diss track towards Cam'ron,and the Dipset camp called "Creep Low"

While he was in jail, it is said that none of the State Property members except for Oschino came to visit him. He told Dame to pass the word on that State Property was no longer in effect, until after he was released. When the split between Roc-A-Fella owners occurred, Dame made it clear that Beanie's intentions were to move State Property to his new Dame Dash Music Group. However, only members Oschino and Omillio Sparks chose to go. Members Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Young Chris, and Neef wanted to stay on Roc-A-Fella records with Jay-Z. When questioned, they claimed they were just in the mix. When he was released from jail, Sigel had a few choice words for his friends, claiming "I still love them like brothers... I just don't know if we can make music again."

It was thought that Sigel had chosen to sign with Dame; however, this is unclear, as he was present at Jay-Z's I Declare War concert in 2005. He recently stated his next Def Jam release would be a mixtape, which would fulfill his contract with them. He is currently working on his new album, The Solution.

It appears Beans has chosen to side with Jay-Z after all, as he recently stated that he would never work with Dame Dash again, and several members of Roc-a-Fella appeared at his birthday party. He has confirmed that he is still a member of Roc-a-Fella via a radio interview.

Beans confirmed that his upcoming album, The Solution, would be released on Roc-A-Fella Records.


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