Mixtape Tuesdayz -Mixtape Artist Of The Week – Gunplay

Gunplay

Background information

Birth name – Richard Morales Jr.
Born July 18, 1979 (age 34)
El Paso, Texas, USA
Origin – Carol City, Florida, United States
Genres – Hip hop
Occupations – Rapper
Labels – Def Jam, Maybach Music Group
Associated acts – Rick Ross, Triple C’s

Richard Morales Jr. (born July 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Gunplay, is an American rapper signed to the Def Jam and Maybach Music Group record label.[1] His was formerly a member of rap group Triple C’s who released an album, Custom Cars & Cycles in 2009. After breaking out as a solo artist, he released various mixtapes such as the well acclaimed 601 & Snort. His debut studio album Living Legend is scheduled for release in 2013.

Early life

He grew up in Carol City in southern Florida with his mother.[2] He started using and selling cocaine at age 16 saying he used to spend $600–700 a week on drugs and thousands after his record deal.[3]

Music career

1997-2009: Career beginnings with Triple C’s
In 1997, he met with Carol City native Rick Ross and their passion for music led them to form the group Triple C’s (Carol City Cartel) alongside rappers Torch and Young Breed. The group worked hard to build a buzz, later releasing their debut album Custom Cars & Cycles in 2009, which debuted at #44 on the U.S. Billboard 200.[4]

2009-present: Solo career and debut album

Gunplay made his solo debut on Rick Ross track “Gunplay” on the album Deeper Than Rap. He released mixtapes under Maybach Music Group[5] while appearing on featured tracks and making appearances on collaborative albums. In July 2012, he signed a solo deal with Def Jam and will be releasing his debut album Medellin, originally called Bogotá, under both labels. He announced that he was working with producers from the south and he will be collaborating with producer Pharrell Williams. His mixtape, titled “601 & Snort,” released September 2012 and has been well praised by critics and was named the tenth best album of 2012 by Spin Magazine.[6] One of his featured guest appearance songs, “Cartoon & Cereal” with Kendrick Lamar, was ranked in Complex’s Best 50 Songs of 2012 list at #2.[7]

His most recent mixtape Cops & Robbers was released on January 18, 2013.[8][9] His debut album Living Legend is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2013.[10]Medellin was described as “raw” and a “real street album by Gunplay and in early 2013 was 75-80% done. He would go on to reveal Pharrell Williams will be producing a track called “Steel Drums” for the album and Yo Gotti and Big Sean would also be featured on the album.[3] He was also featured on Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II on the song “Beat The Shit”.[11] On May 7, 2013 he announced that he had changed the title of his debut album to “Living Legend.”[12]

Personal life

Morales’ mother is Jamaican and he has a son with his ex-wife who he divorced in 2008.[2][13]

Legal issues

TMZ had reported [14] that on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Richard Morales Jr. had turned himself in to Miami authorities, after a warrant had been issued for his arrest on charges of armed robbery.[15] Morales also faced a second charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. According to the rapper’s attorney, Gunplay could have faced life in prison if convicted on both counts. On October 13 a video leaked of Gunplay committing the crime. After seen talking on the tape, the man purported to be Gunplay brandishes a pistol, and eventually takes some jewelry and money from the accountant. A third, unidentified man in the meeting, who appeared to have come with the assailant, attempts to mediate the situation after which the man appearing to be Gunplay leaves.[16] On October 22, 2012, he was given a $150,000 dollar bond and placed on house arrest in connection to the robbery which took place at a Miami tax business.[17] He was released from house arrest during January 2013.

On the morning of February 25, 2013 Gunplay began trial for the charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault charges, stemming from when he allegedly pulled a gun on his accountant during April 2012. Later that day he announced that the case was dismissed. This would be due to the victim, Turron Woodside, not being willing to cooperate with authorities. Woodside refused to authenticate the footage of the incident and was “out of town” according to his family. Subsequently the prosecution in the armed robbery case was forced to drop the charges.[18][19]

Controversy

Some controversy was stirred up when the rapper Gunplay had himself tattooed with a Swastika . In a recent interviews, he explained the meaning behind his provocative tattoo. He said “Swastika was originally a sign of peace, happiness, and love. The Nazis turned it into the symbol of death. That’s the same way I feel society does to people. We start off as innocent babies and it turns us into monsters. If the shoe fits, wear it.”[3]

At 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Gunplay was involved in an fist fight with members of 50 Cent’s G-Unit affiliates backstage. 50 Cent was later seen in a video, bowling wearing Gunplay’s MMG chain.[20]

The chain was also shown in rapper 50 Cent’s single’s video clip ‘Major Distribution’ (ft. Snoop Dogg & Young Jeezy). The chain was worn by Kidd Kidd’s son in the video.[21]

EditDiscography
Main article: Gunplay discography

2009: Custom Cars & Cycles (with Triple C’s)
2013: Living Legend

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