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NEVER KNEW HE WAS 9JA: CHAMILLIONAIRE

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seriki-2xxChamillionaire is a multiple award winning hip hop rapper, born to a Nigerian father.Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is a hip hop rapper, entrepreneur, singer, music executive, songwriter and actor from Houston, Texas, United Sates, with an estimated net worth of $15,000,000.

The CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment, he was born on November 28, 1979, in Washington. D. C., to Nigerian parents, his father, a Muslim, from Ogun State and mother, a Christian, from Delta State. He moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of four. Chamillionaire’s parents separated in his early teenage years and he embraced rap and other forms of secular music, which his parents had highly opposed, settling into an inner-city neighbourhood in North West Houston.

He has a younger brother, Rasaq Seriki, who is also an occasional rapper and a past member of The Colour Changin’ Click. A father of one, he once anoounced through a video log that he has a son, born on May 14, 2010, adding that his son’s name, Xavier, means ‘new house’.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of rap group, The Colour Changin’ Click featuring rappers such as Paul Wall, Yung Ro, 50/50 Twin, Rasaq Seriki and Lew Hawk, his stage name Chamillionaire, is a portmanteau of ‘chameleon’ and ‘millionaire’.

A Los Angeles Lakers fan, he stated that he was inspired by local rap acts such as The Geto Boys, 8 Ball & MJG, and UGK, as well as other national acts such as N.W.A. and Public Enemy. At a tender age, Chamillionaire, along with fellow rap music artiste and childhood friend, Paul Wall, had decided to make music their careers.

He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend, Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released his first album, The Sound of Revenge. It included hit singles, Turn It Up featuring Lil’ Flip and the Grammy-winning hit, Ridin featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

His second album, Ultimate Victory followed in 2007 with singles including Hip Hop Police and The Evening news, the album was notable for not containing any profanity. Chamillionaire is also known for his most anticipated Mixtape Messiah series, which came to a halt in 2009.

In 2006, Chamillionaire received 10 nominations and won four, including Rookie of the Year and Viewer’s Choice Award (Wireless People’s Champ) at the BET Hip Hop Awards and American Music Awards. He also won Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards

In 2007, he received four nominations and won one, Best Rap Performance by a ‘Duo or Group’ at the Grammy Awards and in 2008 received two nominations and won one, Best Mixtape/Street Album at the Ozone Awards. Overall, Chamillionaire has won six awards from 16 nominations.

In early 2011, he left Universal Records, which would lead to his would-be third album, Venom, to go unreleased. Chamillionaire released his first independent extended play, Ammunition in March, 2012 and was noted as his first major release since he left the label. Chamillionaire announced that he is working on another EP, entitled Elevate, this was released on February 17, 2013 stating that it is going to be one of several to be released before his third studio album, and shortly after his third EP Reignfall was released on 23 July, 2013. He is currently working on his third studio album; Poison.

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