A veteran of over 10 years, it wasn't enough for Red Café, born Jermaine Denny, to become one of the most respected griots from the gutter the game has seen in the past decade. Sure he’s had endless accolades from critics, fans and peers such as 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, T.I. and Lil’ Wayne, but Red has also had to maintain an uncanny resilience and patience while climbing to the top. He is the best lyricists ever to never release an album.
Born in Guyana, Red Café immigrated to New York with his family when he was young, settling in the Caribbean-populated Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He faced all the trappings of the area that would have held a lesser man down and separated him from his goals. Named “Red” for his red hair and after his father’s nickname, Café became entrenched in the drug game at an early age, earning the infamous nickname the “Arm and Hammer Man.”
Hip-hop music suddenly became an obsession for him after he first heard the Slick Rick/Doug E. Fresh classic "The Show. While engrossed in the drug trade, Red picked up battle rapping on the corners. He came across such MCs such as Fabolous, Gillie Da Kid and Mysonne on the circuit. In 2000, Red took it from the streets to the studio, forming the group The Franchize with fellow BK spitters Gravy (Star of the film "Notorious") and Q The Kid. The group bounced around from different labels such as Violator and Track Masters before disbanding in 2004. Subsequently Red embarked on a solo career, which led to a string of unsuccessful signings including Universal Motown, Konvict Music, and now Bad Boy.
Still determined, Red pushed forward with a slew of underground bangers such as "Paper Touching," "So Easy," "Hottest in the Hood, and "I'm Ill." With Bad Boy, he released radio smash hits like "Let it Go" featuring Diddy and "Fly Together" with a guest appearance from Rick Ross. This year however, Cafe inked a distribution deal with Capital Records and says he's finally found a secure home where he'll be able to release a catalog of music.
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