Beanie Sigel

Dwight Equan Grant, aka Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper and actor from South Philadelphia. He had a rapid rise to fame, catching a wave that took him from an appearance on one of DJ Clue's mixtapes to Jay-Z's 'Vol 2: Hard Knock Life' and then a deal of his own with Roc-a-Fella Records. His debut album, 'The Truth', came out through the label in 2000 and was met with critical and commercial success. A second effort, 'The Reason', followed in 2001 and Sigel soon launched his State Property line of clothing, which he marketed with the promise of hidden pockets and gun holsters. At the same time Sigel, along with other Roc-a-Fella artists, starred in a film also called 'State Property' while recording as part of a group with the same name. In 2005, with a prison sentence on the horizon, Sigel began a flurry of activity, shooting multiple music videos, finishing his third album, 'The B. Coming', and wrapping production of 'State Property 2'. Following his release from prison Sigel seemed caught in the middle of a feud between Roc-a-Fella heads Damon Dash and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke and Jay-Z, now president of parent label Def Jam. Ultimately, however, he stuck with Roc-a-Fella when Dash and Biggs broke away to form Dame Dash Music Group, releasing his fourth album, 'The Solution', through his original label. His 2009 release was titled 'The Broad Street Bully'. The fifth album came in the form of 'This Time', released via Ruffhouse in 2012 just ahead of Sigel returning to prison.

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