This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
August 10th, 2012
August 10th – Biggie Smalls protégé and Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil’ Cease was born James Lloyd in Brooklyn, New York, on this day in 1978.
Lil’ Cease first came to the public’s attention as a member of Junior M.A.F.I.A. when the group released their debut album “Conspiracy” on Undeas Records in 1995.
The group’s mentor, Biggie Smalls, appeared on a few cuts on “Conspiracy” and served as one of the set’s executive producers.
The group, whose members included Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, MC Klepto, Banger, Nino Brown, Dariel Heron, Blake C, Bugsy and Chico Del Vec, hit it big on “Conspiracy”, which produced three classic hit singles; “Player’s Anthem”, “Get Money” and “I Need You Tonight” (featuring Aaliyah).
Junior M.A.F.I.A would release two more albums to date; 2005’s “Riot Musik” and 2007’s “Die Anyway” with a new Junior M.A.F.I.A album due out later this year.
In 1999, Lil’ Cease released his debut solo album, “The Wonderful World Of Cease A Leo”, on Lil’ Kim’s Queen Bee Records. The album spawned the hit single “Play Around.”
In 2009, Lil’ Cease released the single “Letter To B.I.G. which sampled Jadakiss’ track of the same name, which was featured in the Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious.” Lil’ Cease was portrayed by Marc John Jeffries in the 2009 hit biopic.