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Who is Amil Whitehead?

Who is Amil Whitehead? The rap world knows her by her stage name Amil. She is a American female rapper and singer from New York City.[1] She was prominent in the late 1990s as a Jay-Z protegé, most notably on the single "Can I Get A..." from the Rush Hour soundtrack.

Amil was born September 19, 1978 in New York, New York.[2] She is of African American, Native American (specifically Cherokee), and Caucasian descent.[3]

In 1997, Amil was involved with the all-female group Major Coinz. The group met Jay-Z, who was looking for a woman to provide vocals on his third album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. The part for the female rapper was really for her friend, but when Jay-Z asked Amil to freestyle and liked it, he decided to put her on the song instead. Amil, wanting to remain loyal to her friend, did not prefer to be put on the song, but Jay-Z allowed them both to do a version of the song.


She appeared on his following three albums and in many videos by Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule, Tamar Braxton and Jaz-O such as, "Nigga What, Nigga Who" and "Can I Get A..." and "Get None". Her vocals were also featured on many album tracks, including "Hey Papi", "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)",

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"S. Carter" and "Playa". In 1998, Amil, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek, being the main Roc-A-Fella artists at the time, formed supergroup The Dynasty and released the album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. It is the only Dynasty album they released.


After Major Coinz disbanded, Amil pursued a solo career with Jay-Z's label, Roc-a-Fella. Her solo debut, A.M.I.L - All Money Is Legal, was released in 2000. The album featured the hit single "I Got That", a duet with Beyoncé (the lead singer of R&B group Destiny's Child), and All-Star Roc-A-Fella single "4 Da Fam". The album features Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Carl Thomas, Eve, and Beanie Sigel. Album sales were disappointing, and the singles did not sell well either. After that album, her last Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam single was released: "Hey Papi", a song from the soundtrack to the feature film The Nutty Professor II. Due the fact that she was not featured in the video, it was expected that she had already been dropped by that time.


Amil had also gained weight, as she stated, because she wanted to have a baby. Her weight gain was much to Jay-Z's chagrin and he publicly chastised her appearance. It is rumored that these factors contributed to Amil's departure from the label and led to her hiatus from the recording industry. She went on a public relations crusade and her story was heavily circulated through rap music publications prior to her exit from the Roc-a-Fella roster. Amil has been criticized by many artist for her sudden departure from the label.

Amil re-grouped with the Major Coinz and has released songs on the mixtape circuit. She is currently signed to D.O.E. and has a distribution deal with Baby Grande, which is owned by the producer of the movie Soul Plane.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions [1] Certification
USA US R&B
2000 All Money Is Legal 45 12 RIAA: Gold
2009 Amil Azizz


Singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
US US
Rap
US
R&B
UK
1998 "Can I Get A..."(with Jay-Z & Ja Rule) 19 22 6 24 Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
1999 "Jigga What, Jigga Who"(with Jay-Z & Jaz-O) 83 24 6 19
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"(Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel & Amil) 65 9 11 - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
2000 "Get None"(Tamar Braxton feat. Jermaine Dupri & Amil) - - 59 - Tamar
"Hey Papi"(Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek & Amil) 76 12 16 - Nutty Professor II Soundtrack
"4 Da Fam" (feat. Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel) - 29 99 - A.M.I.L
"I Got That" (feat. Beyoncé) - - 101 -
"That's Right/Get Down" (promo only) - - - -

Album appeareances

Year Song Album
1998 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z with Amil & Ja Rule) Rush Hour O.S.T
"Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z with Amil & Ja Rule) Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
"Jigga What, Jigga Who"

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(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Jaz-O)
1999 "Playa"(Beanie Sigel feat. Amil & Jay-Z) The Truth
"First One Hit"(Amil & Solé) Light It Up O.S.T
"I Still Believe" (Stevie J. Remix)(Mariah Carey featuring Amil & Mocha) I Still Believe CD single
"S. Carter"(Jay-Z feat. Amil) Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
"Pop 4 Roc"(Jay-Z feat. Amil, Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel)
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Beanie Sigel)
"For My Thugs"(Funkmaster Flex feat. Amil & Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel) The Tunnel
2000 "Get None"(Tamar Braxton feat. Jermaine Dupri & Amil) Tamar
"Hello"(LL Cool J feat. Amil) G.O.A.T.
"You, Me, Him and Her"(Beanie Sigel, Amil, Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek) The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
"Hey Papi"(Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek & Amil) Nutty Professor II Soundtrack
"PYT"(Memphis Bleek feat. Amil & Jay-Z) The Understanding
"Road Dawgs"(Da Brat, Eve, Jay-Z & Amil) Backstage: A Hard Knock Life
2001
9 Lives
"What Yall Wanna Hear"(Queen Pen feat. Amil) Conversations With Queen
2002 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule) Chapter One: Greatest Hits
2003 "Seven Deadly Sins"(DJ Kayslay feat. Amil, Angie Martinez, Duchess, Lady May, Remy Ma, Sonja Blade & Vita) Streets Sweeper, Vol .1
2006 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule) Jay-Z: Greatest Hits
2008 "A Game"(AZ feat. Amil) Undeniable

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