Chopper - Can't keep me down

For better or worse, Chopper (a.k.a Young City) bites his tongue for no one. Co-starring in Diddy's reality series Making the Band 2, which debuted on MTV in 2002, the New Orleans native's outspokenness earned him plenty of camera time and a spot as one of the six artists chosen out of 40,000 contestants to form Da Band. Comprised of Chopper, Babs, Ness, Dylan, Freddy P and Sarah Stokes, the group released their first and only disc, Too Hot for T.V., on Bad Boy Records in 2003.

Despite debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and moving over 500,000 units, the album was panned by critics and Diddy disbanded the group in 2004. A year later, Chopper signed with Bad Boy South as a solo artist for his debut release, New Jack City.

The relationship quickly went sour after the label shot a video for the unreleased album's lead single, “Lil' Daddy.” According to Chopper, the song didn't represent the type of music he wanted to make. Displeased over his lack of creative control, as well as the money the label was offering, Young City decided last year that he wanted out of his contract.

Once fellow N'awlins boy Bryan “Baby” Williams stepped in to negotiate the deal, Chopper got off Bad Boy South and recently signed with Cash Money Records. Now, with a new home, Chopper is gearing for the fall release of his official debut Cash M.O.E. (Money Over Everything).

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