St. Lunatics

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The St. Lunatics
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1993–present
Labels
Associated acts
Members
Past membersSlo'Down

The St. Lunatics are an American hip hop group formed in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. The group consists of childhood friends Nelly, Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, and City Spud.

Career[edit]

The group's first local independent hit was "Gimme What U Got" in 1997. The group thought it would be easier for Nelly to be signed, rather than the whole group. In 2000, Nelly was signed to Universal Records, followed by the rest of the group. While Nelly was working on his solo album Country Grammar, City Spud was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery. After Nelly's breakthrough success in 2000, the St. Lunatics released their debut album Free City. In 2001, songs "Summer in the City" and "Midwest Swing" were released. In 2002, Ali released his solo album Heavy Starch and Murphy Lee released his solo album Murphy's Law in 2003. Murphy has launched his own label, UC ME Entertainment, and is currently promoting his new artists. Nelly has since moved on to a successful solo career and, in 2011, Nelly partnered with St. Louis-based Vatterott College to open a music production school in downtown St. Louis called Ex'treme Institute (E.I.) by Nelly.[1][2]

In 2009, the St. Lunatics were reportedly working on a new album, City Free, to be released in the summer of 2009. The album was postponed until 2011. A song titled "St. Lunatics" was leaked in early March 2009,[3] along with "Get Low 2 Da Flo" which was produced by Play-N-Skillz.[4] The first official single released from the album was "Money Talks" featuring rapper Birdman. The second official single released from the album was "Polo".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[5]
US R&B
[6]
CAN
[7]
2001 Free City
  • First studio album
  • Release date: June 5, 2001
  • Label: Universal Records, Fo'Reel, The Inc.
3 1 18

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[5]
US R&B
[6]
2006 Who's the Boss
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Fast Life Music
114 28

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[10]
US R&B
[11]
1997 "Gimme What U Got" Who's the Boss
2001 "Midwest Swing" 88 41 Free City
2010 "Money Talks" (featuring Birdman) City Free
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Louis Media Business & Entertainment Management Diploma". EI by Nelly. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  2. ^ "Vatterott college". Retrieved May 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "City Free St Lunatics Album". 1VIBE.NET. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  4. ^ "St.Lunatics- Get Low To Da Flo". YouTube. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  5. ^ a b "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – November 3, 2010: St. Lunatics certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum – July 2001". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  11. ^ "St. Lunatics Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 3, 2010.