Memphis Bleek is an American rapper and songwriter. He was born on June 23, 1978, in New York City, United States. His real name is “Malik Deshawn Cox,” but he is known by his stage name “Memphis Bleek.” Bleek is best known as a record executive and hype man of an associate New York rapper “Jay-Z.” Memphis Bleek has released four albums throughout his music career. Two of his albums, “Coming of Age” and “The Understanding,” achieved Gold certification. Bleek’s fourth album is called “534.” He is also the founder of labels including “Get Low Records” and “Warehouse Music Group.” Memphis Bleek is mainly known for his productions with Roc-A-Fella Records. He has been a part of the music industry since 1996.
Memphis Bleek’s net worth is around $200K as of 2023.
Memphis Bleek Early Life
Malik Deshawn Cox was born on June 23, 1978, in N.Y.C., U.S. Bleek grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, the same neighborhood as Jay-Z. He received his high school education from the Grand Street Campus High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. He explained that his stage name, “Memphis,” is to show his respect for pimps which is an acronym for “Making Easy Money, Pimping Hoes In Style,” whereas he has been called “Bleek” by his younger sister since childhood.
Memphis Bleek Career
Memphis Bleek is one of the first producers to sign a deal with Roc-A-Fella Records as a protégé to Jay-Z. After signing the contract, he started appearing on Jay-Z albums, including ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter,’ ‘The Dynasty: Roc La Familia,’ and ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.’
Memphis Bleek officially appeared in his first debut album called ‘Coming of Age’ released by Roc-A-Fella, Get Low Records, and Def Jam on August 3, 1999. It was ranked as the week’s Hot Shot Debut album, and around 118,000 copies were sold in the first week of its release. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart. After his debut album, Bleek released three more albums: ‘ The Understanding,’ ‘M.A.D.E.,’ and ‘534.’
Bleek launched his second studio album, ‘The Understanding’ on December 5, 2000, by Get Low Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Def Jam Records. In October 2002, R.I.A.A. certified the album Gold for selling around 500,000 copies.
On December 16, 2003, he released his third studio album titled ‘M.A.D.E.’ by Get Low Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Def Jam Records. His album got ranked at #35 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Memphis Bleek went on a break for three years in the middle of the release of his album ‘The Understanding’, and ‘M.A.D.E.’. He took this break to take care of his severely injured older brother.
Bleek released his fourth studio album ‘534’ featuring Rihanna and Jay-Z, on May 17, 2005, by Get Low Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Def Jam Recordings. ‘534’ is named in memory of the building number of the tenement house in which Memphis Bleek and Jay-Z grew up.
Bleek’s highest charting singles include “Is That Yo Chick” and “It’s Alright.” His single ‘Is That Yo Chick’ peaked at #7 on the Hot Rap Singles Billboard Chart and #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Bleek’s other single, ‘ It’s Alright, peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Memphis Bleek also collaborated with other hip-hop artists, including D.M.X., Ja Rule, T.I., Trick Daddy, Beanie Sigel, Young Gunz, and many others. In the fall of 2005, Bleek started working on a classic album called “The Process,” which wasn’t launched. He left Roc-A-Fella Records and signed a deal with Mass Appeal Entertainment in 2009.
Memphis Bleek re-released “The Movement” along with The Liberty Music Group on April 10, 2012. He worked again with The Liberty Music Group and released “Kush Vol.2” on June 6, 2012. Bleek released a mixtape called “The Movement 2” on March 21, 2014.
Memphis Bleek’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Memphis Bleek has an estimated net worth of $200 Thousand.
Memphis Bleek Income Source
If we look into his source of income, Memphis Bleek has earned most of his wealth from his rapping career. Besides being a rapper, Bleek is also a famous record producer, which adds to his income. He has also been earning through other sources like singing and songwriting.
Memphis Bleek is an American rapper and songwriter best known as the “hype man” of fellow rapper Jay-Z. His highest charting singles include “Coming of Age,” “My Mind Right,” “Do My,” “Round Here,” “Is That Yo Chick,” “Dear Summer,” “Like That,” and “It’s Alright.” He was born on June 23, 1978, in New York City, U.S. Bleek is also a singer and record producer. He started his music career in 1996. Memphis Bleek’s net worth is around $200K. He has earned most of his income from his rapping career. Bleek’s albums called “Coming of Age” and “The Understanding” are Gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. He has released four studio albums in total during his music career.