BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

Early Life and Musical Influence

Born and raised in a city rich in music history, Memphis native Al Kapone aka Al Kapeezy found himself following in the footsteps of his forefathers Stax, Hi Records, etc. Developing a new Southern hip hop sound in the late 80’s early 90’s Memphis rap that would later become the Southern rap standard.

Film Contributions and Global Spotlight

Craig Brewer and John Singleton’s cult classic film “Hustle and Flow” would thrust Al in the global spotlight. Kapone wrote and produced three songs for the film and soundtrack. The Oscar-winning music would earn Al Kapone a Critic’s Choice Award for “It Ain’t Over.” The “Hustle and Flow” theme song “Whoop That Trick” would become one of the most memorable crunk songs of all time and would be the Memphis Grizzlies, University of Memphis, and many other sports teams’ unofficial fan chant. Al also wrote and produced music for other films such as the #1 box office movie “Stomp the Yard” featuring platinum artists Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, and “Cadillac Records” featuring multi-platinum megastar Beyoncé.

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Songwriting Success and Chart-Topping Hits

Al would also go on to co-write top 10 Billboard hits “Snap Yo Fingaz” (Lil Jon) and “U and Dat” (E40 feat. T-Pain). Both songs reached platinum sales making Al Kapone a multi-platinum songwriter.

Current Musical Endeavors and Innovation

Al continues to develop his music career as an artist/performer, pioneering a new blend of blues and rap with his blues band. The Blues Rap Mane EP is available on all streaming sites along with several videos showcasing his new blues rap sound featuring guest appearances from Bobby Rush, Eric Gales, Sir Charles Jones, and Luther Dickinson from NMA to name a few. His single “Vice Grip” is getting airplay on blues soul stations as he is set to tour the blues market with this new sound.

Leadership and Mentorship

Al has been a trailblazer from the beginning and today is no exception. As one of the first hip hop artists to become President of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS (The GRAMMYs). Kapone is also an associate producer and featured artist on the film documentary “Take Me to the River” as well as the music executive producer of the Memphis refugee film “Jacir.” Kapone travels and reps Memphis music globally but one of his biggest passions is mentoring students from elementary to college and all grades in between.

TIMELINE

TIMELINE

Birth

Alphonzo Bailey, known as Al Kapone, is born in Memphis, Tennessee

1973

1973

Birth

Alphonzo Bailey, known as Al Kapone, is born in Memphis, Tennessee

Early Career

Al Kapone begins developing his Southern hip hop sound in Memphis

March 17, 1992

Releases debut album “Street Knowledge: Chapters 1-12”

May 3, 1994

Releases “Pure Ghetto Anger

October 18, 1994

Releases “Sinista Funk

June 2, 1995

Releases “Da Resurrection

July 11, 1995

Contributes to “Memphiz Undaground Hustlaz Vol. 1

February 25, 1997

Releases “What Cha Got

March 24, 1998

Releases “Memphis to the Bombed out Bay

1990s

1990s

Early Career

Al Kapone begins developing his Southern hip hop sound in Memphis

March 17, 1992

Releases debut album “Street Knowledge: Chapters 1-12”

May 3, 1994

Releases “Pure Ghetto Anger

October 18, 1994

Releases “Sinista Funk

June 2, 1995

Releases “Da Resurrection

July 11, 1995

Contributes to “Memphiz Undaground Hustlaz Vol. 1

February 25, 1997

Releases “What Cha Got

March 24, 1998

Releases “Memphis to the Bombed out Bay

May 15, 2001

Releases “Alakatraz Ridaz: The Present & the Past” with Taylor Boyz & Sir Vince

September 18, 2001

Releases “Alkatraz Ridaz Chapter 2” with Taylor Boyz

October 2, 2001

Releases “Memphis Drama Vol. 1

March 12, 2002

Releases “Goin’ All Out”

August 27, 2002

Releases “Memphis Drama Vol. 2

July 22, 2005

Hustle & Flow” film releases, featuring his songs

October 11, 2005

Releases “Whoop That Trick” compilation

March 4, 2008

Releases “Poppin’ Tags (EP)

August 19, 2008

Releases compilation album “Al Kapeezy Oh Boy – The Hits!!”

2000

2000

May 15, 2001

Releases “Alakatraz Ridaz: The Present & the Past” with Taylor Boyz & Sir Vince

September 18, 2001

Releases “Alkatraz Ridaz Chapter 2” with Taylor Boyz

October 2, 2001

Releases “Memphis Drama Vol. 1

March 12, 2002

Releases “Goin’ All Out”

August 27, 2002

Releases “Memphis Drama Vol. 2

July 22, 2005

Hustle & Flow” film releases, featuring his songs

October 11, 2005

Releases “Whoop That Trick” compilation

March 4, 2008

Releases “Poppin’ Tags (EP)

August 19, 2008

Releases compilation album “Al Kapeezy Oh Boy – The Hits!!”

February 9, 2010

Releases “Godfather EP

April 6, 2010

Releases “Guitar Bump

June 1, 2010

Releases “The Kapeezy Soul Hop Experience

May 7, 2013

Releases “Memphis Pride

August 13, 2013

Releases “Twerk Queen

June 15, 2019

Releases the “Blues Rap Mane EP,” featuring collaborations with notable artists

2010

2010

February 9, 2010

Releases “Godfather EP

April 6, 2010

Releases “Guitar Bump

June 1, 2010

Releases “The Kapeezy Soul Hop Experience

May 7, 2013

Releases “Memphis Pride

June 1, 2010

Releases “The Kapeezy Soul Hop Experience

May 7, 2013

Releases “Memphis Pride

August 13, 2013

Releases “Twerk Queen

June 15, 2019

Releases the “Blues Rap Mane EP,” featuring collaborations with notable artists

Leadership and Mentorship

Serves as President of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS (The GRAMMYs) and mentors young artists

 

Current Projects

Continues to innovate in music, blending blues and rap, and tours with his new sound

2020

2020

Leadership and Mentorship

Serves as President of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS (The GRAMMYs) and mentors young artists

 

Current Projects

Continues to innovate in music, blending blues and rap, and tours with his new sound