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Tracey Lee Biography: Parents, Songs, and Albums

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Tracey Lee, a hip-hop musician and entertainment lawyer, was born on October 22, 1970, in Buffalo, New York. Lee was raised by his mother in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, because his parents never lived together. He did, however, spend every summer in the South with his father and siblings on his father’s side. Lee wrote his first rhyme at the age of eleven.

Lee graduated with honors from Howard University in 1994, and two years later, in 1996, he was signed to the Bystorm/Universal Records label.

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Lee released the single “The Theme” in 1997, which peaked at no. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, no. 3 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales list, and no. 6 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The song, which was on the charts for 37 weeks, also reached number 55 in the United Kingdom.

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“The Theme” was followed by the studio album Many Facez, which was released later that year. It peaked at number 111 on the Billboard album chart and number 23 on the Top R&B/hip-hop albums chart. Lee’s only album, Many Facez, featured a collaboration with The Notorious B.I.G. on the single “Keep Your Hands High.” Lee’s singles “We Like” and “Go Head” were released in 2000, but neither charted.

Lee changed careers and attended law school, getting a Juris Doctorate in 2006 from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He became hip-first hop’s former major-label performer to practice law. Lee began focusing in contracts and entertainment law in 2007.

Lee married Lori Nelson, a Baltimore, Maryland native. They have a son and a daughter. The Lees co-founded LLeft Entertainment shortly after their marriage in 2008. By 2011, the company had created its own music videos, podcasts, and books. Lee released the album ESQ: The Revelation on the LLeft Entertainment label three years later, in 2014.

Lee joined Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, as an adjunct professor of music business in 2016. Two years later, he released the album Expect The Unexpected, which includes the single “Doc. Brown,” which musically bridges the gap between the new school sound and the hip-hop culture of the 1990s. In 2019, he released “Let It Go,” a collaboration with rapper Shawn Ice that blended hip-hop and Caribbean music. Glory, his sophomore album, was released in 2020.

Despite having only one major hit, Tracey Lee remains influential in defining and interpreting the changing hip-hop scene. Lee is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, The Screen Actors Guild, and Black Entertainment Television.

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