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Vyshonne King Miller (born June 18, 1978), better known by his stage name Silkk the Shocker, is an American rapper and actor. He originally went under the stage name Silkk, but later adopted Silkk the Shocker after the release of his first album. He has now a signed partnership with his brother Master P and his nephew Romeo label No Limit Forever.

Silkk the Shocker
Birth nameVyshonne King Miller
Also known asSilkk
Born (1978-06-18) June 18, 1978 (age 41)
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
GenresSouthern hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupation(s)Rapper, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1990 - present
LabelsNo Limit Forever Records, Shocker World, XLP Distribution, No Limit Records, Priority Records, EMI, Entertainment One, Guttar Music, Globy House
Associated actsTRU, 504 Boyz
Websiteshockerworld.net

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Early lifeEdit

Silkk the Shocker was born and raised in New Orleans. He was raised in the Calliope Projects along with his brothers Master P, C-Murder and two other siblings: brother Kevin and sister Germaine. He relocated to Richmond, California, at the age of 13 along with Master P. He attended De Anza High School and graduated in 1994.

Music careerEdit

1996 - 1998: The Shocker and Charge It 2 da GameEdit

Silkk the Shocker rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s, after striking a deal with Priority, Silkk released his 1996 debut album The Shocker in August 1996 using the alias "Silkk" and with beats from acclaimed producers such as Craig B and DJ Daryl. After changing his name to Silkk the Shocker, he went on to appear on numerous albums from TRU's Tru 2 da Game, Mia X's Unlady Like, and Mystikal's Unpredictable. He had a brief feud with East Coast rapper LL Cool J in the 90's. Shortly after the release of The Shocker, Silkk the Shocker changed his name from Silkk to acquire a new name based on his first album. He used the Shocker alias on a few No Limit albums in 1997. Silkk would feature on Master P's 1997 hit "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" which is featured on Master P's 1997 album Ghetto D, but also released as a single in early 1998. Continuing on the success of the hit single, Silkk would release his next single with labelmate Mystikal as a featured artist on one of his biggest hits of his career at the time "It Ain't My Fault". It Ain't My Fault gained popularity and became one of the trademark songs for Silkk the Shocker. In that same year Silkk the Shocker would feature on, at that time a new group, Destiny's Child's single "Just Be Straight with Me",. The same year Silkk dueted with R&B singer Mýa on "Movin' On", a song from her self-titled debut album Mýa.

1999: Made ManEdit

In 1999, Mýa and Silkk collaborated on the lead single from his album Made Man. The track, titled "Somebody Like Me", became one of the year's top-selling singles on the Billboard charts. Made Man's most successful single was "It Ain't My Fault 2" featuring Mystikal became one of Silkk's biggest hits to date. Made Man was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1999 making him a big mainstream artist in the late 1990s and early 2000s. On December 30, 1999, Made man had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S and over 5 million copies worldwide, making Silkk the Shocker one of the biggest artist at the turn of the new millennium.

2001 - 2004: My World, My Way and Based on a True StoryEdit

In 2001, Silkk released My World, My Way in 2001 which sold over 200,000 copies its first week in stores and by July 2004, it has sold 712,000 copies in the U.S. He made a single called "That's Cool" featuring Southern rapper Trina which became a hit. A single called "He Did That" which was produced by Donald XL Robertson made it to #13 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks. Based on a True Story was released in 2004 which didn't generate the same publicity he enjoyed in the late 1990s, but the former still managed to sell very well.

2010-present: IncredibleEdit

On June 3, 2010, a video of Silkk freestyling over DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" was posted to Youtube.[1] Silkk released his first mixtape called All I Do Is Win on August 21, 2010, the mixtape marks Silkk's return to hip-hop.[2] It was confirmed that Silkk signed with his nephew Romeo's new record label, No Limit Forever Records and is working on his sixth studio album called Incredible.[3] Some of the producers on this album is Manny Streetz, Marvz, Mike Bangum of Da Beat Kadetz and JoJo Ryder. In 2010 Silkk the Shocker went on a tour with his brother Master P and nephew Romeo Miller the tour was entitled "No Limit Forever International".[4]

On November 5, 2013 Silkk the Shocker announced on his Twitter account that he was still working on his upcoming sixth studio album Incredible.[5] On April 24, 2014 Silkk released the first single off Incredible entitled "Don't Give Up".[6] On May 15, 2014 Silkk released a music video on his Vevo channel for "Don't Give Up".[7] On May 19, 2014 Miller would release the second single off Incredible entitled "We Ain't Even Trippin".[8][9]

On March 2, 2015 Miller announce via his official YouTube channel that his new single entitled "Business" featuring No Limit Forever in-house producer BlaqNmilD would be released later in March and his album Incredible would be released later the same year along with a movie of the same name starring himself.[10] On August 24, 2015, Miller would release the music video for his second single entitled "We Ain't Even Trippin"; it would be directed by T. Church.[11][12] On September 4, 2015 Miller would release the third single off Incredible entitled "Business" featuring No Limit Forever in-house producer BlaqNmilD.[13][14][15]

Other venturesEdit

Silkk was featured on World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE Wreckless Intent album, which was released on May 23, 2006. The song he performed on the album, "I'm Comin'", has since been used as the theme song for WWE Smackdown wrestler Montel Vontavious Porter until his release in late 2010. Silkk also performed former SmackDown! wrestler Orlando Jordan's theme song, "Do It Big".

Acting careerEdit

In 2000 Silkk acted in the lead role to the major No Limit Records film Hot Boyz.

In 2007 Silkk along with comedians Lil Duval and Michael Blackson was cast as the lead actors in the Six Five film More Money, More Family, the film was produced by Silkk the Shocker and Tracy McGrady, and shot on location in Orange, California, using film students from nearby Chapman University, originally intended for DVD release in Wal-Mart, but the film has yet to find a distributor.[16][17][18] On October 2, 2015 Silkk would announce via his Instagram that film production companies Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Films would be distributing the movie More Money, More Problems, and its release date would be November 3, 2015.[19][20][21]

In 2011 Silkk also co-starred in the horror film Reservation, the film was produced by Sedona Studios.

Personal lifeEdit

FamilyEdit

Silkk is the younger cousin of Mo B. Dick. His older brother, Kevin Miller, was killed during a robbery in 1990. C-Murder and Master P are his other brothers[22] He has one sister, Germaine who owns a beauty salon. He has 8 nephews: Romeo Miller, Valentino Miller, Hercy Miller, Mercy Miller, Lil' D, C-Los, Young Trump, and Veno Miller. He also has 4 nieces, singer Cymphonique Miller Intylyana Miller, Tytyana Miller and Itali Miller. He has two children, son Lil King (born 2001), and daughter Jianna.

DiscographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1997 I'm Bout It Vito "Silk" McKnight Support Role
1998 MP da Last Don D.J. Support Role
1999 Corrupt M.J. Main Role
1999 Hot Boyz Kool Main Role
2002 Undisputed Gat Boyz Rapper 2 Cameo Role
2004 Still 'Bout It Vito "Silk" McKnight Support Role
2006 Little Girl Blue: What's Become of You? Ace Capone Support Role
2010 Reservation Drez England Support Role
2015 Incredible Himself Biography
2015 More Money, More Family Shawn Main Role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Silkk The Shocker - All I Do Is Win (Freestyle) - HIPHOPNEWS24-7.COM". YouTube. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20101027081634/http://www.trutanksoldiers.com/forum/topics/silkk-the-shocker-all-i-do-is-1. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Arnold, Paul W (2012-03-31). "Silkk The Shocker Reacts To Mystikal's Cash Money Signing, Compares C-Murder's Case To Trayvon Martin | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110126085450/http://www.trutanksoldiers.com/forum/topics/no-limit-forever-international. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Silkk The Shocker on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Don't Give Up - Single by Silkk the Shocker". iTunes. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140812225346/http://www.trutanksoldiers.com/silkk-the-shocker-dont-give-up-artist-commentary/. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "We Ain't Even Trippin - Single by Silkk the Shocker on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  9. ^ "We Ain't Even Trippin - Single (Single) by Silkk the Shocker". Rhapsody. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  10. ^ "Silkk The Shocker "THE RETURN" 2015 Promo Trailer". YouTube. 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  11. ^ "AllHipHop.com: Hip-Hop News, Rumors, Music & Videos » Silkk The Shocker – "We Ain't Even Trippin"". Allhiphop.com:80. 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  12. ^ "Silkk The Shocker - We Aint Even Trippin". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  13. ^ "Business (feat. Blaqnmild) - Single by Silkk the Shocker on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  14. ^ "Silkk The Shocker: Business (feat. Blaqnmild) - Single - Music on Google Play". Play.google.com. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  15. ^ "Business (feat. Blaqnmild) - Single (Single) by Silkk the Shocker". Rhapsody. 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  16. ^ "More Money More Family Official Trailer". YouTube. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  17. ^ "More Money - More Family". YouTube. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150402170711/http://moremoneymorefamily.com/story.html. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  20. ^ "More Money More Family DVD 2014". Best Buy. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  21. ^ "More Money More Family (DVD + Digital Copy) (Widescreen)". Walmart.com. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  22. ^ Strauss, Neil (May 13, 1998). "How a Gangsta Rapper Turns Entrepreneur; At 28, Master P Has Created One Of the Biggest Independent Labels". The New York Times.

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