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Soopafly
Birth name Priest Joseph Brooks
Origin Long Beach, California, U.S.
Genres West Coast hip hop
Occupations producer, rapper, vocalist
Instruments Keyboards, sampler
Years active 1993-present
Labels Death Row
DPG Recordz
Doggystyle
Gangsta Advisory
E1 Music
Associated acts Snoop Dogg
Daz Dillinger
Kurupt
Nate Dogg
Dubb Union
Website www.myspace.com/soopaflydpgc

Priest Joseph Brooks, better known by his stage name Soopafly, is a hip hop producer and rapper from Long Beach, California.

Early lifeEdit

The oldest of three children, Brooks grew up in Long Beach. He was given a keyboard by his father after being inspired by the piano players he saw in church.[1].

Early career Edit

During his teenage years, Brooks met rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Proving himself with his keyboard skills, Soopafly was assigned his first piece of work for Death Row Records on the soundtrack Murder Was The Case.[1] He played keyboards for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube on the track "Natural Born Killaz", as well as his first production credit with "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit" featuring the Dogg Pound and company. In 1995, he produced "Sooo Much Style" for Tha Dogg Pound on their debut album "Dogg Food". He also played the keyboards on eight other songs throughout. Then in 1996, he was featured on the soundtrack to the movie A Thin Line Between Love and Hate on the song "I Don't Hang." A remix would later follow.

Soopafly was further introduced to mainstream listeners on Snoop Dogg's second studio album Tha Doggfather. He produced the songs "Freestyle Conversation" and "You Thought", appearing alongside veteran rapper Too Short. Since then, he has been featured primarily on albums by local artists such as Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Warren G, RBX, Bad Azz and Tha Eastsidaz.[2] To date, he has released two solo albums.

Westurn Union Edit

In July 2006, the rap group called Westurn Union was formed. It features Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc. They made their first appearance on Snoop Dogg's album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment and released a street single titled "I Don't Think So",[3] produced by Rick Rock. In April 2008, a mixtape was released titled House Shoe Musik, Vol. 1 and was hosted by DJ Crazy Toones. After inking a deal with Koch Records and Doggystyle Records, the official debut album Snoop Dogg Presents: Dubb Union was released on September 2, 2008. Prior to the release, the group and the labels were approached by the company Western Union, threatening legal action if the name was not changed. Though there is a difference between Westurn and Western, the labels did not want to spend money dealing with a lawsuit, the name of the group was changed to Dubb Union.

Discography Edit

Main article: Soopafly discography

Solo albums Edit

Year Title
2001 Dat Whoopty Woop
  • Released: July 31, 2001
  • Label: DPG (1002)
  • Format: CD, LP
2007 Bangin West Coast
  • Released: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Gangsta Advisory (80162)
  • Format: CD

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
1999 "Like It or Not" 111 Dat Whoopty Woop

As featured performerEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
1998 "Put the Monkey in It" (Daz Dillinger featuring Soopafly) 101 Nothing to Lose (soundtrack)

Other appearancesEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Album
1996 "You Thought" Snoop Dogg, Too Short Tha Doggfather
1997 "Only in California" Mack 10, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg Based on a True Story
1999 "Mamacita" Don Cisco, Frost, Kurupt Next Friday (soundtrack) and Oh Boy
"OG to BG" Daz Dillinger Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000
"Hell Ya" Tray Deee, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt Whiteboys (soundtrack)
2001 "Your Gyrlfriend 2" Tha Dogg Pound, Mac Shawn 2002
"Way Too Often" Tha Dogg Pound
"Eastside Ridaz" Tha Eastsidaz, Nate Dogg Duces 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
"I Pledge Allegiance" Tha Eastsidaz, Kokane
"Dogghouse In Your Mouth" Tha Eastsidaz, Suga Free, RBX, Kurupt, Ruff Dogg, King Lou, Mixmaster Spade
2002 "This Spot" Bad Azz We from the LBC
2004 "Lonely Girl" 213 The Hard Way
"Can U Control Yo' Hoe?" Snoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

ReferencesEdit

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