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Arriving on the heels of big sister Brandy, R&B vocalist and songwriter Ray J parlayed his success on television into a music career at the age of 14. Born William Ray Norwood, Jr. in McComb, Mississippi, he moved with his family to Carson, California when he was a toddler, landing him in the center of the entertainment industry. He started auditioning for commercials at age eight and had scored several gigs when he caught the eye of comedian Sinbad, who was casting children for The Sinbad Show. Ray J got the role of Sinbad's foster son, but the show was canceled in 1993. From there, Ray J began acting in movies and appeared in the films Steel and Mars Attacks! with minor roles. At the same time, he was also itching to try his hand at the music industry, inspired by Brandy's early success. He signed with Elektra in 1995, recording Everything You Want the following year with a set of superstar songwriters and producers behind him. In 1997, he performed in a television special with his sister, but despite the mainstream attention, he was dropped by Elektra soon after. His easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy's television show, Moesha, scoring him a role on the popular UPN series starting in 1999. He also started producing, and put together the music for several commercials and demos for his second album. Still, when he stepped back into the studio he called on the Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, Brycyn "Juvie" Evans, and several other hitmaking producers to help him compile This Ain't a Game (2001), a pop-oriented album. The album dropped in 2001, but despite a strong promotional push from new label Atlantic, it wasn't the breakthrough success it was designed to be. It would be four years before he returned to music, but despite the lengthy absence, his high profile still commanded an all-star guest list. With help from Timbaland, R. Kelly, Mya, and Fat Joe, Ray J resurfaced with Raydiation (2005), released on Sanctuary. He changed labels again for All I Feel (2008), issued through Koch. The album was a success thanks in no small part to the double-platinum single "Sexy Can I." For several years, however, Ray J was still known more as a reality television star. The singer landed his own dating series on VH1 titled For the Love of Ray J, which spawned a soundtrack album that same year (2009). A second VH1 series, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, lasted two seasons, and he went on to host Oxygen's Bad Girls All-Star Battle. He made moves toward a fifth proper solo album, including the pointed "I Hit It First" -- which peaked at number 11 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 2013 -- and 2015's "Brown Sugar," which featured Lil Wayne. ~ Bradley Torreano
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Albums by
Ray J

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    Be with You

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    Caddi

    1 song

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    Get It Started

    13 songs

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    All I Feel

    13 songs

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    All I Feel

    15 songs

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    Raydiation

    20 songs

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    Playlist

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    Thinking About You

    1 song

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    Curtains Closed

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    Brown Sugar (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single

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    Brown Sugar (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single

    1 song

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    Beast in da Sheets (feat. B.O.B)

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    ATM (feat. Dria & Migos)

    1 song

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    ATM (feat. Dria & Migos)

    1 song

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    Never Shoulda Did That - Single

    1 song

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    I Hit It First

    1 song

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    Bananaz

    1 song

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    Turnin' Me On

    1 song

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    Turnin' Me On

    1 song

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    Turnin' Me On

    1 song

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    Bananaz

    1 song

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    Last Wish

    1 song

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    One Thing Leads to Another

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    Sexy Can I

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Top Songs by
Ray J

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    Popularity
  2.   Sexy Can I by Yung Berg
  3.   One Wish
  4.   Wait a Minute by Lil' Kim
  5.   What I Need
  6.   Bananaz
  7.   Last Wish
  8.   Curtains Closed
  9.   I Hit It First
  10.   Brown Sugar by Lil Wayne
  11.   No More
  12.   Sexy Ladies by Truth
  13.   Takin' Control
  14.   Thinking About You
  15.   Where You At by The Game
  16.   Let It Go
  17.   Be with You
  18.   ATM
  19.   Turnin' Me On
  20.   I Can Feel It (Outro)
  21.   Good Girl Gone Bad
  22.   Real N****
  23.   It's Up to You
  24.   All I Feel
  25.   Boyfriend
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Ray J

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    Freak Me

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    '00s Hits

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    Rick Ross: I Am The DJ

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    Pharrell: DNA

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    Hip Hop Hits

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    Now THIS Is Music


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