Memphis Bleek (born Malik Cox June 23, 1978) is a New York rapper best known for his tenure with Roc-a-Fella Records and CEO of his own label Get Low Records. The name “Memphis,” which pays homage to pimps, is an acronym for “Making Easy Money, Pimping Hoes In Style.”
Bleek was one of the first artists signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, as a protégé to longtime friend, Jay-Z. He appeared on the Jay-Z albums, “Reasonable Doubt,” Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life,” “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter,” “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia,” and “The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.” His first official appearance was “Coming of Age” from 1996’s “Reasonable Doubt.”
After the huge success of “Hard Knock Life” and the exposure of the Roc-A-Fella camp, in 1999 the label released Memphis Bleek's debut album, “Coming of Age.” The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
After collaborating with Jay-Z on the singles “Hey Papi” and “Change the Game,” Bleek's second album, “The Understanding,” was released in 2000. The album featured the single “Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses),” a collaboration with Jay-Z and fellow rappers Missy Elliott and Twista, which achieved chart success in the United States, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, #18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at #7 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
Bleek released his third album, “M.A.D.E.,” in 2003, which featured the singles “Round Here” and “Need Me In Your Life.” “Round Here” peaked at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. His fourth album, “534,” peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, at #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at #1 on the Top Rap Albums chart following its release in2005. “534” was named after the building number where Memphis and Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy Projects. It was the first release from the “new” Roc-A-Fella Records, referring to Jay-Z becoming President of Def Jam. It was also the first official Def Jam recording by label mate turned international star, Rihanna, on the song “The One.”