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Cormega

An underground and critical favorite, Cormega was the rare hardcore rapper to win praise from all directions, and while he never quite crossed over like some of his New York City peers, he maintained a respectable independence over the years nonetheless, self-releasing his work on the Legal Hustle label. Born Cory McKay, Cormega grew up in the same Queensbridge housing projects that were home to a generation of rappers, most notably Nas, Mobb Deep, AZ, and Tragedy Khadafi, and a previous generation that famously included Marley Marl and the Juice Crew.

Following some early guest appearances on releases by DJ Hot Day (e.g., "Set It Off" on PHD's Without Warning, 1991), Cormega did time, which put his rap career on hold for a few years. In 1994, Nas mentioned him by name on Illmatic, on "One Love" ("And night time is more trife than ever/What up with Cormega, did you see him, are y'all together?"), and upon Cormega's release from jail in 1995, he was featured as a guest on Nas' second album, It Was Written (1996), on "Affirmative Action" with AZ and Foxy Brown. Plans were made for a group -- named the Firm, led by Nas, with production by Trackmasters and Dr. Dre -- that would reprise the collaborative nature of "Affirmative Action" over the course of an album. Cormega was excluded from the project, however, replaced by fellow Queensbridge rapper Nature. A rift between Cormega and Nas resulted, leading to some bitter exchanges over the years (the two later patched up their differences, reuniting to perform "Affirmative Action" with Foxy Brown live on-stage in December 2006).

Also upon his release from jail, Cormega signed a recording contract with Def Jam that seemed promising at the time. During 1995-1996, he went about recording his debut album, The Testament, with such producers as Sha Money XL, Havoc, Jae Supreme, and Hot Day. Def Jam never released the album, unfortunately, and Cormega was forced to wait out his contract, which didn't expire until 2000. In the meantime, he made rare appearances, including features on the How to Be a Player soundtrack (1997), Mobb Deep's Murda Muzik album (1999), and Nas' QB Finest compilation (2000). Finally free of his Def Jam contract, Cormega founded his own independent label, Legal Hustle, and, via a partnership with Landspeed Records, released his debut album, The Realness (2001), comprised of newly recorded material. The album was critically acclaimed and peaked at number 111 on the Billboard 200 (more tellingly, number four on the Top Independent Albums and number one on the Top Heatseekers charts). A second album followed, The True Meaning (2002), and was likewise critically acclaimed, earning Independent Album of the Year at the Source Awards in 2003. The album cracked the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 (peaking at number 95).

Cormega then took some time off to raise his daughter, born in November 2002, before he resumed music operations. In 2004, he returned with Legal Hustle, a collaborative album, and Special Edition, a two-fer including both The Realness and The True Meaning. In 2005, he released The Testament, his unreleased Def Jam album from ten years prior, to which he had recently secured the rights to the master tapes, and in 2006 he was co-featured on My Brother's Keeper, a collaborative album also billed to Lake, a fellow Queensbridge rapper of some renown. In 2007, Cormega released Who Am I?, a DVD documentary covering the time period of 2001-2005; a CD soundtrack comprised of newly recorded music was included as well. Also in 2007, he released Got Beats?, an instrumental show featuring an impressive roster of producers, including DJ Premier, the Alchemist, Ayatollah, and Ski Beatz. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Comments

info491797
damm! son is nice
im late on it...im hip doe' !
makes sense
richone2121
I like this one
My Dude Is A F**kin Beast Yo
Mega the truth son
jobsforfelix
The Realest!
jobsforfelix
12-11
ALL DAY!
Aurora IL
bailey482
This guy is one of the best M.C.s I've ever heard. If you are a true fan of hip hop, check him out! Please!
Bds fresno
Once u given life the only thing left is death. Everthing else is earned
az isnt from qb
One of the Best mega track
alexander183
Never heard of him. ..... sorry. Peace
Her name rak
Slick beak SON
Yo son what's the deal
This album is a classic!!!.. . M e g a spittin some real street knowledge... s h o u t out 2 Q.B.!!..
Dope yo
Mega something serious love him here in the south!!
I f**ks wit mega
Only 1,272 likes what a shame while other gay a** rappers are getting higher likes. Follow meeee
Madd luv cuzzin mega..
Mega the truth
Hot b**ches follow me on IG trilladan
Yo Cory man if it wasn't for you I oil da put this s**t down a long time ago
cormega Corey you the man you spit real s**t and you and Nas need to get back together. Cormega ,Nas and Az best team too ever hit the streets. A collaboratio n of you 3 best rappers in the World would be Exclusive.
This guy has flow!
Mega is major slept on !
I always liked the way Cormega raps. His first album The Realness is underrated and slept on. If you listen to now, you would not think that he or his album is average.
christiancar n e t t
yo mega one of my fav mcs, but why he a b**ch?
destroy and rebuild. mega a b**ch
minamatthew
Keepin it real Cormega. Be true to your roots. Keep killin' it
I always liked Cormega's style.
CRAZY UNDERRATED SOOOOOO REAL LOVE THIS CAT
stevebyrd17
real hip-hop!
I f**ks wit Cormega! He's been nice. A true lyricist. I wish he would've stayed apart of the Firm. And he's the only one who really took it to Nas even though Nas is the best ever!
Cormega is the man!!! gangstaaaaaa a a
REALLNESS.
The REAL. Period. YOU struggle survivors!!! !CORMEGA!!!
fallen soldiers...i t doesn't get much better than that
y'all seem to forget the little spice that nas has had since around 2000. " 'mega, keep my name out your f'in mouth" he says on the "bridge is over". his rhymes are right, yeah, but pandora's info is not.
tryst777
hellz yeahz
one of the best queens reppin
A classic NYC MC who was not Haerd by many by Respected by all
Mega is a true emcee's emcee, even though he occasionally comes off sloppy on the beat. He's a father to many. Pandora needs to update his bio. AZ is not from QB, but East Medina.
Really good s**t, really personal lyrics and f**king amazing beats and music. Fallen Soldiers is one of the best songs ever! Keep spitting the brilliant rhymes Cormega!
VERY UNDER-RATED MC. HE SPITS REAL SCIENCE.
jdublez2000
To think, I know one of the realest artists in the HIP HOP game personally.. . Keep doing ya thing to the "Core"!
Straight Real HIP HOP right here. No Doubt about it. REAL S**T.
1 of da realest out there 4 real!

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