Biography

Possibly the best known rapper to come out of San Francisco’s vibrant hip hop scene, Rappin 4Tay has a career spanning more than 25 years and 11 albums, with a new releases slated for 2012. He worked collaboratively with numerous artists well known and up-and-coming, including 2Pac, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, Suga Free, Rick James, B-Legit, E-40, San Quinn, to name a few.

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A San Francisco native born Anthony Forte, he was raised in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, famous for it’s jazz and blues history in the 1940s and 50s. He was the first rapper from the area to attain fame in the mid-90s, and quickly garnered a reputation for lyrical craftsmanship and keeping it real. He attended McIntyre, an arts high school, where he learned how to read and write music and play half a dozen instruments.  He’s certainly had his trials in this life – many documented in songs like “Off Parole” – but has emerged from them with the wisdom only experience can bring and worked hard to overcome difficulties.

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He is the father of 4, including hyphy artist Lil 4Tay who performs with Roach Gigz in the group B.I.G. and is best known for the song “I Go“. Those who have worked with Rappin’ 4-Tay are impressed with his ability to control a microphone and come up with fresh lyrics on the fly. His styles vary from single vocal tracks on a simple midi drum-beat to commanding the lead of a full live contemporary r&b band performing new original music and the classics.

Billboard Singles
Year ascending order
Single
Chart
Peak
1994
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Playaz Club
Hot Rap Singles
10
1994
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Playaz Club
Rhythmic Top 40
10
1994
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Playaz Club
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
22
1994
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Playaz Club
The Billboard Hot 100
36
1995
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I’ll Be Around
Hot Rap Singles
6
1995
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I’ll Be Around
Rhythmic Top 40
16
1995
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I’ll Be Around
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
32
1995
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I’ll Be Around
The Billboard Hot 100
39
1995
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Playaz Club
Hot Rap Singles
12
1995
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Playaz Club
The Billboard Hot 100
38
1996
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A Lil’ Some’em Some’em
Hot Rap Singles
19
1996
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Ain’t No Playa (Playaz Sh#t)
Hot Rap Singles
16
1996
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Ain’t No Playa (Playaz Sh#t)
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
37
1996
Listen Now!
Ain’t No Playa (Playaz Sh#t)
Rhythmic Top 40
38
1996
Listen Now!
Ain’t No Playa (Playaz Sh#t)
The Billboard Hot 100
73
Billboard Albums
994
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Don’t Fight the Feelin’
R&B Albums
52
1994
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Don’t Fight the Feelin’
The Billboard 200
174
1996
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Off Parole
R&B Albums
10
1996
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Off Parole
The Billboard 200
38
1997
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4 Tha Hard Way
R&B Albums
46
1997
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4 Tha Hard Way
The Billboard 200
169

 

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