'Back' To Back
Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," due this week from Universal Records. "Back Again" is the follow-up to the 2001 album "John P. Kelly," which featured "Lights, Camera, Action," a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and a No. 14 entry on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Back Again" boasts cameo appearances by the likes of Glenn Lewis, Mario Winans, Pete Rock, and CL Smooth. The latter two team up with rapper Journalist and Mr. Cheeks on the cut "Reminisce," while Alexander O'Neal lends his vocals to the ballad "Brighter." Winans, P. Diddy, Bink, and Mr. Sexx contribute production work to the album.
The first single from the set, "Crush on You" featuring Winans, hit No. 68 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks earlier this month. Mr. Cheeks is also currently perched at No. 8 on the same chart, courtesy of a guest appearance on Lil' Kim's "The Jump Off."
Mr. Cheeks first came to prominence as one-fourth of the Lost Boyz, who parted ways after group member Freaky Tah was killed in 1999. "John P. Kelly," Cheeks' first solo effort, debuted in November 2001 at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 330,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.