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Freekey Zekey
Freekey Zekey
Ezekiel Giles
Born (1975-10-13) October 13, 1975 (age 42)
Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop
Rapper, record executive
1998-present
Labels Roc-A-Fella, Koch, Big Cat, Diplomat, 730 Dips
The Diplomats, ByrdGang

Ezekiel Giles (born October 13, 1975), better known by his stage name Freekey Zekey, is an American rapper and music executive best known as a founding member of The Diplomats, a group he helped form in Harlem in 1997 alongside his childhood friend Jim Jones and cousin Cam'ron. Freekey also serves as the owner/CEO of 730 Dips Records.[1]

Aside from The Diplomats, he is also a member of fellow rapper Jim Jones' ByrdGang, and has made a habit of yelling his name in songs; it is his signature on tracks, whether he is featured or the solo artist.

Career

Giles, along with his cousin Cam'ron and their friend Jim Jones formed the hip-hop group The Diplomats in their hometown of Harlem, New York in 1997. Giles adopted the stage name Freekey Zekey and the group began writing and performing songs together. In the early years of the group, Zekey served mostly as a hype man, yelling adlibs or his name during other members' songs and performances.[2] Zekey was responsible for writing and performing almost all of the skits on Diplomat mixtapes and Cam'ron's albums, and did this until he was sentenced to 35-42 months in prison in February 2004.[2] While in prison, Zekey began writing his own songs and honed his skills as a rapper. Just a few weeks after being released from prison in November 2006, Freekey signed a contract with Asylum Records to release his debut album, Book of Ezekiel.[2] The album was released on July 24, 2007, and featured guest appearances from other members of The Diplomats, including Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana. The album peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. After The Diplomats effectively disbanded in 2007, Freekey went on to form his own label/group, the 730 Dips, and also joined Jim Jones' new group, ByrdGang.[3][4]

Personal life

Giles is the first cousin of Cam'ron, and was a childhood friend of Jim Jones, Damon Dash and Max B.

2003 shooting

On April 25, 2003, Giles and his crew were involved in a minor car collision outside of a Manhattan nightclub, after another car collided with the back of the vehicle Giles and his crew were inside of. After stepping out of their vehicle, the men in the other car attempted to rob Giles and his friends. Giles was shot once in the abdomen and sustained minor injuries after the incident. In total, over 44 bullets were fired at Giles and his crew during the altercation, and one member of Giles' entourage, his bodyguard Eric Mangrum, was killed. In December 2005, Chauncey Dillon was sentenced to 30 years in prison for both robbery and the murder of Mangrum.[5][6]

Legal issues

Giles was sentenced to 35-42 months in prison on February 5, 2004 for running an ecstasy ring. Giles served 33 months at the Durham Correctional Center in Durham, North Carolina before being released on November 20, 2006.[7][8][6]

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications and sales
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2007 Book of Ezekiel 154 23 8
  • US Sales: N/A

Mixtapes

  • 2006: Kiss my Browneye
  • 2007: Henry
  • 2008: Blame It on the Henny
  • 2008: Henny & a Cigarette
  • 2010: Gangsta Ambition
  • 2015: Powerbottom Lifestyle

Singles

As lead artist

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2007 "Hater What You Lookin' At" -- -- -- Book of Ezekiel
"Like This" -- -- --
"Livin' It Up" -- -- --
2009 "I'm Poppin'"[9] -- -- -- --

As featured artist

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2004 "Hey Lady" (Cam'ron featuring Freekey Zekey) -- -- -- Purple Haze

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Disgusting" 2012 Young Cutta, Tito Green Where's The Fire

References

  1. ^ Edwards, Brandon. "Freaky Zekey So Harlem Pt. 1" Archived March 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., XXLmag.com, February 13, 2007. Accessed April 5, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Freekey Zekey - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ 730DipsOfficial YouTube YouTube. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  4. ^ All those clicks are real gangs.v=wshh9yXQPBp7Q3ziL420Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey, & Byrd Gang Interview On Rap City! "Kanye West You Betta Watch M**** Mouth, Before I Pull You By That Glow In The Dark Pink, Stickin & Learn In The Nerd Lane" WorldStarHipHop. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  5. ^ "Today in Hip-Hop: Freekey Zekey Gets Shot - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ a b AllHipHop. "Freekey Zeeky Talks About Being Home From Prison - Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos - Allhiphop". allhiphop.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ Winn, Patrick (November 21, 2006). "Freaky Zekey' free from prison". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2007. 
  8. ^ "Freaky Zekey Released From Prison". HHNLive.com. November 21, 2006. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  9. ^ "I'm Poppin (Single)" Archived June 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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