Silkk the Shocker
|Vyshonne King Miller|
|Born||18 June 1978|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Vyshonne King Miller (born June 18. 1978), known by his stage name Silkk the Shocker, is an American hip hop musician and actor. He originally went under the stage name Silk, but later adopted The Shocker after the release of his first album and successful releases from No Limit Records in the late '90s and early 2000s. He has now a signed partnership with his brother Master P and his nephew Romeo Miller label No Limit Forever.
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Vyshonne King Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was raised in the Calliope Projects, a housing project which is located in the 3rd Ward of Uptown New Orleans, along with his two brothers Percy "Master P" Miller, Corey "C-Murder" Miller and two other siblings: brother Kevin and sister Germaine Miller. He relocated to Richmond, California, at the age of 13 along with Master P. He attended De Anza High School and graduated in 1994.
Silkk the Shocker rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s, after striking a deal with Priority, Silkk released his 1996 debut album The Shocker in August 1996 using the alias "Silkk" and with beats from acclaimed producers such as Craig B and DJ Daryl. After changing his name to Silkk the Shocker, he went on to appear on numerous albums from TRU's Tru 2 da Game, Mia X's Unlady Like, and Mystikal's Unpredictable. He had a brief feud with veteran rapper L.L. Cool J in the 90's. Shortly after the release of The Shocker, Silkk changed his name from Silkk to acquire a new name based on his first album. He used the alias as just The Shocker on a few No Limit albums in 1997. Silkk would feature on Master P's 1997 hit "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" which is featured on Master P's 1997 album Ghetto D, but also released as a single in early 1998. Continuing on the success of the hit single, Silkk would release his next single with label-mate Mystikal as a featured artist on one of his biggest hits of his career at the time "It Ain't My Fault". It Ain't My Fault gained popularity and became one of the trademark songs for Silkk the Shocker. In that same year Silkk the Shocker would feature on, at that time a new group, Destiny's Child's single "Just Be Straight with Me",. The same year Silkk dueted with R&B singer Mýa on "Movin' On", a song from her self-titled debut album Mýa.
In 1999, Mýa and Silkk collaborated on the lead single from his album Made Man. The track, titled "Somebody Like Me", became one of the year's top-selling singles on the Billboard charts. Made Man's most successful single was "It Ain't My Fault 2" featuring Mystikal became one of Silkk's biggest hits to date. Made Man was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1999 making him a big mainstream artist in the late 1990s and early 2000s. On December 30, 1999, Made man had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S and over 5 million copies worldwide, making silk the shocker one of the biggest artist at the turn of the new millennium.
In 2001, Silkk released My World, My Way in 2001 which sold over 200,000 copies its first week in stores and by July 2004, it has sold 712,000 copies in the U.S. He made a single called "That's Cool" featuring rapper Trina which became a hit. A single called "He Did That" which was produced by Donald XL Robertson made it to #13 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks. Based on a True Story was released in 2004 which didn't generate the same publicity he enjoyed in the late 1990s, but the former still managed to sell very well.
On June 3, 2010, a video of Silkk freestyling over DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" was posted to YouTube. Silkk released his first mixtape called All I Do Is Win on August 21, 2010, the mixtape marks Silkk's return to hip-hop. It was confirmed that Silkk signed with his nephew Romeo's new record label, No Limit Forever Records and is working on his sixth studio album called Incredible. Some of the producers on this album is Manny Streetz, Marvz, Mike Bangum of Da Beat Kadetz and JoJo Ryder. In 2010 Silkk the Shocker went on a tour with his brother Master P and nephew Romeo Miller the tour was entitled "No Limit Forever International".
On November 5, 2013, Miller announced on his Twitter account that he was still working on his upcoming sixth studio album Incredible. On April 24, 2014 Silkk released the first single off Incredible entitled "Don't Give Up". On May 15, 2014 Silkk released a music video on his Vevo channel for "Don't Give Up". On May 19, 2014 Miller would release the second single off Incredible entitled "We Ain't Even Trippin".
On March 2, 2015 Miller announce via his official YouTube channel that his new single entitled "Business" featuring No Limit Forever in-house producer BlaqNmilD would be released later in March and his album Incredible would be released later the same year along with a movie of the same name starring himself. On August 24, 2015, Miller would release the music video for his second single entitled "We Ain't Even Trippin"; it would be directed by T. Church. On September 4, 2015 Miller would release the third single off Incredible entitled "Business" featuring No Limit Forever in-house producer BlaqNmilD.
Silkk was featured on World Wrestling Entertainment's Wreckless Intent album, which was released on May 23, 2006. The song he performed on the album, "I'm Comin'", has since been used as the theme song for WWE Smackdown wrestler Montel Vontavious Porter until his release in late 2010. Silkk also performed former SmackDown! wrestler Orlando Jordan's theme song, "Do It Big".
In 2007 Silkk along with comedians Lil Duval and Michael Blackson was cast as the lead actors in the Six Five film More Money, More Family, the film was produced by Silkk the Shocker and Tracy McGrady, and shot on location in Orange, CA, using film students from nearby Chapman University, originally intended for DVD release in Wal-Mart, but the film has yet to find a distributor. On October 2, 2015 Silkk would announce via his Instagram that film production companies Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Films would be distributing the movie More Money, More Problems, and its release date would be November 3, 2015.
In 2011 Silkk also co-starred in the horror film Reservation, the film was produced by Sedona Studios.
Silkk is the younger cousin of Mo B. Dick. His older brother, Kevin Miller, was killed during a robbery in 1990. C-Murder and Master P are his other brothers He has one sister, Germaine who owns a beauty salon. He has 8 nephews: Romeo Miller, Valentino Miller, Hercy Miller, Mercy Miller, Lil' D, C-Los, Young Trump, and Veno Miller. He also has 4 nieces, singer Cymphonique Miller Intylyana Miller, Tytyana Miller and Itali Miller. He has two children, son Lil King (born 2001), and daughter Jianna.
|1997||I'm Bout It||Vito "Silk" McKnight||Support Role|
|1998||MP da Last Don||D.J.||Support Role|
|1999||Hot Boyz||Kool||Main Role|
|2002||Undisputed||Gat Boyz Rapper 2||Cameo Role|
|2004||Still 'Bout It||Vito "Silk" McKnight||Support Role|
|2006||Little Girl Blue: What's Become of You?||Ace Capone||Support Role|
|2010||Reservation||Drez England||Support Role|
|2015||More Money, More Family||Main Role|