LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), better
known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper, producer
and actor. He appeared on Cam'ron's 2002 singles, "Oh Boy" and "Hey
Ma". In 2003, his debut album From Me to U was released by Def
Jam Recordings; his next album What the Game's Been Missing! contained
the top-ten single "There It Go (The Whistle Song)".
Santana was born to an African American mother and to a Dominican
father. He began rapping at the age of five and at age twelve
started duo Draft Pick, which was signed to Priority Records.
In 2000, Santana made a guest performance on a track on Cam'ron's
album S.D.E. and eventually joined The Diplomats.
 Music career
 2002-2004 (Final Destination, From Me To U)
After the signing of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset, to Roc-a-Fella
Records in 2002, there was an influx of mixtapes, features on other
artists' records, television and radio interviews, in which Juelz
achieved mainstream recognition not previously gained through the
various Diplomat mixtapes, and his solo mixtape Final Destination,
that was sold in late 2002. After being featured on fellow Diplomat
member Cam'ron's two singles, "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy".
Juelz started working on his debut album. In the summer of 2003,
Santana released his debut album entitled, From Me to U under Roc-A-Fella/Def
Jam; its single "Down/Rain Drops" which did not reach success
and debut single "Dipset (Santana's Town)" reached #70
on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
 What the Game's Been Missing! (2005)
What the Game's Been Missing! followed in 2005 with the singles "Mic
Check", "There It Go (The Whistle Song)", "Oh
Yes", "Clockwork," "Shottas", and "Make
It Work For Ya" Feat. Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. "There
It Go" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot
Rap Tracks charts; "Oh Yes" reached #56 on the Hot 100
and #8 on the Rap charts. "Mic Check" reached 35 in the
Billboard Hot 100. Both this album and single "There It Go" were
certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
 I Can't Feel My Face, Def Jam Signing & Skull Gang (2006-2009)
Santana began working with Lil Wayne on a collaboration album I
Can't Feel My Face in 2006. Mick Boogie, a DJ from Ohio,
released a mixtape in late August 2006 titled Blow that contained
12 leaked tracks from the album recording sessions. Recording
and production reportedly concluded by summer 2007. Santana told
Angie Martinez in an interview on New York City hip-hop station Hot
97 that he blames the delay on the album on fellow Dipset rapper
Cam'ron. In April 2008, Santana stated that issues existed over
his and Lil Wayne signing to different labels and thus announced
plans for various mixtapes to promote "unity and creativity".
Santana claimed that Cam'ron blocked collaborations by other artists.
XXL magazine brought up the delay of the album release in a February
2009 interview with Santana, who replied that "contractual issues" were
to blame and that he was talking to L.A. Reid about releasing this
album before his own solo album. In Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter
III, Santana appeared on the fifteenth track.
In August 2008, Dipset founder Cam'ron revealed that he had sold
Santana's contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million. Despite
selling him to the Def Jam label, Santana says he is not mad at Cam.
He revealed that he had inked a joint 50/50 joint venture with Def
Jam, where he will release his next album Born to Lose, Built to
Win. Santana performed on Jim Jones' single "Pop Champagne",
which was produced by Ron Browz. "Pop Champagne" peaked
at #22 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart; it was
also certified Gold by RIAA on February 26, 2009. In May 2009
Skull Gang's debut album was released on Santana's new label, Skull
Gang Entertainment, and Koch Records.
 Born to Lose, Built to Win & Dipset Reunion (2010-present)
Since 2007, Santana has been recording material for his third album,
Born to Lose, Built to Win. Shortly after recording began, Santana
released a promo single, "The Second Coming", produced
by Just Blaze. After a two year hiatus, he released a new song, "Days
of Our Lives", with two accompanying music videos featuring
cameos from Skull Gang. In late 2009 he released the first single
off Born to Lose, Built to Win, "Mixin' Up the Medicine" featuring
Yelawolf. In 2010, he released the second single titled, "Back
to the Crib" featuring Chris Brown. In April 2010, Cam'ron and
Jim Jones announced they ended their feud. In June 2010, the
Dipset reunion began with a teaser titled "Under Construction" and
a street single, "Salute" produced by Araabmuzik. The song
features Jim Jones, Cam'ron, and Juelz Santana. The remix features
new Diplomat artist Vado with a verse added. Since the reunion it
is not yet known if or when Juelz will release the album. But it
is known that he is working on a new album with The Diplomats. Recently
Santana Twits "I will give people that people wants Reagan Era
in the studio" so that means that we can wait a new album for
Juelz Santana recently collaborated with UK rapper's Giggs & Wiley
on a track called Bright Lights produced by UK producers Dan Dare & Zdot.
 Personal life
Santana maintained a store of his clothing and music near his old
neighborhood of 151st and Amsterdam/Broadway on Amsterdam Avenue
between 150th and 151st Streets
Main article: Juelz Santana discography
* 2003: From Me to U
* 2005: What the Game's Been Missing!
* TBA: Born to Lose, Built to Win
* 2003: Final Destination
* 2004: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 1
* 2005: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 2
* 2006: Back Like Cooked Crack Pt. 3
* 2011: Reagan Era
* 2003: Diplomatic Immunity (with The Diplomats)
* 2004: Diplomatic Immunity 2 (with The Diplomats)
* 2009: Skull Gang (with Skull Gang)
* 2011: Diplomatic Immunity 3 (with The Diplomats)
* State Property 2 (2005)
* Killa Season (2006)
* The Project (2011)