Rapper Lil' Cease
was born and raised in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area, at age 15 becoming a protégé of the Notorious B.I.G.
With his distinctive lisping style, he made his recorded debut in 1994 as a member of the Junior M.A.F.I.A.
, issuing the single "Players Anthem"; the full-length Conspiracy
followed in 1995, and that same year Lil' Cease
scored a hit with the Lil' Kim
duet "Crush on You." On March 9, 1997, he and the Notorious B.I.G.
were driving away from a party in Los Angeles when Biggie
was shot and killed; Lil' Cease
continued as a solo artist, signing to Lil' Kim
's Queen Bee label and issuing The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo