Thrill da Playa

Thrill da Playa Biography

Official bio from Thrill da Playa

- ‘Forever focused’ are the two words used to best describe Van Bryant aka Thrill da Playa.

Who knew that the longest running single in the history of billboard magazine rap music chart is from Thrill da Playa(69 Boyz, Tootsee Roll) from Jacksonville, FL. Thrill has enjoyed much success as an artist and the lead rapper of the multi-platnium 69 Boyz (Tootsee roll, Kitty-Kitty and Woof-Woof/the lead single to the Jerry Lewis classic film Dr. Doolittle). As a producer of the critically acclaimed S.W.A.T. team, Thrill co-produced platinum hits like “Whoot There It Is”, “Tootsee Roll”, and “C’mon Ride That Train”. He also co- produced songs on countless movie sountracks such as Dangerous Minds (Michelle Pfeiiffer), Bad Boys (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence) and Sunset Park (Reah Perrlman, Danny DeVito), all of which resulted in being named one of Vibe Magazine’s “Chairmen of the Board” (for outstanding producers). As a writer, he has penned hits for Jermaine Dupri’s So-So Def label, Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, and Quad City DJ’s for which Thrill penned the Grammy-nominated theme of Warners Bros. blockbuster film “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. As an artist, a writer, and a producer, Thrill has sold more than 35 million units. Even the Jigga Man himself tapped Thrill to cameo in his national release “Can I Get A” making this southern legend one of the few artist ever to cameo in a Jay-Z video.

Although the entertainment industry has seen several shifts over the past 2 decades, Thrill da Playa has remained relevant as a substantial power player in the game. He has helped Grand Hustle, Slip-n-Slide Records, and T-Pain secure major deals, all while releasing his own quality projects featuring T.I., T-Pain, Juvenile, as well as producing and penning hits for Poe Boy music and more. One of Thrill’s biggest highlights is being named MTV/Ozone magazines top dirty south groups of all time and though such success would stagger most, Thrill has forged ahead to add the title of TV and radio host of the Arbitron-rated number 1 rated radio show Ghettofabulous Live.

While promoting everything from Nike to Wal-Mart, Thrill da Playa was motivated to start coed clothing in 2008. With the same zeal that has allowed him to bridge mainstream corporate visions with urban and suburban cultures for two decades, Thrill has made coed clothing a hit in the North-Florida/South Georgia and Central Florida areas.

Armed with new music, coed clothing, stage plays, a hot radio show, and a new millennium, Thrill da Playa’s main focus is to overload the world with hope and love, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Influences: God, my Mom, my Grandma, Big Al, Spike Lee, Bill Cosby, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Russell Simmons

Favorite things:
Artist: Marvin Gaye, Tupac, Drake, Canton Jones

Group: Isley Brothers, The Cardigans, Jodeci, N.E.R.D.

Food: McDouble w extra pickles, Chic-fil-a sandwich, fresh squeezed lemonade

Album: Marvin Gaye “I Want You”, The Cardigans “The Cardigans”

Thrill da Playa All Music Guide Biography

The driving force behind one of the South's leading party rap groups, 69 Boyz, Thrill da Playa spun off a less successful solo career during the late '90s while still keeping the Boyz going strong. Born Van Bryant, the rapper/producer grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and spent a little time overseas in the Army. Upon returning from Germany, where he had been stationed, Thrill hooked up with producer C.C. Lemonhead, who knew Bryant from his days of high-school football (where the artist originally earned his nickname). Thrill contributed to Lemonhead's solo album, Bass to Another Level (1993); and the producer best-known for 95 South's "Whoot (There It Is)" returned the favor, overseeing the debut 69 Boyz album, 199Quad (1994), and its enormously successful club hit, "Tootsee Roll." The song made an impact across the States, infiltrating even the pop mainstream as a novelty hit. The follow-up album, The Wait Is Over (1998), took several years to prepare, and by the time it did drop, the fervor over "Tootsee Roll" had subsided. Following The Wait Is Over, Thrill began his solo career with The Best of Home Bass (1999), which compiled some of his previous work for the underground label. After another 69 Boyz album, 2069 (2000), Thrill issued a pair of solo releases, Dunks N D's (2001) and The Return of the Big Bronco (2001). ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi


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