|Blaze Ya Dead Homie|
|Birth name||Chris Rouleau|
|Also known as|| Cell Block|
|Born||April 27, 1976|
|Associated acts|| Dark Lotus|
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Chris Rouleau, better known as Blaze Ya Dead Homie, is an American rapper from Romeo, Michigan. His stage persona is that of a reincarnated gang member killed in the late 1980s, and his music is a fusion of gangsta rap and horrorcore.
Rouleau began rapping at the age of 17, while in Romeo High School, and performed at local clubs on the east side of Detroit. Rouleau performed as a member of 2 Krazy Devils under the stage name Psycho C. Rouleau's first big performance was at the Ritz in Roseville, where he and Anybody Killa opened for House of Krazees. House of Krazees member R.O.C. produced 2 Krazy Devils' only album, Flipped Insanity. 2 Krazy Devils disbanded in 1996.
Rouleau joined several groups, but no material was released. When Rouleau was about to give up rapping, he was encouraged to join Psychopathic Records, where he initially started out as a member of Insane Clown Posse's road crew. He appeared on Twiztid's Mostasteless album, and occasionally acted as a hype man in live concerts. Rouleau joined Dark Lotus and Psychopathic Rydas, performing in the latter under the stage name "Cell Block." In 2000, Rouleau released a solo EP, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, establishing his character as a reincarnated gang member killed in the late 1980s. Rouleau toured major cities across the country to support the release, including a debut at the Gathering of the Juggalos. He also made an appearance as 'The Lion' on the album Wizard of the Hood by Violent J.
The LP 1 Less G N Da Hood was recorded and released in 2001, followed by continued touring and appearances on several Psychopathic releases. On October 19, 2004, Rouleau released his second studio album, Colton Grundy: The Undying. It peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, #16 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #57 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #167 on the Top Internet Albums chart, and #167 on the Billboard 200. Rouleau formed the group Drive-By with Lowery, releasing the album Pony Down (Prelude) in 2005. The following year, Rouleau contributed two tracks to the video game 25 To Life, which also featured music by Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, DMX, Geto Boys and Tech N9ne. On August 21, 2007, Rouleau released his third studio album, Clockwork Gray. It peaked at #14 on the Top Independent Albums chart and at #34 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His next album, Last House On Dead Street, is set to be released in late 2009.
Style and influencesEdit
Rouleau's lyrical style is based in a fusion of gangsta rap and horrorcore. Rouleau's influences include Insane Clown Posse. Rouleau also enjoys the music of Kiss, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Journey, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Run DMC, N.W.A. and Ice-T.
- 1 Less G N Da Hood (2001)
- Colton Grundy: The Undying (2004)
- Clockwork Gray (2007)
- Last House On Dead Street (2009)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Back to his Roots". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Cordor, Cyril. "Blaze Ya Dead Homie > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Thug Back from the Dead". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "One Less G". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Charts and awards for Blaze Ya Dead Homie". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-08-27.
- ↑ "Back Again: Colton Grundy". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
- ↑ "Blaze Ya Dead Homie > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
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