Today, Feb. 18, Dipset mainstay Juelz Santana turns 36 years old.

Although he started his career as part of the New York hip-hop group The Diplomats, Juelz Santana has held his own as a steady solo artist in hip-hop for years. Born LaRon Louis James, he started rapping at a young age in his Harlem neighborhood. Fans got an early listen of Juelz's rhymes when he appeared on fellow Harlemite Cam'ron's album, S.D.E., at the age of 18 and subsequently signed with The Diplomats.

Juelz has dropped appeared on two Diplomat albums as well as released two solo albums, 2003's From Me to U and 2005's What the Game's Been Missing. It was on What the Game's Been Missing that mainstream America was really introduced to Juelz style thanks to his highest charting solo single, "There It Go (The Whistle Song)."

To date, Juelz Santana has collaborated with some of hip-hop's biggest names from Chris Brown to Rick Ross and released his last mixtape, God Will'n, in 2013, and has been working on his third solo LP, Born to Lose, Built to Win. In 2016 and onward, Juelz made appearances on Love & Hip Hop: New York. Juelz, Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Freeky Zekey linked up once again as The Diplomats at the end of 2017. The four will be dropping a forthcoming Dipset documentary and EP. By this summer, expect to see them hitting the stage at countless music festivals like the Roots Picnic.

Happy Birthday, Juelz!

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