Sunday, October 7, 2012

Queen Pen

Queen Pen (born Lynise Walters in 1972 in Harlem, New York) was a female rapper from the 90s. She became a teen mom when she was 15 years old after giving birth to her son, Donlynn.

By the time she was 17 years old, Queen Pen gave birth to her second son, Quintin. She studied dance and drama at Erasmus Hall High School for the Performing Arts. In order to make extra money, Queen Pen recorded demos.

Queen Pen became a protégé of record producer and former Blackstreet member, Teddy Riley during that time. She was a featured rapper on Blackstreet's hit song, "No Diggity" along with rapper Dr. Dre. She was signed to Teddy's label, Lil' Man Records.
In 1997, she released her debut solo album, "My Melody" which peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200, #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.

The first single, "Man Behind the Music" featuring Teddy Riley, peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 1998, #7 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #47 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in January of 1998, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The second single from the album, "All My Love" featuring Blackstreet member Eric Williams, peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1998, #11 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, #14 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1998, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, becoming Queen Pen's only hit song to date.
The third single from the album, "Party Ain't a Party" featuring Teddy Riley, Nutta Butta, Markell, and Jesse West, peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1998, #32 on Billboard's Rap Singles and Rhythmic Top 40 charts, and #26 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1998, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The last single from the album, "It's True" missed the charts in the U.S., but in the U.K., the song managed to peak at #24 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Queen Pen earned herself a Soul Train nomination for "Best New Artist" in 1998.

She spoke in group homes, juvenile prisons, inner city schools, and facilities for young moms which has gotten her recognition from the mayor of Jersey City, assemblymen in Harlem & Brooklyn, and several other high risk teen organizations.

In 1999, Queen Pen went on hiatus for three years after giving birth to her third child, a daughter named Lyric.
In 2001, Queen Pen released her second and last album to date, "Conversations with Queen" on Motown Records.

The album managed to peak at #134 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The only singles released from the album, "Ghetto Divorce" and "I Got Cha" failed to make the charts at all.

After leaving Motown, Queen Pen released her first book of short stories called "Situations" which sold over 70,000 copies. The success of her first book led to her being signed with Atrium\Simon & Schuster.

In 2006, Queen Pen's second book, "Blossom" was released. During that same year, Queen Pen was working on her third album, but it looks like it was never released.

In 2011, she released the first sections of her upcoming book, "Crossroads" on her official website. She is also working on the follow-up for her book "Blossom."

Today, Queen Pen continues to work as a novelist, is the mother of five, and operates a program called High Risk Teen Programs in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York.

Her oldest son, Donlynn is a rapper who uses the stage name "Nefu Da Don" and her daughter, Lyric remixes songs and writes her own lyrics under the name "Lyriic Staar."

To see Queen Pen's official website, go to:
http://queenpenmusic.com/

To see the music video for "Man Behind the Music," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVlVi-sm-2M

To see the music video for "All My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQJIXRELUPc

To see the music video for "Party Ain't a Party," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF95dXw_1_c

To see the music video for "It's True," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvlwjGLusIE

To see the music video for "I Got Cha," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxpG8ROZ2Hc

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