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R. City (short for Rock City; and formerly Planet VI) is an American musical duo formed in 2003, from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The duo consists of brothers Theron "Uptown AP" Thomas and Timothy "A.I." Thomas. Primarily known as a songwriting and record production team, the duo has also released various bodies of work as recording artists, including their debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, released in November 2015. They are best known for the single "Locked Away" featuring Adam Levine.
In 2007, the duo signed with Geffen Records and American singer Akon's KonLive Distribution. During their time there they released a series of mixtapes with the primary title, PTFAO (Put the F*ckin' Album Out), a reference to the fact that their then-debut album Wake the Neighbors had not been given a release date. In 2011, the duo were released from their contract with KonLive and subsequently founded Rebelution Records. In 2014, they signed a record deal with RCA Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records.
The Thomas brothers have written and produced for several prominent artists, including Jamaican singer Sean Kingston ("Take You There"), American singer Miley Cyrus ("We Can't Stop"), Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj ("Only") and Barbadian popstar Rihanna ("Pour It Up"). The duo has also contributed to numerous Grammy-nominated albums, including Rihanna's Unapologetic (which won Best Urban Contemporary Album), Jennifer Hudson's self-titled album (which won Best R&B Album), and Ariana Grande's My Everything (which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album).
- 1 History
- 2 Discography
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Early life and education
Theron and Timothy Thomas are natives of Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. They grew up in the Oswald Harris Court Projects and graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School. As children, the brothers were backup dancers for a local all-girl rap group. They frequently practiced various genres of music and received support from their parents. In 2000, the two left the Virgin Islands to pursue their music career in Miami. They initially performed under the name 2Ekwip. They had limited success on the Miami nightlife scene. During this time, Theron worked for Kroger and Timothy for Party City. They moved back to St. Thomas in 2005.
Career beginnings and record deal (2006–09)
In 2006, the duo sold their first song, "The Rain," which appeared on American singer-songwriter Akon's triple platinum-selling album Konvicted. By October 2007, Rock City had written songs for performers including Usher, Sean Kingston, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, and Mary J. Blige. Early songs that saw chart success included "Take You There" by Sean Kingston (number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100), "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls (number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100), and "Replay" by Iyaz (number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100). Rock City signed a recording contract with Geffen Records and Akon's KonLive Distribution, in 2007. During this time, Theron was known by the stage name "Da Spokesman" and Timothy was known as "Don't Talk Much." They were set to release their debut album, Wake the Neighbors, some time in 2008,
Label issues and Planet VI era (2008–13)
Rock City created 15 self-released mixtapes between 2008 and 2012, many of which contained the acronym "PTFAO" (or Put the F*ckin' Album Out) in reference to the fact that the label had not given them a release date for their album. In 2011, the duo parted ways with KonLive and founded their own label imprint called Rebelution Records. They intended to release their debut album, Free At Last, on their own label, but the release date was later pushed back to 2009. Despite the tumult with their record labels, Rock City continued writing songs for other artists during this period. They penned Rihanna's "Man Down" and Justin Bieber's "Run Away Love." In 2013, the duo wrote numerous Billboard Hot 100 songs, including Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", Rihanna's "Pour It Up", and Ciara's "I'm Out." "Pour It Up" appeared on Rihanna's album Unapologetic, which won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.  The following year, Rock City contributed to three separate albums that received Grammy nominations — Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, Ariana Grande's My Everything (both were nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category) and Iggy Azalea's The New Classic (nominated for Best Rap Album).
What Dreams Are Made Of (2014–present)
In 2014, the duo signed with RCA Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records. Their debut studio album, What Dreams Are Made Of, contains themes of struggle relating to the brothers' often difficult upbringing in Saint Thomas. In 2015, they released singles titled "I'm That..." featuring 2 Chainz and "Locked Away" featuring Adam Levine.
The discography of Rock City contains numerous singles, mixtapes, and one album. The group has released one album in Japan (Songs That We Wrote) and has also released numerous mixtapes and singles.
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- ^ "Twitter Q&A with Planet VI (aka Rock City)" . American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- ^ Smith, Dustin (4 February 2009). "R. City Returning Home for Reichhold Performance" . St. Thomas Source. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- ^ a b c d e Tukes, Timothy (10 February 2015). "Exclusive Interview: Rock City on the 57th #GRAMMYs, Growing Up Poor and #WhatDreamsAreMadeOf" . The Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
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- ^ McCarthy, John (12 February 2015). "V.I. rap duo inspires St. Croix young men" . Virgin Island Daily News. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Mitchell, Gail (6 October 2007). "The Akon Empire" . Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- ^ Cantor, Paul (11 July 2014). "10 Industry Songwriters You Should Know" . Complex. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- ^ "Sean Kingston - Take You There" . www.acharts.us. ACharts. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- ^ Cohen, Jonathan (26 June 2008). "Katy Perry Scores 1,000th No. 1 Hit Of Rock Era" . Billboard. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- ^ "Iyaz - Chart History" . www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- ^ a b Platon, Adelle (12 June 2013). "Miley Cyrus Asked For A 'Black' Sound For Single, Says Songwriters Rock City" . Vibe. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Casteel, Jay (13 May 2011). "R. City Leaves Akon's Konvict Muzik After Two Year 'PTFAO' Campaign" . Baller Status. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Godfrey, Gavin Phillip (13 November 2008). "Rock City Talks Akon, Obama and Their Debut Album" . Rolling Out. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Winn-Afeku, Bessie A. (19 July 2011). "Rock City: A Creative Movement and a Clarion Sound" . The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Biggaveli, Vinny (4 February 2015). "Interview With Grammy Award Winning Rock City" . Vinny Biggaveli. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ "Rihanna teams up with Rock City, Mike WiLL Made It on new single 'Pour it Up'" . Hamada Mania. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ "Grammy Awards 2014: List of winners in full" . The Independent. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Lynch, Joe (5 December 2014). "Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…" . Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ Donahue, Ann (24 September 2008). "Jennifer Hudson: The Triple Threat" . Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ DeRogatis, Jim (8 February 2009). "Jennifer Hudson wins at marathon Grammys show" . Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- ^ "Rock City – A Dollar and a Dream Fulfilled - Urban Network Digital" . Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
- ^ "Locked Away (feat. Adam Levine) - Single" . www.itunes.apple.com. iTunes. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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