If you’re not aware of who Problem is as of yet, you’re truly slipping. The Compton rapper have been making some major moves over the past two years, and is definitely making an impact on the game. Known for his raunchy ‘turn-up’ style, Problem decided to take another approach with his new project The Separation. Hosted by DJ Drama, the twenty track mixtape displays Problem’s versatility, and demonstrations that he has all the possible characteristics of a true artist. With features from Wiz Kahlifa, Terrace Martin, Snoop, Bad Lucc, Iamsu!, and more.
Problem was born in West Germany on May 8, 1985 and grew up in Compton, California. He entered the industry writing a verse for a producer & friend Terrace Martin, for a song called “Be Thankful”, featured on Snoop Dogg’s compilation album The Big Squeeze. The track garnered praise from notable artist such as Nas and Talib Kweli amongst others. Problem began recording records with various West Coast artists such as Daz, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, and DJ Quik. Problem’s first big break was when Snoop Dogg heard a record which was also produced by Terrace Martin called “Neva Hafta To Wurry About That”. He went on to write three records on Snoop Dogg’s “Ego Trippin” LP.
In 2008 Problem and his cousin founded Diamond Lane Music Group. Then in 2009 he signed an unsuccessful two-single major label deal with Universal. However his breakout moment would be when he was featured on E-40’s single “Function” along with YG and Iamsu!. Since that time Problem has worked with the various artists such as Jamie Foxx, Jim Jones, Game, Wiz Khalifa, Bobby Valentino, 9th Wonder, Chris Brown, Nipsey Hussle, Warren G, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Travis Barker, and John Legend among many others. Over his career Problem has released seven mixtapes. On February 13, 2013, Problem released a collaborative mixtape with Iamsu! titled Million Dollar Afro with guest appearances from Juvenile, Too Short and Omarion.
On June 13, 2013, he released a mixtape titled The Separation with guest appearances from Wale, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Game, Chris Brown, Tank, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa among others. His 2013 song “Like Whaaat” featuring Bad Lucc has peaked at #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart, becoming his most successful song. On July 23, 2013, he released “Say That Then” featuring Glasses Malone.