Murphy Lee, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and formed the St. Lunatics with fellow rappers Nelly, Ali, Kyjuan, and City Spud. They scored a regional hit with the song “Gimmie What You Got”, but the crew found it hard to get a record deal. Nelly secured a deal as a solo act, and released Country Grammar in 2000. After his appearances on Country Grammar, the St. Lunatics released their debut album Free City in 2001. A second St. Lunatics Who’s The Boss was released in 2006. It is not supported by the members as the music recording studio Fast Life released the CD because they owned the music. It is a CD of the group’s 1996 songs, which are raps over the music of popular 90s songs.
An original member of Nelly’s St. Lunatics, Murphy Lee was part of the 1999 St. Louis regional hit record “Gimme What You Got,” but really got his first mainstream exposure for his appearance on “Batter Up,” off of Nelly’s 9-times platinum-selling debut, Country Grammar. This led to two prominent spots, which built momentum for Lee’s debut LP. The first of which, “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” also featured Nelly and P. Diddy topped the Billboard 100 singles chart, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Around the same time he found success by appearing on the remix of Jermaine Dupri’s 2002 hit single, “Welcome to Atlanta.” Dupri later returned the favor, hopping on “What Da Hook Gon’ Be,” the lead single off Murphy Lee’s September, 2003 debut, Murphy’s Law.
Despite not having released a studio album since Murphy’s Law, Murphy Lee has still been (somewhat) active, releasing a slew of singles (2007’s “Hatin” featuring Young Dro, & 2008’s “My Shoes”) and appearing as a featured artist on the remix of Rich Boy’s 2007 breakout single, “Throw Some D’s.” In 2010, Lee partnered up with the St. Louis Department of Health in 2010 to promote his vegan diet. Of late, Murphy has taken to the mixtape circuit releasing Return Of A St. Lunatic in the fall of 2011, and Mr Wintertime: I’m Cold in March of 2012.
Murphy Lee was arrested on Halloween 2004 on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
The rapper and St. Lunatics member had been pulled over on October 31 near St. Louis for an expired license plate when police found marijuana in his Mercedes, according to The Associated Press.
Lee was arrested for possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs after Sheriff’s deputies allegedly smelled marijuana in his car. He is expected to appear in court next month.
An attorney for Lee, born Tohri Harper, told the AP that the rapper expects to plead not guilty.
Apart from that, it seems that Murphy Lee has just dropped off the radar of mainstream rap.