Early life[ edit ] William Ray Norwood Jr. His older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles , California , and in started appearing in television commercials for different companies. In , at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in television commercials; he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show , from to This period in Norwood's life would shape his acting career.
According to Bradley Torreano of AllMusic , "his easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy's television show, Moesha , giving him a role on the UPN series as Dorian "D-Money", a role he played from until the show ended in It peaked number 25 in the U.
The second single peaked at number 54 on the U. In , he was dropped from the label. He produced for toy company Mattel, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record.
The album was recorded over 18 months, and was released on June 26, with Atlantic Records. The lead single " Wait A Minute " peaked at 30 on the U. Kelly , and Rob Egerton. A joint venture by Sanctuary Records and Ray-J's own label, independent Knockout Entertainment , the album was finally released on September 27, in North America after several delays, debuting at number forty-eight on the Billboard chart, selling 18, copies in the first week.
Raydiation eventually sold over , copies domestically. It was released on April 1, A video for the track, directed by R. Malcolm Jones, was shot in December The show premiered on February 2, On November 2, , the show's second season premiered. A Family Business along with their parents. The song will be featured on his upcoming album as well.
Death of Whitney Houston and upcoming fifth studio album[ edit ] On February 11, , Whitney Houston died of "accidental drowning", as ruled by the coroner. Ray J was in San Diego when she died  and arrived at the Beverly Hilton, where Houston died, at the time paramedics and police officers came to the scene.
While waiting for more information, he became angered upon hearing one of the officers make a "disrespectful comment" about Houston, prompting him to force entry into the suite prior to being restrained.
It was his first time there since Houston's death. The song has since debuted at 51 on the Billboard Hot In May , Kardashian and West married.
Ray J was reported to have sent a check that totaled his profits off of the sex tape that year as a wedding gift. In particular, the Scoot-E-Bike brand which Ray J developed grew exponentially after implementing a viral organic marketing strategy. Clippers and Los Angeles Rams.
Ray J takes an active full-time role in the newly formed partnership as Chief Strategy Officer , overseeing marketing and global branding strategy. Ray J confronted Fabolous in Las Vegas just before he was set to take stage at the Palms Casino and is alleged to have punched him in the face.
He was arrested following the incident and in an interview with Power Ray J demanded an on-air apology from Fabolous and threatened him, stating that he would "smack" him again. He acknowledged that he had learned from the experience and felt terrible about it as well. According to Ray J, he went through a time of deep depression following the encounter, all the while trying to figure out what led him to act out the way he did and "how can I now grow and be better?
Police were called and deemed the touching incidental but he was asked to leave by the hotel staff. Ray J became angered because he contends he spent tens of thousands of dollars at the hotel over the last year. At some point, he allegedly became belligerent and according to the police, spat at an officer and kicked out a police car window in the process of being arrested.
The charges against him included vandalism, resisting arrest and battery against a police officer. He was charged with sexual battery, vandalism of a police car, battery against a police officer and resisting arrest.
The officers claimed he was using his cell phone while driving, Ray J insisted that he was struggling to connect his Bluetooth. He was given a warning about texting and driving. The officers reportedly wanted him to step out of his vehicle, which he did, but Ray J claims they simply wanted to take a couple of photographs with him.