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When the quick-rapping, crunk to the core Lil Wyte first came to the attention of the Three 6 Mafia it was with an all-white group of which Wyte was a member. The group fell apart but the Memphis-based Wyte was too skilled to be stopped. Three 6 Mafia members Juicy J and DJ Paul signed the under-21 rapper immediately after the group's disbanding and soon were working on his debut. Doubt Me Now appeared in 2003 and became a word-of-mouth hit among crunk and Southern rap's hardcore fans. Wyte's "Smoking Song" started to appear on numerous street-level mixtapes and Internet message boards were filled with Wyte talk. The Warner Bros. label took notice and approached the rapper about becoming a flagship artist for the relaunch of Warner's Asylum imprint. He signed, and brought Juicy J and DJ Paul along with him. The trio's work made Wyte's 2004 release, Phinally Phamous, one of the most "real" and "street" releases to appear on a major label under the crunk banner.
Patrick Lanshaw (born October 6, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the rap collective Hypnotize Minds and owner of the independent label Wyte Music.Rasmussen, Timo (November 30, 2004). "Lil Wyte CD falls short of step up". Redandblack.com. Retrieved 2009-04-04. Jeffries, David. "Biography - Lil Wyte". allmusic. Retrieved March 18, 2010. Rasmussen, Timo. "Lil Wyte-talkin ain't walkin".
Lil Wyte discovered his rapping talent at a young age as he could rap Sir Mix-a-Lot's entire song "Baby Got Back" completely. He participated in freestyle battles at high school when he was in ninth grade. Lanshaw rapped with his friend "Lil Black", who inspired him to use a pseudonym Lil Wyte and write songs instead of freestyling.
Lanshaw dropped out of high school twice due to truancy. After the third time of dropping out, he went to a different school and eventually earned his high school diploma. Lil Wyte is now rapping for Hypnotize Minds, and also his own music label Wyte Music Including rappers such as Partee, JellyRoll & $hamrock. The Tennessee rapper is known for his high energy smoking tunes and also strong lyrical presence. Lil Wyte has worked well with other artists within his HCP and Wyte music label frequently with rappers Project Pat, Frayser Boy, Three 6 Mafia & ex-Hypnotize Minds rapper Lord Infamous but also with many other artists such as Insane Clown Posse, Josey Scott from Saliva, Dirtbag, Cutthroat, Lil Flip and Young Buck, Bubba Sparxx & Georgia legend Pastor Troy. Lil Wyte has been included in many of Juicy J's singles such as songs Stupid High and I'm Gutta Bruh."Lil Wyte". Ozone Magazine. October 2004. Retrieved April 4, 2009. Whitney, Kelly (March 28, 2005). "Online Exclusive: Getting to Know Lil Wyte". Vibe. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
Lil Wyte was part of an all-white hip hop group, the Shelby Forest Click. Subsequently, the group's home-made demo tapes came to the attention of Three 6 Mafia. Juicy J and DJ Paul (one song in particular is said to have gotten him signed with a song titled Memphiz Playaz.) signed the rapper and worked later with his debut album.
Lil Wyte appeared on Project Pat's song "Crash da Club" from his album Layin' da Smack Down in 2002. His debut album Doubt Me Now was released in 2003 and it became popular, selling over 135,000 copies without promotion. The album Doubt Me Now featured Juvenile, Three 6 Mafia, Frayser Boy, La Chat and Josey Scott. The album had 3 popular songs "Oxycotton", "My Smoking Song", and "Acid". Lil Wyte signed a record deal with Asylum Records and recorded second album Phinally Phamous, which was released in October 2004 and sold over 230,000 copies. It featured Three 6 Mafia, Dirtbag, Frayser Boy, and Josey Scott. He was featured on the single "Who Gives A Fuck Where You From" from DJ Kayslays album. Also making many tunes with Juicy J.
His style has been described as quick-rapping, "machine gun-like delivery". Lil Wyte described his style: "I've always felt like I was a pretty complex rapper to be from the South - I feel like I put a lot into my music."
After years of touring, promoting and recording his third studio album The One and Only was released on June 5, 2007. It featured Project Pat, and Three 6 Mafia. He released his fourth album The Bad Influence on August 25, 2009 which is his only album without any features.
The song "Who I Iz" by Three 6 Mafia featuring Lil Wyte and Trillville was featured on the PC game Saints Row.
Even though his solo albums have charted low on Billboard 200, they found much bigger success on U.S. R&B always getting into the top 20 except for Doubt Me Now, and U.S. Rap so far always getting into the top 5 except for Doubt Me Now.
He also performed on the Gathering of the Juggalos in 2010, 2011, 2012, and on the main stage in 2013. In 2012, he recorded for Insane Clown Posse's cover album Smothered, Covered & Chunked along with Anybody Killa, appearing on "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me", a cover of the Geto Boys song. He currently released his highly anticipated fifth studio album Still Doubted?. It is confirmed that he worked with I-20, Big K.R.I.T., Kansas City Missouri rappers Tech N9ne and Young Keese, having Young Keese make an appearance on his mixtape titled Da Wyte Out, and that he would like to work with Twista, Slaughterhouse, D12, Young Buck, Bun B, Yelawolf, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Chamillionaire, and he has also asked a lot of rappers on Twitter to work with him. The first single is "Sike" which also appeared on his Wyte Christmas 3 mixtape. It is planned to be released On June 19, 2012. He was out on the "Still Doubted?" Tour throughout the United States. Currently he is working on his collaboration album with JellyRoll called "No Filter". It will be released on July 16, 2013. The first single is "Break Da Knob Off" produced by The Colleagues. Lil Wyte confirmed a mixtape called July 16th to be released on June 25. The mixtape is related to the album and the titles is the albums release date. The first track is U.O.E.N.O. Freestyle, a freestyle over the track U.O.E.N.O. by Rocko. On August 13 he announced on Twitter that he will be recording his next solo album titled No Sick Days. He confirmed it to be released in early 2014. He also worked on a collaboration album with rapper Frayser Boy titled B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives) and the 4th part of Wyte Christmas mixtape which was released on the 24 of December. On the mixtape he confirmed that his solo album "No Sick Days" will be released on the 20th of April. Also on the 20th of December Lil Wyte and JellyRoll both uploaded a picture of them in the studio confirming that a part 2 of No Filter is in works. A week after the release of his solo album No Sick Days he confirmed working on his next album titled "Overworked and Underpaid". On the 22nd of July he released a mixtape with DJ Hylyte titled Wyte Lytes which contained songs from previous Lil Wyte albums and from the Witch EP by Gangsta Boo and La Chat. On the outro of the mixtape he said he is planning to release Overworked and Underpaid late 2014 or early 2015.Lisle, Andria (November 5, 2004). "local beat". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved June 2, 2010. Jeffries, David (2008). "Lil Wyte: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-04. Cite error: The named reference redandblack was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Cite error: The named reference ozone was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Lil Wyte To Be no one And Only On June 5th". Hip Hop Reaction. May 21, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2009. Album title confirmed, (2014) "Overworked and Underpaid", Album title confirmed, 13 May 2014, retrieved 13 May 2014 "Insane Clown Posse - The Mighty Death Pop - Infomercial". YouTube. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-08. Dirtyglovebastard.net (9 June 2012) "All Kinda Drugs", Dirtyglovebastard, 9 June 2012, retrieved 10 June 2012