Ray J Bio
Ray J began to chase his dreams when he was just 8. He began to audition for TV commercials. His first appearance on TV was on ‘The Sinbad Show’ as the foster son in 1993- 1994. He played ‘D-Money’ on UPN.
He ventured into music in 1995, with the album, ‘Everything You Want’. A single from this album, ‘Let It Go’ was #25 in the U.S. It had been recorded for a movie, ‘Set It Off’. After his deal with Electra Records was terminated, Ray J bounced back with a colab with sister Brandy title ‘Another Day in Paradise’.
Income and Earnings From Film and TV
Ray J has acted in a number of films and TV Shows. His first TV Show was ‘The Sinbad Show’. He also acted on ‘Moesha’ (Brandy’s show), and on ‘One on One’. He featured in a reality show, ‘For the Love of Ray J’ in 2009. It followed a group of women who were competing to become Ray’s girlfriends. It aired for 2 seasons, resulting in a spin-off, “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business”. He hosted a reality game show series titled ‘Bad Girls All-Star Battle’. Ray J in 2014 began starring as one of the main cast on “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”.
He has appeared in films like ‘Christmas at Water’s Edge’, ‘When We Were Colored’, ‘Mars Attacks’, ‘Envy’, ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Steel’, and ‘The Enemy Within’.
He released his debut album at age 14, ‘Everything You Want’. He also released ‘This Ain’t a Game’, ‘All I Feel’, and ‘Raydiation’. Ray J released a soundtrack to his show, ‘For the Love of Ray J’ which had the same title. He has also worked with top artists like Timbaland, The Neptunes, and R. Kelly.
Ray J released an album titled ‘All I Feel’. One of the singles, ‘Sexy Can I’ was #3 on the Top Singles chart for 6 weeks. In 2013, he released ‘I Hit It First’ debuting at No. 51 on the Billboard 100. The song was allegedly directed at Kim Kardashian, his ex-girlfriend.
Ray J founded a recording label known as ‘Knockout Entertainment’. He produces his own music via the label in addition to working with his sister Brandy and Shorty Mack. Ray J and Brandy also manage the family’s production company, named R&B productions.
Relationship With Kim Kardashian And Sex Tape Earnings
Ray J started dating Kim in 2003 following her divorce from music producer Damon Thomas. The relationship lasted for only three years as the pair split for reasons that are unknown.
That, however, was not going to be the last time the two would make headlines as just a year after their split, a sex-tape of the couple, which was made in 2003, was released to the public.
Once the tape leaked, it resulted in Ray J and the Kardashian’s rise to stardom. Actually, it was Ray who sold it to Vivid Entertainment. Kim Kardashian sued him and the company. She later withdrew the charges and settled for a $5 million payment.
Ray J arguably made most of his money from the infamous sex. The Home Video earned him royalties, up to $90,000 every 3 months, which is about $360,000 annually. The video, which is now more than 10 years old, still brings in income. The royalties are managed by Vivid Entertainment. His royalty tends to receive a boost anytime Kim is trending on the news. Ray J believes that he and Kim are the pioneers of reality TV stating that they both have “been there from the start”.
Ray J’s Woes
William Norwood, Jr. has had a number of problems with the Law. He once punched Fabulous in the face leading to his arrest. He also assaulted a police officer in 2014 following an incident at a hotel in California. He received a warning for driving while talking on his phone the same year.
Ray J’s Wife, Married
Ray J is currently married to Princess Love. They tied the knot in August 2016 at a star-studded wedding at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in Los Angeles.
The couple also both star on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood where they can be seen sharing their day to day activities as well as their issues with the public. It was well documented that the couple was having a had time getting pregnant.
However, just a year after their wedding, Ray J has announced that they are expecting a child.
Ray J Facts
Name: William Ray Norwood Jr.
Date of Birth: 17 January 1981
Place of Birth: McComb, Mississippi
Occupation: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Reality TV Star
Relationship status: Married