Friday, January 8, 2010

Alfonzo Hunter

Alfonzo Hunter (born in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an R&B singer from the 90s. He was the first male R&B artist signed to Def Squad Records, the record label founded by Def Squad and Erick Sermon.

Alfonso started his music career by singing backup for R. Kelly and ended up working with him for six months. Although he was working with R. Kelly, Alfonso continued to stay in school, attending Roosevelt University in Chicago where he learned about music production and engineering.
In 1996, Alfonso released his debut album, "Blacka da Berry" which peaked at #44 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #17 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
Alfonzo's biggest hit to date, "Just the Way (Playas Play)" peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and #38 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single "Weekend Thang" peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #35 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The success of Alfonso's debut album had him working on his sophomore album, but unfortunately, Def Squad moved to Motown Records after EMI Records closed and Alfonzo wasn't able to release his second album.
These days, it appears as if Alfonzo is still active in the music business. In 2009, he released his self-titled album which is available on Amazon.com and iTunes.

To see the music video for "Just the Way (Playas Play)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHGRej6I_7I

To see the music video for "Weekend Thang," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc7qu6NdFd4

To see a fan-made video for "Fly," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNbYpmTE5Ps



[updated on 06/18/13]

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