Laid-back Washington, D.C.-based R&B vocalist J. Holiday
(born Nahum Grymes
) signed to Capitol and released the Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
-produced single "Be with Me" in 2006. The full-length Back of My Lac'
followed in October 2007 and was a major success due to singles like "Bed" and "Suffocate," both of which were co-written by the-Dream and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Capitol re-released Back of My Lac'
at the height of its popularity, in February 2007 -- the album topped the R&B/Hip-Hop chart -- adding three tracks to the original sequence as well as a DVD containing a handful of videos. Holiday
's second album, the more romantic Round 2
, was released in March 2009. Rather than retrace steps, he collaborated with this time with a mostly different set of songwriters and producers, including Maurice "Big Reese" Sinclair
, and the Platinum Brothers