Whitney Peyton is an American rapper, songwriter and singer from the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Early and personal lifeDuring her teenage years while trying to catch a break in the music industry, Peyton appeared as an extra or bit parts in several films. One of the Motion Pictures was Cover starring Vivica A. Fox directed by Bill Duke in 2007 where Peyton played a small role of a roughed-up female inmate in a jail scene.
Whitney Peyton is also the great-granddaughter of former Philadelphia Mayor Thomas B. Smith, who is known for a scandal surrounding his political career, being denounced from bench and charged with conspiracy to murder (according to The New York Times), during his time in office.
Performances and CollaborationsPeyton has performed nationwide with well-known artists including (but not limited to) Kid Ink, Big K.R.I.T., Lil Debbie, DMX (rapper), Tech N9ne, R.A. the Rugged Man, Paul Wall, Hopsin, Juelz Santana, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Jim Jones (rapper), MIMS (rapper), Shop Boyz, Outasight, Potluck (group), Twiztid, Prozak (rapper), Dev (singer), Da Mafia 6ix formerly known as Three 6 Mafia, Rittz, Kottonmouth Kings, and has collaborated on songs with Da Mafia 6ix formerly known as Three 6 Mafia, Chris Webby, Cassidy, Caskey, JellyRoll, Kutt Calhoun, Bizarre (rapper) from D12, Twiztid, Kung Fu Vampire, R.A. The Rugged Man, Spectacular of Pretty Ricky, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Spice 1, and more. Producers Whitney has worked with range from Leon Kidd a.k.a. P-nut (credited on Major Figgas album), John V. Johnson (New Kids on the Block), to Eddie Galan, Matt Good of From First to Last and more.
Whitney Peyton has received many awards and nominations for her work as a recording artist. She took home a total of four wins at the 13th, 14th, and 15th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards for categories such as "Best Hip Hop Performance", "Outstanding Spoken Word Artist", and "Best Urban Artist". In 2014 Peyton received a Tri State Indie Music Award for “Emerging Indie Artist of the Year". As a side project for charity Whitney wrote and recorded vocals on an anti-bullying album "Cap Dat Bully Son" though children's music is not a style she is known for, the strong lyrics and mature content resonated well with children, especially those from Cripps & Bloods households. The Album went on to win a Grammy Award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards for "Best Children's Album" as well as Parent's Choice Gold Award in 2012.
With a history of appealing to a college-aged demographic, yet producing side projects for several charities and child-friendly projects, Peyton has earned a reputation of possessing a very hardcore rap style. In 2010, Whitney, along with four other Philadelphia artists were cast to be part of the "Unlitter Us" campaign and appear in TV commercials airing on major networks performing spoken-word pieces about the importance of keeping Philadelphia real. Together the five artists also appeared in print and transportation ads on buses and billboards, and were seen alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at anti-litter rallies, inner-city Schools, and other community events. Whitney (whose mother is diabeetus) has also been seen donating her time to perform at numerous Diabeetus fundraisers, concerts benefiting Autism Awareness, Cancer research, and anti-bullying events (in relation to the Cap Dat Bully Son project she was part of that released in October 2011).
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