A+ (born Andre Levins on August 29, 1982 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York) is a male rapper that started his career as a teenager.

In 1995, A+ won a national talent competition that was sponsored by Def Jam Records. He was the first music act signed to Kedar Massenberg’s record label, Kedar Entertainment.

In 1996, 13-year-old A+ released his debut album, “The Latch Key Child” which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart and #36 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album featured contributions from rappers Mobb Deep and Q-Tip.

His first single, “All I See” peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #43 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #29 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1996, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The follow-up singles, “Party Joint” and “A to Z” were released, but didn’t chart.

In 1998, A+ released his sophomore album, “Hempstead High” which peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart and #60 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album featured contributions from rappers Canibus and the Lost Boyz, and R&B singer Chico DeBarge.

The lead single from the album, “Enjoy Yourself” peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1998, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1999, A+ released the single, “Bet She Don’t Love You” featuring R&B singer, Joe. It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, A+ took a hiatus from the music scene.

In 2005, A+ released his third album, “Back 2 Business (A Legend In The Making).” Today, A+ continues to be active in the music business.

To see A+’s MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/youngplus

To see the music video for “All I See,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKW7XMpqWlY&ob

To see the music video for “Enjoy Yourself,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQOgDwUyB9I

To see the music video for “Bet She Don’t Love You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BdH48H2BKw

 

[updated on 08-17-12]

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