Houston attended the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School and was invited regularly to participate in activities at the academy. His management team recorded a videotape of his performances, hoping that it would land Houston a record deal and he was later signed to Capitol Records.
In March of 2004, he released his debut single “I Like That” (featuring rappers Chingy, Nate Dogg and I-20).
The song became his biggest hit to date, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks, #3 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #9 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart & #70 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song was also featured in a commercial for McDonald’s.
In August of 2004, Houston released his debut album “It’s Already Written” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, but missed the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2005, before a show in London, Houston suffered from an emotional breakdown and reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping out of a window while under the influence of PCP. When the people in his entourage stopped Houston, they restrained him & locked him in a first floor room where he gouged his left eye out with a plastic fork.
After the incident, Houston was arrested by London police and placed in rehab for 2 weeks. After completing the rehab, he returned to Los Angeles where he apologized for the incident.
After that, not much was heard from Houston until 2008 when he granted an exclusive interview with Hoodnews where he talked about his eye injury and his campaign called “Stop the Sodomy and Gang Rape in Prison.” During that same year, two unreleased songs of his: “Faded” and “So Fine” were leaked.
In June of 2009, according to another interview with Hoodnews, Houston confirmed that he was making a comeback to the music scene and was looking for new management.
These days, Houston is working on a new album and also a feature documentary, but in 2012, he was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles.
To see the music video for “I Like That,” go to:
To see the music video for “Ain’t Nothing Wrong,” go to: