When she was 15 years old, Lady May dropped out of school and became a hip-hop dancer, appearing in music videos for artists such as Jodeci & LL Cool J.
In the late 90s, she began rapping under the stage name “Mae West” which attracted the attention of rapper\producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie & was featured on his 2000 debut album “Tell ‘Em Why U Madd” on the track “Shysty Broads.” Her stage name was later changed to Lady May.
D-Dot introduced Lady May to Crazy Cat Productions and she was able to land a record deal with Arista Records in 2001. Lady May was featured on various artists’ songs such as G-Dip, Jene and Rob Jackson.
In June of 2002, Lady May released her debut single “Round Up” featuring singer Blu Cantrell. The song only charted at #93 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
The song only appeared on the non-U.S. pressings of Blu Cantrell’s 2003 album “Bittersweet.” During that same year, she was featured on Donell Jones’ song “Put Me Down.”
Lady May’s second single “The Dick & Dough” was planned to be released as the follow-up single from her upcoming debut album and a music video was shot for it, but due to the flop of “Round Up,” the single and music video were shelved.
Later on, Lady May’s debut album “May Day” was also shelved, but it was later leaked to the Internet on P2P websites. In 2003, she was featured on Willa Ford’s single “A Toast to Men” and on DJ Kayslay’s “Streetsweeper Vol. 1” album on the track “Seven Deadly Sins.”
Lady May later made appearances on songs by Lloyd Banks & Ees. In 2007, she was featured as a songwriter on Jennifer Lopez’s album “Brave” and was featured on Jay-Z’s song “Say Hello.”
These days, it’s unknown what Lady May is up to these days. It seems as if she has faded into obscurity.
To see the music video for “Round Up,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “The Dick & the Dough,” go to: