Beanie Sigel
Beanie Sigel

Birth name

Dwight Equan Grant


March 6 1974 (age 42)


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Roc-A-Fella Records (2002-2005, 2006-2009)
Def Jam Recordings (2002-2009)
Damon Dash Music Group (2005-2006)
Criminal Background Records (2005) (2009-2010)
State Property Records (2012)
Ruffhouse Records (2012)

Associated acts

Freeway, G-Unit, Ghostface Killah, Jay Z, Meek Mill, Raekwon, The Roots, Scarface, State Property, Young Gunz

Dwight Equan Grant (born 6 March 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sigel's first major appearance was on the 1998 The Roots single "Adrenaline!" (which was later featured on Things Fall Apart in 1999), and he signed to Roc-A-Fella Records six months later. After making his Roc-A-Fella debut on founder Jay Z's 1998 album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, Sigel released his debut album, The Truth, in 2000, which went Gold in sales. His second album, The Reason, was released in 2001 and received mixed to positive reviews. That same year, Sigel founded the group State Property.

In 2004, Sigel was found guilty of federal weapons charges and sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He finished his third album, The B. Coming, before being imprisoned, and it was released in 2005 while he was serving his sentence. While he was in prison, Jay Z was appointed as president of Def Jam Recordings, causing former business partners and Roc-A-Fella co-founders Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke to split off and form Dame Dash Music Group. Sigel moved from Roc-A-Fella to DDMG with some members of State Property, causing tension amongst the other members who remained signed to Roc-A-Fella. 

After being released from prison, Sigel returned to Roc-A-Fella, and released his fourth album, The Solution, on the label in 2007. When the album received little promotion and nemesis Jadakiss was signed to the label, Sigel left Roc-A-Fella and released his album The Broad Street Bully independently. His latest album, This Time, was released in 2012 on the newly irelaunched Ruffhouse Records.