Carlton Mann aka Pretty Ugly
Carlton Mann aka Pretty Ugly was born in Philadelphia, PA. In the late 70’s. Pretty Ugly shares the same life story as most black men of today, growing up without a father. Living in a single parent home with two brothers one older, one younger, as the middle child he experienced the best of both worlds. Being able to teach and get taught at the same time.
Growing up in some of the worst sections of his city he adapted quickly to the norms and rules of the street life. Pretty Ugly has always been a fan of Hip Hop music since he could remember. His biggest influences range from young to old Mc’s, or anyone that he hears and makes him say “I got to go write something!“ Over time he developed a style and way of delivering words untouchable to raps greatest. PU tells stories through his music of what he’s witnessed, dreamed and lived over the years.
Entering the rap industry in 1999 without a single song, PU gained attention from the Hip Hop underground scene quickly. PU spit three classic verses over an instrumental (Ya Life’s On The Line) that would’ve been artist 50 cent hit single from his debut album Power Of A Dollar. After doing so Pretty Ugly was snatched up fast by New York’s own Dj Stretch Armstrong, who quickly signed the young artist to Spit Inc./Sony Records. PU was quickly tracked down by various producers, rappers, and label His first feature was on a song with 50 Cent and another artist named P-Dap track titled “Hit Em’ Up“.
After showing his ability to hang with one of raps greatest of today he was sought out by legendary producer Prince Paul to be featured on his up coming album titled Politics of the Business. Track titled “So What” featured West coast rapper Kokane, East coast legend Master Ace and Pretty Ugly himself. Gaining his credibility quickly as a well rounded Mc from classic verses on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Dj Whoo kid mix-tapes, Rock Star video games turned to Jonathan Shector owner of Game Records/Hip Hop Honeys to find the best up coming artist to be featured on what is credited to be the best video game ever created with hip hop artist on it to date. (Grand Theft Auto 3). Pretty Ugly and Royce Da 5’9 song titled Spit Game was a classic which lyrics are still being recited today.
Here is a list of a few song titles and artist Pretty Ugly has blessed with his skill:
1) Unreleased *Hit EM’ Up*50 CENT, P-Dap, and Pretty Ugly
2) Dj Whoo Kid Hosted By Snoop Dog *The Revival* Feat. Snoop Dog, The Game, Pretty Ugly and
3) Dj Whoo Kid/Stretch Armstrong *007* Feat. Red Café, Nature, Pretty Ugly, Spade-O and Gravy
4) Confessions of A Ghostwriter *PA To VA.* MADD Skillz Feat. Pretty Ugly
5) Hi-Technology *Josephine* Hi-Tek Feat. Ghost Face Killa and Pretty Ugly
*So Tired* Hi-Tek Feat. Bun B, Devin The Dude and Pretty Ugly
6) High & Mighty Presents Eastern Conference All Stars *Struggle* Pretty Ugly
7) Hood Radio Vol. 1 *Nigga Please* Feat. Rock Nasty, Baby Bang, and Pretty Ugly
8) Dj Whoo Kid/Stretch Armstrong *Murder Mix Tape* Feat. Joel Ortiz AKA Quick Man and Pretty
Unfortunately in late 2000 PU got charged with attempted murder and 13 other charges stemming from a shooting that occurred in his hometown Philadelphia resulting in the victim passing away. The incident brought a complete stop to the young stars career. After running from the system for five years the walls came crashing down and he was arrested for the alleged charges. With God on his side he overcame the ordeal and was acquitted of all charges. Now in 2015, his first major solo project is being cooked up as we speak and first underground self-titled album “Eviction Day” will be available soon!