Best Local Boy Made Good

Sham Daugherty and Zo Lee Jr.

Sure, it was Nelly who restored St. Louis to its rightful prominent place on the music map with Country Grammar back in the summer of '00. But four years later it's Alonzo "Zo" Lee Jr. and Shamar "Sham" Daugherty, a.k.a. the Trak Starz, who are keeping us there. The production whizzes behind Chingy's 2003 debut Jackpot saw the album rise to No. 2 on Billboard's album chart and spawn the hit singles "Right Thurr" (which hit No. 2), "Holidae In" (No. 3) and "One Call Away" (No. 2). No wonder The New Yorker stood up and took notice. In a feature about the Starz' local rivals the TrackBoyz (Mark "Tarboy" Williams and Joe "Capo" Kent), writer Jake Halpern injected this tasty morsel of local color: "The atmosphere in St. Louis is now a little like that of Nashville in the nineteen-thirties, with the Grand Ole Opry, or of Detroit in the sixties, with Motown Records."
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