Jermaine Denny (born September 19, 1976), better known by his stage name Red Café, is an American rapper. At various points in his career, he was signed to Fabolous' Street Family Records, Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records, Akon's Konvict Muzik and Mack 10's Hoo-Bangin Records. He has also ghostwritten for many popular rappers over the years.
Early lifeRed Café is a Brooklyn, NY rapper. His nickname "Red" was his father's nickname; "Red Café" is what was stamped on bags of his drug merchandise. Café stated that he was born in Guyana, but he and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 6. He is of Afro-Guyanese descent.
Music careerAfter his release from jail he joined the group Da Franchise, which was signed by Violator Records but was not successful and disbanded. He was signed by Arista in 2003, by Capitol (Hoo-Bangin' Records) in 2005, by Universal (Konvict Muzik) in 2006, and then Interscope (Konvict Musik) in 2007, but released no albums. His song All Night Long was included on the 2005 Coach Carter soundtrack. As an underground rapper, his work is not internationally recognized, though he has been rapping on the circuit since the late 1990s.
He released an album with DJ Envy, The Co-Op, in 2007. Remy Ma was featured on the album. Red Cafe made an original song, "Stick'm" for the game Grand Theft Auto IV.
On March 17, 2011 Café released his retail mixtape, Above the Cloudz. On January 13, 2012 Café released his mixtape Hell's Kitchen. On December 12, 2012 Café released his mixtape American Psycho. American Psycho has featurings coming from French Montana, Chief Keef, Fabolous, Jeremih, T-Pain, Trey Songz, The Game, and 2 Chainz, with production from Young Chop, Reefa, Soundsmith Productions, and others.
On February 17, 2014 Café released his mixtape American Psycho 2. On July 29, 2014 Café released his latest single entitled "Pretty Gang" featuring frequent collaborator and close friend Fabolous. Red Cafe was uncredited for featured vocals on Rick Ross' eighth studio album, Black Market, which was released on December 4, 2015.
Acting careerIn 2009 Café played Primo, the freestyle battle rapper, in the 2009 Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious. In 2011 he performed at the debut television event of the Urban Wrestling Federation, though the show was never released.
Legal issuesHe was imprisoned for four years in 1992.