Zane Copeland, Jr. (born July 11, 1982), better known as Lil' Zane, is a rapper & actor born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his debut album Young World: The Future, released in 2000, which featured the single "Callin' Me" featuring 112.
At age 10, Zane was inspired by Another Bad Creation and Kris Kross, and he got more serious about his eventual career and started rehearsing with his cousin. A year later, he began entering local Atlanta talent shows. He then started touring with 112 while recording his debut album.
1999-01: Young World: The Future:
In 1999, his first ever single, "Money Stretch", was included in the Next Friday soundtrack. In 2000 Lil' Zane released his debut album Young World: The Future which featured his smash single "Callin Me". The album debut at #161 on the Billboard 200 but then rose to #25 .The album also hit at #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In 2001 he made appearance on the Hardball soundtrack on the track of the same name with Bow Wow, Lil Wayne and Sammie.
2003: The Big Zane Theory:
In 2003 Lil Zane released his second album, The Big Zane Theory. The album failed to match the success of Zane's previous album, as it charted at #191 on the Billboard 200's chart and only made it to #39 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The only single that was released on the album was "Tonite I'm Yours" which peaked at # 87 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Soon after words Zane would soon leave Priority Records for the lack of promotion of his albums to go on a 5 year hiatus from music to focus on his acting career.
2005-08: Tha Return:
In late 2005 Zane started working on his third album, Tha Return. The album was released on February 26, 2008. The album failed to match the success of Zane's previous albums, as it failed to make it to any Billboard charts. The only single that was released on the album was "Like This" which also failed to chart.
2010-present: My World: My Future:
In 2010 he made special appearance at the 10 year anniversary of 106 & Park in Los Angeles with Ray J & Tony Marsley also known as AK. He announced he was releasing a mixtape entitled The Missing Link and a new single entitled "Put It In My Lap".
On March 8, 2011 Zane said that the first single off his upcoming album My World: My Future is going to be "Must Be Nice", but it was later featured on his mixtape The Missing Link. On April 28, 2011 a rumor circulated that Zane signed to Cash Money Records. Later, the statement was proven false. On June 7, 2011 Zane released a new single called "My Girl".
As of February 2, 2012 it is known that Zane is still working on his upcoming album My World: My Future.
On May 14, 2013 Zane released a new song called "When I Get Home" featuring Young Joe which is featured on his mixtapes Champagne & Dirty Sprite. On June 1, 2013 Zane stated that there will be a Remix to his song "When I Get Home" featuring Young Joe, King Varciti & J.P.E ( Joshua P. Edwards). On September 18, 2013 Zane announced via his Facebook that the lead single off his upcoming album is called "Roof Gone".
Zane has been in several movies and television shows, including Cuttin' da Mustard, The Parkers, A Day in the Life, Motives, The Fighting Temptations, Dr. Dolittle 2, Girlfriends, and Finding Forrester.
Money Making Muzik (MMM):
Zane now owns his own record label, Money Making Muzik and signed many talents including spotlight florida artist Soulja P & others.
In 2007 he attended St Andrews University.
In 2010 Zane had his first daughter named Nina.