Rock City also known as Planet VI, is a songwriting and record production team from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, composed of brothers Theron (born 1982) and Timothy Thomas (b. 1984), who go by the stage names of A.I (formerly Don't Talk) and Uptown A.P (formerly Da Spokesman), respectively. Their repertoire includes artists from R&B, pop and reggae fusion. Aside from writing and producing songs for other artists, the duo also release music of their own. In 2006, they secured a recording contract with Geffen Records and Akon's Kon Live Distribution imprint. They have written a string of hit singles for artists such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly and Akon, among many others.
Despite their songwriting success, they were unable to get a release date for their debut album under the labels. Subsequently the duo launched a very public campaign they gallantly called "PTFAO (Put the F**king Album Out)", to make the industry aware of their plight. Finally, in March 2011, after two years of campaigning, Akon met with the duo and offered them the option of remaining with the label and working towards releasing an album, or being released from their contract. Grateful as they were to Akon for the opportunities afforded them, the duo chose to become free agents. They then launched Rebelution Records, on which they plan to release their debut album under.
Since 2008, the duo has released 15 mixtapes for free download online. The creative duo offers international flair combined with a hip hop aesthetic with their music. They later had to officially change their name to R. City because of confusion caused by Detroit's nickname (which is Rock City as well). After leaving Akon's Kon Live label, their name was once again changed to their current namesake Planet VI.
1982-2005: Early life and career beginnings:
Hailing from St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, they grew up in the Oswald Harris Court Projects (popularly known as "Housin'"). The Thomas brothers graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School (C.A.H.S.) in 2000. They released their first mixtape one year later under the name 2EKwip(2EK). They later changed their name to Rock City, adopted from the nickname the locals gave to their island of St. Thomas. After struggling, they managed to get to the U.S. mainland where they started performing in talent shows. The Thomas brothers were later banned from talent shows because they were winning too much. Theron at the time went under the pseudonym Da Spokesman, while Timothy went as Don't Talk.
2006-2011: Kon Live era and PTFAO series:
Their first major placement as songwriters was Senegalese-American singer Akon's "The Rain", from his triple platinum-selling album Konvicted (2006), via a connect from their friend Benny D, who happened to be Akon's DJ. In a short time--they began penning songs for other artists and later in 2006, they amassed a number of tunes for artists including Mario, Usher, Eve, and Sean Kingston .
They continued to write songs for many artists from Pop to R&B. Many of their written and produced songs have contained the opening lyrics, "Right About Now". Perhaps the most successful songs the Thomas brothers have written include Mario's "Music for Love", Sean Kingston's "Take You There" which reached #7 on Billboard Singles, The Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" which reached #9 on Billboard, and Iyaz's "Replay" which reached #2 on Billboard. Nicole Scherzinger gave a shout out to Planet VI after the Pussycat Dolls won the 2008 VMA for Best Dancing In a Video for "When I Grow Up." The single went double platinum in the US.
Their first single from their debut album Wake the Neighbors, which was slated for release in 2008, is "Losin' It". It was originally intended to be a song for R&B singer Trey Songz.
The song "Forever" by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, which was produced by Canadian producer Boi-1da, was originally intended to be used for Kardinal Offishall on his album Not For Sale. The song featured the Thomas brothers on the hook instead of Drake and was leaked online in early 2008. Kardinal did not use the song for his album and it was later re-sold to Drake and released in late 2008 as "I Want This Forever" featuring Lil Wayne and Kidd Kidd, then re-made into the current version featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem.
On June 15, 2010, the group announced their leave from KonLive, via their official website. The reason for the departure was due to the label not helping the duo get their debut album out soon enough (which was originally scheduled for 2008 release). Although, says the duo, they still will remain friendly with their former labelmates and are venturing onto their own label, Rebelution.
On October 26 Planet VI dropped their new mixtape No Off Days, which has 23 songs on it. On November 4, Planet VI put a video on their website previewing video clips of 3 songs from their album No Off Days. On the same day Planet VI, announced that they are busy with a new reggae mixtape which will be called Struggles and Love Songs.