Set apart by his unique vocal markers -- a high nasal tone accompanied by his stop-and-go flow -- North Philadelphia native Peedi Crakk (b. Pedro Zayas) gained notoriety through his guest verses on material by his Roc-a-Fella labelmates and State Property cohorts Beanie Sigel and Freeway. The Philly MC first signed to Roc-a-Fella Records in 2001 with the help of his friend since high school Freeway, who had joined the label before via Beanie Sigel and his State Property entourage. Peedi's first proper single, "One for Peedi Crakk," taken from the soundtrack for the movie Paid in Full, came out in 2002, charting in the R&B/hip-hop Top 40. His appearances on various Roc-a-Fella albums, including Jay-Z's The Blueprint˛: The Gift & the Curse (2002) and Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway (2003) (notably on the latter album's radio single "Flipside"), were usually standouts, and his mixtapes gave him a creditable reputation among hardcore East Coast rap fans. Faced with increasing exposure, the Philly rapper decided to modify his rap name to Peedi Peedi.