Problem

Problem

Biography

Head of the Diamond Lane Music Group, West Coast rapper Problem went from the mixtape underground to radio mix show favorite with his 2013 hit "Like Whaaat." Born Jason Martin in Germany but raised in Compton, Problem took his name from sports, giving other players "problems" on the basketball court. When it came to music, he got his start behind the scenes, writing music for and with Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Terrace Martin, and DJ Quik beginning in 2007. A year later he formed Diamond Lane Music and signed with a major as the title to that year's mixtape, Deal or No Deal 2: Universal Cut the Check, suggested, but two singles later, he was off the label and back on his own. Work with Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea, Freddie Gibbs, and others bridged the years until 2012, when his appearance on E-40's hit single "Function" introduced him to the mainstream and drove new fans to that year's mixtapes, Welcome to Mollywood, Pts. 1-2.

The year 2013 kicked off with a flurry of activity as three Problem mixtapes -- Million Dollar Afro, Ain't Nobody Hotter Than Me, and The Separation -- all landed before July, but the last one featured "Like Whaaat," a street single that grew into a viral hit. The track got an official release when Problem's debut EP, Understand Me, appeared on Diamond Lane before the end of 2013. A third entry in the Mollywood series arrived in 2015. The Relapse included over 40 tracks across two discs and appearances by Lil Jon, Iamsu!, Omarion, Stoney tha Dealer, and Bad Lucc. Hotels 2: The Master Suite followed in 2016. The mixtape featured Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, and Kevin McCall. That same year, Problem issued the Rosecrans EP, a collaborative effort with DJ Quik. In 2017, the MC released the self-produced Chachiville.

Discography

Problem - Hotels (Deluxe Edition)

Problem - Hotels (Deluxe Edition)

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2011
Problem - Welcome To Mollywood

Problem - Welcome To Mollywood

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2012
Problem - Welcome To Mollywood: Part 2

Problem - Welcome To Mollywood: Part 2

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2012
Problem & Iamsu! - Million Dollar Afro

Problem & Iamsu! - Million Dollar Afro

HBK Gang, Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2013
Problem & Iamsu! - Million Dollar Afro (Deluxe Edition)

Problem & Iamsu! - Million Dollar Afro (Deluxe Edition)

HBK Gang, Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2013
Problem - The Separation

Problem - The Separation

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2013
Problem - Understand Me - EP

Problem - Understand Me - EP

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2013
Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (A Side)

Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (A Side)

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2015
Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (A Side) [Deluxe Edition]

Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (A Side) [Deluxe Edition]

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2015
Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (B Side) [Deluxe Edition]

Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse (B Side) [Deluxe Edition]

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2015
Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse [Deluxe Edition]

Problem - Mollywood 3: The Relapse [Deluxe Edition]

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2015
Problem - Hotels 2: The Master Suite

Problem - Hotels 2: The Master Suite

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2016
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises 2016
Problem - Chachiville

Problem - Chachiville

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2017
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises 2017

Guest Appearances

Disko - Turnt Up
  • New West National Anthem

Disko - Turnt Up

Woodworks Records 2008
Kurupt - Tha Penagon Vol. 1
  • Nuthin

Kurupt - Tha Penagon Vol. 1

Penagon Entertainment 2009
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout
  • Whatcha Wan Do

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Penagon Entertainment 2009
Tha Dogg Pound - That Was Then This Is Now
  • How Low

Tha Dogg Pound - That Was Then This Is Now

Gangsta Advisory Recordingz 2009
Roccett, Dae One & Dem Jointz - West In Full
  • She's A Hoe

Roccett, Dae One & Dem Jointz - West In Full

Get Your Green Up Entertainment 2009
Kurupt - Streetlights
  • I'm Burnt

Kurupt - Streetlights

Penagon Records 2010
DPG - Keep On Ridin
  • We Da West

DPG - Keep On Ridin

Gangsta Advisory Recordingz 2010
E-40 - Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 2
  • Function

E-40 - Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 2

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2012
Berner - Urban Farmer
  • Shut Up

Berner - Urban Farmer

Taylor Gang Records 2012
Laroo - Laroo (T Double H)
  • Playboy Bunny

Laroo - Laroo (T Double H)

Timeless Music Inc. 2012
Cousin Fik - Sickest Nigga Healthy
  • Brand New Bitch

Cousin Fik - Sickest Nigga Healthy

Sick Wid It Records 2012
Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa
  • On Me

Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa

ESGN 2012
Mister D & Frank V. - Return Of The Real Part 2
  • It's Too Late For Me

Mister D & Frank V. - Return Of The Real Part 2

SL Entertainment 2012
Disko - Starz On Marz
  • Serve Dat

Disko - Starz On Marz

Woodworks, Birmingham 2012
IamSu - Suzy 6 Speed
  • Back On My BS

IamSu - Suzy 6 Speed

HBK Gang 2012
Philthy Rich - Not Enough Real N*ggas Left 2
  • Overdose

Philthy Rich - Not Enough Real N*ggas Left 2

Livewire Records, RBC Records 2013
Andre Nickatina - Andre Nickatina
  • Jelly

Andre Nickatina - Andre Nickatina

Fillmoe Empire Distribution 2013
E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 6
  • Turn Up Or Burn Up

E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 6

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2013
J. Stalin - Return Of The Body Snatchers
  • Just Like The Police

J. Stalin - Return Of The Body Snatchers

Livewire Records 2013
Baby Bash - Unsung: The Album
  • Dance All Night

Baby Bash - Unsung: The Album

Bash Town 2013
Kool John - Peace, Love, Shmoplife
  • Holla At Me

Kool John - Peace, Love, Shmoplife

Shmoplife Entertainment 2013
IamSu - Kilt 2
  • 100 Grand (Remix)

IamSu - Kilt 2

HBK Gang 2013
IamSu - Kilt 2 (Deluxe Edition)
  • The Realest

IamSu - Kilt 2 (Deluxe Edition)

HBK Gang 2013
Show Banga - Dont Stop Votin (Deluxe Edition)
  • Hunnits

Show Banga - Dont Stop Votin (Deluxe Edition)

HomeTeam Entertainment 2013
Berner - Drugstore Cowboy - Deluxe Edition
  • Ugh

Berner - Drugstore Cowboy - Deluxe Edition

Taylor Gang 2013
Freddie Gibbs - ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally)
  • One Eighty Seven

Freddie Gibbs - ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally)

ESGN 2013
Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold
  • Something Else

Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold

AKAI Music 2013
League Of Starz - LOS.FM - Deluxe Edition
  • Let The Blunt Go

League Of Starz - LOS.FM - Deluxe Edition

League Of Starz 2013
Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold - Remixed
  • Something Else (Remix)

Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold - Remixed

AKAI Music, EMPIRE Recordings 2013
GQ - Rated Oakland
  • Falls Down

GQ - Rated Oakland

Jamla Records, GQ Music 2014
Trae Tha Truth & The Worlds Freshest - The Tonite Show
  • Wid It

Trae Tha Truth & The Worlds Freshest - The Tonite Show

EMPIRE Recordings, Fresh In The Flesh 2014
Freddie Gibbs & The Worlds Freshest - The Tonite Show
  • On Me

Freddie Gibbs & The Worlds Freshest - The Tonite Show

EMPIRE Recordings, Fresh In The Flesh 2014
Parlay Starr - Lost Cloth
  • My Zone

Parlay Starr - Lost Cloth

Tr1 Ent. 2014
Bad Lucc - Outchea - EP
  • Set It Off

Bad Lucc - Outchea - EP

Diamond Lane Music Group, LLC 2014
Johnny Phrank - Flight Risk
  • Bitchez From Compton

Johnny Phrank - Flight Risk

TBB Entertainment 2014
Mike Will Made-It - Ransom
  • California Rari

Mike Will Made-It - Ransom

Made-It Mafia 2014
Who Kid Woody - R.E.A.L (Realize Everybody Aint Loyal)
  • Ricky (Remix)

Who Kid Woody - R.E.A.L (Realize Everybody Aint Loyal)

1 Vine Entertainment 2014
Domo - Dom P: The Curse Of Dom Pedro
  • Azz Up

Domo - Dom P: The Curse Of Dom Pedro

Black Bank Entertainment, 319 Music Group 2014
B-Legit - What We Been Doin
  • Make A B*tch Rich

B-Legit - What We Been Doin

Empire Distribution 2015
Tre Staxx - 92 Ways
  • On Erythang

Tre Staxx - 92 Ways

Young Kings LLC 2015
Rick Rock - Rocket The Album
  • A.I.I.T.

Rick Rock - Rocket The Album

Southwest Federation Records 2015
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth
  • Yeah Hoe

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth

ABN, EMPIRE 2015
Ca$his - The County Hound 3
  • I'ma Ride G Mix

Ca$his - The County Hound 3

Bogish Brand Ent. 2015
Bad Lucc - Off The Porch
  • Buck Buck Buck

Bad Lucc - Off The Porch

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc. 2015
IamSu - Kilt 3
  • Hella Good (Remix)

IamSu - Kilt 3

Eyes On Me LLC 2016
Berner & DJ Michael "5000" Watts - Berner
  • Ugh (Swishahouse Slowed Down Remix)

Berner & DJ Michael "5000" Watts - Berner

GT Digital 2016
Trick Trick - Outlaw
  • In War

Trick Trick - Outlaw

Time Entertainment, GSM Music Group 2016
The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)
  • Up On The Wall

The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)

eOne Music 2016
The Game - Streets Of Compton
  • Roped Off

The Game - Streets Of Compton

eOne Music 2016
03 Greedo - First Night Out
  • Thug 4 U

03 Greedo - First Night Out

Golden Grenade Empire, Drummer Gang 2017

Compilations

EMPIRE Distribution - The Best Of 2011
  • Smoke With Me

EMPIRE Distribution - The Best Of 2011

EMPIRE Distribution 2011
Kurupt - Penagon Rydaz
  • I'm Burnt (Rick Rock: Yay Area Remix)

Kurupt - Penagon Rydaz

Penagon Entertainment LLC 2011
Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2
  • They Mad

Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2

Git Paid Music Group 2012
DJ Michael "5000" Watts - Greatest In Texas
  • Bad Bitches

DJ Michael "5000" Watts - Greatest In Texas

DJ Michael Watts, No Favors 2016