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Members of Mindless Behavior
Mindless Behavior was a group of four highly driven and gifted young men who broke onto the popular music scene back in 2008. When they first began, they were barely in their teens. Each member had a different place in the group, either as a singer, rapper, or dancer—one was even the band's spokesperson. There is no question these young men were talented, and their music was an exciting fusion of pop, hip hop, and R&B.
During their time together, they released three albums, two of which reached the top 10 in the United States. They also toured with the '90s boy band the Backstreet Boys and Justin Bieber during the early years of his career.
When they debuted there were just four members, but over time a few took breaks or quit and were replaced. When the group officially disbanded in 2017, there had been six members in total. Here's a bit about each of the original four members.
Craig "Prodigy" Crippen Jr.
Prodigy was the oldest member of Mindless Behavior. His real name is Craig Crippen Jr. and he was born on December 26, 1996. He is the only East Coast member of the group, hailing from Philadelphia. He was discovered on YouTube and was the final member of the band to be found. His nickname came from the other members and was inspired by his ability to pick up on new dance moves, music, and singing styles quickly.
He was both the lead vocalist and the first to leave Mindless Behavior, though he rejoined just briefly in 2015. It was originally stated he'd left to pursue a solo career, though there is speculation he left due to bullying from the other members.
Raquan "Ray Ray" Tanyae Smith
Raquan "Ray Ray" Tanyae Smith was the second oldest member. He, along with the other band mates, hails from Los Angeles, California. He was born on January 6, 1997. Prior to joining the group, Ray Ray honed his dance skills with the help of dancer Tommy the Clown, known for bringing krumping into the mainstream. While in the band he was a backing vocalist, the sub-rapper, and (briefly) the lead rapper.
He left in 2015 to pursue a solo career as well. In the years since there hasn't been much heard about Ray Ray, though he did announce he and his partner were expecting their first child in January 2017.
Jacob "Princeton" Perez
Jacob "Princeton" Perez also hails from the Los Angeles area. He was born April 21, 1997, and is of both African American and Latino heritage. He got his start early on at the age of four when he began appearing in commercials for companies like Skechers, McDonald's, and Nike.
He got the nickname "Princeton" because of his love for musical history and has been called a virtual encyclopedia of musical facts. While his first love was acting and he hoped to break into television and movies, he was dedicated to music and the group. He was the only member to stay in the band the entire time they were together and served as both a backing vocalist and the group's spokesperson.
Chresanto "Roc Royal" August
The youngest member of Mindless Behavior was Chresanto "Roc Royal" August who was born July 23, 1997. Although the "baby" of the four, he packed a lyrical punch and served as both the main rapper and backing vocalist while in the group. He began rapping at 8 years old and honed his skills during his time with the band. His nickname came from his dedication and drive to give 100 percent while on stage (Roc), while also being known for his softer side and his desire to look good (Royal).
He got in trouble with the rest of the band and was eventually fired in late 2014. He was caught beating someone up, and there was speculation he stole one of the producer's cars. That same year it was announced he was having a child, making him the first member to become a father. He's been arrested several times since leaving the group and has been in jail since around 2018. Despite this, he's released a few solo tracks from prison in recent years under his new stage name Santo August.
What Did Mindless Behavior’s Career Arc Look Like?
The group released their debut album, #1 Girl, in September 2011 through Interscope Records. It hit number 7 on the U.S. charts after selling over 30,000 copies in its first week alone. The album featured their most popular singles, "My Girl" and "Mrs. Right," the latter a collaboration with Diggy Simmons. These are still their most popular songs, and each has over 10 million streams on Spotify alone.
All Around The World was their second album; when released in March 2013, it reached number six on the United States album charts. Their third album, #OfficialMBMusic, came over three years later and saw much less commercial success than the previous two.
Despite their initial success, Mindless Behavior is, unfortunately, no longer together. Prodigy was the first to leave in late 2013. The other three were just a trio until EJ was brought in to be the new lead singer. Prodigy did rejoin the band briefly in 2015 but left again soon after.
Roc Royal was the second to leave after he was fired in 2014. During this tumultuous time for the group, the final member Mike was added as a backing vocalist. Ray Ray then left in late 2015, and the group was a trio again. It consisted of Princeton (the only member to be part of Mindless Behavior the whole time), EJ, and Mike until they officially disbanded in early 2017.
Boy Bands Through the Decades
It seems like every decade or so the music world is turned upside down by a new group of young pop phenoms. The late '60s and the '70s had The Jackson Five, the '80s had New Edition and the '90s had Jodeci, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC. Through the early 2000s, the boy bands rage died down, though it seemed in 2008 that Mindless Behavior might revitalize that trend.
Looking back, the rage seems to have reemerged slightly later with One Direction or even 5 Seconds of Summer around 2010 and has continued into the 2020s with the takeover of BTS and other K-Pop groups. Having originally been compared to The Jackson Five and New Edition, the boys of Mindless Behavior had very large shoes to fill to reach the same level of megastardom, especially during a time when boy bands weren't necessarily "in."
Though there have been many highly successful groups over the decades, there are countless more who've watched their stars burn bright and fade just as quickly, only to never be heard from again. Bands falling more within that range include Another Bad Creation (ABC), Color Me Badd, Day 26, and B2K.
Mindless Behavior had the potential to take over the music industry, but due to internal conflicts and the ever-changing pop music scene, the band struggled to stay relevant.
Questions & Answers
Question: Are the members of Mindless Behavior still communicating with each other?
Answer: It does not appear that they are in much contact with each other since the group broke up. All are pursuing solo careers.
Question: Is Mindless Behavior still in a group?
Answer: No, the group broke up back in 2017. Individuals from the group are still trying to make music, but with much less success than they had as a group.
Question: How did Prodigy get to join Mindless Behavior?
Answer: He auditioned and was selected.
tyanna on February 02, 2020:
Princeton is the best out of all the rest of them
Mariah on January 03, 2020:
My favorite is all of them I don't have a favorite and they love there fans♥️♥️♥️♥️ ps.the hearts are for all of them
Saniyah on December 21, 2019:
I love Mindless Behavior i wish i new them
misty on December 19, 2019:
prodigy is good and I like there songs to and let's not forget the good looking man ray ray and u to prodigy they are both good looking and roc rayal is too good looking also...
misty on December 03, 2019:
I love ray ray and prodigy
Kandice on November 02, 2019:
Ray ray is is fine
ak122569 on October 11, 2019:
princeton you are fine so fine that i what to be your GF and you my BF
Auzanaye Harris on October 09, 2019:
I love mb too my. Favorite is prodigy. He’s awesome cool and handsome
lee lee on September 25, 2019:
princeton i love you so much
lee lee on September 25, 2019:
hi princeton perez i love your songs and you so hot can we go out i the one for you and i love you love lee lee
khyla on September 16, 2019:
yall make awesome music and i want yall to make more yall´s dancing are on point and singing is on point
Nyokona william on September 02, 2019:
I luv MB too.
the way they do sing and their dancing take me there really
i approciate u guys keep it up may God add more and more talent to your group members
if i were there i could have to join u guys thanks
Kamryn on August 25, 2019:
I love Ray Ray
Yukikuran on August 10, 2019:
ray ray is the best
Fanai on June 11, 2019:
I love them all but if I really had to pick it would have to be Princeton only because his hair is so beautiful and he is hottt and I love his dancing and I’m black too
nyesha on June 05, 2019:
Lex on May 17, 2019:
Roc is my FAV
Rey on April 09, 2019:
I love ray ray he is daddy all the way I’m so obsessed with him that I made five drawings of him and I have a poster of him in my room
zay on April 03, 2019:
how old is ray ray tho
Micah on February 09, 2019:
Selena on January 28, 2019:
I love ray ray he is my love
joy money on December 13, 2018:
roc is daddy like all the way
ELena on December 09, 2018:
i love ray ray so much i listen to ur song.
vaeha on November 26, 2018:
i love ray ray soooo much!!!!!
Deeznutz on November 17, 2018:
I love them so friggin much. ^^
Prudence on October 31, 2018:
I love Prodigy,The way he dances his voice and most his smile.
kayla on September 16, 2018:
i love progidy so much
Qúeen Brôôklin on August 15, 2018:
I wanna meet MB so bad
Malasia turner on May 21, 2018:
I love Princeton.so much he me everything I. Love him more then my world I just love him
Aveonna Dezjuanna Lee on May 15, 2018:
To see mindless behavior
Lil lia on April 16, 2018:
Don’t get me wrong but Ray Ray is really cute BUT Princeton is bae it’s just his personality and hair u gotta love the hair but he’s special and hope I meet him one day like I’m not boy crazy I like to hang out with guys without acting out but ever since I was little I loved ❤️❤️❤️ Princeton and that’s been my number one dude right there oh and like Princeton would say spread the peace love y’all
Jai boogie on he beat on April 15, 2018:
I love rayray so much. I love all of u but rayray is the best
ahnayah on April 10, 2018:
i love you
mara Peter on April 06, 2018:
ROC Royal you are the best
Tre on March 25, 2018:
I am a big fan of all of you
linda on March 12, 2018:
I love your look prodigy
Leilani Williams on March 01, 2018:
I like mindless behavior
Deja on January 31, 2018:
I love Ray Ray and roc royal
Jeremiah on January 13, 2018:
Ray Ray is cool man if i seen him face to face id probilly scream really loud
Kenyetta neely on January 12, 2018:
Hey guys i love you
Chrishelle on January 08, 2018:
Im in love with Ray Ray
nadayja on January 08, 2018:
i love prodigy so much but its kinda of weird because he looks like my brother
suger boo on January 02, 2018:
Mindless behavior what happened to your group l use to love the group l mean don't git me ring l still love your group but pull yourself back together again love suger boo❤ lol
Leanne Daniels from Queensbury on December 12, 2017:
I am in really in love with Ray Ray sooo much mwahh.....
Queen Y on October 29, 2017:
princeton can I be your girl friend? I am more prettier than her
Keah on October 23, 2017:
I love you ray ray you so cute and simple just like princeton...wish to see you some other day
danalii on October 01, 2017:
i love you ray ray you are so cute can you be my boyfriend i am 16 years old
juel on September 19, 2017:
I love ray ray
fatima on September 05, 2017:
I love ray ray
Pontsho on August 14, 2017:
Oh I like you all guys especially Rock Ray .
De'Kihya Washington and Timisha Hubbard on August 02, 2017:
Roc Royal rocks and mrs.right is my favorite song.
Bre on July 14, 2017:
I love Princeton and ray ray
Sequoia on June 30, 2017:
I love you ray ray and Princeton
Brittney on June 25, 2017:
I love RAY RAY THE MOST
Kim on June 07, 2017:
I love PRINCETON THE MOST
Ebbie's halliday on June 06, 2017:
Do mindless behavior like me yes or no
Derriale Jackson on June 02, 2017:
Roc Royal u are the best of them all to me u are soooo cute I like whatching your videos of u and ray ray
lalonie on May 31, 2017:
prodigy do you want to go out with me
deionnah on May 22, 2017:
ray ray ,and rock is soooo fee but rock look way better
Maliah on May 16, 2017:
Can I come to one of there. Shows with my sister for free please
Sharmaine on May 03, 2017:
I love you prodigy I can't wait to see you
skhanda P on May 01, 2017:
Luv u guys (mindless behaviour)
makeda sheriff on April 24, 2017:
I love you ray ray and prodige I love you the most
makeda sheriff on April 24, 2017:
they are so cute I love them so much and I love you prodigy and ray ray
alyssa and cece on April 23, 2017:
we love you
Hazel on April 23, 2017:
I love Ray Ray because he kinda looks like a girl but..still hes my favroite
Olivia sampson on April 22, 2017:
Olivia sampson on April 21, 2017:
micayla on April 20, 2017:
Your the favorites
Alisha Wingfield on April 08, 2017:
I love you Prodigy
rrrrr on March 16, 2017:
i love you mindless behavior
nicky arrundell on March 02, 2017:
i love you guys soo much
AlaysiH richardson on January 19, 2017:
I love you guys
johnathon rose on January 06, 2017:
yo PROTIGY you the best man
mya on January 03, 2017:
i have never been to one of your concerts to you think you can send me a ticket i live in new iberia on southport just do what you can and just send me a message
IZBEST99 on December 23, 2016:
I LOVE THEM ALL THERE IS NO FAV WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kidright on November 21, 2016:
never seen a more perfect person than ray ray
diana lovetta on November 14, 2016:
i love you ray ray i really want to meet you your so cute your my favorite and funny.
tylar on November 08, 2016:
I love mindless behavior so much that when i wach them i cry
kayla on November 08, 2016:
i love you ray ray
Kyana nickname on November 02, 2016:
Sharmyra/aka/cherry/times on October 26, 2016:
No way I didn't now this is thir real names some are ok but Jacob is a great name for a cool nice cute and indoryble name go team prinsten
Neianna brown on September 19, 2016:
I love Roc Royal I went kiss his is so cute . And rare ray so much
Charlene Ross on September 13, 2016:
I love you guys , with ya'll handsome self . 4
Tykeria on September 02, 2016:
I love you prineston i wish i can meet you and when is your next concert
OgRayRay2016 on August 29, 2016:
I love Mindless Behavior...They have been my favorite every since i was younger and i always wanted to meet them in person. But I love you guys.
jasmine on August 17, 2016:
love you proidgy
Reniyah on August 07, 2016:
I miss the old MB they mean a lot to me I Don't know what to Do whit the old MB but I'm loving the new MB whit Princton, Ej,Mik the New is rocking it right Now whit the new song,music video they are killing it right now love y'all
Mindless Behavior on July 30, 2016:
i love you all
MBfan on July 04, 2016:
roc royal has the same birthday as me but i was born in 2004
Shaniya on July 02, 2016:
If i could marry all of y'all i would
Syriea on June 20, 2016:
I am a fan of all of you!!!
But Prodigy is my favorite!!!
I ❤ Prodigy!!!
Desii on June 20, 2016:
But who are those people in overnight video don't remember no new comers
Tylar on June 02, 2016:
i love you ray ray you are so cute and hot
I am known as Mystory on May 19, 2016:
I love yall!!!! why does Prodigy look so serious? 143 ray ray... even though I am very young, I think yall are so hot!
mrs august on May 17, 2016:
roc royal is still my favorite no matter how old I am ~christano august is baby forever~
Jessica on May 17, 2016:
I love Princeton sooo much and he is my baby and he is sexy and he and I love hem soooooo much and he is my boyfriend and we talk on google plus and Facebook and no body know how me and Princeton met
jacobgirl on May 14, 2016:
Princeton won and always will
nacirema on April 12, 2016:
I love you so much roc royal you are bae and and if I could go back to the time of you and the rest of you guys I would but you probably have a kid and girlfriend to bad the rest of you guys have kids too and girlfriends too to bad
Lovemeornohh on March 05, 2016:
My birthday is April 21 too! I didn't even know me and Princeton had the same bday but he has always been my favorite. But everyone in that group super cute