Alphonzo Bailey, better known by his stage name Al Kapone, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. Al Kapone is known principally for his underground success in the Memphis hip hop scene in the 1990s, and his later role in a number of more contemporary songs.
After a decade of cultivating underground cult status in Memphis, Al Kapone began to achieve some mainstream success starting with his role on the soundtrack to the film, Hustle & Flow. The soundtrack included one solo track, titled "Get Crunk, Get Buck". He also wrote and produced "Whoop That Trick" and wrote "Hustle & Flow (It Ain't Over)", both tracks performed by Djay. His song "The Deepest Hood" featured in the 2007 film, Stomp the Yard.
Kapone collaborated with several musicians including E-40, Mike Jones, Too Short, Pimp C, Pastor Troy and D-Shot. He co-wrote E-40's "U and Dat" and Lil' Jon's "Snap Yo Fingers" and appeared on fellow Memphis hip hoppers Three 6 Mafia's album, Last 2 Walk, and 8Ball & MJG's, Ridin High.
He has toured with DJ Charlie White and guitarist Matt Uselton, as well as with six piece band of Memphis musicians called Tha Untouchablez. In 2012, Kapone created a music video that encouraged people to vote for Republican Congressional candidate George Flinn, who is challenging Steve Cohen.
Kapone lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife.
Al Kapone is currently working on a new album (slated to be released in 2013) and playing shows with his new band. Two singles have been released and getting air play: "Memphis Pride" and "Twerk Queen". Al also has a feature on Lil Wyte's song M.E.M.P.H.I.S., which has drawn quite a bit of attention. On November 12th, 2012, HOT 107.1 held “Al Kapone Day” in honor of Al Kapone’s career.
On February 28th, 2013 it was announced that Al Kapone will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival with guitarist Brian White and bassist Thomas Davis (from local Memphis bands Hampton Hill and Agent Jane). As part of the annual Memphis in May celebration, Al Kapone will perform on Sunday May 5th, 2013 on the main Bud Light Stage ahead of rap legends Public Enemy.