When most think of the names Jah & Lion, instantly, the defining images of the King of Heavens and King of the Jungle overtake the imagination. The JahLion Sound Movementexemplifies just that image – a mighty and unstoppable movement with the aim to spread Reggae music like a boundless echo heard on every mountaintop.
Born and raised on the ravishing island of St. Croix, JahLion became inspired when his mother would play reggae artists such as Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Garnet Silk, Steel Pulse and Bunny Wailer. Music became the air that sustained him everyday as a youth in the Virgin Islands.
At the age of 13, JahLion developed the unyielding appetite to obtain as much music as he possibly could even if it meant going to extreme lengths to do so. For miles he would ride taxis from one end of the island to the next just to borrow a CD so he could rip and burn the contents. For hours at a time he would rip and burn cd’s hundreds of times over so he could accomplish his first goal of building his music collection as bountiful as those of DJ’s in his area.
Whether down by Frederiksted’s Fish Market on Sunday afternoons or illegally inside a club due to his young age, JahLion’s concentration was always on the DJ. Along with endless encouragement and benevolence from DJ Slik and DJ Fresh, JahLion’s motivation and passion to be a world-renowned DJ grew extensively. His fascination with every aspect of the turntables while observing the crowd’s titillating reaction to the way the DJ’s would spin their favorite songs initiated JahLion’s vigor to prosper as an unstoppable musical force – the JahLion Sound Movement.
JahLion started out “early warming” a great number of dances on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. These experiences cultivated and refined his juggling skills remarkably. Observing Sound Systems such as AfterDark, Kulcha Shock, Death Row, and Glamorous while working closely with Da Krunkmaster DJ Slik and Trinity Krew endowed JahLion with the abundant opportunity to advance quickly and competently in the game.
In 2005, JahLion relocated to Savannah, Georgia where he continued to display his passionate regard for Reggae music and DJ’ed for a number of parties and clubs. Not too far away in Hinesville, GA was the Krunkmaster DJ Slik; the two quickly linked up and tag-teamed the Dirty South.
After moving again, JahLion saw enormous opportunities all around him in Atlanta, GA and promptly immersed himself in the very competitive club scene. His constant persistence and distinguishing skills landed him multiple club performances weekly and on two different radio station mix shows. You can currently listen to JahLion on 103.5 fm throughout the Virgin Islands or via shantyvibes.com.
JahLion continues to persevere until he reaches the top! He aspires to make the JahLion Sound Movement a reputable name globally in clubs, mixed tapes, radio stations and amongst Reggae Lover’s general conversations for generations to come. The dedication and reverence that JahLion exudes for music and DJing is a profound part of his heritage and naturally depicts the greatness that he is destined to be.
Whether “vybing” to conscious Reggae, “bussin a wine” to your favorite dancehall song, jumping up to the hottest Soca artist or getting crunk to the latest hip hop, you can guarantee that JahLion has an exquisite mix for it! Book JahLion Sound Movements TODAY to liven up your next party/event!
Shawntae Harris (born April 14, 1974), better known by her stage name Da Brat, is an American rapper and actress from Joliet, Illinois. Beginning her career in 1992, Harris debut album Funkdafied (1994) sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to receive a platinum certification, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt-N-Pepa. She has received two Grammy Award nominations.
1992–95: Early success
In 1992, Harris’s big break occurred when she won the grand prize in a local rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. For the prize, she met the young rap duo Kris Kross. They introduced her to their producer, Jermaine Dupri, who signed her to his So So Def label. Dupri cultivated Da Brat’s image as a “female Snoop Doggy Dogg,” and she became one of the first female “reality-based” rappers. Harris told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her stage name was inspired because she is “a spoiled only child.” Da Brat’s debut album Funkdafied was released in 1994 and entered the rap albums chart at #1. The album went platinum, making her the first female solo rapper to sell one million copies. The eponymous single reached #1 on the rap singles chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her follow-up single from the same album, “Give It 2 You,” reached #26 on the Hot 100.
1996–99: Collaborations and film projects
In 1996, Da Brat released her second full-length album, Anuthatantrum, which included the single “Ghetto Love” featuring T-Boz of TLC. During the rest of the 1990s, Da Brat came to be known more for her “featured” appearances on other rappers’ and R&B singers’ albums rather than for her own solo work. Da Brat was also featured with Kris Kross on the title track of their album Da Bomb (1993) as well as on their third album Young, Rich and Dangerous (1996). She contributed a rhyme to the hip hop remix of Mariah Carey’s hit, “Always Be My Baby” (1996). She also made her feature film debut that year in Kazaam (1996) with Shaquille O’Neal. During the summer of 1997, Da Brat appeared along with Dupri on a remix of Carey’s “Honey (So So Def mix)” (1997) and recorded the hit remix of “Ladies’ Night (Not Tonight)” (1997) with Lil’ Kim, Left-Eye of TLC, Angie Martinez, and Missy Elliott. Also in 1997, she was featured on “Sock It 2 Me,” a track on Missy Elliott’s debut album, Supa Dupa Fly. In 1999, she appeared, alongside Krayzie Bone, on the remix to Mariah Carey’s cover of Brenda K. Starr’s “I Still Believe” (1998). She also appeared as a guest artist with Elliott on Carey’s remix of “Heartbreaker” (1999), and on the remix of Brandy’s “U Don’t Know Me (Like U Used To).” That year, she was also featured on a remix of the Destiny’s Child single “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” (1999).
2000–03: Return to solo work
In early 2000, Da Brat released her third full-length album Unrestricted, which produced the moderately successful singles “That’s What I’m Looking For” (U.S. #56) and “What Chu Like” (U.S. #26), featuring soul singer, Tyrese. The album was not well received compared to Brat’s earlier work. However, the new album and new millennium did inspire an image makeover for Da Brat. Abandoning her “gangsta” persona, she decided to follow the trend in popular music and attempted to add to her sex appeal. In 2001, Brat continued her trend of being featured on other artist’s remixes, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart along with rapper Ludacris on the main remix of Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy” and being featured artist on Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” remix. Da Brat also appeared as Louise in Carey’s 2001 movie Glitter. In 2003, Brat released her fourth album, titled Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, and appeared on the 4th season of VH1’s The Surreal Life.
2005–present: Current activities
In 2005, she made a comeback of sorts when she was featured on the remix of the song “I Think They Like Me,” by Dem Franchize Boyz, which also featured Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2006, she was an onstage guest on Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi Tour in Atlanta, New York City, Long Island, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles performing her rap verses on the “Heartbreaker” and “Honey” remixes. She was also featured on Kelly Rowland’s “Gotsta Go,” a bonus track from her 2007 album Ms. Kelly and is also featured on “4real4real”, a bonus track from Carey’s E=MC². She also co-wrote a song with Carey called “O.O.C.” which appears on E=MC² and contributes backing vocals on the track. In 2007, she participated in the fifth season of the VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club. In 2011, she did a remix with Kelly Rowland called “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne. Following her release from prison, she launched a web series about life after the experience titled “Brat Chronicles: In Transition” on YouTube. She released her new single “Is It Chu?” on iTunes and other digital services on July 2, 2013. She now works for the Rickey Smiley Morning show as a co-host (July 2015 – present).
Meet Da Brat’s First Artist, Chicago Emcee, Cornbread
With an unusual, yet superior swag and an ability to stay positive, despite his harsh and very real neighborhood surroundings, Cornbread, née Alexander Gonzalez, has managed to separate himself from other emcees with his attitude, outlook and music. It should come as no surprise to anyone that this 21 year-old recording artist is determined, motivated to keep completing new records, and blessing his fans, all while elevating himself.
Cosigned by legendary female emcee, Da Brat, Cornbread continues to grow him brand. He’s already released a number of singles including “Be Jordan,” “Rokkit” and “I Came Up”, which features his mentor, Da Brat. He’s also appeared on Rickey Smiley For Real, the TV One reality show.
We caught up with Cornbread to talk music, working with Da Brat and much more. Read the interview and get familiar with the emcee.
LAtruth(Rapper) aka The Carolina General (BIO) Robert Hampton aka LAtruth was born in Forest City NC, Starting Making music his 9th grade year in Highschool. LAtruth has recorded 11 mixtapes and is now working on his Debut album to be released to stores in 2013 titled: No Pain No Gain. LAtruth represents NC because thats where he was born, but he is now living in SC so i guess you can say he is putting on for Both NC and SC, The Carolina’s.
Forest City’s bred rap lyricist LAtruth is in a hurry. He dropped his sophomore album, Tha Truth Hurts the follow up to his near platinum debut Latruth World Order, he has his thoughts firmly placed on the business of delivering his new album, Hate Iz Fuel. This is the one right here. I know everybody says that, but I dont plan on really doing this that much longer. Im trying to go behind the scenes, says LAtruth. However, while his thoughts allude to calling it a career (doubtful), his actions speak to the contrary. The past year has found Latruth continually in rap listeners ears via a slew of stand out, cameo verses. With rap fans notoriously impatient when artists have long hiatus between albums, the importance of a rapper staying on the radar between albums is essential. No matter what budget is being opened or whats going on in the office, you gotta keep your head above water in the street,explains LAtruth. You always gotta find out whats coming out, hop on the hot R&B song or a remix or even do a hot featuring with another rapper.
Whether its on mixtapes, appearing in rap battles or guest spots, the streets never have to hunt very far for the next scorching LAtruth verse. The past year alone has found him riding shotgun and spitting alongside rap heavyweights that include Nas (Hip Hop is Alive Remix), 112’s (Peaches and cream Remix), The Game (Know what it is) and Jay-z (Spread Love). Besides the stand out verses, LAtruth also caught the video bug appearing in the feature DVD Rep Yo City with Dj Battle and Many more standout underground artist, the Rep yo City DVD film Hosted by Dj Battle is Creating a major buzz for LAtruth and other artist with standout talent. LAtruth was also the feature on urban radio where he did a live freestyle, and was interviewd about his partnership with The Game and Black Wallstreet. An exhaustive portfolio but its all old hat for LAtruth, after all, he is a rap veteran in all definitions of the word. In 2000 he was a member of the Band MASH (Money, Ambuniton, Sex, Hostility. When the relationship eventually soured, the Four brothers LAtruth (Robert Hampton), Bangkoc (Anthony Lawrence) Duke (Adrian Jackson), and Grand Finale (Kevin Wesley) in a sense, returned to diffrent homes and city’s to begin solo careers.
Where Latruth world order was a critically acclaimed debut that confirmed LAtruth’s ability to hold down an album for self, Hate iz Fuel will further establish Truth as one of the rap games elite lyricist. I learned about trying different things, is what LAtruth says occurred between albums, besides the song cameos and Rap Battle gigs. Champions make champions. You cant be scared to try different songs. It aint all about just punchlines and all that now. Em, 50 and DMX, all these people, they switched it. They made the listeners really want to hear what you feel as an artist and as a person. They dont want to hear a bunch of fantasizing and a bunch of lying.
Indeed, Latruth world order is packed with enough variety to please die-hard LAtruth fans and to invite newcomers to become acquainted with his sound as well. LAtruth is no longer a brash emcee with far flung aspirations to Hip-Hops throne, but a savvy veteran with legit claims to the crown. Produced by LAtruth (Robert Hampton) and featuring soul crooner Cristina Twitty, the retrospective song and single, My LIfe is the albums most personal song. Its just a real song about life I think a lot of people all over the world might want to know, says LAtruth. Latruth World order produced by J-Flex, and Many more new producers, is a verbal spitfest with LAtruths.38 revolver flow anchored by industrial sized bass, distorted low end and a quick paced drum track. Written in the Stars finds LArtuth tag teaming apocalyptic horns and gut quivering bass with his Mash co-d, L-Beezy. Throughout the album, almost every rhyme is to be analyzed for fear of missing the punch line, whether subtle or blatant as on the J-flex produced Shit where he raps about LosAngelos and Gang Banging. LAtruth has endured all the requisites for success in the rap game. Im still here. People think Im still hot. They still know Im hot, so I put in enough work. I feel like its time. Its more than time.
I feel like I make therapy, says LAtruth. People say incredible shit when they come up to me. You dont know how much I felt that like right there or you know Its therapy for the listeners. Thats the best part of the whole shit, touching the human soul. Pucker up. Hate iz Fuel coming soon.
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