Exclusive Biography/interview The named BlackLioN portrays his original musical generator~Black~ artististically enhanced by Kingliness, Grandeur & Courage~LioN~. As a teenager in Cameroon his home land, he played some Guitar, bongo drums, made mixtapes for friends at school, choreographic dancing, performing from gospel to songs from other artist ranging from Makossa, Hip hop, Soul & Reggae. He is the fourth of six kids to his parents who where both teachers in Presbyterian Boarding School. He spent most of his childhood in this institution as his parents pursued further education back & forth England & the United states. He was a sunday school teacher for 7years, where he guarded the kids of his community in religion, music, sports & drama activities. He also wrote Short stories, Poetry & Performed Drama . Athletically he played & enjoyed watching Football, Running & Boxing. His first exposure to abundant black music of the western world was from 1988 from via video tapes videos of Soul, R&b, Rock, Country, Blues, Rap & Funk music clips from his father who recorded & sent to him from the United States. This gave him the opportunity to grow up with a wide range of music other than the mainstream Makossa in Cameroon. In 1999 in Berlin he met childhood friend & early mentor Black Moses with whom he layed the vocals over beats made by the keyboard & recorded with a tape recorder. Both of them read lots of books, wrote songs, poetry alongside the hustle to pay the bills. The smart, funny, sociable but angry kid often involved in violent street activities decided to focus on a musical career immediately after his 25th Birthday. He celebrated being alive & began a new life with his music. Travelling esperiences in both Africa & the Western world gave him the oppurtunity to work with various nationals & cultures. He then began performing Gospel, Soul, R&B, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Djaying, Rapping, Producing, Hosting & organising Hip hop events including his own GSP (Grand Soul Project/Gangsta Sex Package) live music events. He is also a ghost writes for R&B, Soul, Blues, Reggae and Rap singers. 'Writing is a daily exercise for me, it don't matter what i'm writing about, when i can't write, i memorized & when i can't memorized all the words, i just feel the moment. So in some way it will come back to me when i'm doing a song that relates. Been poetry reading & writing help influence my song writing massively. It helps me surround alot of meaninful substance around a few words, thus saying alot with very little. So when i write a song a want people to enjoy reading it too, without the music or vocals on it.'BlackLioN In 2003/2004 he recorded & pressed the unrealeased Rap Album ' A Lion Heart' . His strong & persistent voice roars melodiously injecting a raw street flavour to his music, producing a stabilized & energetic hip hop record.The album is composed of street/club smashes like HOLD ON where he calls on the rap industry to listen! To a new breed in the hip hop game, the banging title track A LION HEART, PALLAS where he reps for his Berlin City Resident Hood, LAYLOW ft. Megaloh & EYES NEVER LIE ft. Marcelliz. He expresses pride & power in IS SOO ft, Kheops of Berlin & Tripple C of New Castle. The three rappers talk about their stance in the hip hop/immigrant situation in Germany/Europe. The message is clear with a hook that says' who tha f*** said these niggaz couldn't rap?, you must have been on crack! Is Soo, who tha f*** said auslaender (immigrants) got to go?, you must have been Hitler! Iss Soo. On DISMISSED ft. Kd Supier, he breaks down the day to day struggles in he faces while in the process of representing true hip hop culture. On BAGGY JEANS NAZIS he takes shots @ the new generation of nazis who have converted from techno to hip hop not in their minds but in their clothes and false positions in the hip hop industry. He portrays them to be the worst enemies of todays hip hop. ' they are all infiltrators, cause they dress like you, talk like u, go to the parties you go & all but they hate you, you ain't nothing but an object for them to represent with in other to make look real for the public and dumb/racist A&Rs in the hip hop industry. To them, you are just a new kind of slave'. BlackLioN He delivers sexual/club smashes with STR8 DOGGIN' ft. ma byatches, YEAH ft. ma byatches & MARY J ft. soul/r&b singer Jasmin Shakeri. On the honest street love song CAN I GET A WITNESS he raps & sings over a soul melodic beat blended with African hook vocals that reveal the Afro-soul side of the Rapper. He concludes with SO WHAT NOW where he gets to the source of his strife, consiously rappin all through & finalizes with singing melodies a rhythm & Blues beat. He focusses on the central analysis of his struggle with the harsh realities of the Africa & his sacrifice and ambition to make a change through his music. He wraps it up with a message to his mother. It kicks off with; ' the fear of ablack planet is killing us all/ babies born to die whether they're ready or not/ It's them against the world, so all eyes on them/ they never get free or get rich, they cry to to death/ they never went astray now they lying in graves/ Some are getting caskets on lay away/ oh shit! i need my check before i lay away/ so think about it first before u lay away/ some of us get aids when we ask for aid/ some of us are slaves in Sudan today/ most of us are slaves in our minds today........... As a bonus track, a remix version of A LION HEART dedicated to himself, His mentor Black Moses aka B-Mo, to family & love ones he lost, to the football lion FOE Marc Viviane & all Lions Of Cameroon. He also shut an underground video to It. The album was produced by BlackLioN & KD Supier of Leveleight Entertainment. He set out & promoted the album in various cities in Germany & Europe, during which he did shows & recorded coloboration tracks in different studios. He wasn't happy with the way the album was gonna be released & because of it's more than two years delayance he stopped the project & reconstructed a new album Titled A LION HEART ON FIRE. Meanwhile A LION HEART remains a 'Hood Classic' to his early Listeners who manage to secure a copy from the Rapper himself. 'He is a multitalented natural entertainer, with a unique style that appeals to a very huge hip hop audience & he is real about his music. Most definately a TREND SETTER!' Afrika Islam( Zulu Nation) A LION HEART ON FIRE will be the official debut for the Rapper/Producer. On the album he vocally & instrumentally takes his listeners on a journey musically inspired by the experiences encountered during travels & different residence around the world recording & performing hip hop music. The songs are co-ordinated too reveal the fun, creativity, the believe, the pain & joy he found in it, the fight, the evil in men, sorrow, the missed, the sleepless nights to the bright light. Being active with a diverse range of musical influences in the past & present made it not only possible but natural for him to put together an album that reaches an international audience. It don't matter whether you from, United states, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, anywhere, as long as u got a taste for hip hop music, He got you on this album. The high spirited rapper known for his energetic entertaining live shows is set out to make history with his debut album. All songs are performed in English except for one French Rap colaboration. The Album features artist from Berlin, France, England & the United States. Names of the artist are to this moment undisclosed. More infomation about the different songs will be released prior to it's release in October 2006. The single to the album is titled PUT UP MORE ACTION. He aligns his makossa accented rhymes over a makossa triggerred hip hop beat produced by BlackLioN that gets the listenner moving form top to bottom. A chemistry that gives him the a.k.a Mr Rap Makossa. He raps about overcoming the obstacles in his music career, by never giving up but by staying faithful to what he truely believes in & most of all having fun in the process. 'Real victory is only achieved after you don overcome all the things that hold you back from it & still be the person you are' BlackLioN. The single will be released under his own Label 'LION INC Entertainment' in summer 2006. He is also planning to shoot a video for the single this summer 2006. His debut album ' A LION HEART ON FIRE is sheduled to be released in fall 2006. He still struggles to secure proper worldwide distrubution possibilities. 'It's a me album, just me being true to myself. If my life was a movie then this album will be the perfect soundtrack. Every concept is based on my life experiences, artistically painted to entertain & educate my listeners about the new art & movement I'm bringing to the hip hop music. Simple for the long sighted & complex for the short sighted. The mission of the album is to share with the world, a vision of true hip hop music from my own mind, my own fight, my own smiles & frowns, my own sight, from my own side, representing my own time, creating my own style. Real hip hop music from the heart, from my heart. Hip hop needs new trends for it to grow & that's exactly where rappers like me come in. This album's got what I believe a classic rap album should deliver so I ain't worried about critics, cause the material is fact & evident. If they listen, I'm good!.' BlackLioN BlackLioN has got already released colaboration material on German projects such as, Megaloh's No 1 Draft pick Mixtape,(2004) Megaloh's I'm game Album ( 2005), Megaloh's 'Zeit fuer den Hund Mixtape', DJ Luvsick( Broken Needles) Mixtape 13 ( 2005) David Battle's Mixtape No 1 ( 2005), & more.The Rapper/Producer has delivered complete songs, hook lines & verses & beats to various rappers in the underground around globe, from Leeds, Armsterdam, Houston, New Jersey, Oakland, Atlanta, Jamaica, Senegal, Cuba and More. He has had the opportunity to rock the crowd on a Redman & Method man concert. He is currently workin on the first LIONS WORLD MIXTAPE titled '1 of the most talented muthaf***as u ever heard' to be released in May 2006. He is woking on A LION HEART ON FIRE DVD documentary. He is also working on some remixes with the Legandary Afrika Islam from the bronx New York & he keeps on performing & colaborating with artist around the globe. The Lion Inc. Man is definately here to stay, for he is just getting started. 'I believe God put me here to do this. So it's all in his hands. I just keep praying he guard me to do what he want me to do. My game is in his hands. I want him to take control of it all the time, he is a true friend & i trust him more than anything in this world.' BlackLioN'
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