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    Lil Waah

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    Full Name: Joaquin Dean Jr.Nick Name: Lil WaahBirth Date: 2002/09/02Place Of Birth: Yonkers, NYOccupation: Rapper/Actor

    Best Known For

    Lil Waah enjoys playing keyboards and spending time in the vocal booth where he has been working on his first single to be released and distributed by Ruff Ryders Indy, Inc. He has achieved numerous trophies for track, basketball and karate and maintains high grades at the Cherry Lane Elementary School. “I just want people to feel me and appreciate my work,” he says. “I take this seriously. I don’t do this because people get paid from it. I really want to change the way music is done.”


    Joaquin Dean Jr. aka Lil Waah and Quino is a rapper/actor born September 2, 2002 in New York City. He is of Trinidadian and African American heritage.

    It should come as no surprise that Lil Waah has been performing since he was two years old, having been born into a musical family that includes his father (Waah Dean) and his uncle (Dee Dean) and his aunt (Chivon Dean) co-founders of the Ruff Ryders enterprise of companies. He got the rapping bug at an early age and grew up in the Powerhouse Studio with his dad listening to the music of DMX, Jadakiss, Eve, and like so many other children influenced by the music and artistry of Michael Jackson.

    Spending all that time in the studio with his father and uncle, he had the opportunity to also learn how to produce and write music from his cousin Swizz Beatz in the studio. He wrote his own song and won the New York State WOW contest. He performed and wowed the crowd at Harlem’s Juneteenth Celebration in 2010.



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    Full Name: John AncrumNick Name: MookPlace Of Birth: Harlem, NYOccupation: Rapper

    Best Known For

    Harlem’s own Mook is best described as the rapper nobody – not even today’s hottest emcees – wants to step into the ring with. That’s because the young street phenom has annihilated nearly every opponent who’s battled him over the last six years, most notably, the 2004 clash against Harlem’s beloved Jae Millz in which an 18-year-old Mook decisively defeated Millz in front of hundreds of spectators.


    Born John Ancrum, Mook grew up on 116th and Manhattan with his mom and great-grandmother until the age of 12, when he went to live with his great aunt, Yvonne. “My aunt had the biggest influence on me to do positive things,” says Mook, who was given the nickname “Mookie” as a toddler. “I was in the streets a lot when I lived with my mom, but my aunt stayed on me and taught me how to do the right thing.”
    Like most 80’s babies, Mook loved hip-hop. He listened to Wu-Tang Clan – Ghostface Killah was his favorite – and watched his cousins, Demont and T-Rex, recite rap lyrics around the house. It wasn’t long before Mook decided to try his hand at rhyming. His skills were impressive for a 12-year-old, but Mook’s main interest at the time was basketball. A high-scoring point guard at Fordham Prep, Mook had his eyes set on the NBA. Yet, it was his basketball coach who, after hearing Mook rhyme one day at a tournament, introduced the multi-talented teen to a friend named “Pop.” Pop eventually became Mook’s mentor, father figure and manager. “He gave me the confidence to rap,” says Mook. “I didn’t think I was that good at first, but he used to always tell me, ‘you can be one of the best. You just gotta work at it.’”
    Mook began to take rap seriously, writing and rehearsing his lyrics whenever he wasn’t on a basketball court. Pop grew so sure of Mook’s skills that in 2004, he made a $5,000 bet with Jae Millz’ manager that the unknown emcee would beat Millz in a battle. Mook had never battled anyone before, but he knew he had a shot at winning. And win he did. Over 500 Harlemites flooded the State Building that day and witnessed Millz’ verbal beat-down by a rookie armed with verses like:
    “We don’t wanna hear no mess about how you spray steel ‘cause in the pen I heard they told you to stay still 20 niggas in the shower waiting to j millz…”
    Murda Mook’s name was on the lips of everyone who attended the legendary battle that night. But it wasn’t until the video of it was released on SMACK DVD a month later that Mook’s reputation really took off. He spent the next four years building his rep by challenging numerous well-known battle rappers such as Loaded Lux, Party Arty, and Serius Jones. Various record labels began approaching Mook, but no deals materialized. “I wasn’t really recording anything at the time and didn’t have a lot of material out there other than the battles,” he says. “That was a mistake. I was young and didn’t know the business. I was just out there battling.”
    Part of the reason why Mook wasn’t recording music was because he had received a basketball scholarship and had enrolled as a full-time marketing student at Elms College in Massachusetts – a fact few people knew. To keep his name relevant on the streets, Mook battled rappers on the weekends. Then in 2008, he left college and moved to Atlanta with Pop, who had a studio in his home. Mook began recording songs and working on an independent album project. However, the momentum slowed when Pop was suddenly arrested and went to prison.
    Picking things back up, Mook returned to NY and connected with longtime friend, Ronald “Blackface” Ashley, who became Mook’s manager. Not long afterward in 2009, Mook ran into Ruff Ryders CEO, Joaquin “Waah” Dean, at a club in downtown NYC.
    “I’ve known Dee and Waah since I was about 13 or 14,” says Mook of the brothers who’ve led the hit-making Ruff Ryders label since 2000. “They used to hang in Harlem and were on fire at the time. I would come up to them, basketball in hand, and be like, ‘I rap.’ So I’d spit for them and Dee would be like, ‘yo, you nice. Keep rapping.’ I’d say, ‘Sign me.’ And Dee was like, ‘Not yet, but you nice.’”
    Mook finally got his shot at a Ruff Ryder deal years later after that chance encounter with Waah in the club. A meeting was arranged the next day, and after hearing several records, Waah signed Mook to his Ruff Ryder Indy label in May 2009.
    Now, with high expectations in front of him, Mook knows his music has to defy the general wisdom that battle rappers can’t make albums. But Mook isn’t fazed by the pressure. He’s confident that his upcoming, still-untitled, album project will offer the kind of diversity, introspection and originality that will take many by surprise. “I’m a street rapper,” says Mook, “but by me going to college, I also know the more educated lane. I intertwine the two sides in my music and tell stories that people can relate to.”
    Murda Mook’s journey is indeed just beginning. And if his past triumphs, luck and coincidences are any indication, this legend-in-the-making is exactly where he needs to be.



    Quick Facts

    Full Name: Earl SimmonsNick Name: DMX aka Dark Man XBirth Date: 1970/12/18Place Of Birth: Yonkers, NYOccupation: Rapper

    Best Known For

    Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next, yet keep it all part of the same complex character. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one.


    DMX stands for Dark Man X.

    Has tattoo on his back of his dog killed by a motorist and the words ONE LOVE BOOMER.

    Known for his barking and growling while rapping.

    He released a song titled "Born Loser" in 1993 on Columbia Records

    He has his own record label and clothing line called Bloodline

    Announced that he's retiring from the music business so he can focus more on church and his family.
    Lived in Yonkers, New York

    He is the only artist in Soundscan history to have his first four albums debut at number one on the Billboard Charts
    The first three of DMX's CDs debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts and each one has gone at least triple platinum.

    His 5th album, "Grand Champ" was a number 1 debut on the Billboard Pop Charts. (September 2003)

    He is now the only artist in the history of the Billboard Charts to have his first five albums debut at number one on the Billboard Charts.

    DMX is one of the best selling Hip-Hop artists ever. His first 4 albums have each gone at least triple platinum in the US alone, and his current CD, Grand Champ, recently went platinum.

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