By Kandis Knight
From the unforgiving streets of Brick City, a.k.a. Newark, New Jersey, to the bowels of the South, hails hip-hop’s latest phenom, Snook.
Born and raised in a system in which only the strong survived, Snook grew up in a drug infested reality to excel. His drive and determination is evident in every track he lays.
Snook graduated from high school and enrolled in Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina to pursue a career in Business Management. However, with his music career on the fast track, Snook left college, to focus more on his music. He formed Southern Dynasty Record Label with college friends and he never looked back.
In 2004, Snook completed his freshmen album “4.5.6 New Banker” with the help of Kevin “Khao” Cates (Grand Hustle/Intraprize Records) and Polow da Don (Zone 4 Ent.).
Snook’s 2005 single, “Meet Me at Da’ Bar” produced by Khao was a hit in Columbia and surrounding areas. The single featured Sean Paul of the Atlanta group, YoungBloodz. The second single from this album featured Lil’ Moe on the track rightfully named “Could it Be” which was also considered a Southern hit.
In 2006, the tragic loss of his father caused Snook to become more determined. His lyrics would become more meaningful and the way he worded his punch lines became more “in your face.” The passing of his father elevated him to another plateau in his music career.
Snook has been featured on a host of mix tapes from DJ Cleves “Drought Over”, DJ B-Lord “From a Minor to a Major”, several local artist mix tapes, DJ Ames (London), and DJ Michelin (Toronto).
Snook has hosted and performed shows for Ciara, The Ying Yang Twins, Lil’ Wayne, Young Jeezy, Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Trina, Crime Mobb, Lil’ Scrappy, Young Buck, Jody Breeze, Trey Songz, and The YoungBloodz.
Snook has also hosted and performed at Benedict College’s homecoming concert and step show and performed for Hot 103.9 Back to School concert with thousands in attendance.
Snook’s new album (currently untitled) is set to be released in the spring of 2008 and will include tracks from T-Pain, Lil’ Boosie, Yo Gotti, Scrilla, Princess (Crime Mobb), Mista Raja and Gemstar da Golden Child.
The new single features Lil Boosie called “Models” and it currently has the streets and soon the radio airwaves on fire.
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