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Loon (rapper)

Loon
Born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins
(1975-06-20)June 20, 1975 (Age 40)
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Other names Loon (stage name)
Amir Junaid Muhadith (after conversion to Islam)
Occupation Rapper, religious activist
Years active 1998—2009
Religion Islam
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Labels Bad Boy Records (2001—2004)
Boss Up Entertainment (2004—2009)
Associated acts Diddy, Mase, Harlem World

Amir Junaid Muhadith (born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins , June 20, 1975 in Harlem, New York) best known by his stage name Loon, is an American rapper formerly signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records. In 2004, he parted ways with Bad Boy Records starting his own label, Boss Up Entertainment. After having converted to Islam in 2009, he subsequently ended his music career. While on a trip to Brussels, he was arrested on November 22, 2011, and extradited to the United States and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for long-standing drug offences.[1]

Contents

  • Music career 1
  • Conversion to Islam 2
  • Albums 3
  • Singles 4
    • As a main artist 4.1
    • As a featured artist 4.2
    • Other appearances 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Music career

Chauncey Hawkins born in Harlem became part of P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records under the name Loon. He released his self-titled debut album Loon and made many guest appearances on songs of the R&B and hip hop genres. He is best known for his role in P. Diddy's 2001 hits "I Need A Girl Pt. 1".

In 2004, Loon left Bad Boy Records to start his own label, Boss Up Entertainment. Loon started his music career as a member of Mase's rap collective Harlem World.

Along with his music, Loon was featured in two movies directed by Damon Dash, State Property 2 and Death of a Dynasty.

Conversion to Islam

Loon converted to Islam in 2009. Born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, he changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith. He traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site of Islam to perform Umrah.

Albums

Album details Peak positions
Billboard 200
Loon
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Bad Boy Records
  • Singles: "How You Want That", "Down for Me"
6
No Friends
  • Released: August 29, 2006
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
Wizard of Harlem
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Siccness Records

Singles

As a main artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Down for Me"
(featuring Mario Winans)
2003 24 28 19 Loon
"How You Want That"
(featuring Kelis)
88 41
"Show Me Your Soul"
(featuring P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz & Pharrell of The Neptunes)
35 Bad Boys II soundtrack
"Who Is Dat"
(featuring T-Pain)
2007 N/A

As a featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Promise (So So Def Remix)"
(Jagged Edge featuring Loon)
2000 Promise
"I Need a Girl (Part One)"
(P. Diddy featuring Usher & Loon)
2002 2 2 1 4 We Invented the Remix
"I Need a Girl (Part Two)"
(P. Diddy featuring Ginuwine, Mario Winans, Tammy Ruggieri & Loon)
4 2 2 4
"I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)"
(3LW featuring P. Diddy & Loon)
58 50 A Girl Can Mack
"Young & Sexy"
(Lyric featuring Loon)
79 Lyric
"Hit the Freeway"
(Toni Braxton featuring Loon)
86 32 29 More than a Woman
"Crazy"
(Dream featuring Loon)
2003 Reality

Other appearances

  • 2002: "How U Want Dat" (Remix) by the Game.
  • 2005: "Smile for Me" (Massari feat. Loon).
  • 2009: "What You Say" (Loon feat. Christopher).
  • 2009: "No Way Nobody" (Karl Wolf feat. Loon).

References

  1. ^ Sentencing article. http://www.bet.com/news/music/2013/07/19/former-bad-boy-rapper-loon-gets-14-year-sentence.html

External links

  • Boss Up Entertainment (Loon's own record label)
  • Official Loon Myspace
  • Loon at the Internet Movie Database
  • Aljazeera Interview
  • London Interview
  • Toronto Interview, Loon's Testimonial
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