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Tha FLoK is sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the t
The Flok The beginning of the Flok was totally spiritual. Nature Boy and Ice Lajuan were in the studio working and talking. They began to have a conversation about God and the Bible. They began to reflect on the change they had been hearing about their friend Deadly who had recently became a preacher, who they had not spoken with after several months. As the two friends conversed Deadly had a strong desire to go visit his long time friend Roderick. Terrance was greeted warmly and with astonishment. Kendall and Roderick began to explain to him how they were just talking about him and he popped up. To say the least they were all happy to see each other. Nature and Ice began to ask questions about the Bible and the mystery of change. Roderick not knowing that God had been dealing with Kendall and he was trying to find the words to tell him that he was considering not to do hardcore hip-hop no longer. But before he could get the words out of his mouth, Roderick said he wanted to go in another direction with his music and serve God. To Terrances surprise it was like his prayers were being answered. They talked and laughed until early in the morning. The long time friends agreed to pray and allow the Lord to lead them. They eventually began to work on music focusing on God and saving soul. Always trying to keep their individuality they coined the phrase for their music Hip-Hop Substance. They believed because of their strong modern day stories of spiritual struggle and peer pressure it would be fitting.
Band/artist history
Name: Rodrick Mcbee Stage name: Ice Lajuan Age: 31 Founder and CEO of 53 Funk Entertainment Roderick Mcbee aka Ice Lajuan first was influenced by hip-hop at the age of nine. His love for music began when his big brother let him play around on his friends keyboard. In later years Ice began to acquire bits and pieces of used music equipment from pawnshops with dreams of breaking in to the hip-hop industry. In high school he was introduced to another hip-hop artist who went by the name of Merlin. Together they released several local rap tapes throughout the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Toning his skills and his ear for the music during the late 80s and early 90s all the while never giving up his hopes and dreams he eventually moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma and teaming up with a local rapper by the name of Shawn N:Doe McCrary at the time the only remaining member of The Westside Hustlers. Mcbee had an idea to create his own independent record label where he would not only rap but produce original music for himself and other aspiring local talent called 53 Funk Entertainment. Hobbies/Interest: reading bible, making music, watching movies, weightlifting, stock market, black history, science, and spending time with family Name: Terrance Reed Stage name: Deadly Age: 32 Former hardcore gangster rapper Terrance Reed aka Deadly was the first artist to rededicate his life to Christ and leave behind his beloved 53 family to serve God. Deadly has been involved in hip-hop since the early 80s during the break dancing era. As his love for the music grew he and his friends formed The Westside Hustlers. But before their dreams of making it could be reached, Deadly began to get involved in gang activity and drug dealing which eventually landed him in prison. During his time in prison one of the members was killed. After being released and reuniting with the remaining member. They were reacquainted with their childhood friend Roderick Ice Lajuan Mcbee founder of 53Funk Entertainment and began to once again try to fulfill their dreams 1998. Deadly has featured in several 53 Funk productions, peaking with his solo project Toxic Chocolate in 2001. Hobbies/Interest: preaching, reading Bible, TV, Church, movies, cars, drawing, and raising son. Name: Kendall Johnson Stage name: Nature Boy Age: 23 The youngest but may be the rawest and purist lyricist. Kendall Nature Boy Johnson grew up surrounded around the hip-hop culture. Hip-hop was an escape for Nature due to the constant drug and gang influences. Sports was another huge influence in Kendalls life. After graduating from Okmulgee High School. Nature Boy teamed up with his childhood friend Lonnie Man Collins aka L.C. and formed the group Southern. Southerns first Cd was a huge local success. But with most successful rap groups there is always an individual who stands out. That individual was The Nature Boy. After gracing many 53-Funk productions, he eventually ventured off into his own solo project The Instrument. Hobbies/Interest: Reading Bible, Writing songs , Weight Lifting, movies, Church, Jokes, Video games, Name: Rodrick Mcbee Stage name: Ice Lajuan Age: 31 Founder and CEO of 53 Funk Entertainment Roderick Mcbee aka Ice Lajuan first was influenced by hip-hop at the age of nine. His love for music began when his big brother let him play around on his friends keyboard. In later years Ice began to acquire bits and pieces of used music equipment from pawnshops with dreams of breaking in to the hip-hop industry. In high school he was introduced to another hip-hop artist who went by the name of Merlin. Together they released several local rap tapes throughout the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Toning his skills and his ear for the music during the late 80s and early 90s all the while never giving up his hopes and dreams he eventually moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma and teaming up with a local rapper by the name of Shawn N:Doe McCrary at the time the only remaining member of The Westside Hustlers. Mcbee had an idea to create his own independent record label where he would not only rap but produce original music for himself and other aspiring local talent called 53 Funk Entertainment. Hobbies/Interest: reading bible, making music, watching movies, weightlifting, stock market, black history, science, and spending time with family Name: Terrance Reed Stage name: Deadly Age: 32 Former hardcore gangster rapper Terrance Reed aka Deadly was the first artist to rededicate his life to Christ and leave behind his beloved 53 family to serve God. Deadly has been involved in hip-hop since the early 80s during the break dancing era. As his love for the music grew he and his friends formed The Westside Hustlers. But before their dreams of making it could be reached, Deadly began to get involved in gang activity and drug dealing which eventually landed him in prison. During his time in prison one of the members was killed. After being released and reuniting with the remaining member. They were reacquainted with their childhood friend Roderick Ice Lajuan Mcbee founder of 53Funk Entertainment and began to once again try to fulfill their dreams 1998. Deadly has featured in several 53 Funk productions, peaking with his solo project Toxic Chocolate in 2001. Hobbies/Interest: preaching, reading Bible, TV, Church, movies, cars, drawing, and raising son. Name: Kendall Johnson Stage name: Nature Boy Age: 23 The youngest but may be the rawest and purist lyricist. Kendall Nature Boy Johnson grew up surrounded around the hip-hop culture. Hip-hop was an escape for Nature due to the constant drug and gang influences. Sports was another huge influence in Kendalls life. After graduating from Okmulgee High School. Nature Boy teamed up with his childhood friend Lonnie Man Collins aka L.C. and formed the group Southern. Southerns first Cd was a huge local success. But with most successful rap groups there is always an individual who stands out. That individual was The Nature Boy. After gracing many 53-Funk productions, he eventually ventured off into his own solo project The Instrument. Hobbies/Interest: Reading Bible, Writing songs , Weight Lifting, movies, Church, Jokes, Video games,
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Shows and Performances Place Year Skate Jam/Tulsa, Oklahoma November 1999 The Baha Club/Muskogee, Oklahoma May 2000 Club Genesis (Jive Records)/Tulsa, OK. July 2000 Funkfest/Okmulgee, Oklahoma November 2001 Superfest/Tulsa, OK. July 2002 Krunkfest/Okmulgee,OK. March 2003 Oklahoma Street Party/Taft, Oklahoma June 2003 St. Matthews Baptist Church/Okmulgee, OK. Feb/April 2004 New Jerusalem Baptist Church/Midland, TX May 2004 Wayland Baptist Church/Eufaula, OK April 2004 Radio Exposure 105.3 Fresh Jamz Tulsa,Oklahoma Show: Make it or Break it. Received 25 makes and 3 breaks DJ: C-Fox Song: Never Alone Date: September 2001 Show: Flavor in tha Hood DJ: Dangerous Dawn Song: Certified Pimpin and Westside Ridaz Date: May 2000 Show: Flavor in tha Hood DJ: JB Smoove Song: Never Alone and Twist the Top Date: November 2001 Show: Flavor in tha Hood DJ: JB Smoove Song: Do tha Damn Thang and Makes no Sense Date: March 2000 Show: Flavor in tha Hood DJ: JB Smoove Song: Echoes and This Date: January 2003 53 Funk Entertainment Production History Prior Cd Releases Conversations pt. 1 (N:Doe) 1999 release Ice Watah Compilation (Ice Lajuan) 2000 release Chapter 1 (Southern) 2000 release Do My Thang (Ice Lajuan) 2000-01 release Toxic Chocolate (Deadly) 2001 release Watah on Rokks Compilation (Ice Lajuan) 2001 release Instrument (Nature Boy) 2003 release Haters Antidote (N:Doe) 2003 release Schkimmin Game (Big PZ) 2004 release On Line Releases: www.mp3.com Thawaythawestwuz (N:Doe) The Family/Producers Edition (Ice Lajuan) Commercials 105.3 Fresh Jamz/Tulsa, OK. 105 to The 53 JB Smoove theme song Coast2Coast/Oklahoma City, Ok Background beats TV commercial Funkfest on Fresh Jamz/ Okmulgee, OK Toxic Chocolate samples for radio commercial Skate Jam on Fresh Jamz/Tulsa, OK Conversations pt1 samples for radio commercials Haters Antidote Promo on Fresh Jamz/Tulsa, OK Haters Antidote samples for radio commercials Press Releases Okmulgee Daily Times November 21,2001 1st Annual Funkfest Concert and the release of Toxic Chocolate Album Tulsa Star September 11, 2003 Ice and Crew Are Hot Into The Rap/R&B Music Scene. A candid interview with Ice Lajuan on the history of 53 Funk Entertainment.
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