Chauncey Hawkins, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. After several false starts in the music business, lovers rap artist Loon finally broke through in 2003. Raised on the tough streets of Harlem, Hawkins was brought up mainly by his grandmother early on before being shipped off to the west coast, to live with his godfather. Hawkins godfather was the noted movie producer George Jackson (Krush Groove, New Jack City), with whom Loon lived for several years as a teenager in the haven of Hollywood celebritys offspring, Beverly Hills, California. It was during his time out west that Hawkins earned his nickname (owing to his zany behaviour), before returning to Harlem at the age of 17. Loon focused on developing his rap skills rather than succumbing to the street life.
By the late 90s, word about his talents began to circulate, which resulted in a contract with two separate labels. This, frustratingly, went nowhere and produced no album. It appeared as though his big break was finally going to come in the form of his enlistment into Ma$es Harlem World gang (titled after Ma$es chart-topping 1998 album). Soon after the crews debut album, The Movement, surfaced in 1999, Ma$e decided to drop out of the rap scene completely, as he had joined the ministry, resulting in the album achieving modest sales, but not close to the massive blockbuster it was expected to be. Ma$es friend, Sean Puffy Combs stepped in however, and signed Loon to his own solo contract with Bad Boy Records. The rapper came to prominence with a guest vocal on Combs massive 2002 hit, I Need A Girl. Loons self-titled debut album appeared the following October and immediately scaled the US Billboard charts.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.