Hakeem Seriki, 28 November 1979, Houston, Texas, USA. This southern rappers remarkable rise to the top of the US charts in 2006 paid testament to the potency of the Houston-based mixtape scene, with Chamillionaire the latest in a line of emcees from the city to cross from the underground to the mainstream. His fluid delivery and verbal dexterity marked Chamillionaire out as one of the most talented lyricists to emerge in the new millennium.
Raised in a strict religious household by his Muslim father and Christian mother, the young Hakeem Seriki began rapping in his early teens. He teamed up with his friend Paul Wall and the duo began performing at local promotions in Houston. They then joined other rappers including Mike Jones and Slim Thug at Michael 5000 Watts Swishahouse label, the leading outlet for the screwed and chopped style. The Swishahouse mixtapes proved highly popular on the underground circuit, and before long...