Ken Leighton 2 p.m., Feb. 22
Sound description: Latin hip-hop.
RIYL: Latin hip-hop
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Inception: San Diego, 1995
Influences: DJ Quik, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Above the Law
Lil' Al is a Latin hip-hop musician. His experiences on the streets taught him about life and inspired him to make music. Being a West Coast artist, some of his early influences were DJ Quik, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and Above the Law.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, this up-and-coming entertainer is already making noise with his smash single "Sabrosita." In 2001, he made his recording debut on Mr. Shadow’s compilation, Street Thuggz. His first album, The Self Made LP, has songs featuring Kokane, Jayo Felony, Mr. Shadow, Young Sicc, Dido Brown, and KMG from Above the Law.
In 2005, Lil’ Al partnered up with long-time friend Jose D and formed HoodRaised Entertainment, an independent record company focused on building and promoting Latin hip-hop. With drive and determination, these two young entrepreneurs have focused on making radio hits. Their first single “Sabrosita” was produced by multiplatinum producer D-Black and Chris Gunn,and provides a smooth Latin sound that will be sure to spice up the airwaves.
Lil Al's first album Hood Raised was released in 2006 by SMC Records/Universal/Fontana. The single "Crackin' in the Club" reached #50 on Billboard's "Rhythmic Top 200," with 27 markets playing the single. He also hosts a hip-hop show "Lil Al Radio" on radio Z90.3, airing Sundays at 9 p.m.
Lil' Al has also been featured on projects with several West Coast rappers:
Mr. Shadow -- One Mind, Any Weapon
Mr. Shadow Presents -- Street Thugz Volume I
Trick Nastee Presents -- Dago Thuggz
Trick Nastee Presents -- Cali Connected
Dido Brown -- The Life