Members: Fatal Lucciauno and DJ SwerveWon
Considered by some to be one of the more controversial Hip Hop artists out of the Pacific Northwest, Sportnâ Life Records recording artist Fatal Lucciauno was born in Chicago and grew up in the Seattleâs Central District neighborhood, a.k.a. âThe Crime Districtâ. He began writing poetry and rapping at the age of eight, at times that talent turned hardship into hustle when he would sing on the streets with his father for food and money to take care of their family.
After spending his formative years balancing street life and creativity, he excelled as a battle rapper, earning a name on playgrounds, street corners, and on public buses. Realizing there was more than just competition pumping in his blood; he pursued his desire to make music. He credits his mother, Northwestâs renowned Blues and Gospel singer Josephine Howell, and his label mate D.Black as his inspirations. At the age of fifteen Fatal became the second solo artist signed to Seattle based Sportnâ Life Records. After taking some years to grow and develop as an artist, it was in June of 2007 that his critically praised debut album The Only Forgotten Son was released, and was ultimately hailed a regional classic. The album found its way to URB Magazineâs âNext 1000â list, as well as being named âBest Solo Hip Hop Albumâ of the year by the Stranger Magazine. The album was a cinematic feature with the perfect music scored by the likes of Vitamin D, BeanOne, D.Black and Kuddie Fresh. Fatal weaved in and out of the tracks telling stories of homelessness and hustling to get where he is today.
Itâs Fatal Lucciaunoâs unique approach to street rap that sets him apart from the pack. His lyrics are intelligent, and he possesses a keen sense of history and people. Recognized as credible voice on the streets in his community, his music offers more than just the average tale of problems young black men in America face, he offers solutions and often displays a comedic side. What makes him different than your average street wise MC is his obvious old soul, and after delving deeper into his music and personality you begin to know the density of Fatal Lucciauno the person and the artist.
He has performed at some of the countryâs most prominent music festivals such as SXSW, Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party. On stage Fatal is charismatic, compelling and full of energy. That winning combination has landed hip opening slots for some big names in Hip Hop including; Ice Cube, The Wu Tang Clan, Big Boi, Young Jeezy, Redman & Method Man, Freeway, Freddie Gibbs and Camp Lo to name a few.
Fatal Lucciauno and Sportnâ Life Records are preparing for the February 21st, release of his highly anticipated sophomore album Respect. The album is bursting with outstanding production from the likes of Jake One, Kuddie Fresh and BeanOne as well as Seattle up and comers Marcus D, MTK, and Boom Box Massacre. While it has its moments, itâs not as dark as Lucciaunoâs debut. What is heard on this project is the expansion of both a human being and of an emcee. Musically the album has substance, and the subject matter is well rounded and stimulating.