Leroy Griffith jr.
Mr Lee*G a.k.a Lee G, comes from his given name Leroy Griffith jr. A man on a mission. A natural talent with a lyrical flow that is destined for greatness. His musical roots started at the age of five where he sang in the S.D.A church choir in Trinidad, the island of his birth. In 1988, he migrated to Brooklyn, New York with dreams of becoming a star. He later enrolled in Julia Richman H.S for performing arts, were he studied Musical theater. As his musical interest grew stronger, R&B and reggae greats like the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, R. Kelly, Mary J Blige, Jodeci, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Jacob Killer Miller, Shabba Ranks, Capleton, Shadow, Black Stalin and David Rudder to name a few, inspired him to write and perform his own music.
In 1993 Lee*G was featured on the album "Surrender" MK featuring Alana, the songs are "Crazy Crazy", "Precious Jewels" and he did the ruff mix for "Love Changes" (Charisma Records America).
In 1995, Mr.Lee*G appeared and performed in the video "Let Me Show You" with female MC Cherokee (Low Key Records)which received heavy rotation on Video Music Box, The Juke Box and B.E.T. Since then the artiste has worked with various producers such as Frank Nitty, RED, Marc (mk) Kinchen, Finesse, Commissioner Gordon, Finguz (Etaste studios), Mattias Emanuelsson (Svart Ehuru Vit .Sweden), Lukas Kaiser (Lewcypher), Congoman Crew (Sweden) and Q.W.P inc.(T&T,MIA) to perfect his craft.
In 2001, Mr.Lee*G was featured on two tracks of Hip Hop artist Master Ace's CD titled " Disposable Arts." The tracks are "Every Other Day" and "ENUFF".
In January 2002 LG released a 45/7" single under the Ethiopian taste records titled "The Healing of the Nation", later that year another single titled "Believe" as well as a soca 45/7" titled "A Man to Woman" under the same label.
In 2004 LG finished his CD titled "They Wanna Know Who's.....the Mix CD" which he released on his own label, OonLah Records Co. The title song, "They Wanna Know Who's Lee*G" was the result of a collaboration with producer Lukas Kaiser (lewcypher). There are 16 hot songs on the CD, like "Raindrops", "Cannibus Tonight", "It Is On" and "Believe". At the same time the artiste was again featured on Master Ace's follow up album "A Long Hot Summer" , singing the hook on the single "Good Ol Luv". He then went on tour for three months with the Verizon Ladies first tour in 2004, as one of Beyonce's muscle men., carrying her onto the stage when it was showtime. Other artistes featured on the tour were Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott and Tamia.
In 2005 he continued to strive, recording and performing when and where ever he could. In the summer he shot his video for the single, "They Wanna Know Who's Lee*G" with director Mat Donnelly from Montreal, Canada, which was then followed by a new single with producer Ghislain Porier from Canada titled "Dem Nah Like Me" in February 2006.
In 2007 Lee*G released his album "Real Recognize Real" .
The incident that resulted in his album "Standing" slated to be released in 2011 had its beginning in 2008 when Mr. Lee G went to Trinidad to promote his music. Since he did not grow up in his birth country the artiste wanted to let "his people" know about his music and introduced a CD dedicated to his mother, entitled "Mama". Two weeks later he was invited to perform at a stage show in Trinidad. When the after party was over Mr. Lee G left the venue alone and was approached by a vehicle and 6 shots were fired at him. 3 bullets hit him in his arm, back and leg. To this date Mr. Lee G says he does not know any reason behind the shooting or who was the shooter.
"Standing" is the outcome of the first year of recovery dealing with the feelings of being a victim. Mr. Lee G recorded 24 songs with various producers from Sweden to Brooklyn, making reggae songs to heal others. The first single from the album was recorded while on tour with Congoman Crew from Ostersund, Sweden in 2009. With gun violence rampant across the Caribbean, Mr. Lee G feels that he can make a positive contribution and change and inspire others to lead a better life. The first single, also entitled "Standing", will be released end of 2010 with a video soon to follow. Mr. Lee G explains that the title "Standing" is very significant as he never fell to the ground when he was shot but instead was left standing and able to walk to his car and drive to the hospital. He calls it "A Blessing from Jah". With a fiance and daughter in Jamaica Mr. Lee G has found another home also in the country of reggae music, Jamaica.
His goal is to make good music for the heart and souls of those willing to listen to his true blend of R&B, reggae and HipHop music . "There is an element that brings it all together and it's the soul in our music, our music is life" says Mr.Lee*G.
Mr.Lee G’s tracks