Cue aka. Qoncept
Raleigh, United States
Qoncept the Philosopher:
Cofounder of S.I.A- Qoncept from Wilson N.C, has seen the light and dark side of life. From the Streets to the suburbs, from street smarts to book smarts. Qoncept combines them both to create his image. Growing up in the end of "Good Hip-hop" he saw how the generation around his was changing. Instead of fitting in, he fitted out. He wasn't trying to be like anyone else, he was trying to find himself. He found himself after getting in legal trouble in his hometown, and moved with his family to Raleigh N.C. Finding a way to vent his stress on how corrupt the legal system is, he started freestyle battles at the age of 17. Demolishing any battle rapper in High School. Qoncept has not only lyricism in his lyrics, delivery and emotion, but knows the Steps it takes to produce a great track. Starting with A bootleg copy of Sony Acid 7, a $50 microphone, his experience on the Streets, and stories of his life, he decided to add his trials and tribulations to an instrumental. What he got was some heat. Qoncept decided to follow his dreams, while getting an education, and turning all his negative energy into something more positive. Over the next few months, he started buying more expensive equipment and DAWS, to get that CD Professional Studio Sound. After his day job, he and the people in his sphere, would spend countless hours in the studio, to perfect their craft, and he is still learning. He also has connections with people already in the industry that pushes his music further. He is looking to strengthen the brand image, of a positive lifestyle, and healthy eating, but still can hold his head high, when it gets down to the nitty gritty. This movement is about keeping your eyes open, as you find "your path" on this earth. Qoncept is the older brother of Ravage Aka Drill.
Ravage Aka Drill: Founder of S.I.A-
My Story A Mystery
I am Ravage; The Mastermind behind the grind. My first breathe was taken at 7:08 in Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Since 93" Ive constantly consciously seeked towards the truth. The day I woke up was when I discovered my purpose of living. Being a natural visionary, creative thinker, and a human full of potential. Im here to spread my word, my theory, my conclusion, and my life. I feel only those open-minded with strong interest in self will grasp the overall messages sent. I intend to present teachings of higher learning to help us as people to evolve. As A child of Generation Y, I watched the world metamorph into a more advanced technology based society. I grew up in an era of diversity, adapting to city life as well as in the country. Wilson, North Carolina is where It all happened. Being apart of my journey, this is where I was introduced to the street life. Although, having supporting parents childhood was the major struggle dealing with negative peers, financial issues, living conditions, and drugs. As I grew into a teenager the dangers only increased an so did my outlook on life. My passion for music was discovered starting with the basic rhymes and practicing trying to freestyle. It became the main hobby during leisure time. As my craft became more complex individuals started suggesting me to make music, but during the time it wasnt in my interest.Classmates,freinds, and family were my victims of battle rap. I was a very familiar face around town, but soon was time for change and opportunity as we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the fresh start to try something new. Learning by myself and through others about the world system, and humanity I chose to take the risk of speaking up. This is What I feel is right. This is one reason why Im here. Stay true to your purpose and always believe in yourself.
Jonathan Berry better know as, Jon Berry aka Lil Dank,born January 27th 1992. Is a member of the rap group Street Intelligence Agency aka S.I.A. Born and raised in Raleigh,NC Jon took a liking to hip hop/rap and r&b at a early age due to the influence of his mother, Laronya Berry and his uncle, Antonio Berry. Growing up mainly on Ray rd. at his grandmothers house Jon was always surrounded by some form of music, weather it be gospel music from his grandmother or hanging with his many relatives, Jon has always had a deep love for all forms of music, but his passion will always and forever remain rap and hip-hop.
Jon took the rap alter ego Lil Dank after many years of thought and changes of rap names. The whole name being a acronym itself for (Lyrics Increase Life Dedication Always Needs Knowledge). The inspiration for the name came from a close friend Jessica Wilson who one day was repeatedly yelling out Dank when hanging out with Jon, he took a liking to the name and thought of many ways to create a postive/negative concept around the name being that dank is a term used by many stoners or marijuana smokers, he felt it would be very appealing to a certain audience but he didnt want to limit himself by the negative look, people would have on the name,thus he created the acronym to appeal to the more positive look he wanted people to have, with hopes that people would realize the ol saying, never judge a book by its cover.
With a rap flow influenced by many different musical acts ranging from Wu Tang Clan, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, Chamillionaire, Canibus, Jadakiss, Dmx , Sade and many more. Jon has worked hard, on his craft increasing writing and wordplay and has proved himself a powerhouse in the City of Raleigh.
Jon brings a different Swag to the hip-hop scene. From word play to powerful punchlines, Jon will lyrically knock you out. Jon met the founders of S.I.A, through friends and family members in their sphere. From stories on the Streets, to just having a good time. Jon will tell you how he sees it, and it is the truth. After hearing all the garbage on the radio, Jon decides to help the movement pursue higher ambitions, along with developing his image.