Quranic is an up and coming hip hop artist, slam poet and entertainer from Dayton, Ohio
The Land Of Funk (Gem City)
Rapper and entertainer Quranic was born and raised in the sixth largest city in Ohio where he inherited all of the culture, pain, struggle and beauty of his environment. Dayton Ohio, also known as "the gem city" has earned quite an interesting reputation..
Dayton is a melting pot of talent and oppurtunities hidden beneath the struggle...
Music Is Life
Despite growing up in a split home, 90's baby Quran Isaac Lee still owes his love of music to both parents, his father being an accomplished musician locally with many years of experience in the entertainment industry and his mother a die-hard music enthusiast and fanatic in her own right. Quran is from Dayton, Ohio where he was also influenced by the multicultural background, particularly Islam, Christ & RastafarI. Quran demonstrated early potential for literature with writing short stories and later transitioned into poetry and then finally rap during his high school years.
Quran started to excel in many spoken talent competitions and taking his art more seriously. His ear for good music would best be accredited to the environment he was a product of growing up both in and outdoors. Quran 's father who is the rising entertainer Ras Cassii aka DJ Raastar, a popular DJ, vocalist and producer in Ohio who has worked with legends and performed nationally with various bands and musical acts then went on to found the independent family-owned imprint (Movement #19 Entertainment, inc),
Quran's mother, who works in pathology but is an avid music lover had a big role in influencing his taste with her diverse playlists that would sound through the household on cleaning days, ranging from classic funk to golden-era Hip Hop & R&B and dance-hall music. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Damian Marley, Nas, Prince, Michael Jackson and Poor Righteous Teachers Quran sought to make music that honored his forefathers and answered his calling to become a great emcee.
Around 2009 Quranic started trying to contribute more to the family label 'Movement #19 Entertainment' and he not only officially joined the roster as an artist but also took up other important roles, learning how to record and mix literally 'in-house' he'd begin spending a more time in the studio.
2011 was the year Quranic conducted an inspiring interview with the legendary Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, a lead pioneer in conscious rap in the 90's. Quranic has described the interview as being pivotal for him.
Throughout High School Quran built a buzz by freestyling on command and rap battling his peers, which gained him recognition as a skilled wordsmith. Quranic took every opportunity available to build his craft and showcase his talents whether it was turning a class presentation into a performance or participating in poetry competitions several of which he earned first place in,
In 2013 he had the honor of meeting and opening up for the prestigious MC Lyte at his school. By the time Quran graduated from Thurgood Marshall high class of 2014 his local popularity as an emcee and anticipation for his debut mixtape was somewhat considerable but when he released "Smell Quranic In The Air" in the following months the reception was mixed and the project didn't gain much attention. Not at all discouraged, Quranic realized he needed to trust his process and do his best to master his vision by all means and it wouldn't be easy.
Gotta Handle Biz
After earning his GED Quranic's new challenge was deciding the best route to go to further support his dreams. . He didn't go straight to college and instead focused on music and took time exploring options. His goal was to build an empire with his label-mates so he teamed up with DJ Raastar to do gigs hosting, hyping, and djing public venues and house parties as a way to promote M#19 artists and get more experience performing. They gained a following popularizing hookah bars as they were just becoming trendy in the city of Dayton and around the same time Quranic had aired his first single on college radio (with "Taking Our Time").
Shortly afterwards M#19 entertainment had started a short-lived partnership with another local entertainment company that granted their artists access to new studio facilities and resources. There were plans in place that would have maximized production, promotion and profits of multimedia content but things fell through. During this time the underground hit "Y'all Ain't Know" was recorded which was intended as a street single for a collab tape that never was completed.
Furthermore a lot of opportunities were neglected when DJ Raastar, Quranic's father, manager and stage DJ fell seriously ill and wasn't able to be as active in the entertainment world anymore. Quranic was forced to bare the load of the Movement and try to pick up the slack himself with most of the M#19 staff leaving or being halted by personal setbacks. It became overwhelming and financial situations became more dire so Quranic refocused on securing a steady income while maintaining his musical presence mainly online.
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