La the Darkman

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La the Darkman
Birth name Lason Jackson
Also known as L.A.D
Born 1978
New York City, New York
Origin Grand Rapids, Michigan
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1995–present
Labels AMG/Brick Squad Monopoly/SRC
Associated acts Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Drama, Willie the Kid, Vanilla Ice, Mobb Deep, Gucci Mane, Bun B, DJ Green Lantern, Trey Songz, Flo Rida, Yung Joc, Chamillionaire, Jadakiss, Styles P

Lason Jackson, better known as La the Darkman, is a Wu-Tang Clan affiliated rapper and MC from Grand Rapids.[1]

Biography[edit]

Jackson was born in New York City, New York and grew up Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his brother William Jackson.[2] He negotiated his first deal while finishing high school and was a protégé of the Wu-Tang Clan having grown particularly close with various members. Jackson later secured a distribution deal through Navarre Distribution, with whom he released his debut album Heist of the Century in 1998. He later toured with several singers and groups such as 50 Cent and the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as launching his own management company and children's clothing store.[citation needed] Jackson later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked with Aphilliates Music Group and Embassy Entertainment, later negotiating a joint-venture deal with both companies for Universal Records.[citation needed] He also worked in a business capacity for DJ Drama, setting up booking arrangements and endorsement deals.[citation needed] Jackson also helped executive produce the album Gangsta Grillz.[3] The two would eventually stop working together.[2]

Reception[edit]

Jackson's Heist of the Century album was largely panned by WARR.org, saying that "[a]lthough there are no horrendous tracks, there's also little of the unique energy that characterizes most Wu-Tang releases, and there's no strong argument for picking this up unless you're a Wu completist".[4] Heist of the Century later placed 37 on Billboard's "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" on December 5, 1998.[5]

Singer/actor Drake has called Jackson one of the "Hottest MCs in the Game" although he was really talking about La the Darkmans brother, Willie The Kid.[6] Vibe praised Jackson's participation in the Uncontrolled Substances album, calling his overtures "seductive".[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Return of the Darkman (with J-Love) (2006)
  • Dead Presidents (with Willie the Kid) (2006)
  • The Notorious LAD (with DJ Drama) (2008)
  • Living Notoriously (with DJ Drama) (2009)
  • Return of the Darkman, Part 2 (with J-Love) (2010)
  • Embassy Invasion (with DJ Green Lantern) (2011))
  • Living Notoriously Part 2 (as "L.A.D. a.k.a. La...")(2011)
  • "Midwest Kush:Pyrex Edition" L.A.D (2011)
  • "Midwest Kush:Pyrex Edition pt.2" (2012)

Singles[edit]

  • I Want It All (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Willie The Kid Concentrates On Lyrics In The Fly". MTV. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Langhorne, Cyrus. "DJ DRAMA & LA THE DARKMAN FEUD REVEALED, "THAT'S WHAT THE DRUGS & GOING BROKE WILL DO TO SOME PEOPLE"". SOHH. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "La The Darkman Returns With A SRC/Universal Deal". HipHopDX. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wu-Tang Clan (and solo work)". warr.org. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Heist of the Century". Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Drake Picks La The Darkman And Willie The Kid For 'Hottest MCs'". MTV. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Vibe. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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