La the Darkman
|La the Darkman|
|Birth name||Lason Jackson|
|Also known as||L.A.D|
New York City, New York
|Origin||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Labels||Aphilliates Management/AMG/Embassy Entertainment/Sony|
|Associated acts||Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Drama, Willie the Kid, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, DJ Muggs, GZA, RZA, Bronze Nazareth, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, J-Love|
Jackson was born in New York City, New York and grew up Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his brother William Jackson. 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. 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. He also worked in a business capacity for DJ Drama, setting up booking arrangements and endorsement deals. Jackson also helped executive produce the album Gangsta Grillz. The two would eventually stop working together.
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". Heist of the Century later placed 37 on Billboard's "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" on December 5, 1998.
Rapper/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. Vibe praised Jackson's participation in the Uncontrolled Substance album, calling his overtures "seductive".
- Heist of the Century (1998)
- La Paraphernalia EP (2014)
- Soul Assassins I - DJ Muggs (1997)
- Uncontrolled Substance - Inspectah Deck (1999)
- Beneath The Surface - GZA (1999)
- Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (soundtrack) (1999)
- Bi-Polar - Vanilla Ice (2001)
- The Greatest Story Never Told - Shyheim (2004)
- I Got Your Money - Ol Dirty Bastard (2004)
- 4:21... The Day After - Method Man (2006)
- Gangsta Grillz Vol.1 & 2(Albums) - DJ Drama (2007)&(2009)
- Absolute Greatness LP& Never A Dull Moment LP - Willie the Kid
- 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)
- "Diary of a Playboy" (2012)
- "Diary of a Playboy 2" (2013)
- I Want It All (1999)
- "Willie The Kid Concentrates On Lyrics In The Fly". MTV. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- 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.
- "La The Darkman Returns With A SRC/Universal Deal". HipHopDX. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Wu-Tang Clan (and solo work)". warr.org. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
- "Heist of the Century". Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Drake Picks La The Darkman And Willie The Kid For 'Hottest MCs'". MTV. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Vibe. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- La The Darkman profile at Wu-Tang Corp
- La The Darkman on Twitter
- La The Darkman discography at Discogs