Paul Nakad

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Paul Nakad
Sleek the Elite.jpg
"Sleek the Elite" with a Hellic dancer at "Greek Dancing with the Stars", Paniyiri Festival 2007, Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.
Background information
Birth name Paul Nakad
Also known as Sleek the Elite
Born (1975-10-21) 21 October 1975 (age 40)
Genres Hip-hop
Occupation(s) Actor, rapper, technician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–present (as a rapper), 1998–present (as an actor)
Labels Sleekism Records
Madcap Records
Badfly Records
Associated acts Def Wish Cast
DJ Soup
FAZ

Paul Naked (Arabic: بول نكد; born 21 October 1975) is an Australian actor and rapper, best known by the name Sleek the Elite. He began performing music as Sleek the Elite in 1991, then appeared in the SBS television series Pizza as a character by that same name. He appeared on the first two seasons of Pizza from 2000 to 2001, and in the show's two spinoff films, Fat Pizza (2003)[1] and Fat Pizza vs. Housos (2014).[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Eastwood, New South Wales of Lebanese descent, Naked grew up in the Ryde area. At the age of sixteen, Naked left school.[3] After leaving school he became a refrigeration and air-conditioning technician.

Music[edit]

While working as a technician, Nakad spent his spare time writing music and constantly gigging in small clubs, on community radio and steadily building his form as a unique Lebanese Australian hip-hop voice.[4]

This street-cred and his poetic turn of phrase, freestyle technique, and audience support culminated in 1997 when he recorded his first album Sleekism. DJ Soup provided Nakad's unique sample-laden music with groovy, funky, hard hitting beats as well as production. Miguel D'Souza, the host of Mothership Connection on 2SER Community Radio collaborated with Sleek and provided additional vocals for Child of the Cedar.

In 2000, Madcap Records reissued Sleekism with altered artwork but with no content alterations.[3]

In 2004, Nakad released his second album Hard For A Rapper, which was produced by Def Wish Cast member Sereck.

In 2007, rumours of a new album surfaced via his MySpace page.

Sleek The Elite is currently working on a new album, which will be produced by FAZ.

Other appearances[edit]

In 2003, Nakad was guest programmer for Australian music show rage.[5]

Acting[edit]

In 1998, Nakad landed his first acting role in Paul Fenech's short film Basic Equipment, and then later Fenech's feature film, Somewhere in the Darkness. Nakad and Fenech adapted the Sleek the Elite persona to Fenech's comedy series Pizza in 2000 and 2001.

In 2003, Nakad appeared in the feature film Fat Pizza.

After the release of the movie version of the Pizza series, Nakad left the Pizza team to focus on his rap career, releasing Hard for a Rapper in 2004. Nakad also teamed up with comedian and actor Nick Giannopoulos, appearing in Wog Story. While the show was running in Melbourne, Paul Nakad shared a dressing room with Anh Do. Do was working on the script of the film Footy Legends, and created the role of Walid especially for Nakad.

Nakad appeared as the host of an automotive show called Pop Your Hood (Produced by Templar Film & Television), the series was never picked up for air.[6]

After many years of obscurity, Nakad played the role of Sleek the Elite once again in the 2014 motion picture Fat Pizza vs. Housos.

Personal life[edit]

Nakad has stated that his five favourite Australian artists are "Midnight Oil, Men at Work, Kylie Minogue, Def Wish Cast and myself."[7]

Nakad has been married since 2011.

Discography[edit]

  • Sleekism (1997) – Sleekism Records
  • Sleekism (2000) – reissue from Madcap Records
  • Sleek the Elite EP (2003) – Badfly Records
  • Hard for a Rapper (2004) – Badfly Records

Compilations[edit]

  • Home Brewz Volume 2, various artists (1997) – "Microphone Bangin'"
  • Basic Equipment, various artists (1998) – "Revelations"
  • Stolen Records, various artists (2004) - "Basslines"
  • Guttertalk, various artists (2015) - "Meat" (with Demunz & Supreme The Truth)[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Pizza (2000, 2001), as Sleek the Elite

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Fenech (director) (10 April 2003). Fat Pizza (Motion Picture). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: SBS Independent. 
  2. ^ "Fat Pizza Vs Housos". Hoyts. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Artist Profile/Bio.". Madcap Records. 2000. Archived from the original on 5 July 2002. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Tony. "The Middle Ground: Lebanese-Australian hip hop". taketherudder.com. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Guest Programmers and Specials". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 July 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Pop Your Hood - segment 1". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sleek The Elite". Australian Music Online. 30 June 2003. Archived from the original (interview) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Anonamix - Guttertalk (CDr, Album)". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 

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