Loon (rapper)

Amir Junaid Muhadith (born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins , June 20, 1975 in Harlem, New York) best known by his stage name Loon, is a former American rapper formerly signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records. He is best known for his role in P. Diddy's 2002 hits "I Need a Girl (Part One)" & "I Need a Girl (Part Two)" .

Loon
Born
Chauncey Lamont Hawkins

(1975-06-20) June 20, 1975
Other namesLoon (stage name)
Amir Junaid Hawkins (after conversion to Islam)
OccupationRapper, religious activist
Years active19982009
ChildrenSade Hawkins (25) , Bryce Hawkins (22)
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Instrumentsvoice
LabelsBad Boy (20012004)
Boss Up (20042009)
Associated actsDiddy, Mase, Harlem World, Trina, Portalroq Jay

Career

Chauncey Hawkins born in Harlem, started his music career as a member of Mase's rap collective Harlem World and then became part of P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records under the name Loon. He released his self-titled debut album Loon and made many guest appearances on songs of the R&B and hip hop genres. In 2004, Loon left Bad Boy Records to start his own label, Boss Up Entertainment.

Loon converted to Islam in December 2008 after a trip to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, he changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith, travelling to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site of Islam to perform Umrah. After having converted to Islam, he subsequently ended his music career. He moved to Egypt where he lived until 2011.

While on a trip to Brussels, he was arrested on November 22, 2011. In May 2012, he was extradited to the United States and in July 2013, he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy with intent to traffic one or more kilos of heroin.[1]

He is now serving his sentence in a federal prison. He was charged with an offence committed in the US in 2004, despite statute of limitation.

He claimed he had was innocent and only had a minor role while he responded to the call of some bad people who he had previous relations with. This people were all planning to blame him which would have let to him being jailed for life. To avoid that he decided not to go to trail and accept the jail term. He also said it was one of the hardest decision of his life.

Discography

Studio albums

Album details Peak positions
Billboard 200
Loon
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Bad Boy, Universal
  • Singles: "How You Want That", "Down for Me"
6
No Friends
Wizard of Harlem
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Siccness
Bad Boy
  • Released: February 13, 2007
  • Label: Siccness
  • Collaboration album with G. Dep

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Down for Me"
(featuring Mario Winans)
2003 242819 Loon
"How You Want That"
(featuring Kelis)
8841
"Show Me Your Soul"
(featuring P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz & Pharrell of The Neptunes)
35 Bad Boys II soundtrack
"Who Is Dat"
(featuring T-Pain)
2007 N/A
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Promise (So So Def Remix)"
(Jagged Edge featuring Loon)
2000 Promise
"I Need a Girl (Part One)"
(P. Diddy featuring Usher & Loon)
2002 2214 We Invented the Remix
"I Need a Girl (Part Two)"
(P. Diddy featuring Ginuwine, Mario Winans, Tammy Ruggieri & Loon)
4224
"I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)"
(3LW featuring P. Diddy & Loon)
5850 A Girl Can Mack
"Young & Sexy"
(Lyric featuring Loon)
79 Lyric
"Hit the Freeway"
(Toni Braxton featuring Loon)
863229 More than a Woman
"Crazy"
(Dream featuring Loon)
2003 Reality

Guest appearances

  • 1998: "Back Up Off The Wall" Brand Nubian (uncredited)
  • 2002: "How U Want Dat" (Remix) by the Game.
  • 2003 "Tru Rider" (Mowett feat. Loon)
  • 2005: "Smile for Me" (Massari feat. Loon).
  • 2009: "What You Say" (Loon feat. Christopher).
  • 2009: "No Way Nobody" (Karl Wolf feat. Loon).

Filmography

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