LiKWUiD (Stylez) is the stage name of American musician Faybeo’n Mickens who was born in South Carolina and developed into an independent Hip-Hop standout performing artist and freestyler in New York City. In 2011, LiKWUiD released the “No Regrets EP” (Sano Business) produced by Italy’s Bassi Maestro, after releasing 3 independent projects Gummy Bears & Champagne (2010), Southern Belle (2006) and Likwuidation: The 5th Element (2003).
The “No Regrets EP” has been described by RapReviews.com as a project that “(P)ulls the listener in from the beginning and never lets go, making for a surprisingly deep release chock full of intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics that deal with everything from putting whack rappers in their place to empowering women in hip-hop and in other facets of life.”
AOL Blackvoices described LiKWUiD as one of the nations top female emcees. Her band, LiKWUiD + Gummy Bears & Champagne combines syncopated rhythms and sonnets that blend the raw sounds of the East Coast and the essence of Southern Soul. Described as a Hip-Hop Fusion or Soul-Hop artist, LiKWUiD has performed throughout the East Coast with artists such as Slick Rick, 9th Wonder, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Talib Kweli, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bow Wow, Rah Digga, Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets), Jesse Boykins III and world renowned comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
A Hip-Hop artist, educator, and activist, LiKWUiD or LiKWUiD Stylez is committed to use her gift of song to change the negative portrayal of women in the entertainment industry. An accomplished athlete and honor student (and MBA recipient), Likwuid performs on various stages speaking to young people about the importance of education and self-love. In 2009, her words and experiences were published in the powerful book Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism that highlights the life and experiences of successful American women.
Most recently, LiKWUiD was nominated for the 2011 UMA Best Female Artist Award and has received numerous other recognitions including DiscMakers/Taxi Top 10 Artist in the Southeast (IMWS) award, the Power 94.3 Freestyle Battle Champion, Charleston Idol Award, EOW Emcee Challenge Award and JumpOff.TV Freestyle Battle winner.
Edited by Pamela Bishop