2-18-76………A star is born…..not in the usual sense, but in the sense that Stan White II (a.k.a. Lee Earl) would shine no matter what situation or circumstances surrounded him. Since the age of 3 Lee Earl has had a keen ear for all varieties of music and being born in the Midwest gave him a prime location to soak up all sounds coming from the East Coast and West Coast while also being directly above Texas and their unique style of music. “Hip Hop was what I wanted to do in any shape form or fashion, I just didn’t have the support and honestly you are not going to find it where I grew up.” He would later say that having a black dad and white mom would lay the foundation for a wide variety of sounds and styles that would later become Lee Earl. Being raised in Oklahoma was a blessing and a curse for Lee Earl. The blessing came as confidence and knowledge that you do not have to conform or be like others to be accepted by others. The curse came simply because Oklahoma was and is limited when it comes to opportunities in life and music. Earl states he is inspired mainly by other artists wordplay, lyrics, delivery/cadence of vocals and consistency………he also states there are wayyy to many artists to name that have influenced him, but quotes, “if you can start the verse, 90% chance I can finish the song!!” Many people agree that Lee Earl has an uncanny ability to recite and remember others verses, hooks ideas, skits, whatever…..if he liked it, or heard it…..it is stored in his memory!
Lee Earl has attempted cracking into the music game many times. His 1st shot was in 2004 with a local label named STAY TRUE RECORDS run by Mike Johnson out of Santa Cruz, Ca. With Stay True RECORDS he was finally able to record his vocals onto disc and EQ-mix/master majority of his tracks. The only problem: he was RAW like open flesh. I mean, you could see and hear what was supposed to be, but somehow, it was just not there yet.
Then came a trip back home to Oklahoma and CEO Josh Taylor of WEIGHT PRODUCTIONS saw something he could use in Lee Earl. Little did Earl know, but that time spent with WEIGHT PRODUCTIONS would soon become the sound that the world would crave. Late 2005, he teamed up with the group SMOKLAHOMA, a diverse group of MC’s all from Oklahoma. He was added to their 2nd Disc entitled STILL SMOKIN’ PT 2. There was a local buzz and a bit of a buzz in California for the CD, but with members being in 2 different states and the grind of daily life, the CD was never taken advantage of and never reached its full potential.
Lee Earl used that experience as motivation and went on to work with another person he grew up with, only this time, it would be in San Diego. The project was to be called “Regular People”, a group meant to represent all the regular people who work 9 to 5 gigs, but still kick it as strong as the ones who don’t !!! In Jan of 2006 Lee Earl went to San Diego, Ca to start the project. All was going well. Tracks were laid, vocals spit. Only one thing could mess this up…….producer wants to hold the tracks hostage!!!! That is when the light hit and Earl realized that putting his future in others hands was not the way to go. With him being 1year and a half into the game now, and not much progress happening, he decided to do what most people do when things turn sour, go back to where it all started.
So in November of 2006, he went back home…..WEIGHT PRODUCTIONS !!! Tracks were laid, vocals spit…….and I’ll be damned…….nothing get held hostage although, there was some issues within SMOKLAHOMA that forced Lee Earl out of the group and into the a group called “Zo-Funk”. Zo-Funk is a group based out of Watsonville, Ca. and Lee Earl found a home there. After working with Zo-Funk CEO Benzo B. Bizin, he was able to focus on his solo project that started 2 years earlier and at the end of it all came LOYATLY, a 16 track project that would define him and his expectations from others in his family.Lee Earl’s “LOYALTY” CD dropped in April of 2007.
After a year of pushing it and working with other local artists Lee Earl noticed something. His moods were changing based on when he got to record and how long it was taking the tracks to get back to him. In short, Mr. Moody was born. Lee Earls latest project is called – Tha Double Box- “Starring Mr. Moody”. This is a double disc and is sure to set him apart from the mainstream as well as the average rap artist. There are 3 main producers slated for this project: Aldojah from Nurpilistic Records, Benzo B. Bizen from Zo-Funk Music Group and Mugzo from Ghetto Ballin’ Entertainment.
His latest project is surely one that will set him apart from “Rappers” and solidify his status as a versatile MC who still cares about the history of Hip Hop…..Stay Tuned !!!