Rudolph Dabady aka Mafia the Haitian Sicilian was born in upstate New York in the city of Nyack. Growing up, he was raised in the mean streets of Brooklyn during his childhood years. Mafia, then later relocated to the Newark/Irvington/Orange areas of New Jersey, which is part of the most notorious cities in the Bricks. As a young artist coming up in the game, Maf started his musical campaign, mixing both Rap and Reggae while producing his own unique beats. That was a big feat to achieve at that moment in time; on account of that being an ability that most artist in that era could not do.
During most of his teenage years, Mafia spent countless days in lyrical confrontations alongside other local artist. Those almost daily verbal battles strengthened Mafia into the lyricist that he presently is. That encouraged him to participate in numerous talent competitions throughout his music career. By his senior year of High School, Mafia was known heavily as one of the local Haitian American community’s most respected rapper. His lyrics added style, real meaning, and flow.
Mafia performed at some of the most renowned clubs in the Tri-State area such as: Club 88, Zanzibar’s, and many other well-known night clubs in New York, Philadelphia, and of course New Jersey. Mafia performed at New York’s World Famous Apollo Theater, alongside of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Prazwell; who are better known as the Fugees. Mafia soon became a member of the Refugee Camp and made televisions appearances on major networks such as MTV and BET. Mafia received a platinum plaque for his work on the album, The Score, by the Grammy Award winning group, the Fugees. That album was one of the best selling Hip Hop albums of all times.
Mafia was once again able to add to his list of professional accomplishments; he performed on a song with the Hip Hop group, The Roots, which featured a musical hook that he wrote. The song was entitled, “The Good, The Bad, and The Desolate”. That song was later included in the motion picture High School High which was released through Tri-Star Pictures, and featured on the soundtrack.
In essence, Mafia’s music is a dynamic collage of: Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae. One of the musical genres in addition to Hip Hop and R&B that greatly influenced his style is Kompa. Kompa is best described as a jazzy Caribbean themed flavor, which is something Mafia tries to incorporate into his music.
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