Loon is a former American rapper and songwriter. He converted to Islam and was arrested in 2013 for drug-related allegations, and released from prison in 2020. Here are ten things you didn’t know about him.
1. A drug addict at a tender age
Loon is 45 years old; he was born on June 20th, 1975, in Harlem, New York. His zodiac sign is Gemini. Loon’s birth name was Chauncey Lamont Hawkins which he later changed. His parents were William Hughley, nicknamed “Hamburger” and Carol Hawkins was his mother. Loons spent many of his youthful years fighting, using various drugs, including smoking weed and snorting coke. He also sold crack, and he was sexually active with older women. When Loon was 14 years old, someone shot one of his friends, and this affected him. He is currently married to Nona Crowd, and they have two kids together, being Sade Hawkins, who is 25 years of age, and Bryce Hawkins, aged 22.
2. Loon’s “toxic” upbringing
His mother Carol and stepfather William were nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde of 116th Street since they greatly profited from the heroin Pandemic in Harlem in the 1970s. His mother worked for Nick Barnes, a drug baron nicknamed “Mr. Untouchable” by The New York Times Magazine. In one instance, Carol, Loon’s mother, was expectant, and Nicky Barnes threw her a spectacularly million-dollar grand baby shower. Loon lacked nothing growing up, mostly because he hustled as a kid. The only thing he lacked was supervision and a parenting figure. Before there was a transition of the supreme drug in Harlem in 1978, Barnes was imprisoned. in the mid-1980s, Carol, once loaded with cash, became a junkie because she had no funding and her employer Barnes was behind bars. As Loon’s mother battled her addiction, Loon’s grandmother, Evelyn Hawkins, a beautician by profession, and her husband, John, a World War II vet, raised Loon in Esplanade Gardens.
3. A Muslim convert
Loon converted to Islam in 2008 after he took a trip to Abu Dhabi in the UAE. After Visiting the holiest site of the Islam religion, Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, to perform Umrah, he changed his name from Chauncey Hawkins to Amir Junaid Muhadith. After his sudden change in religion, his music career subsequently came to an end, and he moved and resided in Egypt until 2011. While in Egypt, he was a television host and a religious lecture.
4. The source of the name Loon
Amir Junaid Muhadith dived into the music industry way back when he was young, and he was a member of Mase’s rap collective called Harlem World. Later on, to join P.Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, where he went by the stage name Loon. He later released a hit song with P.Diddy the song was titled I Need a Girl (Part 1), followed by I Need a Girl (Part 2). In 2004 He left Bad Boy Records and started a label called Boss Up Entertainment.
5. His Drug Conspiracy Case
As Loon was traveling from Egypt to Brussels, Germany, he was arrested on 22nd November 2011. He later was extradited to his home country, the United States. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. The charges were that he conspired to traffic heroin. While he pleaded guilty once he was extradited, he had weighed the fact that he already had two other felonies, which would have lead to 25 years imprisonment or life imprisonment if he went to trial. Loon calls it Guilty by association. He goes on to describe how he was involved in the offense. He states that he was approached by a rapper while in Hot Beat Recording studio based in Atlanta who wanted to be introduced to heroin. When the authority traced the rappers’ drug dealings, loon was linked up.
6. His Life In Prison
According to Magzter.com, Loon describes his life in prison as one that was intended to transform him into the man he is, a better version of himself. He was in the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. He goes on to describe the atmosphere that is felt when their kin visits inmates. While he was detained, he meets several people, including a Spanish spy named Dominguez, who told him stories about Manuel, the former Panamanian dictator. He said that it was hard for him to practice his religion while in prison as there was little space to pray, and he had to avoid praying while facing the toilet, which would mean he was praying to the toilet.
7. His Release From Prison
After nine years of being behind bars, on the 26th of June 2020, Loon was granted an early release due to COVID-19 concerns. According to HIP HOP WIRED, Loon has been getting together with some of his old buddies, including Bu, Akon’s brother who was with him in front of a Roll Royce car as they took a picture. Loon states that he plans on first spending time with his family.
8. His reunion with Puff Daddy
According to Revolt, after Loon’s release from prison, he opened up on social media that despite the challenges he and Daddy had gone through, no one can deny the love they have for each other. He posted a picture of himself with Daddy in Daddy’s house in LA.
9. His Net Worth
Loon’s current net worth ranges from $1 million to $5 million because he was once a very successful rapper. It is still not clear if he wishes to go back to rapping.
10 His major hit albums
He released his first album, Loon, on 21st October 2003, which was a major hit under the label Bad Boy Universal which was 6th on the Billboard 200. His second album, released on 29th August 2006 called No friends, was released this time under the label Cleopatra. Followed by Wizard of Harlem and his final album being Bad Boy. Some of his singles that he has been the lead artist have also been a major hit. These were “Down for me,” “How you want that,” “Show me your soul,” and “Who is dat.” While songs that he was featured in include; “Promise (So so def remix),” “I need a girl (Part one)” this song was one of his biggest hits, “I need a girl (Part two),” “I do (Wanna get close to you), “Young and sexy,” “Hit the Freeway” and lastly “Crazy.” Loon has also made several guest appearances. He has also been involved in the film industry. In 2003 he played the role of Turk in the “Death of a Dynasty,” and in 2005, he played the role of El Pollo Loco’s father in State property 2, both being directed by Damon Dash.