More About Sheek LouchVery few rappers embody the true essence of hardcore hip-hop the way Sheek Louch does so effortlessly. "I'm in the best shape of my life," he says confidently. "Stronger, faster, like, 'Bionic Man'!" Having earned his stripes as 1/3 of The LOX, as well as a proven solo artist, the Yonkers-native is respected as one of the best to ever do it when it comes to consistently making quality, street-approved music. Whether spitting alongside the Notorious B.I.G. on classics like "It's All About the Benjamins," ripping infinite mixtape instrumentals with Jadakiss and Styles P, or breaking into radio with hit records like "Good Love," Sheek always sounds as confident as a veteran, and as hungry as the underdog.
Growing up an only child in Yonkers, NY, a young Sheek learned to grind watching his mother work hard to earn a masters degree, while still making time to help him with his math homework. He was inspired to rhyme around the age of 12, by his man Jada. "Me and Kiss used to always stay at our grandmothers' houses in Yonkers, and Kiss was always rappin, and I just tried it and we became like a group. Then Styles came… and that's how it started." Thanks to a powerful plug from up-n-coming queen of R&B soul Mary J. Blige, the trio would soon find themselves a part of a then burgeoning Bad Boy Records. The group became instant hood favorites with the release of the album Money, Power, Respect.
After that, they parted ways [less than amicably] with Puff, and joined fellow Y-O family member DMX with the Ruff Ryders camp. Causing a frenzy with their next album, We Are the Streets, the group solidified their hardcore image and both Jada and Styles broke out as critically-respected soloists. Meanwhile, Sheek, an aspiring entrepreneur, began working on their D-Block brand, building a studio, and looking for fresh, hungry young talent. "I've always been had artist slash entrepeneur role," he explains proudly. "I built a studio. I done opened a D-Block car wash, a D-Block Fitteds…all in Yonkers."
All that hard work eventually paid off, and Sheek finally released his own solo debut Walk witt Me independently through their newly founded D-Block Records. Showing off a good head for business, and an even better ear for beats, Sheek surprised fans and critics alike with his solid effort. The dedicated lyricist would continue to go hard on mixtapes, on the internet, and even the radio, slowly and steadily building his up his brand.