Stephen Sebastiao professionally known as
Lyrical Justifier was the first in his family born in America. He was born to a Portuguese Father & a Brazilian Mother. He Grew up in the Ironbound section Of Newark, NJ. He felt out of place & the sting of isolation at an early age from his peers for being of mixed race . He was told by either side "You aren't really Brazilian" or "You aren't really Portuguese." Even with that he loved Newark & still represents it to this day. Feeling out of place, alone, frustrated and dealing with an abusive home life he sought peace in activities such as organized sports. This still left him feeling alone so he looked elsewhere for solace. Ultimately it was writing that led him to his saving grace, the thing that would pull him in, giving him a home and let him know he belonged , Hip Hop. At fifteen he wrote his first rhyme. He was always good at writing in school but this moment was different, he felt accomplished. He continue writing, learning how to construct his lyrics into song format & how to write hooks. School was usually a place where he found further abuse but through writing he could escape even that. His friend Vick helped him hone his craft as a lyricist. At 16 he was in the process of looking for studios to record in as well as a Producer when he met Chris Collins (D-Cypl) a person who would go on to be heavily involved in his evolution as an Mc. He started to record at a studio in Elizabeth,NJ but due to overly critical Producers & staff he ended up feeling discouraged & disinterested so music took a back seat for two years. Chris continued on his path musically & the two stayed in contact through the years. After 5 years not seriously pursuing music (although he constantly wrote and honed his craft on his own) D-Cypl dropped by with news that would change everything. D-Cypl told him that a label was interested in developing their talent but they would need to start as interns & help develop the label's street team from scratch. Steve was excited by the news & from day one fully committed to doing his best at the label. Lyrical Justifier immediately hit it off with label CEO/Producer Greg L.Hines (Brother Noyze The Mad Musician). After less than a month Steve was given a feature on the song "Fantasize" off the Underground hit album "In The Name Of Hip Hop Vol.1.". His rhyme was done entirely in his native tongue of Portuguese. After less than a year as an intern and helping to run the street team at HardKandy Records,Inc. Brother Noyze The Mad Musician began working on Lyrical Justifier and D-Cypl's Group album "Marked 4 Life". Together Chris & Steve where known as "Jersey Advocates" and got to travel as far as Cannes ,France promoting the label and their group. 3 years after the release of "Marked 4 Life" Steve had worked his way up to executive assistant to label head Greg L.Hines and Steve began work on his solo album. He felt all the artist developement Brother Noyze had put into him was worth his loyalty so he stayed with the label until it reformed as Mindless Sound Records,LLC. Greg and Steve worked hard to complete his solo album prompted by the Labels new Ceo Veteran Business Woman Celestine Hines . His solo album features Top Musicians and Singers such as Legendary Hip Hop Icon DJ SoulBuck (DJ For Doodlebug Of Grammy Award winning Hip Hop Group Digable Planets), Former Gloria Gaynor Backround Vocalist & Dance Music Legend In his own right Gordon Nelson Jr., Jazz Legend John Coltrane's Son Jamal Coltrane, Emmy Award Winning Composer & Sax/Woodwind Player Richard Reiter, several Independent Vocalists and Mcs . Lyrically Steve took all the emotion, hurt & life experience he felt up to that point & crafted the 17 songs that make up his debut solo album "Penance". In the end it was determination ,friendship & turning many negatives into positives that lead him to his peaceful place "Hip Hop" & birthed his Epic Album.
D-CYPL Press Release
New Jersey Based MC/Producer Christopher "D-CYPL" Collins Is one half of the Hip Hop Duo "Jersey Advocates" and One Half Of the Electronica/Trip Hop Duo "Mk836". "For The Cause" and "For The Cause : Remixed" are His Debut Eps (Produced By Brother Noyze The Mad Musician Aka Greg L. Hines . They are a collection of Hip Hop tunes. He is a force of nature as an Mc and showcases his production skills on the beats for the "For The Cause" Ep. Both EPs Are Out Now Internationally everywhere digitally for download and streaming as of January 4th , 2019 (iTunes , Googleplay , Amazon ,etc).
D-CYPL aka Chris was born in Livingston, NJ at St. Barnabas Hospital. He grew up in a small town outside of Newark, NJ.
D-CYPL was the product of a broken home. Although his parents tried to put it back together with their best efforts. His mother and father both remarried. His childhood was not the roughest, but had an impact none the less.
When he was a little kid he discovered how much he loved music. He would insist his aunt play 'Born In the USA'. When he was 8 his cousin introduced them to a pop rap group called Kriss Kross. He listened to a lot of radio, specifically HOT 97. In 6th grade he started listened to Bone Thugs N Harmony, 'Crossroads' tape again and again until he had every word memorized. And the the summer before he went into high school he bought the Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death Album.(A friend of his actually showed him the bootleg in eight grade about a month or two before it was supposed to come out). In high school he was hooked, he would try to get his hands on everything he could. Every week he would take his lunch money and get a CD(s). And when he a freshman in high school at 14 he started spitting regularly. He dabbled in poetry before that and knew he could do better. He was tired of garbage MC's and got fed up so he started spittin (Rhyming) and his friends of course started battling him. First it was his friend Big Uch he battled but Uch really wasn't an MC so as D-CYPL started getting better the competition didn't last to long. His friend David started battling him regularly, that's when D-CYPL started getting really good. They would go back and forth every day for three, four, five hours at a time. So during the time of all these battles, he decided he wanted to do this as a profession (Despite his setbacks of losing to a couple of people after high school because of a slight heartbreaking moment).
He met up with a friend in college named Steve aka Lyrical Justifier. They then met up with a producer named Murdock. After Steve decided to quit rap for a little while and after an unsuccessful time of just D-CYPL rhyming and Murdock producing and rhyming D-CYPL took a break simply because he couldn't always afford going to the studio. Then D-CYPL and Lyrical Justifier were chilling one day when Lyrical Justifier gave him the good news that he wanted to get back into the studio. D-CYPL immediately called Murdock and told him the good news and asked if he had any tracks ready for them. Murdock said he had something even better, a new studio. So D-CYPL and Lyrical Justifier were introduced to the Brother Noyze the Mad Musician, and Noyze's label Hard Kandy records. (Now Mindless Sound Records,LLC)D-CYPL And Lyrical Justifier interned and did Street Team work for a while. Later They Rhymed On "In The Name Of Hip Hop Volume 1" after impressing Brother Noyze with there skill and determination. Later D-CYPL and Lyrical Justifier formed Jersey Advocates (Releasing The Albums "Marked 4 Life" and "Microphone Control"). D-CYPL started writing beats and went on to for MK-836 a Trip Hop Duo with Brother Noyze. He has now released two solo Eps "For The Cause" And "For The Cause Remixed"
Greg L. Hines, born Gregory Leroy Hines in Newark, New Jersey, April 30th, 1969.
As early as age 9 Greg began to write poetry. By age 15, he received the honor of being selected to go to a poetry festival where he met Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka. A key moment for him was when Maya Angelou read one of his poems aloud. Greg became a musician, music producer and lyricists to make his poems more kinetic. He has released over 34 albums on his own label, Mindless Sound Records,LLC (Previously HardKandy Records Inc.) . More Than a year ago (2017) Greg (Who was already filming his own music videos) Started editing them as well. Within a year he had filmed and edited over 11 music videos. He one day hopes to do a short film
and a documentary of his career (which he's been collecting footage for since the mid 1990's)
Greg Has been doing charity work since age 11, when he spent 2 years doing clown shows for Hospitals,churches and libraries. After the two year he was awarded his Eagle scout medal
(The highest honor in Boy scouts and an honor shared with many Ceos,Presidents,etc.)
He was one of the youngest boy scouts to recieve this honor(he was actually qualified a year before recieved the medal.)
HardKandyLand Studios is a studio Greg built and wired himself as a place for young artist to have a chance at recording and getting a professional sound (affordably).It's greg's way of giving back to the artistic community by fostering young talent.He attempts to make the music industry more accesible on a small or large scale depending on the artist's needs.
HardKandy Records Inc. was established in 1997 and became Mindless Sound Records,LLC In 2013. Artists He has Produced (Including Himself) have recieved some international,national,regional and local press.
*most notably Sugar Stick In: Brc...(International),Keyboard Magazine(National),Indigo(Regional)
And Alphafemes: Global Rhythm (International) and the Global Rhythm Compilation Cd (international). Not to mention Local newspapers like the Jersey Journal,Star Ledger and Ny Beacon.
Our groups have also made National Tv appearances (Univision) and Statewide appearance
(Nj12,Nj's only news channel) .Sugar Stick also did an album for the hurricane Katrina relief effort with the Red Cross.He and his Artists House Of Illrepute and Jersey Advocates had the honor of recording at legendary Avatar Studios in Ny (Bruce Springsteen,Madonna,David Bowie and many other amazing albums where recorded there (Formerly know as Power station Studios...).They have recently welcomed artists such as Eve,Missy Elliot,John Mayer,Flava Flav,etc..