M<O>N^K

M<O>N^K

EARLY LIFE

Walter Washington Jr., (born on Nov 30th 1979) better known by his stage name M<O>N^K (Many Oneder Never Knowing) is an up and coming American hip-hop, afro beat and world recording artist. M<O>N^K was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was raised in Laplace, Louisiana by his father Walter Washington Sr. and mother Joyce Washington. His father is a Vietnam army veteran and mother is an elementary school teacher. He and his family relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of fourteen. In Tulsa he completed high school and later attended university in Missouri and Texas, where he received his bachelors of science in sociology and psychology in 2003. He began a love for music early on, coming from a musically talented family (uncle jazz musician and several relatives had singing and hip-hop groups). M<O>N^K was always the entrepreneur so in early 2001 he began booking showcases for local hip-hop groups. There was one occasion where he was asked to write a verse for a local artist, M<O>N^K agreed, but realized he loved being a recording artist, so over the course of several years he began recording verses for many local artist. In 2002 he got together with friends and began a record label called "Black Régime Entertainment", but after a year the label was unsuccessful and M<O>N^K was back at square one. So in early 2012 he began to record his first hip hop/afro beat mixtape called "Flight To Africa".


MUSIC CAREER

While in college in Missouri, M<O>N^K met three guys who changed his musical thought process and introduced him to different genre's of music. The guys were all from different countries in Africa (Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Zimbabwe). They would prove to become long lasting friends. There were times when they would come and visit him for the holidays in Tulsa as well as Louisiana. He was invited to the weekend "African Parties", this is where he developed a love for afro beat and hip life music. He loves 2face and Reggie Rock stone among many other afro beat artist's. M<O>N^K from then on wanted to express his music over Afro beat rhythm's. So in early 2013 he began penning his first mixtape "Flight to Africa", to show that music is very diverse and no matter where we are from or the color of our skin, we all are children of God. With his mixtape, M<O>N^K hopes to be a big influence and bring about change through diversity.