Loon (rapper)

Amir Junaid Muhadith (born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, on June 20, 1975), best known by his stage name Loon, is a former American rapper best known for his association with Sean Combs's Bad Boy Records. He was featured artist on Combs's 2002 hits "I Need a Girl (Part One)" and "I Need a Girl (Part Two)".

Loon
Birth nameChauncey Lamont Hawkins
Also known asAmir Junaid Hawkins
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1996–2009
Labels
Associated acts
Children3

CareerEdit

Chauncey Lamont Hawkins was born in Harlem, New York. He started his music career as a member of Mase's rap collective Harlem World[1] and then became part of P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records under the name Loon. He released his self-titled debut album Loon in 2003 and made many guest appearances on songs of the R&B and hip hop genres. Loon left Bad Boy Records in 2004 to start his own record label, Boss Up Entertainment.[2]

Loon converted to Islam in December 2008 after a trip to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, he officially changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith after traveling to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site of Islam, to perform Umrah. After having converted to Islam, he subsequently ended his music career and would later relocate to Egypt where he lived until 2011.[3]

Legal issuesEdit

On November 22, 2011, Hawkins was arrested while on a trip to Brussels. He was extradited to the United States in May 2012 and was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment in July 2013 for conspiracy with intent to traffic one or more kilograms of heroin.[4] Many reports have advocated for and confirmed his innocence.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic effects in prison centers, Hawkins was granted early release on July 29, 2020.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Album details Peak positions
Billboard 200
Loon
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Bad Boy, Universal
  • Singles: "How You Want That", "Down for Me"
6 [6]
No Friends
Wizard of Harlem
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Siccness
Bad Boy
  • Released: February 13, 2007
  • Label: Siccness
  • Collaboration album with G. Dep

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Down for Me"
(featuring Mario Winans)
2003 24 28 19 Loon
"How You Want That"
(featuring Kelis)
88 [7] 41 [8]
"Show Me Your Soul"
(featuring P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz & Pharrell)
35 Bad Boys II soundtrack
"Who Is Dat"
(featuring T-Pain)
2007 N/A

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap UK
"Promise (So So Def Remix)"
(Jagged Edge featuring Loon)
2000 — s Promise
"I Need a Girl (Part One)"
(P. Diddy featuring Usher & Loon)
2002 2 2 1 4 We Invented the Remix
"I Need a Girl (Part Two)"
(P. Diddy featuring Ginuwine, Mario Winans, Tammy Ruggieri & Loon)
4 2 2 4
"I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)"
(3LW featuring P. Diddy & Loon)
58 [9] 50 [10] A Girl Can Mack
"Young & Sexy"
(Lyric featuring Loon)
79 [11] Lyric
"Hit the Freeway"
(Toni Braxton featuring Loon)
86 [12] 32 [13] 29 More Than a Woman
"Crazy"
(Dream featuring Loon)
2003 Reality

Guest appearancesEdit

  • 1998: "Back Up Off The Wall" Brand Nubian (uncredited)
  • 2002: "How U Want Dat" (Remix) by the Game
  • 2003: "Tru Rider" (Mowett feat. Loon)
  • 2005: "Smile for Me" (Massari feat. Loon)
  • 2009: "What You Say" (Loon feat. Christopher)
  • 2009: "No Way Nobody" (Karl Wolf feat. Loon)

FilmographyEdit