|State: ||New York|
|Country: ||United States|
|Description: ||Solo Artist|
|Artist Type: ||Rapper
|Ethnic Background: ||African American|
|Stage Presence Level: ||Professional|
|Performance Level: ||Professional|
|Dancing Level: ||N/A|
Since dominating the rap battle arena, Harlem’s own Murda Mook is steadily rising to become one of the biggest names in music! Described as the rapper with whom nobody wants to step into the ring, the young phenomenon has arguably annihilated every opponent who’s battled him since taking the scene by storm in 2003.
Born John Ancrum, Murda Mook grew up on the rough but legendary streets of Harlem. Until the age of 12, Mook lived with his mother before moving in with his great aunt, who encouraged the young emcee by pointing him in the right direction. By the time Mook had reached his teens, he was a high-scoring point guard at Fordham Prep High School with his eyes set on the NBA. However, while excelling on the court, the impressionable teen was also gravitating towards the new sounds of hip-hop sweeping the nation, and it wasn’t long before Mook himself decided to try his hand at rapping and rhyming.
In 2003, Mook received a basketball scholarship and enrolled as a full-time marketing student at Elms College in Massachusetts where his passion for rapping grew. As he began to write and develop his own lyrics and style, Mook also started to participate in rap battles and competitions up and down the East coast. By 2007, Mook’s distinct rhymes and unique flow gained him a strong hip-hop following, as he dominated a number of major rap battles throughout the country.
The Mook-movement continued to gain momentum, and in May 2009, the rapper signed to the Ruff Ryder label, the same company that helped launch the careers of rap superstars Eve and DMX.
As Mook gears up for the release of his debut album, the rising star continues to gain legions of fans across the globe. Even rap icons Eminem and Lil’ Wayne have acknowledged his lyrical abilities!
Raw and intense, Mook has been crowned the “King of Battle Rap,” and in 2013, was selected as a recurring mentor on Fuse Network’s hit reality series Road to Total Slaughter. Ready to step out on his own and into mainstream music, in 2014, Mook will join forces with legendary rapper Snoop Dogg to bring the rap battle movement to the annual BET Hip Hop Awards, and with an upcoming collaboration with LL Cool J in the works, Mook is well on his way to capturing a generation that has long been yearning for the return of authentic hip-hop.