May 19, 2009
February 05, 2010
Freestyle, Latin hip hop, Pop
Mass Appeal Entertainment
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"Most '80s babies view 'freestyle' as a solely verbal expression. Truth be told, during hip-hip's b-boy era, the term described the combination of street beats and sweet melodies that pillared the lyrics. And more than anyone, Lisa Velez - known worldwide as Lisa Lisa- was the face of that movement."- Brendan Frederick (XXL 2007)
When one think of Latin pop icons with distinct vocals and a large influence on the music and world communities, it's not surprising that the legendary Lisa Lisa is the first name that comes to mind. Historically acknowledged as the originator of the Latin Hip-Hop/Freestyle genre, Lisa Lisa gave rise to powerhouse divas such as, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Selena, and Jennifer Lopez. Born and raised in New York's Hells Kitchen, Lisa Velez had grown up dreaming of someday being a performer. Lisa fearlessly pursued those dreams and at the age of 16, snuck out of her family apartment to head to a local club called The Fun House, which at the time served as a haven for local break dancers and rappers. Hearing that Madonna was discovered at The Fun House, Lisa Lisa knew that her call to fame could be at the same club, and she was right.
At The Fun House, Lisa gained the attention of Mike Hughs, a member of Full Force. However, Lisa Lisa didn't know at the time that this relationship would catapult her into a super successful, lifelong career in the music industry. Full Force was in need of a singer, which presented a great opportunity for Lisa Lisa. She was asked to audition and was welcomed into the group with open arms. During the course of her career, Lisa has also been featured in many television shows, starring for two years on the Nickelodeon network's "Taina" and has appeared in numerous Broadway and Off Broadway Shows.
Still making records and performing today, Lisa Lisa is far from finished. Her genuine persona exudes through her music, embracing the fans into a care-free environment. It is no wonder Lisa Lisa has and will continue to reign as the Queen of Latin Hip-Hop. With six top selling albums and more than 20 million records sold worldwide, this international superstar and leader of one of the biggest dance-pop/R&B groups ever is still blessing the stages across the country with her high energy style performance that will have you engulfed in the music from "Head to Toe".
August 18, 2009
Enter Lisa Lisa's 80's Fashion Flare Photo Contest and get your name & a guest on Lisa Lisa's Personal Guest List at the Industry Nightclub in San Antonio, TX!!!
Click the image below for contest details & how to enter!
Best of Luck!