LiKWUiD is the stage name of American musician, DJ and songwriter, Faybeo’n Mickens who was born in South Carolina and developed into an independent Hip-Hop standout performing artist and freestyler in New York City. In 2011, LiKWUiD released the No Regrets EP (Sano Business) produced by Italy’s Bassi Maestro, after releasing 3 independent projects: Gummy Bears & Champagne (2010), Southern Belle (2006) and Likwuidation: The 5th Element (2003). Her current project LiKWUiDiTY: In Depth is due for independent release this winter, and features artist such as Black Moon's DJ Evil Dee, Metropolitan opera singer Meredith Hansen, Dylan Dilinjah, and Brooklyn songstress Raye 6.
RapReviews.com describes LiKWUiD as an artist that “(P)ulls the listener in from the beginning and never lets go, making for a surprisingly deep release chock full of intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics that deal with everything from putting whack rappers in their place to empowering women in hip-hop and in other facets of life.” Ebony Magazine has recently reviewed LiKWUiD's most current single 'Circle of Life' and reports “she can rap circles around most of everyone’s favorite rappers. But she also has a good ear for beats and melodies, so her songs always flow (no pun intended) and make for good iPod material.”
AOL Blackvoices described LiKWUiD as one of the nations top female emcees. LiKWUiD, a former percussionist who often performs with her 5 piece band, combines syncopated rhythms and sonnets that blend the raw sounds of the East Coast and the essence of southern soul. Described as a Hip-Hop Fusion or Soul-Hop artist, LiKWUiD has performed throughout the East Coast with artists such as Slick Rick, 9th Wonder, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Talib Kweli, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bow Wow, Rah Digga,The Last Poets, and world renowned comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
An artist, educator, and activist, LiKWUiD, also known as LiKWUiD Stylez, is committed to using her gift of song to change the negative portrayal of women in the entertainment industry. An accomplished athlete, honor student, and MBA recipient, LiKWUiD performs on various stages speaking to young people about the importance of education and self-love. In 2009, her words and experiences were published in the powerful book Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, that highlights the life and experiences of successful American women. LiKWUiD has spoken on panels and facilitated lectures at space such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hip Hop Culture Center, Columbia University, Cooper Union School of the Arts, the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Girls, and The Wake Up Project in Columbus, MS.
Most recently, LiKWUiD has also merged into a community upper Manhattan selector known by the moniker, "DJ SET BY: LiKWUiD". She performs regularly at spaces such as Inwood Local and APT78. Her specialties of music selection include 80's/90's, house/electronic dance music, indie and old school hip hop. She has also been a special guest DJ to annual festival such as Photoville, Black Pride NYC, and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
In 2011, she was nominated for the Underground Music Awards Best Female Artist, and she has received numerous additional honors including DiscMakers/Taxi Top 10 Artist in the Southeast (IMWS) award, the Power 94.3 Freestyle Battle Champion, Charleston Idol Award, EOW Emcee Challenge Award Winner and a two time JumpOff.TV Freestyle Battle winner. LiKWUiD is a proud voting member of The Recording Academy and is a BMI writer and publisher.