Na'listen is a HIp Hop Recording Artist/Record Producer/ CEO, and Founder of the Independent Record Company Raptile Records LLC. Founded in MInneapolis, Minnesota.
Born and Raised in the most oppressed and poverty stricken areas of North Side Minneapolis Minnesota, Na'Listen Has found a avenue to escape the unfavorable circumstances of his childhood.
Popularly referred to as THe city of MurderApolis,
Na'Listen has gained the admiration of urban youth by became a voice for those who have struggled and endured hard ship in their Lives.
Learning the ins and outs off Recording while Transferring back and Forth Between North Community High school and Studio 4 The High school for Recording Arts in St. Paul Minnesota Na'Listen avoided the distractions of Crime Violence and heavy alcohol use and drug addiction.
At Age sixteen He Quickly Developed a passion for producing, arranging and orchestrating Songs and Musical Compositions.
While gaining Recognition as a Hip Hop Recording artist and producer by his peers Na'Listen Began Performing His Songs at concerts and Talent showcases and quickly fell in love with the stage.
Not Long after his initial appearances as a performer, Young Na'Listen was Invited To Perform For the Late Great Tupac's Mother, Afeni Shakur at the BME Music Conference in Atlanta Georgia which was Organized and Facilitated By Afeni Shakur for Amaru Entertainment
Not Long after That Na'Listen was appointed as the First PResident of Another Level Records before Graduating THe High school Of Recording Arts.
Na'listen then Attended McNally Smith COllege Formerly KNown as Music Technical College for a short period of time.
With the intent of honing his skills as a Producer and studio engineering Na'Listen Felt confident that he learned enough to establish a Major Independent Record label Cleverly entitled Raptile Records.
As a Founder and Recording Artist of his own Record Label Na'Listen Decided it was Necessary to Release His Music to the public by publishing Songs on Various Online Social Networks Such as Myspace, Face Book, and Blackplanet.
Due to the Strong Positive Response to Na'Listen's Music He then Began to make the most of his Resources and Utilized the opportunity of promoting His Debut release of the Highly anticipated Mixtape Born Fly to his massive Following of Fans and supporter.
Na'Listen's Music is a testimony of a Young man who cultivated his skills and ability to triumph over the many destructive temptations of the streets and its harsh oppressive reality.
Bernadette anderson a community civil Rights Activist and Social worker was extremely instrumental in guiding The Life of Young Na'Listen as well as instilling a Positive moral set of beliefs and Values.
Bernadette anderson Being a encouraging Mentor and Mother Figure to the Like Of many Legendary Musicians Such as Na'Listens God Father "Prince", "Andre Cymone" (Na'Listen's Uncle), Morris Day, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Na'listen's cousin Homer O'dell of the Band Mint Condition just to Name a Few...Na'Listen was introduce to music at a very early age by various relatives and friends of the family who Have Come to be Legends in the Music Industry.
Homer O'dell of the Band Mint Condition Played as a Mentor for Na'Listen in the early stages of his development as a Recording Artist by Recording long Hours in the well Known Recording studio Angel Beach, Infamous for its upscale Clientele In Minnesota.
Mint Condition is an R&B band from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formed in the late 1980s, its original members were lead singer (and in-studio drummer/percussionist) Stokley Williams, bassist Ricky Kinchen, guitarist Homer O'Dell, pianist Larry Waddell, keyboardist Keri Lewis, and keyboardist/saxophonist Jeffrey Allen. Currently, this line-up remains intact, with the exception of Lewis, who left the group to produce for other artists. The group is well known for its highly diverse musical style (able to play anything from traditional jazz stylings to mainstream R&B and rock-based music to funk grooves and even Latin and Jamaican-based rhythms) and also its captivating live performances. The band is also well known for their well written and produced R&B ballads, mainly in the 1990's.
\u2028Discovered and originally signed to Perspective Records by music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1989 (after being heard at a performance at a club in downtown Minneapolis called First Avenue), their debut album was entitled Meant To Be Mint (released in 1991). Despite their musical versatility the band attempted to attract New Jack Swing listeners with their dance cut "Are You Free", but it wasn't successful (the song hit #55 on the R&B charts). However, they did enjoy major success with the ballad "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)". The song stayed on the charts for 34 weeks, hitting the R&B top 5 (#3), and the Pop Top 10 (#6) and was certified gold by the RIAA. The third single "Forever In Your Eyes" was also a successful Top 10 R&B hit (#7 R&B).
Its only Natural that Na'Listen would Carry the torch and continue the Legacy of such a Musical empire and the History of Musicians and performers from the state of Minnesota.
Its Safe to Say that Music Runs Deep in the Anderson Family!
Na'Listens Father, Michael Hinton
Despite the fact that his father wasn't very actively involved in his life, Na'Listen Learned to adapt to his Grim environment.
Raised By Mother Alicia Caprice Anderson, a Drummer and Musical Conisour in a single parent home with his Sister Thunder Jha Jha Anderson, Na'listen swiftly began to learn the value of family and unity. Maintaining on a Fixed Household income, Nalisten adopted the ability to improvise, survive independently in the Ghettos of North and South Minneapolis Minnesota.
Na'listen's Uncle André Cymone (born Andre Simon Anderson) is an American bassist, songwriter and record producer. Cymone was a bass guitarist for recording artist Prince's touring band, pre-Revolution. Cymone began a solo career in 1981. His song, "The Dance Electric" (written by Prince), reached number ten on the R&B charts. Cymone later co-wrote and produced songs for other acts, including Jody Watley's "Looking for a New Love", "Still A Thrill", and "Real
Andre Cymone was also born in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Fred Anderson, a musician, and Bernadette Anderson, a social worker. Cymone was the youngest of six children. The Anderson home soon had an additional member — a young Prince who left his own home due to conflicts with his father. Prince's cousin, Charles "Chazz" Smith started a band called Grand Central and invited Prince and Cymone. The band was later renamed Champagne and included Cymone's sister Linda (which is also Na'Listen's Aunt)and Morris Day. Cymone's stage name comes from a variation of his middle name, Simon.
Due to the ever standing Relationship as Friend and member of the Anderson Family, Prince was asked to be The God father To Young Na'Listen By His Mother Alicia Anderson Who also Grew up in the very same house the Group Grand Central Formed their band, Rehearsed their music, and wrote songs. Prince Honorably accepted the TItle of Being Na'Listen's God Father Before propelling Himself into super Stardom as one of the Greatest Rock/Jazz, and R&B Legend.
This affiliation to such Musical History encouraged Na'Listen to per sue his Music Career.
with songs infused with His experience, passion, and determination,
Na'Listen will Quickly become one of the Greatest Musical Icons of Our Time.