Chicano rapper, songwriter, and producer Mr. Criminal takes his name seriously. His tough narratives, told in a lightly gruff deadpan that occasionally breaks into a reflective lilt conveying both languorous ease and gangster fierceness, focus on his coming of age in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles. Certainly, the MC has been in and out of trouble with the law, most notably a drug-and-weapons charge in Arizona. Nonetheless, he is a gifted performer, who has branched out as entrepreneur with successful launch of his GDUP clothing brand, and as an actor. Born Robert Garcia in 1982, Mr. Criminal earned his first break when, shortly out of juvenile detention, he met rapper Mr. Capone-E, who paved the way for the former's 2001 debut, Criminal Mentality, released on Capone-E's Thump Records. Around that time, he also began to impress as ...
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