Munchini, formerly J.B. the Risin Sun up until 2003 is the founding member of the hip-hop group Seven Seaz formed in North Carolina. He gained a reputation as a battle-MC by winning the Verbal Abuse MC battle in Greensboro, NC as well as the Mic Club MC battle in Atlanta, GA where he has resided for the past six years. This led to him being featured on the online premiere of the Adult Swim show "Robot Chicken" on the Cartoon Network. He is also recognized as a talented poet and inspirational songwriter which showcases his diverse array of talents. Since moving to Atlanta he has become a versatile producer, working on tracks for several hip-hop and R&B artists. He is currently finishing up work on his solo debut album "Be Water" which is scheduled to be released Nov 12th, 2012.
My single "Through the Storm" was released Oct 5th and it's getting a good response so far. It's available on iTunes, amazon, cdbaby.com, and my website www.munchiniworld.com.
Who is Munchini?
Munchini (formerly JB da Risin' Sun), was raised in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. Like most hip-hop artists, he resided in what is commonly referred to as the "bad part of town" throughout his life. He jokingly states "you know that part of town the pizza places won't deliver to." He was fortunate enough to be raised by both his mother and father. Away from his daytime job, his father was also a church choir musician/director, often taking Munchini to rehearsal with him so he could keep him off the streets. Although involved in AAU basketball, Munchini also fell in love with music. He admits that he used to sneak across the street to the housing projects to be with some of his friends and hear the non-gospel music that he was not allowed to listen to at home. His first and perhaps the single greatest influence on his love of hip-hop are his cousins, who Munchini states are more like brothers. "Ro, Reggie, and JR man, they all used to look out for me in the hood and...they were all well-respected so they would let other kats know about me so basically I would go through different hoods and people would be like, 'you're JR's cousin right?' or whatever...and then I could ball or freestyle with kats from that hood without a lot of beef popping off, especially with my cuz Ro being known for freestyling in the area." After his freshman year of college, Munchini's group "Head Swelluz" decided to link up with a few other close friends who also shared the same love for hip-hop and form "Seven Seaz," who in March of 2000 released their first underground album entitled "The Genesis 2G." It received acclaim locally and the "Seaz" got their first ever radio spin with the song "Higher," which was played on a Friday night mix session. Although Munchini was not featured on that song, he was featured on the track "Betta Dayz" which was premiered on the local radio station 102 Jamz with the "Seaz" introducing the song to the listeners live from the radio station. That song was the first single released from the Seaz first professionally recorded album "The Perfect Number," released in February 2003 which generated a much bigger buzz than "The Genesis" did. During this time, Munchini earned a reputation for being a deadly lyricist, winning the "Verbal Abuse" MC battle competition an unprecedented three times. Since then, several of the Seaz have been working on new projects together and solo. In 2005 Munchini won the Mic Club MC battle at Apache Cafe in Atlanta where he has been residing for nearly 5 years. This led to him being featured on Cartoon Network during the debut of the Adult Swim show "Robot Chicken" and also triggered the start of his company Clever Elements which was co-founded by his best friend since childhood, Furie. Munchini has been working on production for new and upcoming artists, including "C Rok" a.k.a. "Mr Re-Up" a.k.a. "Slingshot" from NC, "Young Tex" out of Dallas, and "Benji Burns" out of Jacksonville. Munchini is currently working on his solo album with the working title "Be Water" scheduled to be released in the late summer 2012. Munchini's first single will be premiered on the Clever Elements website www.cleverelements.net Stay tuned