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Born on September 17, 1989 in Milwaukee, WI, Dwayne “Chico Manolo” Leslie’s future had already been destined for him. Infatuated with Hip Hop and all of its fundamentals at a young age everyone knew that Dwayne would be a musical star. The first time he’d ever heard himself rap was from a recording he and his cousin AJ”AJ on Deck Beats “composed from a tape recorder. In elementary school, while riding home on the school bus, Chico disbursed rhymes to his peers and grasped the attention of his bus driver. In his neighborhood, older guys went crazy over his flow. Anytime he was seen by them they never hesitated to ask him to “buss a flow”. They were so flabbergasted by him they even went to the extremities of setting up dates with Chico and their daughters. Whenever he divulged his musical talents to anyone, they were sure to be held captive by his powerful and musical persona. At a local McDonald’s restaurant, whenever Chico revealed his hip hop talents they gave him free food. How fortunate was he for this to happen! His childhood wasn’t the life of eating with a silver spoon. With no cable in his home Chico found joy in watchingThe Box, a hip hop music video channel, on regular television. He descended from a poor family, but this didn’t detour him from chasing his dream. Chico’s big break to really express his true love for music came when he reached high school. On his third day at James Madison High School, at lunchtime the entire cafeteria gathered around to hear him M.C. The crowd was uncontrollable with excitement. After figuring out who was the cause of this musical anarchy, Chico was assigned to detention. From that day forward he received streaming requests to display his lyrical talents. Chico recorded his very first mixtape with a group of high school friends; together they were titled “Big Bank”. As a solo artist, Chico managed to record his own demo tape of which he called “The Sample Disc”. He used this to promote himself all over the web and throughout his city. The Sample Disc consisted of seven songs; Show Out, Look at Me, Go Hard, Biitch, Psychopathic, Tonight, Cousin Subs (which he made while employed at Cousin’s Subs). These songs showed his versatility and musical talents. His influences are Tupac Shakur, Eminem, DMX, Ludacris, and Lupe Fiasco. Chico has opened up for major artist such as Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne, etc and is now currently working on his EP “Genesis”. This project displays a more mature approach to music. It displays the depth of his spirituality, the fight for human rights, the struggle of life, and uplifting songs to reach out to those who need them.
“This project is a big leap for me in my career. I can’t wait to let my fans embrace the new and improved Chico Manolo.”-Chico Manolo