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CHARLES LAWRENCE JR. AKA POLAR BEAR (EL CHAPO P) HIP HOP ARTIST, PRODUCER, COMPOSER
Passionate and poetic; an urban realist street hustler with an entrepreneur zeal that is taking the hip hop music industry by an eclectic storm. With several thousand followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and over a half a million hits on his You Tube Channel , Charles Lawrence Jr. aka Polar Bear is the industry solution to the grind that pierces the soul . Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Chicago, Polar Bear learned firsthand what it took to become successful as a business owner and recording artist. The son of a nurse (mother) and record store owner (father) exposed him at an early age to honing both his artistic and business skills. His lyrical influences were poets Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Polar Bear was fascinated by words intertwined together in a rhyme. Poetry gave him the outlet to express himself lyrically. Music made its way to this future hip hop mogul via his great uncle a local Chicago DJ and his grandmother a connoisseur of blues music.
As a very young adolescent Charles unfortunately lost his father to the prison system. Charles Lawrence Sr. was convicted of a crime and his claim was self defense. While other young males were experiencing growing up without a father due to incarceration, Charles saw this as an opportunity to learn more about his father through visits, letters and phone calls. For 20 years Charles Lawrence Jr. shared a very rare and special relationship with his father. He recalls his father teaching him to be his own man. Charles Lawrence Sr. was his own lawyer and argued his case on appeal; this influenced and educated Charles Jr. to tap into his inner power, and to take control of his own business affairs.
Charles began his career in the music industry when a mutual friend approached him to become an investor in a group of aspiring brothers. After financing the group’s promotional and musical needs, Charles made the decision to purchase his own recording studio, C & C (Chuck & Charlie) Recording Studio. The studio was in part named after his best friend ironically named “Charlie” who had been gunned down on the south east side of Chicago, IL. C&C Recording Studio was the first of its kind located near the prestigious South Shore Community in Chicago, IL. Female hip hop artist Shawna, (daughter of blues legend Buddy Guy and first female artist signed to HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def_Jam_South" \o "Def Jam South" Def Jam South through rapper HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludacris" \o "Ludacris" Ludacris' HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disturbing_tha_Peace" \o "Disturbing tha Peace" Disturbing Tha Peace Records ), recorded some of her earlier tracks at C & C studio. The studio became a very popular spot and was visited by, Raekwon, a member of the hip hop group “The Wu-Tang Clan” and multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist, Common.
Polar Bear established his own record label Filthy Rich Records. He formed his own group, The Hench Men, and also signed female R&B artist/songwriter, Freckles. (Freckles went on to collaborate with R&B singer, R. Kelly and Rapper Lil John and other well known recording artists).
Due to the fact boxer Floyd Mayweather owned a record label using the same name different spelling “Philthy Rich Records”; and since Mr. Mayweather is truly Filthy (Philthy) Rich; Polar Bear made the decision to change the name of his label to Flight Risk Entertainment.
Artist Management gave Polar Bear the opportunity to experience the personality conflicts, drama, and behavioral patterns of his own artists, while simultaneously honing his own hip hop artistic skills. Polar Bear also wrote songs for his own artists as a ghost writer.
Flight Risk Entertainment also signed a hip hop artist Bow Tie. The record company was building a roster of contributing producers and featured artists which collaborated on Bowtie’s Album, “Son Of A Junkie”. Artists and producers included, Erick Sermon (one half of rap duo EPMD), Pimp C ( of hip hop group UGK), Kool G Rap, LA The Darkman, (The Wu-Tang Clan affiliate), Carlos Broady aka Six July, (composer credits include, Lil Kim, Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Diddy” Combs and talk show host Wendy Williams), and Polar Bear himself.
An article about Flight Risk Entertainment was featured in,The Source magazine and the record label was advertised in both, Double XXL, and, Vibe, magazines. Polar Bear had a mutual friend that was working with hip hop artist Eminem, “Up and Smoke Tour”. As a street savvy entrepreneur, Polar Bear and Flight Risk Entertainment followed the tour from city to city promoting his artists and record label. This was a smart business move which helped sell over 20,000 units along with street promotions and advertisements.
By the mid 2000’s Polar Bear made the decision to switch gears and focus on his own solo rap career. He spent many years in the recording studio writing and recording. He even traveled around the country spending time in recording studios in Los Angeles and New York. In 2009 he released his first mix tape, CUSTOMER SERVICE, which received a strong positive underground street creditability. In 2011 a second mix tape was released, STR8 DROP, which featured hip hop group The Wu-tang Clan rapper Raekwon on the track “Man Down” produced by Six July . Polar Bear purchased this track from Six July so that meant he own the rights to it. Industry veteran rapper 2 Chainz heard the track and wanted it for his new album project, Based on a T.R.U. Story (album was nominated for “Best Rap Album” at 55th Annual Grammy Awards). Six July and Polar Bear signed a deal with 2 Chainz with a stipulation to receive royalties in perpetuity. The single is now known as “Ghetto Dreams” featuring multiple Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter John Legend and hip hop artist Scarface.
Polar Bear’s tracks have been featured in radio mix shows on Chi