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Divine (a/k/a Divine Allah)
Divine (December 2006)
Divine (December 2006)
Background information
Birth name Victor Damon Lombard
Born May 23, 19?? in Newport, Rhode Island
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Genre(s) Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B
Occupation(s) Urban Poet/Lyricist, Emcee/Rapper, Producer
Years active 1983–Present
Label(s) Supreme Records (SMG Recordings, Inc.)
Website http://divineallah.com
Members
Divine (Soloist)

Divine (full name Divine Allah, born Victor Damon Lombard, May 23, 19??, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an up-and-coming African-American Hip-Hop emcee/rapper (urban poet)hailing from and representing Brooklyn, New York City. He is often compared to, reputed and regarded as the real/official second coming of Rakim, one of the most influential emcees/rappers in Hip-Hop history, much in the same way Nas has; but also being compared to Nas as well. Ironically, Divine exudes similarities to both Rakim and Nas in his music, as well as his voice. Divine's voice ranges from the deep nasal baritone of Rakim to the the soft spokeness of Nas; however consistently leaning more toward the sound and feel of Rakim. Also, much like Rakim Divine has a revolutionary emceeing/rapping style; which is smooth and fluid, seemingly effortless, and uses remarkably complex rhyming schemes, involving internal-rhymes and sophisticated metaphors and punch-lines, while wittingly altering pronunciation of and uniquely merging common to uncommon words, and showcasing an advanced and extensive vocabulary; all while also having double, and sometimes even triple meanings simultaneously, much in the same way Rakim has, did, and does; yet keeping and maintaining his own uniqueness and originality. However, it remains the general consensus that almost all modern MCs have been influenced in some way by Rakim's rapping technique. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2149x2112, 1058 KB) D. Ayatollah http://flickr. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... For other uses, see Newport (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. An independent city until its consolidation into New York in 1898, Brooklyn is New Yorks most populous borough, with a 2005 Census Estimate of 2,486,235 residents. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... NY redirects here. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up rap in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rakim (full name Rakim Allah, born William Michael Griffin on January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York) is an African-American rapper. ... Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas, formerly Nasty Nas, is a prominent American rapper and producer. ...

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Biography

Divine represents and hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Rhode Island. He was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island (renowned as the "Mecca of the Jazz [music] world") for most of his early life and teenage years (which explains his strong affinity to Jazz music, although he didn't actually grow up on it - he credits the music of all the Jazz greats that played the Newport Jazz Festivals while he was still in his mother's womb and a small child, knowing now that those sound vibrations still reached his ears and sank into his sub-conscious), and he also lived in Rhode Island's capital city Providence (which literally means "Divine Guidance") as a young kid. Always highly intelligent and mature for his age, Divine began traveling regularly outside of Rhode Island in his early teens to New York City, and Philadelphia, observing and absorbing the different styles and distinct cultures of these two cities. Highly spiritual and charasmatic, Divine grew up listening mostly to East coast (New York) Hip-Hop from the "Golden Era" (1986-1989), this, and his spiritual ideology/theology (he's a so-called "Five Percenter") is the influential foundation of his musical/lyrical style and content, as well as his strong personal connection/relation to and affinity for New York City, particularly the borough of Brooklyn ("Medina"). Divine is heavily embedded in Hip-Hop music and has been writing, recording, and performing since the age of ten. His musical style and sound is reminiscent of the "Golden Era" (1986-1989) in Hip-Hop when the likes of Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-One, Slick Rick, and EPMD, etc. reigned. Divine captures and epitomizes the modernization and personification of the sound and vibe from that era in his entire persona, presence, lyrical and musical style, sound, and vibe; and brings back the originality, diversity, and lyrical complexity, which was once the cornerstone of Rap music. He counts Rakim, Kool G Rap, and KRS-One as some of his greatest influences, as well as a few other past and present artists. His poetics and style is most similar to and inspired by the legendary Rakim, with slight elements reminiscent of Nas, and the sound of his voice ranging between these two great artists; yet he still maintains his own originality and uniqueness. Nevertheless, this has brought him strong comparisons to both of these artists, and there is no doubt he will continue to be compared to them - especially and particularly Rakim, as Nas was. However, emphatically put, Divine is the only similarity between Rakim and Nas. Eric B. & Rakim were an East Coast hip hop duo who popularised the jazz-influenced hip hop of the late 1980s. ... KRS-One (born Lawrence Krisna Parker on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by stage names Slick Rick, MC Ricky D and The Ruler, is an Afro-European rapper. ... EPMD was an American hip hop music group from Brentwood, New York, active from 1987 to 1999; one of the prominent acts in East coast hip hop. ... Kool G Rap (born Nathaniel Wilson July 20, 1968) is an American hardcore rapper from Queens, New York. ...


Divine's music is designed for the masses, but tailor-made especially for this present day Hip-Hop generation. With thought provoking lyricism, he combines a universal worldwide view and knowledge of self with social and political awareness, deep spiritual consciousness, cultural elements, personal life experiences, and raw urban realities, into a thick and superb style of story telling and rhyming. Growing up in the streets of the ghetto in poverty, with no parental guidance, is what gave Divine his social and political awareness, but not until he became a victim of the penal system did this awareness totally crystalize and deepen. In 1992, while in prison, he received "knowledge of self" when he was introduced to and absorbed in the Nation Of Gods & Earths (formerly the Five Percent Nation Of Islam), and it's teachings, and took on the full righteous name/attribute of Divine Lord Magnetic Allah. His incarceration was the catalyst that sparked, created, and shaped his spiritual and conscious persona and the positive essence of his poetics. With over ten albums (presently unreleased) to his catalog and over ten years experience in creating urban music, it can be reasoned he's not yet signed to a major label only because he was locked away. Divine presents the rarity of an artist with a complete package and star quality. His ghetto and street life savvy, and the seven plus years he's spent locked in Federal prison, gives him the real-life story and authenticity that most so-called hardcore Hip-Hop/Rap artists only claim to have lived.


Divine is a highly charasmatic M.C. of great talent and artistry. His music and rhymes are not only clever, creative, and witty, but also very unpredictable and highly intellectual and intelligent. As an artist he's able to mix, blend, and balance his street knowledge and experience with his spiritually-conscious intellect, intelligence, and intuitiveness so well; he creates and gives himself an enigmatic and uncanny mystique and universal appeal, and leaves any listener with a sense of connection and/or understanding. Divine's lyrics are versatile and razor sharp, which enables him to cut through and penetrate the mind state of any listener regardless of their age or degree of consciousness; keeping them in a perpetual state of anticipation for him to drop the next line, next verse, next single, or next album. His live show performance is deeply concentrated and visually serious, highly magnetic and stimulating, methodically precise and executed, and awe inspiring; enabling him to strongly captivate any viewer or audience, giving him total mastery and complete control over the individual or crowd. There's no doubt that this M.C. (Master Controller), Divine Allah, will be one of the most influential, dynamic, and phenomenal artists to emerge in this day and time...finally, The Wait Is Over!!!.[1]


Career

Divine has been involved with Hip-Hop since his early youth, involving himself with every element of the culture while growing up; from Breakdancing/Popping (B-Boying), Graffiti writing, DJaying, Emceeing to Beatboxing; eventually gravitating and sticking to emceeing. However, Divine didn't officially embark on becoming a professional recording artist until 1992, almost immediately after receiving "knowledge of self" and taken on the name Divine Allah after being introduced to the Nation Of Gods & Earths (formerly the Five Percent Nation Of Islam) while incarcerated. Unfortunately, he wouldn't emerge out of prison until the middle of 1998 to pursue his career, after serving seven years in Federal prison for crack/cocaine manufacturing and distribution. While incarcerated Divine became more absorbed into the teachings of the Nation Of Gods & Earths, and other similar organizations, studies, and spiritual systems; which became the basis of the intellectual, political, and spiritual content of his music and rhymes. It was in prison where he honed his musical and emcee/rapping skills, often performing in front of large prison crowds on various holidays and special events for the prison population.


In 1993, while still incarcerated in Ashland, KY, he un-officially signed to Supreme Records, an independent record company based in New York City, which was to become his recording home upon his release. He eventually was able to record an entire cassette album entitled, Critical, in 1995 through a music program while incarcerated in Atlanta, GA. Though of mediocre production quality, the cassette album was able to clearly showcase the budding talent of this new positive and conscious emcee who was constantly being compared to Rakim and Nas immediately upon first listen, and receiving unanimous praise for his lyrical ability. So much so, that in 1997, the then Supreme Records' President Ra Saleem was able to get a copy of the cassette to renowned industry veteran producer DJ Eddie F (of Heavy D fame) who said of Divine, "He's going to be a superstar..." Edward Eddie F Ferrell is the co-founder, partner, and DJ of the Uptown Records rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250-lb Heavy D., who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual prowess. ...


After finally being released in June of 1998, and then after being on home confinement for four months, on the same day of his release from home confinement on October, 16 1998; Divine had his first real performance ever in New York City that same night at the renowned Club Speed in a Supreme Records' Showcase. The show was well received, and Divine was able to meet and exchange contacts with renowned producer and DJ Marley Marl who was the featured DJ for the night's showcase. Divine began performing regularly throughout New York City, notably Justin's (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' restaurant), and New England; and released his first single, Outta Sight, produced by Tommy Oliveira (Jaheim producer). Unfortunately, Divine's promising career was abruptly halted and put on hold when he was re-incarcerated for a probation violation, and re-sentenced to Federal prison for two and a half more years. {{Infobox musical artist 2 |Name = John Dixon |Img = JohnDixon. ... Jaheim on the cover of his 2006 album Ghetto Classics Jaheim Hoagland (also known simply as Jaheim) is an American R&B singer. ...


In 2000/2001 while incarcerated in Fairton, NJ Divine met Jamaican crime/druglord Vivian "Dave" Blake (of the notorious Shower Posse) who took a liking to him, and told Divine of his son Duane Blake's (author of Shower Posse) interest in starting an independent recording company and connected the two. In May of 2001 Divine was released to a halfway house in Boston, MA for six months. While in Boston he contacted a new company named, New Music Deal (http://newmusicdeal.com) that was based there as well and promising artists an unprecedant deal in percentage share on profits from their music, and submitted material for review. Upon review of the material, Divine was immediately offered a deal to sign with the company and release a full-length album, only having to present the company with the master recording. While still in the halfway house Divine immediately began seeking out producers for his new album and started recording songs at every opportunity.


Discography

  • Critical, LP (1995, Supreme Records)
  • Outta Sight, Single (1998, Supreme Records)
  • The Wait Is Over, LP (2002, Supreme Records)
  • Elite Mystique, EP (2002, Supreme Records)
  • King Of New York, College Radio Promo Single (2005, Supreme Records/Nasra Entertainment): King Of New York has had strong college radio airplay since Dec. 2005, and peaked at #2 on both national college radio charts (RapNetwork.com [1] & RapAttackLives.com [2] in Feb. 2006.
  • The Legacy Lives, LP (2006, Supreme Records): Independent release to be released nationally in the Fall of 2006 (tentatively).
  • Ghetto Rhymin', LP (2007, Supreme Records): Independent release to be released nationally in the Summer of 2007 (tentatively).

References

  1. ^ http://www.sonicbids.com/divineallah

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Divination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (776 words)
Divination is a universal cultural phenomenon which anthropologists have observed as being present in many religions and cultures in all ages up to the present day.
Strictly speaking, divination assumes the influence of some supernatural force or fate, whereas scientific predictions are made from an essentially mechanical, impersonal world-view and rely on empirical laws of nature.
By far one of the most popular methods of divination is Astrology, typically categorized as Vedic Astrology (Jyotish), Western Astrology, and Chinese Astrology, though besides these main three branches many other cultures also have or have had their own forms of Astrology in the past.
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Divination (3504 words)
From a theological standpoint divination supposes the existence of devils who have great natural powers and who, actuated by jealousy of man and hatred of God, ever seek to lessen his glory and to draw man into perdition, or at least to injure him bodily, mentally, and spiritually.
Divination is not, as we have seen, foretelling what comes from necessity or what generally happens, or foretelling what God reveals or what can be discovered by human effort, but it is the usurpation of knowledge of the future, i.e.
In divination, apart from the fraud of the Father of Lies, there was much merely human fraud and endless deception the predictions were generally as vague and as worthless as modern fortune-telling, and the general result then as now favoured vice and injured virtue.
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