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NoClue
Birth nameRicky Raphel Brown
Also known asNoClue
Born(1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 28)
Seattle, Washington, United States
OriginCentral District, Seattle, Washington
GenresHip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop
OccupationsRapper, Videographer, Song Writer
Years active2004–Present
LabelsLong Live LLC
WebsiteNoClueOfficial.com
 
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NoClue
Birth nameRicky Raphel Brown
Also known asNoClue
Born(1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 28)
Seattle, Washington, United States
OriginCentral District, Seattle, Washington
GenresHip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop
OccupationsRapper, Videographer, Song Writer
Years active2004–Present
LabelsLong Live LLC
WebsiteNoClueOfficial.com

Ricky Raphel Brown (born January 28, 1985), known by the stage name NoClue, is an American rapper from Seattle.[1] He is best known for obtaining the title of the world's official “Fastest Rap MC” by Guinness World Records, for rapping 723 syllables in 51.27 seconds (14.1 syllables per second) on his track "New West", in January 2005.

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Early life

NoClue grew up in the city of Federal Way, Washington. He was reciting raps by the age of four and began writing his own lyrics at age 9. Brown grew up around the music business, as his grandfather was a member of the gospel band, The Singing Galatians,[2] and earned studio experience while attending his grandfather’s every-other-Sunday recording sessions with that band. Brown’s first recordings were overdubs of popular rap beats, made with his cousins while Brown was still in junior high.

Style and Name

NoClue is a Hip Hop artist influenced by West Coast Hip Hop. He has established himself as a multi-dimensional lyricist with sharp, upbeat energy expressed in each of his songs.

Brown counts rapper Tupac Shakur as an early musical influence. He explains that his stage name NoClue is derived from “the fact that the world had no clue what kind of impact he was about to bring”.[3]


Sponsorships and Endorsements

Microsoft Windows Azure

NoClue was chosen as the face of Microsoft Windows Azure (October, 2012).[4][5][6] The relaunching commercial has gone viral and proved to be controversial, being criticized for Brown's lightning-fast, difficult delivery yet praised for his slowed down, articulate lyrics.[7] An online contest is currently being held on behalf of Microsoft to compete with Brown's rap.[8]

Samsung's Galaxy S III with Optus 4G

NoClue teamed up with the world's fastest speaker (Sean Shannon), fastest reader (Howard Berg), and fastest texter (Melissa Thompson), to launch Optus' debut of consumer 4G networks along with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S III in September 2012.[9][10][11][12][13]

Long Live LLC

NoClue is the CEO and founder of Long Live LLC. A video production subsidiary launched during Fall 2012.[14]

Music Releases

Discography

Music Videos

Fastest Rapper on the Planet

As a 20-year-old, Brown broke the Guinness World Record in 2005 to become the fastest rapper in the world. The attempt was recorded at Seattle’s B&G Studios on January 15, 2005 in front of a licensed speech therapist. Brown rapped at a clip of 14.1 syllables per second, beating the previous 12.5 syllable-a-second record set in 1998 by Chicago rapper, Rebel XD. He raps at a total rate of 1050.6 syllables per minute.

This rap was performed by Brown in under 2 seconds:
It’s funny ‘cause they’re digging their own ditches
Thinkin’ they can come against me, let the Lord be my witness.

The feat is recorded in Guinness World Records 2006, released in August 2005.[17][18][19][20]

Music Samples

Official Links

References

  1. ^ "Profile of Rapper, NoClue". VR Seattle. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:VNO0B_1LmZMJ:www.vrseattle.com/pages/browse.php%3Fcat_id%3D719+noclue+site:vrseattle.com&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  2. ^ The Singing Galatians (dead link). accessed on the Internet Archive; archived 2009-01-05, accessed 2013-01-23. The link cites only for the existence of the group; it does not mention that Brown was ever a member.
  3. ^ "Fastest Rapper on the Planet". The Seattle Times. 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Windows Azure Fast". Microsoft Windows Azure. http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/fast. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  5. ^ "Microsoft signs 'world's fastest rapper' for Windows Azure video". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/news/a429995/microsoft-signs-worlds-fastest-rapper-for-windows-azure-video.html. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Releases Rap Video To Celebrate Cloud Computing". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/11/microsoft-releases-rap-video_n_1957141.html. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  7. ^ "I’m down with Microsoft’s unintelligible cloud rapper". Network World. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/81593. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  8. ^ "Windows Azure Fast". Microsoft Windows Azure. http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/fast. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  9. ^ "Samsung brings 4G Galaxy S III to Oz". CRN. http://www.crn.com.au/News/314238,samsung-brings-4g-galaxy-s-iii-to-oz.aspx. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  10. ^ "Optus flies in world’s fastest for 4G Network lift off". Optus. http://www.optus.com.au/aboutoptus/About+Optus/Media+Centre/Media+Releases/2012/Optus+flies+in+world’s+fastest+for+4G+Network+lift+off. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  11. ^ "In Pictures: Optus launches 4G network, Samsung Galaxy S III 4G". PC Authority. http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Gallery/314297,in-pictures-optus-launches-4g-network-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-4g.aspx/4. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  12. ^ "Fast People - The Need for Speed is Their Creed". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/fast-people-the-need-for-speed-is-their-creed/story-e6freuzi-1226464241991. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  13. ^ "Optus Launches Consumer 4G Network". IT News. http://www.itnews.com.au/Gallery/314293,photos-optus-launches-consumer-4g-network.aspx/4. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  14. ^ "Long Live LLC". NoClue. http://longlivellc.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  15. ^ "BET.com- Ya Heard: Videos of the Month". BET. http://www.bet.com/WebApplications/BetSearch/Search.aspx?searchQuery=noclue&searchType=bet&c=all. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  16. ^ "Movin Slow World Premiere". World Star Hip Hop. http://worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhso7WUxRL53p58ImR. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  17. ^ "Fastest Rapper on the Planet". The Seattle Times. 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  18. ^ "Guinness World’s Fastest Rapper". VR Magazine. http://www.vrmag.org/issue24/GUINNESS_WORLD_S_FASTEST_RAPPER.html. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  19. ^ "101 Facts You Never Knew About Music". Music Radar. http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/101-facts-you-never-knew-about-music-part-1-189650/2. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  20. ^ "Hip-Hop - Ricky Brown "No Clue" Fastest Rapper in the World". Panoramas. http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen5/f49-rapper.html. Retrieved 2010-04-13.