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    Lamar Riddick was born January 20, 1993 in Elizabeth city, North Carolina. At very young age, Riddick’s parents became separated; the divorce crushed his young spirit and the safe world in which he once knew.  “I didn’t understand what was going on, it's as if someone just swept the ground from under my feet. My family was my foundation.” As a result to the separation, Riddick  spent the early years in life being raised by his mother and grandmother in a  little town called Windfall, NC. By the 8th grade, his mother knew the importance of having a man in his life, someone whom he could look, so she began sending him to see his father. During this period, Riddick  would constantly move back and forth between living with his mother and living with his father. Children was not a walk in the picnic at all for young Riddick, in school picked on him because of his scrawny physical features, but the bullying only inspired him to express himself through music. For a long time he constantly ran from the church, not letting in, but just this one night, an invitation his cousins changed his course forever. At the age of 12 the Holy Spirit called him to a life of worship and soon afterwards he was introduced to Christian Rap music. The first Christian album he listened to was “Higher Definition” by a group called Cross Movement. Through this album, as well as his father, and other influential men in his life, Riddick learned how to be an inspiring man of God.

    In High school Riddick discovered he had a passion for instruments, therefor he joined the high school band where he played the drums. While in the band, he formed a close relationship with his band director which posed as another great role model for him. During this time Riddick also joined chorus which further developed his musical abilities. It was during this time period that he strongly believed that God wanted to do something great in his life.

    Eventually his love for music and the perfecting of his craft, earned him a very rewarding band and academic scholarship to study the Music Technology program at Bethune-Cookman University. Riddick says “I really feel thankful that God gave me more than enough to go to college”. Entering into college was a whole new experience for Riddick. He faced a lot of temptations and peer pressures, but with constant prayer and supplication he overcomes these obstacles. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Riddick knew that God blessed him by place strong, intelligent, and ambitious friends in his life “…Randall, Cliff, and Reggie, man they helped me along the way, keeping me prayed up in my Christian walk in college. Without these dudes, I don’t think I would have made it this far, thank God”. In the midst of his new college life, through his church friend named David Dominguez, Riddick was soon introduced to the a local producer/artist , Emye, who had just given his life to Christ and was in the process of leaving secular Hip-Hop/Rap, along with his affiliations in order to glorify God through his craft. After  their very first meeting, Riddick and Emye hit it off immediately. Emye was very intrigued on Riddick’s lyrical content, flow, and persona. They soon began working on Riddick’s upcoming album titled “On Fire For His Fire”. Lamar’s drive to please Christ was what led him to name his debut album. One of his favorite songs on the album is called “On Fire”, he says because the song is an anthem for Christians to not have any reason to be ashamed of Christ, Jesus. Riddick states, “Your relationship with the Lord is the most important thing in life and to live Romans 12 in your everyday life”. Not only an inspiring man, but a strong, and determined individual whose passion is to see souls saved through the art and craft God had entrusted him with, especially in influencing the urban culture to be translated into Christ’s kingdom.

     

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