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Leonardo Roman (born August 20, 1965 in Fajardo) better known as Wise, The Human Mix Machine, and Lito Brigante is a rapper and beatboxer of the hip hop group Stetsasonic.

Life and career[Bearbeiten]

Early Life[Bearbeiten]

Even though his parents lived in the Bronx, New York, Roman was born prematurely in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, when his mother was on vacation to visit her own mother. He had two older brothers Juan and Jose.

In 1969 his family moved to Brooklyn on Williams Avenue, New Lots. There he learnt beatboxing from Daniel Welfare, who had learnt it from Darren Robinson.

In 1971(?) he went to PS2 60 elementary school.

In 1977(?) he attended IS 364 Junior High School.

From 1979(?) to 1982(?) he went to Canarsie High School.

Due to his Puertorican roots Roman was influenced by Latin music like salsa and merengue, but also disco music of the era.

The first rap song that he heard was "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by The Fatback Band (the first rap record ever). He was also heavily inspired by further releases like "Superrappin'" by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and songs by The Sugarhill Gang.

Musical career[Bearbeiten]

Roman self-taught person and learnt several instruments that his father brought home from work like Accordeon, Violin, Drumset, Guitar.

Before Roman started beatboxing he played the Kazoo while banging drumsounds on the table.

He learnt beatboxing from Daniel Welfare, who had learnt it from Darren Robinson, who also grew up in the same neighborhood.

In High School Roman met Mark Morales, who later became a member of The Fat Boys. Roman beatboxed while Morales was rapping.

Although Wise was a student at Canarsie High School he had his first public performance at South Shore at a talent competition in 1982(?).

In 1985 he also appeared in a beatbox competition at a TV show hosted by Bill Boggs at 11 p.m. in 1985 (?).

Beatbox style[Bearbeiten]

Wise also calls himself The Human Mix Machine as he was the first beatboxer to perform vocal scratching and record it on vinyl.

Later life[Bearbeiten]

He moved to New Jersey in 1985 and to Virginia in 2008.