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|Info:||Ayeesha is born in California, in 1976 and was signed to
Grapetree Records in 1998. She released her debut album
Listen Closely in 1999 and wrote and arranged all of the
Ayeesha played quietly in the front yard of her Southern
California home when she heard gunshots. Her neighbor lay
dead on his freshly cut grass. Ayeesha witnessed her
innocent neighbor become the victim of a drive-by shooting
at her tender age of 13 years old.
"I realized that bullets don't have names," said Ayeesha.
"I saw that the stray bullets can hit anyone. That scared
me off of gangs because I knew that that guy had no
connections with gangs at all. I witnessed him being shot
for no reason...and that hurt look in his family's eyes."
Ayeesha became a prisoner in her own home because simple
freedoms like walking to the store were dangerous
challenges. Ayeesha saw church and community activities as a
way to escape her violent environment. She studied
diligently to make the grades acceptable to her parents in
order to participate in extra-curricular activities. She
actively participated in theater, rapping, church, and
Some of her friends chose to participate in gang activity,
but she remained happy to escape to her studies. "I never
participated in gangs because I was more afraid of my mother
than I actually was of gangs," said Ayeesha. She graduated
high school with a GPA of 3.5 and continued on to college in
San Bernadino where she received a Bachelor's Degree in
Ayeesha never lost sight of her dream. She started Christian
Rapping when she was 8 years old. One day her brother,
desperate for a replacement in his rap group for a talent
show, took Ayeesha in and made her a part of the group. She
has never stopped rapping since.
"I rap to spread the message of hope to those who find
themselves in hopeless situations," said Ayeesha. "I chose
Christian Rap to let the world know who Jesus is through my
When she was 19, she guested on the Dynamic Twins' album,
40 Days In The Wilderness (1995), and she also performed on
a compilation record, NU Gospel. In addition, she
contributed vocals to a God's Original Gangstaz CD, Pawns
In A Chess Game (1998). In addition to working with God's
Original Gangstaz, she provides background vocals on Mr.
Real's 2000 release, Chosen One.
|Media:||[Audio CD] |
|Info:||1. Edge Of Life |
2. Don't Wanna' Die
3. I'm Sorry
4. Believe It
5. Hold On
6. I Forgive U
7. 1, 2, 3
8. Listen Closely
9. Even Though
11. Will You Be Ready?
12. Dear God
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