About Laelo Hood: Born in St. Louis, MO, Laelo moved to the Washington, DC area in 1996 and quickly found his place in the DMV music scene. For years, rapping under the name Laelo Hood, he spent a lot of his time battling in local nightclubs and performing at open mics around the DMV area, even opening up for some well-known Go-Go bands in the city. In 2006, he independently released his first solo project called Ghetto Prophet: Water of Life. His song “I Feel Good” became a local hit, earning him the top spot for five weeks in a row on WPGC 95.5 Home Jamz. Around the same time Laelo was invited out on tour by friend and New York rapper, Akir. Their travels landed them in places like Atlanta, North Carolina, and Montreal, which gave Laelo his first taste of the road life. In 2007, Laelo earned the “Rapper of the Year” honor at the 2nd annual DC, Maryland and Virginia Music Awards.
In 2009, Laelo signed a deal with DMV-based label, Inner Loop Media Group and coined his brand, “The High Definition Society,” which instantly connected with a growing fan-base of “Lifers” across the world. Since 2010 Laelo has focused on the business of his brand, securing sponsorships with Raw Rolling Papers Co. and Marijuana & Bullshit Clothing. On January 4, 2011, he released his first ILMG project. Three months later he collaborated with Boston native DJ Beanz on his Purple Rain & Kush Clouds mixtape.
With the help of UK deejay, Dub MD, Laelo was able to garner attention from fans worldwide for his detailed storytelling and gritty lyricism. But the biggest record from that album was a bonus track called, Cool featuring Lyriciss & Pro’Verb. The song was accompanied by an amazing visual which got Laelo his first appearance on some major hip-hop sites including 2Dopeboyz and DJ Booth. It was the first time a lot of those hip-hop tastemakers caught wind of the DC emcee.
After releasing multiple visuals for both projects, Laelo went back to the lab immediately to get started on his next album. With the intentions of doing things on more of a major scale, this time Laelo called on some heavy hitters to collaborate with him. His album, Life in High Definition, released just eleven months after his FTW project, was an instant hit. With six videos and features from Jet Life members Smoke DZA and Fiend, along with local DC sensation Tabi Bonney just to name a few, Laelo’s new sound took his career to a new level. People all across the World Wide Web started to pay close attention to what the rapper would do next.