Where it all began
CeeNeye pronounced (Seein’ Eye), was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. An 80’s baby he grew up in Oakland, Hayward, and San Leandro. Witnessing first hand the start of the crack epidemic that swept up the entire nation.Ultimately being influenced by this, and other life experiences harnessing them through creativity.
Growing up in such fast and violent times, one must learn to adapt to survive. CeeNeye began rapping in the early 90s after hearing Nuthin’ but a G thang! As his skills progressed he began selling thousands of albums “Out the Trunk”! Following closely in the Bay Area tradition of Too Short and E40. CeeNeye would begin to build a bridge between the Bay and L.A. by joining Society 187. CeeNeye is focused and motivated to bringing dominance back to the West Coast !!!
From East to West
From the time I saw the video “I’m Bad” by L.L. Cool J, it became explicitly clear that Hip-Hop was my future. I remember watching “The Box” video request tv station in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Completely mesmerized by the videos of Too $hort, N.W.A, Comptons Most Wanted and Run D.M.C. The videos “All in the same gang” and “Self destruction” had a positive effect on the direction of my music.
I would always record my favorite tracks on the radio like DJ Quik’s “Tonite” and Digital Underground’s “Same Song”. After the explosion of N.W.A. gangsta rap became a huge influence. I ended up writing my first rhyme after hearing “Nuthin’ but a g thang”. The Chronic, and Doggystyle instantly became my favorite albums. Illmatic, however, was the LP that pushed me into action. Fascinated by Nas’ flow and lyricism i was driven to create my first album. From then on i was constantly recording. Eventually i would learn to produce, mix, and master my own records.
Discover my music, my inspirations
My music has been influenced by; Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G, Marvin Gaye, D’angelo, Nas, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Anita Baker, N.W.A, DJ Quik, Suga Free, Mac Dre, Brotha Lynch Hung, Malik Ameer, Hobo Junction, A tribe Called Quest, Parliament, Funkadelic, James Brown, John Coletrane, Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, Nirvana, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix.
« The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life: and the procedure, the process is its own reward. »
– Amelia Earhart