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From living the true story of a poverty-stricken child in the hood of Ala. to embracing the childhood anguish of a problematic name due to the popular Tony! Toni! Tone! song, Lausane Montgomery has now transformed into an identity he is proud of - King South.

Born in 1984 to Faye and Southern Lausane in Montgomery, Ala., Southern came up in a family-oriented home. With two sisters, Ashley and Shannon and an older brother Jorquie, South learned the importance of family at a young age. And with three kids of his own now, Jemarion, McKenze and Sanaa, the value of loved ones will never cease.

As a child, King never knew he could sing. It was not until eight years old when his mother took him to sing before the choir that he realized there was potential power in his voice. At 14, the possibility of music as a career appeared yet again. Known to his teacher as a jokester, she challenged young King to write a rap about being drug free. Fearless of any challenge, he happily obliged and enjoyed approval from the audience after his performance.

The typical teenage squabble between King and his older brother over whose turn it was to wash dishes was the defining point in his music career. With his first diss rap aimed at his big brother there was no target King did not feel he could not "bust" on. Writing about his life’s situations, he found an outlet in music.

In an effort to escape constant home invasions, King’s parents moved the family from Ridgecrest, Ala. to Southlawn. It was then that South met D, a neighborhood freestyler. By age 14, along with two other older members, King formed the rap group “Versatile.” Unfortunately, the group lasted a short while after a member expressed his Atheist views in his raps. South bowed out of the group to do his own thing under his new alias as Lil’ South.

Still determined to pursue his calling in music Lil’ South met two local artists and formed the rap group “Lawn Boyz Dryad Thugz.” At 17, South became a local celebrity. The group had their cd’s in local stores and malls living the dream. Grossing $75,000 in sales, the group was forced to slow down at the peak of their career after realizing the bitter betrayal of management stealing $20,000 from the group.

As a result, South focused on God. He wrote his first gospel song "I Feel Your Love." It described his situation perfectly. Shortly after, Southern‘s faith was truly tested during a six month jail stay. While awaiting trial, he found himself flipping through the Bible and landed on a scripture that to him God will declare his innocence.

After his miraculous victory to freedom and a new mind frame, he was motivated to work harder than ever before. With a buzz on the streets and DJ's wanting his music, he recorded "There She Go," "Stack of Ones “and” It’s Over" with Gucci Mane. After doing a college party in October 2009 and seeing his increased fan base, he was back.

To contribute to his new found fame, he dropped "Lil" and became King South. In his mind, controversy and a challenge was good and since TI was the King of the South, Lil’ South would change his name to King South because he was doing "king things" and he felt like "If you call me Lil’ South now I feel like you're disrespecting me."

King South rose like a Phoenix from the ashes ready to put Montgomery on the map. Seeing Pimp C as a father figure, he found a mentor through his lyrics. South, a God fearing man, looks up to no one but respects artists he can relate to. From the likes of Gucci, Lil’ Boosie, Uncle Luke to the soulful Al Green, the flare of T-Pain and the excitement of MC Hammer. A combination that can all be wound up like a fine tapestry into King South's persona.

Perhaps the most intricate piece of his design is the ability to smoothly embrace pop culture and the essence of his hood mentality to present a diverse product. Both his music and style creates a versatile appearance developing - in his words - “Hood Pop.”

To mesh with his cultural awareness, his desire to bring change and give others the same opportunity has increased with his maturity. With future goals to partake in movies, production, store ownership, charities and a breast cancer foundation in memory of his mother, King South can be coined Montgomery's own Obama as he strives to bring change.

Forging a path in music that has had its share of detours and reroutes, King South is humbled by his experience thus far and appreciative of the team behind him. Polite but not passive, he is quick to remind you "I'm killin' these niggas and paying for their funeral." Success is not measured by Sound Scan in the eyes of King South, whom at the end of the day sees himself as a "humble, determined, laid back, lean sipping, kush smoking guy." Like any great leader, he rose to the occasion and assumed his spot on the throne.

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Video: King South - Cry For You [unsigned Hype]

King South - Cry For You (Main)-GreenHitz.com.mp3 - 4.1 Mb

King South Ft. Gucci Mane - It's Over (Main)-GreenHitz.com_South_ft._Gucci_Mane_-_IT'S_OVER.mp3 - 8.2 Mb

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