Hailing from Mandeville, Jamaica transplanted to the Bronx, in his teens. The back story starts with Hawk playing MC for Shabba Ranks, turns out his voice was hard to ignore. This lead to touring around the East Coast with
countless other reggae stars.Hawk cut his teeth on these bare-knuckles tours also began writing, producing and releasing tracks of his own, he got heavy play on N Y C's Hot 97 and had two tracks reach #1 in the European market. This brought attention outside the states -- including Tricky, formerly of Massive Attack. They instantly connected: “Hawkman is my partner musically. It is almost like my career has changed” - Tricky explained. Hawk co-wrote and laid down vocals on six tracks for Tricky's “Blowback” album including the single “Evolution Revolution Love” where he was also featured in the video. For the next two years, Hawk and Tricky did the live thing working live audiences, television and radio worldwide. During this period Hawk's vocal ability and stage presence grew ever more powerful.