Mario Cheef
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Mario Cheef

Hartford, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1998 | SELF | AFTRA

Hartford, Connecticut, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1998
Solo Hip Hop Dancehall




"Star Gleaner News Paper Jamaica"

The family legacy of Rising star Mario Wallace, aka Cheef, runs deep in the music industry.

His cousin, hip hop legend Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997, is regarded by some as the greatest rapper of all time. He grew up in the projects in Brooklyn with his Jamaican mother Voletta Wallace, who was a preschool teacher. Cheef has been cooking up musical beats that he is hoping will, like his famous cousin, take him to future stardom.

"Biggie is one of the best rappers to do it. He paved the way for a lot of the artistes today. I talk very little about him because I'm afraid people will say I am using it to get leverage. But on the flip side, it feels good to know that my family tries hard to keep the Wallace legacy afloat," he shared.

Cheef, who was raised between Florida and Jamaica, was introduced to music by his father Ardie 'Cuban' Wallace, who was the first local promoter in Hartford, Connecticut, to book Bob Marley in 1975 and 1978 for two concerts.

"I come from a family of musicians and entertainers. I've grown and lived part of my life seeing most of the top artistes, including Capleton, Beenie Man, Ninja Man and others stay right in my dad and mom's house," he said.

At age 10, Cheef began performing on stage and has since shared stage with musical giants such as Yellowman, Third World, Shaggy, The Marleys and even hip hop star 50 Cent. He does rap, pop, dancehall, reggae and R&B. Cheef, who opened for dancehall rising star Skillibeng on his first appearance in Hartford on June 5, will join lovers' rock king Beres Hammond for three dates as the opening act on the Solid Love tour that plays the tri-state area from August 12 to 14. On July 30, he will share the stage with Cham, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley at the WestSide Reggae Festival. Then in August he is confirmed for the Springfield Parade with Chuck Fenda. - Anthony Turner


Richie Stephens "Born Blessed" Ft Goodboy Elliot and Mario Cheef has a deep story behind it and the origins of the world this piece was created. one part was recorded in Gambia a next part was done in the beautiful island of Jamaica and last but not least was done in the us in a small city named Hartford. the song was then sent back to Africa to be finalized and ever since it has been a great success. the video was shot very shortly and has now racked up over a hundred thousand views and counting. the energy the chemistry and all the love in this one project makes it what it is. the blend of instruments and geographic diversity makes this song born blessed truly special.



Mario wallace aka “Cheef” was Born in Hartford,Ct March, 24,1990. He was raised in Florida and also the island of Jamaica where his parents are from.As a child Mario was introduced to the entertainment scene by his father who was and still to this day a huge concert promoter.The young talented “Cheef” learned how to sing,write,produce, and engineer at a very tender age and has carried that with him throughout his music journey.Cheef has been performing on stage since he was 10 years old and has opened up for huge artist like King Yellow Man, Third World, Shaggy, Sean Paul,The Marleys and 50 cent just to name a few. Coming from a family of pure talent he took to the likes of production and audio engineering and became one of the best engineers known today in the New England area and while doing so he has racked up numerous plaques and awards while on this great musical path. In the middle of his journey Mario was able to strike a deal with mr.Pouncey friend of the legend Bobby Brown and His main purpose was to make beats for his upcoming pop artist and he was introduced to area 54 studios and also D Anthony from Ruff Ryders.Mario has had the great opportunity to be around Sony,Columbia,violator,Sobe, and also seven studios a branch of Sony Atv. His style is like no other and ranges from Hip-Hop-Hop and R&B infused with the island twist of reggae, dancehall and Afro beats. Today the multi talented artist can be found on all major platforms or a city and stage near you.

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