Born Carlos Andre Garcia, but better known by his stage name, Lil’ Lito
(Little Carlos), to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the heart of the Puerto
Rican barrio, Humboldt Park in Chicago, Lil’ Lito’s earliest influences came via
his musical home.
His father, Carlos E. Garcia is a professional latin percussionist/world music
promoter, who first saw his mother, dancer, Evelyn Garcia in a niteclub latin
dance competition while performing with Chicago’s premier latin orchestra, La
They would be introduced later as co-workers at the Ludwig Drum Company and
marry 10 years later.
Lito was exposed to a wide pallet of musical expressions from a very early age
that included salsa, r&b, jazz, and Motown. Music was always in his parameter
whether it was coming from a passing car, an open window, or a full fledged 14
piece orchestra rehearsing in his home.
Lito honed his vocal smarts on the streets, school stages and talent shows that
attracted even remote talent in a neighborhood where young people quickly
succumb to the influences of gangs, drugs, and senselessness. Although briefly
influenced for a period by the pull of the streets, Lito remained relentless in
his persuit of some kind of musical recognition. He quickly gained notoriety on
the local Chicago hip-hop music scene as a triple threat who could write, rap,
and sing his ass off, consistently reaping first place awards in local city and
community talent competitions.
His street creds as a take no prisoners rapper grew as quickly as his stage
recognition did in the school halls as a soulful vocalist who commanded a
connection with his crowd and won over students and teachers alike. Graduating
class acapella renditions made way for adventurous tales of blunt smoking and
Lil’ Lito began to come into prominence as a formidable rapper after all but
failing in some critical areas of his life. Dissention in the home led to
negative influences that would push him to steer his creative musical edge away
from his growing hip-hop/r&b influences and fan base into the gangsta-rap genre.
Breeding some relative success, alot of buzz and much respect from his peers
around the west side of the city, he self-produced several well received club
mix anthems along the way and secured a loyal following that was now literally
growing up with him and singing his songs. His artistic stock continued to rise
Appealing and selling his music to a fan base that is sometimes addicted to the
violence inherent in much of todays popular rap was no problem . It allowed him
to show versatility with advanced improvisations and vocal deliveries infused
with soulful sensibility showing that even freestyle improvisations do not have
to be overly intellectualized, but can be adventurous and accessible at the same
He remained well immersed and buoyed gathering much intimate knowledge,
experience and frustration in the process. Along the path of coming to terms
with his musical creativity he reached a profound revelation. Music is a weapon.
Able to enlighten, elevate, inspire, effect, influence and ultimately destroy
the human spirit.
Much more than this, he learned that there is an element that is basic to the
process of evolving to a higher expression of creative music. A simple change in
direction. Perhaps, a genesis.
Lil’ Lito now emerges with a new maturity, and focus on his growth as a
performer and in his artistic originality, confidently producing commercial
material that can easily rival many of today’s reigning hip-hop and R&B royalty.
Re-embracing his love for R&B, Lito’s live performances allow him to transcend
cultural barriers and command a genuine musical and emotional communication with
his audience regardless of race or gender.
Blessed with lindo boy, good looks and an embracing swagger, his soul drenched
voice pushes harmony and rhythm to new heights giving way to an artist full of
boundless inspiration that fuels his life’s passion.
Learning many skills in the production and business aspects of music, Lil’ Lito
shares his own development experiences with a stable of attractive local talent
as CEO of his independent label, TAT Recordz in Chicago. Recent showcases have
garnered sensational draws and his sold-out appearances have reached out to the
suburbs and well beyond the state lines.
There are many so called artists who succumb to musical and/or creative
compromise for the sake of reaching commercial success in today’s industry. Lil’
Lito does not belong or associate himself with this group.
Lil’ Lito now boasts all the requirements of a perfect hip-hop pedigree, not
seeing success in monetary value but more in terms of reaching a world wide
audience with relentless urgency.
In the meantime, under the watchful eye of Zuma Records, he is content to rip
the training wheels off of hip-hop, slash the remaining tires and ride the rims
down the road to reasonable financial security.