Born to perform and destined for success, Daniel Santana Brown made his appearance on September 22nd 1984, in the maternity ward of a Jamaican hospital,
moved to Toronto at the age of eight. The eldest of five children, he felt the need to lead by example, and continues to do so even today as he crafts and hones his music.
As a talented songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Brown is a triple threat, many who have worked with him or had the chance to observe him say that he’s musically gifted with has the ability to write any genre of music. Brown’s impressive resume includes penning songs for numerous artists and theme songs for multiply sports teams.
Dubbed “Hooks” for his natural ability to write catchy beats and lyrics he has shared the stage with artists such as Baby Sham, Lloyd Banks, Snow, Juelz Santana, and many others. His well-received hit “You Don’t Want That” debuted in 2003 on Hot97 as a result of DJ Clue, and as testament to Hook’s talent, his present single titled “Don’t Stop” will soon be heard rapidly climbing the charts.
Respected by his peers, Hooks realized his special gift and decided to prove a point through his music – the point being that,
regardless of obstacles and the curve balls that life throws, all you really need to succeed is drive. That kind of moxy was heard in 2003 when, at the age of 18, his unique flow and incredible ability to freestyle caught the attention of Onasys Records and he was given the opportunity to move to New York to explore his musical talent. While in New York, Hooks released “Gangsta Lova,” featuring Juelz Santana. The experience afforded Hooks the opportunity to sit down with some of hip-hop’s greatest artists and bask in knowledge. Humble and grateful for the experience, “Captain Hooks” was born.
Hooks is not just another rapper – he writes lyrics that transcend genres of music, and as his alias suggests, has mastered the art of hook writing. It’s these talents that separate Hooks from the rest proving he is multi-dimensional in his craft and exuberating the true essence of an artist. “Hip-hop has become pop; pop is hip-hop. Music is definitely changing. I want to be the crux of that. I want to be a reason, not a result.” He’s presently working on his new EP with super producer T-Minus who has produced tracks for Ludacris, Latoya Luckitt, Drake, Trey Songz, and Mya. They know a winner when they hear one, now it’s time that you heard him, too.