Francisco Morales aka Corleone aka Gifted made a name for himself on the streets. He is a artist and hip-hop beat maker from Brooklyn, New York who later moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania. In the mid to late 1980's, Corleone was raised in the same household in Brooklyn, New York with rap star named, Jay-Z. Jay-Z stood as Corleones' cousin in law, to his uncles wife named, "Roda", who is the aunt of Jay-Z. Jay-Z would babysit Corleone as he would record rhymes in his studio.
Corleone began his music career in 1992, as an official up and coming member of "Killa Army", which is a, "Wu-Tang Clan" affiliated hip-hop group. He is a former official member of the legendary hip-hop group named, "Slum Village" and is also a former official member of the hip-hop super-group, "Wu-Tang Clan." As a seven year old kid, Corleone would write rhymes while reading both the dictionary and thesaurus by himself and with else members of, "Killa Army" and "Wu Tang Clan". He was also discipled under the, "5 percenters" religion, by Killa Army and Wu Tang Clan members, as it was then mandated that all of Wu Tang Clan members be apart of this religion.
As a seven year old kid, Corleone would also, both write rhymes and collaborate with members of, “Slum Village” such as, T3, J. Dilla (R.I.P), Baatin (R.I.P), and RJ right outside of his parents apartment. He was sworn into the group by oaths that he and members of Slum Village had taken together, as J. Dilla would later personally mentor him into creating hip-hop beats. He began creating his own hip-hop beats as a 8 years old kid, using an MPC machine, during the year of 1994.
Corleone grew up on the streets and as a kid, He spent most of his weekends visiting his grandfather at prison in upstate New York at “Sing Sing Correctional Facility”. His grandfather, named, Francisco Morales Sr aka, “Paco” was Drug Kingpin of all of Brooklyn, New York during the era of the 1950's and 1960's. He was the largest drug dealer of all of Brooklyn, New York in the era of known gangsters such as, Lucky Luciano and more to name but also, was the criminal boss to had given orders to known gangster, named, "Bumpy Johnson" to maintain Harlem, New York. His grandfather served over 20 years in prison and passed away on September 14, of 2019.
Corleone made quite the name for himself in his neighborhood, as a young gangster. In 1993, At the age of just 7 years old, Corleone had already been breaking into homes, stores, and began heisting jewelry and money. Also, at just seven years old, Corleone had stolen automobiles, as he "hot wired" them throughout his neighborhood for distribution on the streets.
It was then where Corleone would have later discovered a dead corpse, for the first time in his life at just seven years old. The body of the male victim had been decomposed in a house for several weeks prior, as it was said by the coroners that the male victim had committed suicide and his heart had imploded from the consumption of large amounts of cocaine.
At just 7 years of age, Corleone started his own business, as He later sold the car radio systems on the streets for money, from each of the vehicles to which He had broken into throughout his neighborhood. Corleone faced his first misdemeanor charge at eight years old, and was arrested for burglary. By the age of 9 years old, He was already selling drugs on the streets. At 13 years old, Corleone was making over $100,000 per year from running the streets.
Corleone was also a self-made millionaire, who made over $1 million dollars from running the streets over a course of years. He nearly bought his way into the music industry at the age of 14 years old, as He then spoken with, "Franz Koch", CEO of "Koch Distribution". He and Franz Koch had then discussed business with eachother on Corleone buying his way into "Koch Distribution", as a label owner for $50,000 of his own money but the deal had not fallen through.
Corleone is a member of the East coast bloods gang in Brooklyn, New York City. He is one of the leading members of the 4,000+ members from the blood set named, "S.S.B", which is abbreviated for the name, "Still Stickin' Bitches". Corleone has been a member of the bloods gang since he was six years old, as he first became a blood member in 1992 in his affiliation with the, "Wu Tang Clan" and "Killa Army". Corleone was also a member of the "Lost Boyz" street gang, also known as, "L.B Fam", which gang set originated in Jamaica Queens, New York City. The Lost Boyz street gang then united with the Crips gang and became known as the, "Lost Boy Crips", abbreviated for "L.B.C", which lead to Corleone leaving the "Lost Boyz" gang, as one of its founding members.
In 1998-1999, Corleone had already been arrested on several accounts and under investigations on drug stings, homicide and gang affiliation stings by the D.E.A and F.B.I for more than 10 years. He was never arrested for possession in neither case. In 2015, Corleone was under investigation by the D.E.A for 1 year and was arrested on a felony charge. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for, "sales of illegal firearms". He was released on a $100,000 bail. During a series of court hearings, Corleone defended and plead for His case, as He took the stand against 30 or more D.E.A law enforcement officers, who tried to incriminate Him on charges. Corleone then, fired His lawyer, while in court, as He then chose to represent Himself as His own lawyer. Corleone won His case, and thus, His prison sentence was reduced to a 3-year term on parole.
When Corleone was just six or seven years old, He also trained in boxing and martial arts, as well. He then obtained his black belt and green belt in martial arts when he was just 8 or 9 years old. Corleone also loved the sport of boxing. In fact, boxing and martial arts had been Corleones' favorite sport since he was a 4 year old kid. Since he was a 4 year old kid, Corleone would watch martial art films throughout his entire day, as He studied and shadowed Bruce Lee's career, as well.
Corleone trained to professionally fight at the junior olympic boxing events as a 7 year old kid. He would record the boxing bouts that had taken place at the junior Olympics on television, as He studied each pre-recorded footage and everyone of his potential opponents. His dream was to professionally box in the Olympics. His first boxing trainer, nick named "Pac", also known for training one of his own boxers to victory over pro boxer, Miquel Cotto; had trained Corleone for a limited time at the gym but eventually, the boxing gym had been shut down by the city council. It was the only boxing gym throughout his entire city.
Corleone was then introduced to pro legendary boxer named, "Larry Holmes", as they both had shook hands with eachother and agreed to begin training at Larry Holmes' boxing gym in Easton, Pennsylvania. He trained at Larry Holmes' gym for 1 year or so, as Larry Holmes also stood as his promoter in coordinating Corleones' boxing events, as well. Eventually, Corleone left the gym. He was eager to step in the ring and to begin fighting professionally, but was told to continue His training by pro boxer, Larry Holmes, until further due.
Corleone had the opportunity in being a professional licensed boxer when He was 8 years old. He refused to professionally box because it was considered illegal for licensed boxers to fight on the streets. Corleone was still very much then involved into the fighting on the streets, for respect and clout throughout his neighborhood and did not want to take a chance in being arrested for any of his street related fights during his childhood. He was left with no other option other than to quit boxing.
Corleone also played sports such as, baseball, basketball and football. When Corleone was just 12 or 13 years old, he was scouted to play baseball as the starting shortstop for the, United States Olympic baseball team. He forfeited his role on the team due to a shoulder injury, and pursued surgery on his throwing shoulder. By the age of 13 years old, Corleone had already been offered an opportunity to play professional baseball for the, "Allentown Ambassadors” class AA (doube A) baseball team. He was offered a $2,000 per month salary based pay, as He was then asked to drop out of school, and further his education on the road, via tutors the team provided for him throughout the course of each season. Corleone declined to join the team, because by law, he would then become ineligible to play college sports, or qualify for the NCAA draft.
He played baseball in youth leagues throughout his city in Allentown, Pennsylvania for more than 13 years and lead his entire city in stats for more than 10 consecutive years as lead shortshop for most homeruns, most runs batted in, highest on base percentage and highest batting average. He featured as, “M.V.P” (Most Valuable Player) for baseball on the, “Morning Call” local newspaper more than 15 consecutive times, with a total amount of 30 or more times and in highschool, He lead his baseball team as team captain for “Dieruff Highschool” in a team photo and article, featured on the front cover of the, “Morning Call” newspaper, as well.
Corleone also played basketball regularly in youth leagues as a kid and also played basketball at tournaments on the streets. By the age of 7 years old, He was scouted to play basketball for the, "AAU Basketball" organization during street ball competiton but did not play AAU basketball due to traveling expenses. The "AAU" (Amateur Athletic Union) formerly worked with the United States Olympic Committee to prepare U.S.A athletes for the Olympics. He was also scouted to play basketball for the famous, "And1" basketball league, which featured on the, "ESPN" television network but was not eligible to participate in the tournament due to his age.
He played football in youth leagues, for nearly 10 years or so, as well and also had an opportunity to play college football for, “Penn State University”. He was ranked as one the leading quaterbacks throughout his region, and was known as one of the most talented defensive line backers, as well. He lead a few teams to championships in youth leagues as quaterback for the, “Allentown A's”, “L.C.Y.A Bulldogs” and “Alton Park Comets”.
Corleone also had an athletic scholarship to Central Catholic Highschool in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was only 13 years old, as head of the baseball program for Central Catholic Highschool attended one of Corleones' scheduled season games. Corleone hit 2 homeruns over 430 ft, 2 triples, 2 doubles, and 1 single, along with obtaining 7 rbi's on that day. He was later offered a scholarship to which funded all tuition to any college to which he had wanted to attend. He forfeited his scholarship due to his previous shoulder injury.
Corleone had later gotten surgery on his shoulder by (David) Leigh S. Brezenoff, M.D., who is Derek Jeters' personal athletic doctor, of the New York Yankees. M.D, Breznenoff once performed surgery on Derek Jeters broken ankle, as well. In 1999, Corleone was recruited by the U.S.A Army and was offered a scholarship to both attend and play sports for the army, as well. He failed is eye exam and was diagnosed with a vision disorder called, "Astigmatism", and was not eligible to attend the army.
In Highschool, Corleone joined the swimming team His freshman year to rehabilitate his shoulder. He was also on the wrestling team for Dieruff Highschool and played baseball, as well. He graduated from highschool, and obtained an NCAA athletic scholarship from his high S.A.T scoring to play baseball for an NCAA college in the state of Texas. Corleone also had obtained an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC). He also holds the record for the fasted speed timed at a 30 yard dash at Louis E. Dieruff Highschool, as he sprinted and was timed in a 30 yard dash at just 3.1 seconds. He also studied graphic design and obtained a scholarship for graphic design to, "Kutztown University" in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Corleone also played and tried out for a starting role for the professional major league baseball team(s) titled, "New York Yankees" and "Philadelphia Phillies". He didn't make either team due to his injuries, as he was still recuperating from his shoulder surgery. He was timed at a 60 yard dash during tryouts for the Yankees at an exact 6 seconds and batted 4-4, as he hit a homerun, a triple, a double, and 1 single at a exhibition game for the New York Yankees against the best professional baseball players and college players from all over the world. He also played as catcher for the Yankees and managed to throw each and every player out that had attempted to steal from firstbase to secondbase, as well. He was denied a contract by the Yankees due to his third trial at the 60 yard dash, as he completed the 3rd 60 yard dash and was timed at seven seconds due to a blown hamstring.
In 1993, Corleone nearly began his career as one of the worlds first and youngest, premiere lyrical icons in pop culture. Corleone then worked on one of his first record deals' with Robert Percy Miller, aka "Master P". He than worked with record label, Cash Money Records / No Limit Records for $30,000 to a proposed record contract worth millions of dollars. It was than when Robert Percy Miller aka "Master P" had asked of Corleone to move into his mansion so that He could focus more on recording music. Corleone was underage and was not legally of age to sign His record deal with Master P.
In 1995-1996, Corleone was the first lead rapper to had been chosen by tour manager, Stefano Dihibretti for two-time Grammy award winning rock band, “Linkin Park”, but declined to further his membership with “Linkin Park” due to his lack of interest in, “Heavy Metal Music”. In 1995-1996, Corleone also began working on a management and recording contract with Busta Rhymes and R&B Group, “Jodeci” manager, Sheryl, CEO of Drama Inc., based in Manhattan, New York. Corleone was than offered the opportunity to feature on the first world premiere song in the music industry of rap star, “Lil Bow” but Corleone declined to sign any contractual agreements due to song details and contract disagreements.
In 1997-1998, Corleone had came across the rapper named, "Drake", while reading upon fan mail, via the internet. At the time, Drake was a contemporary and R&B artist, who had been emailing Corleone on his inquiry to collaborate with him on a record. Drake at then, had sung vividly, and had yet to indulge in writing hip-hop music. As also, he had uploaded his music as Corleone had done over the Internet on a website titled, "Soundclick".
Drake had also told Corleone that He was Corleones' biggest fan. Influenced by Corleones' music, Drake then began to both write and record hip-hop music, as well. Drake was to then title Corleone as his Idol, as Drake also had listed Corleone on his website as his, "Idol and Inspiration", to which lead him to pursue a music career as a rap artist.
In 1997-1998, Corleone worked on a major record deal with, "Arista Records" worth over millions and millions of dollars when he was just 11 years old. The record company offered to move Corleone back to New York City and also, to relocate him to a different Highschool in Brooklyn, New York but he couldn't get parental consent to sign his record deal, nor did his mother approve on him relocating to a different school.
In 1997-1998, Corleone was also given the opportunity, had taken, to ghost write the albums for artists such as Lil Wayne, and B.G of Cash Money Records. Corleone was a 7th grade student at the time and He accepted the terms to ghostwrite for both, Lil Wayne and rapper, B.G but was later given instructions to drop out of school, and to fly out to the record labels headquarters, so that He could begin working on their projects. Corleone chose to further his education and remained in school. As He then declined the opportunity to ghost write for both rappers, Lil Wayne and B.G.
Corleone was also known on the streets as a battle emcee, and performed in many on stage rap battles at night clubs against other emcees, throughout the tri-state area. In 1999, Corleone was barely twelve years old and was invited to participate in the worlds biggest emcee battling competition, titled, “The Brain Storm Battle”, in the state of California. At this competition, stood a panel of Judges such as, Mos Def, Canibus, Poison Pen and so on. Corleone was in New York City at that time and due to a snow storm, He could not attend the rap battling competition.
Corleone has been featured on DVD's such as, "Big Pun Appreciation Night", which filmed in the state of Philadelphia. He has also featured on a DVD's such as, "Coast to Coast MCs", which was filmed as documentary in His neighborhood by, "Sneak Tip Media". Corleone also starred as a guest in the Warner Brothers film titled, "What It Be Like".
Corleone featured on a mixtape hosted by rapper, "Canibus" and his street team in 1999. His song titled, "War Zone" was put on the mixtape and the mixtape featured the first ever appearance of rapper, "J. Cole", who went under the alias name then titled as, "Therapist" in 1999. The mixtape became quite the hit in the Underground music scene and rekindled a music industry buzz for Corleone. The buzz eventually created a controversy between himself and rapper, "J. Cole" on who was the more talented battle rapper, as many critics debated that Corleone was the more talented artist.
In 1999-2000, Corleone was reached out to by CEO of Babygrande Records, Chuck Wilson. Chuck Wilson was once, director of operations at B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television), as He also wrote the film script to the film titled, “Soul Plane”. Corleone then, was offered a $50,000 record deal by Chuck Wilson but He refused to sign. Chuck Wilson had asked for Corleone to sign an 8 year contract with "Babygrande Records" but also, for Corleone to record 4 full length albums per year, along with a 24-27 minimum track listing per each album. Corleone had later declined to sign His record deal with Chuck Wilson and Babygrande Records, due to the amount of work needed to fulfill contract requirements.
In 2000, Corleone worked with major hip-hop label, "Rawkus Records", as he nearly signed to their label. He was then told to had switch his rhyming style to a less skillful style, due to the labels' priority in promoting one of their signed artists' by the name of, "Madd Skills". He disagreed to changing his rhyme style, as later He and rapper, "Madd Skills" had gotten into an argument over the phone, at the labels headquarters, where he tried to convince Corleone into changing his style. Corleone later declined to sign with, "Rawkus Records".
In 2002-2003, Corleone independently recorded and released a hit song titled, "Eyes Of An Angel", which landed as a hit record on billboards top 100 internet music charts but also as the premiere theme song for the hit and revised television series titled, “90210”. The song was later dropped from the television series, due to a copyrights claim, worth over $500,000 over a sample, featuring the female contemporary artist, "Dido". With having millions and millions of music downloads and song plays, Corleone also featured on mp3 dot com's top 100 song charts, as well. Also, while making the top 50 song charts on soundclick dot com. Corleone also featured as a top artist on various other music charts and outlets, as well.
In 2008, Corleone worked with legendary hip-hop producer, DJ Domingo, who produced noticeable hit records such as "Dream Shatterer" for world famous rapper, Christopher Rios, aka "Big Punisher". Corleone also worked with Domingo on a song featuring the legendary, "Kool G Rap" but the record was set back and never released.
In 2008-2009, Corleone worked as an artist with a film production division under Universal Records, based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. He was then offered a $1.3 million dollar record deal, under the sub label of West coast rapper, Mr. Capone E. Corleone then declined to sign with Universal, as prior, He was then told to had tattoo his entire face to attract an envisioned audience, as required for the record deal to had fallen through. Corleone then also worked with producers of Universal, on a promotional TV deal with a local television show featured in Brooklyn, New York titled, "B Cat" but neither deal had been fulfilled.
Corleone independently released one Gospel Hip-hop project titled, "My Pain, His Glory" under his alias name titled as, "Gifted" in 2009 and was nominated for several independent Gospel music awards, after being downloaded by over 40 million+ fans of his own from all over the world and having over 100 million plays / radio spins during its initial release. The hit mixtape landed Corleone a invite to a front row reserved seat at the B.E.T music awards with else celebrities and entertainers and also a V.I.P membership to the B.E.T music awards after party. Corleone was also invited to participate in a Hip-Hop conference hosted by the female emcee named, "MC Lyte", as he, MC Lyte and many other participants both conversed with eachother on how to improve Hip-hops current state.
In 2009-2010, Corleone signed a record deal with End Of Earth Records, as a gospel hip-hop artist, under His alias titled as, "Gifted". As then, Corleone stood label mates with legendary Gospel Hip-hop groups and artists such as, The Tunnel Rats, Propaganda, Theory Hazit, Afarr, and many more Christian rap artists to name. Corleone soon opted out of his contract with End Of Earth records, due to financial reasons.
In 2010-2011, Corleone was assigned as ghost writer to rappers, 50 cent and Eminem, for well over $3 million dollars by major record label, Universal Music Group. He declined to sign his record contract with Universal, due to him not receiving any royalty money, nor credentials as the initial song writer. As his manager than, under UMG, named Brian Wayne Perry was the person who had landed Corleone the record deal.
Corleone has been interviewed by, “Rolling Stone Magazine”, and has also been scheduled to interview on, “XXL Magazine.” Corleone has also been scheduled for interview on ABCs’, “Good Morning America”, television show, under Tate Publishing, of whom he was signed with as both a musician and author in 2013.
In 2013, Corleone worked on his first debut album and book to be sold physically and digitally in stores world-wide titled, “Diary Of A Sinner”. Corleone signed, both a record deal and book publishing deal with Tate Publishing under his alias titled as, "Gifted". Corleone then acquired both partnership and sponsor deals with Dish Network, ESPN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, SPIKE TV, U.S.A Channel, AMC Channel, MTV, MTV2, VH1, B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television), Disney Channel, and nearly every television to radio network in the entire entertainment / television industry.
Corleone also worked with female pop star and Disney sensation, “Demi Lovato” on a featured song for His debut album titled, “Diary Of A Sinner” . He also worked on four featured songs for His album with world known, ‘DJ (dee-jay) and emcee, “Tony Touch”. Corleone canceled His album release due to him experiencing both a brain aneurysm and a stroke at the same time, after an argument had broken loose at a party to which He had hosted at His apartment.
In 2019, Corleone created his own clothing brand titled, “Corleone Clothing & Apparel” and teamed up with CEO of Aliveshoes dot com named, "Luca Botticelli" in creating his own shoe line titled, "Corleone". His new shoe line is now in production in Le Marche, Italy and as of date, are on the verge of being sold physically in stores. Corleone is currently working on the development of His new cologne fragrance titled, “Corleone”, as well. He also created his own independent company, titled, “Corleone Entertainment.”