, Chris Hernandez (born October 18, 1977) is an American Christian rap artist, producer, and label owner
Lingo was born to Richard and Carmen Hernandez in Dallas, TX
. Born into a faith based and God fearing family, Lingo knew the Lord at a young age. Although he was raised with strong Christian convictions, Lingo was also born in and around some of the roughest streets in Dallas
. His teen years were spent running around with the local gangs, around drugs, and party life. His love for music attracted him to the party scene, learning the art of DJing, mixing and playing for local house parties.
In 1996, during his senior year in high school, he began to turn to his convictions and follow his calling to serve the Lord faithfully and leave behind the life he was leading that lead his peers to jail, death, or a troubled life.
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In 1997 Lingo formed a Christian rap group called Streetype along with DJ "B", a childhood friend, and a Christian emcee named Chris Shock. After shopping the group to various Christian rap
record labels, he decided to form an independent label called . In 1998 Groovesound Records released its first release by Streetype titled Step Into Tha Vibe
. The Cd was sold in and around at local and regional shows.
After 2 other independent releases, Tha Bloodline Compilaiton
, and D.O.G. Squad The Debut
, Lingo landed the label its first national distribution deal with Word......