Richard Thomas is “Lionface of LionKing Muzik” formerly known as Babyface, the notorious sound killing Selector of King Addies Sound System.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Lionface migrated at an early age to the USVI before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Although demonstrating a passion for music and entertaining as a youth, it was in Brooklyn where members of the reggae and dancehall world began to observe his conviction and talent as a DJ/Selector. From the 90’s through to 2010, Lionface alongside Danny Dread were the main factors behind the success of King Addies, taking the Brooklyn sound from strength to strength making them a household name, touring the sound internationally, and winning countless sound clash trophies and awards worldwide. The King Addies vs Kilamajaro clash held in Portmore, Jamaica 1995, remains the biggest and most historical sound clash to date.
Already established, Lionface launched and continues to work under his own brand, LionKing Muzik. He has previously produced for artistes like Capleton, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Gyptian and I Wayne just to mention a few and still tours with Wayne Wonder as his official DJ. Lionface has worked tirelessly to promote, mentor and support new artistes referred through his vast network of industry links. His enormous contribution to the reggae, dancehall and soundclash industry has been instrumental in helping set the foundation, raising expectations and has paved the way for the current and future sound systems. More recently, Lionface is focused on producing but still makes an appearance for special occasions and tours yearly worldwide.
Lionface, the DJ/Selector is a true master of the craft with a proven ability to entertain a crowd with his experience, vibrant and high energy sets by selecting from his overloaded and exquisite collection. The use of rare intuition that he possesses to read, feel and connect with his audience, creates magic keeping the vibes and energy alive. As a producer, Lionface is well known amongst industry heads and peers for his remixes and unique talent for creating clean, sharp and high quality dubplates. He has also produced a number of riddims which have been well received including the hit riddim Unleaded in 2000 with the most recent being the Ark Riddim in 2020 and the Divorce Court Riddim released in April 2021.
With over 30 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of the business, Lionface is the ultimate professional, highly respected by artistes, promoters, record labels and agencies alike for his contribution and continuous support within the reggae and dancehall world.
His versatility, ability to evolve and adapt within an ever changing industry, allows him to remain current and keep his audience entertained and loyal whilst maintaining his ever-growing fanbase.
Lionface’s dedication and deep rooted passion for dancehall, reggae, roots, culture and its preservation, continues to fuel his desire to share and keep this music alive worldwide while recognizing its power to manifest love, unity, peace and harmony.