LuNaTiK The epitome of Revolution
Meet Jonathan Garrett better known by his stage name LuNaTiK which is an acronym for “Live Under No Authority Til’ I’m Killed”. At the age of 24, LuNaTiK can say that he has done it all, from things that cannot be mentioned, to leading anti-police brutality protests in front of police departments. It all began in the year 2000 at the turn of the millennium, when LuNaTiK picked up the pen for the first time after being inspired by artist Nas’ song “One Mic”.
Born on the west side of Daytona Beach, FL in 1991, LuNaTiK has since released 10 independent projects under his own label “Real Music Entertainment”, and one project under contract with Flypaper Entertainment, an entertainment group also based out of Daytona Beach, Florida.
Known for his anti-establishment styled lyrics and his failure to censor himself, LuNaTiK took a different approach in the year 2015, releasing the mixtape “Revolution Music” independently. The premise of the mixtape was to awaken the minds of the youth that had established sort of a brotherly bond with him from many years of listening to his music.
In 2013, things took a turn for the worse when the artist was targeted by local, state, and federal authorities for the content of his music including his song “Smuggler’s Route” which depicted a fictitious story of a drug trafficker riding through suburban neighborhoods dodging federal agents and local law enforcement while selling narcotics. The artist was interrogated, followed, harassed, and intimidated by law enforcement, but one thing he was not was silenced.
On September 25, 2013, the rapper’s best friend Luke Castello was gunned down in Port Orange, FL on I-95 North after a robbery at a Daytona Beach hotel that went wrong. This influenced the artist to create many tracks that aimed at criminal stereotyping by law enforcement officials. One of these songs was the now infamous “AmeriCONVICT”, a song that detailed the thoughts of the artist as well as the constant battle faced in America today by convicted criminals due to law enforcement stereotyping.
LuNaTiK was quoted saying “I have always been a scapegoat for law enforcement, it comes with the territory. I knew what I was up against and I was always willing to make that sacrifice for my city of origin Daytona Beach. Most people look at my city as a vacation/tourist destination, but in reality we are one of the most poor and crime ridden cities in the state of Florida. I speak on behalf of the oppressed, those who have no voice, no future, no say in what happens in their life, struggling daily to maintain not only life but their sanity. We all are LuNaTiK”
Check out his locally famous song “From Da Bottom” and don’t forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.