T-KASH is the Truth.
After honing his skills on Bay Area revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup's projects Steal This Album, Steal This Double Album and Party Music, T-K.A.S.H. unleashed his magnum opus, 2006's Turf War Syndrome, on a world weary of commercialized gangsta fables and the prostitution of hip-hop.
Featuring production work by industry-veteran and fellow revolutionary hip-hop artist Paris, Turf War Syndrome employs verbal assistance from both The Coup and Paris, among others, and even now stands as a project that plays an essential role in the resurgence of quality hip-hop.
T-KASH's second album, the brilliant Brains All Over the Streets continued in the tradition of its predecessor, fusing street knowledge, book knowledge and undeniable rhythms address various social and political issues in the then-new "post-Bush" climate.
Now T-K.A.S.H. is back in production on his third Guerrilla Funk release, No Country for Black Men, a hard-hitting collection of original songs that marry, hip-hop, honesty, introspection and humor with raw feeling and intensity that is all-too-rare in hip-hop nowadays. With guest production by Paris, its release will be announced in conjunction with several other Guerrilla Funk offerings soon.
"I'm not just a rap artist, I am a product of the hip-hop industry," said T-K.A.S.H., who grew up in Oakland, California, and directly experienced the sharp rise and fall of Bay Area rap. "The elements of the industry raised me as an artist."
With an extensive knowledge of west coast hip-hop, T-K.A.S.H. worked closely with Bay Area radio show legend Davey D for over ten years at KPFA in Berkeley, CA. It was through his weekly appearances on The Friday Night Vibe that he developed a cult following and national syndication, as many of his listeners not only took comfort in his raw and truthful lyrics but also in the fact that he held an active position in non-commercial radio. It was there that he first came to the attention of Paris, who signed him to Guerrilla Funk Recordings shortly after hearing a portion of his debut project.
T-K.A.S.H.'s talents as a lyricist and radio host have gained him the attention of national publications The Source, Vibe, and Murder Dog Magazine, who, in 2002, heralded his rhymes on the title track of the Straight Outta Hunters Point soundtrack by stating, "This is what people mean when they are talking about reality rap...he's servin' up heat for real...that's real talk." Indeed. Another Hard Truth Soldier was born.
Throughout the next few years, T-K.A.S.H. continued to grow both artistically and personally, losing over 100 lbs. by way of a dedicated regimen of exercise and nutrition, eventually earning his personal trainer's NCCA accreditation and completing over a dozen marathons and half-marathons.
T-K.A.S.H.'s most major accomplishment to date, however, came with his graduation from the University of California at Berkeley in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics. He now serves on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley.
T-KASH continues to set the bar high. Hard Truth Soldier to the fullest.