Since the inception of his career at age 13 with his debut “Boomin Words from Hell”, legendary Detroit music mogul Esham has shunned conventional music trends and industry standards with the invention of “Acid Rap”. This unadulterated, hardcore brew of hip hop that he describes as “modern day blues” has flourished into an entire sub-genre that artists like Eminem, D12, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tech N9ne, Necro etc. have all used in their own formulas for success.
With a back catalog rapidly approaching 15 solo albums, Esham drops original, groundbreaking projects at a frantic pace with each album offering a dramatic difference in creative vision and sound from the last. The lyrics drip with scathing religious and political commentary while often diving deep into the description of the perilous Detroit underworld. Esham consistently pushes the envelope with new lyrical styles and distorted perceptions on reality that have worked to carve out his niche as one of hip hop’s most notorious underground artists.
A gloomy, post-industrial and decaying Detroit helped Esham to formulate a career based on discussing the darker aspects of life. During adolescence, Esham attended Detroit schools during the school year while spending his summers with family in Amityville, New York. The perfect storm so to speak for someone often referred to as the Stephen King of hip hop.
Throughout his career, Esham along with his brother James Smith cemented their reputation as self-made men and independent pioneers with their own record label, Reel Life Productions/Gothom which garnered great financial success with over 750,000 units recognized by Soundscan not to mention a cult army of fans who call themselves “Suicidalists”. In 1999, Esham signed a massive distribution deal with independent giant TVT Records. By 2003, he signed his first true record deal with the Detroit-based label Psychopathic/Red Music, an independent music label backed by Sony.
The Detroit Free Press calls him the “forerunner of today’s rap scene”. The Source magazine labeled him as “Detroit’s Best Kept Secret”. The Detroit Music Awards recognized him as the cities “Best Hip Hop Artist” while Murderdog Magazine named Esham as their 2001 “Artist of the Year”. In 2006, Esham released hip hop’s first $100 album with the Judgment Day Box Set which was sold in limited edition fashion through his website, www.acidrap.com. The original Judgment Day project by Esham was sold as hip hop’s first double album back in 1992.
While Esham has been most revered for his innovative concepts and controversial subject matter, it’s been his work behind the boards as his own producer that has served as the backbone of his music career. Each and every Esham album has been almost exclusively self-produced. His production resume includes work with Kool Keith, Bone, MC Breed, Dayton Family, George Clinton and countless projects with local Michigan talent including Street Lordz, ICP and Twiztid among others.
In 2007, Esham is back at the helm of his career as CEO of the newly formed Reel Life Media Corporation. Currently, the company is in the midst of releasing its first digital only project “Lamb Chopz” to be sold on iTunes, Rhapsody, Emusic, Napster as well as his own online store, www.hellavastore.com. Esham’s upcoming opus, a double album called “Sacrificial Lambz” is set to be released in March of 2008. A 30 city tour in promotion for the project begins in late January 2008.
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