In T-Hogg early year’s doo-wop, Mo-town, The Beatles, 70’s rock, and Michael Jackson had a large influence on him, mostly because of his mom large record collection. In the mid to late 80’s Latin Hip-Hop, such as Stevie B, and had a large impact on the type of music T-Hogg would like to create in the future.
Everything changed in the 1992 when Dr. Dre The Chronic came out. T-Hogg started listening to rap especially Tupac and Dr. Dre. Rap gain more of an influence on his life when he became best friends with Kenneth Allen aka K-Smooth. K-Smooth was from Newark, NJ “Brick City” and he introduce East Coast rap to T-Hogg. K-Smooth also taught T-Hogg how to Rap. T-Hogg was always a natural singer performing multiple solo in high school musical, but rapping was a different beast. After study other rappers, such as Slick Rick and Eminem, T-Hogg found his own rap voice, which is primary story telling. T-Hogg combined his past love for old school R&B, Latin Hip-Hop, and storytelling rap to form his own unique style.
T-Hogg first CD Black & White has been a 16 month project of ups and downs but will finally becoming out in early summer 2010.