Atlee “Tha Anthem” Urquhart was raised in the small town of Imperial Beach, CA. The town’s proximity to Mexico gave rise to his fluent bilingual abilities as an artist. His West Coast roots blend with his current residence in the Lone Star State creating a unique dynamic to his writing. Tha Anthem’s music is a reflection of his many nuances and influences and how he seamlessly merges them together.
In 1996, Tha Anthem wrote his first original verse at the age of twelve. From there he moved on to writing full-length songs and freestyling. Though not a battle emcee, it is said that his freestyle skills are prolific. From 1999 to 2002 Tha Anthem attended Mar Vista High School. There he became the reigning four-time champion of the school wide rap-off. Owning this title since its inaugural year, he returned a year after he graduated to host the competition.
On May 6th, 2008, Tha Anthem's debut album entitled "The Exception, Not the Rule" was released. Not only did his debut album receive radio airplay from coast to coast across both the United States and Canada, it also received airplay on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Tha Anthem's debut single "Gig'd Up" debuted on San Diego's alternative rock station 91X; a feat that only hip-hop artists the likes of the Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill have ever been able to achieve.
Tha Anthem’s sophomore album “Act Right or Get Left” was released in March 2011 and was followed up in March 2012 with his self-titled junior album that featured collaborations from Brisco, Gorilla Zoe and more. His fourth album entitled "Ambient Space: Foreign Ports" was released in 2013. The album was produced by Joe Knox; the producer behind his previous three albums. The album featured collaborations from Brisco, Chase, Devin the Dude, Gorilla Zoe, Jacquees, Jody Breeze, Juvenile, Mickey Factz and Ty.
Recently, Tha Anthem wrapped up production on his new single “Shakin’ for Payroll” featuring B.o.B. Grammy nominated producer Sonny Digital produced the song. His hope is that the project is enough to finally garner national – ideally worldwide – attention. With the next chapter of his musical career on the horizon, Atlee "Tha Anthem" Urquhart hopes to revitalize the hip hop music community and show that in a time of one-track artists with one-track sounds, versatile artists can and do still exist.