Tha Truth is an "art-ivist" (artist/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for advocating for peace, equality, and justice through music. Since 2006, Tha Truth has released five independent albums, all with the goal of inspiring listeners to do their part to make this world a better place. His songs and lyrics pertain to cooperation, human rights, and social justice.
"Music for a Better World," his latest album release, consists of a diverse array of genres of music comprised with a myriad of instruments and rhythms. This project reflects Tha Truth's growth from being strictly a hip hop artist to a full fledged musician who has evolved with the abilities to sing and play real instruments. On this latest project listeners will hear Tha Truth sing, rap, play the drums (and the berimbau instrument), and rap in Spanish. Musical genres on this release include jazz, reggae, dancehall, Spanish music, Capoeira (Brazilian music), funk, folk/guitar, hip hop, classical violin, calypso music, and more.
On his latest album Tha Truth is bringing new concepts to the table such as a song with nothing but happy and positive thoughts (Positive Energy), a track completely in Spanish (Todos Somos Iquales), more singing (in addition to rhyming), and his own production (he produced many tracks on the album himself with drums and other instruments). An overall more positive and inspirational lyrical approach is also now on display. Instead of solely relaying the world's problems and awful truths, he is focusing on what can be done about them and the importance of education and activism. In accordance with this, the "Music for a Better World" CD comes in packaging made from recycled paper and a tray holding the CD in place made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The ink used to print the packaging comes from non-toxic, biodegradable soy and vegetable based inks.
Tha Truth put out his debut CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement” in 2006. His second CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II” was released the following year. In 2008 Tha Truth unveiled his third CD "Tha People's Music," which was heavily inspired by Howard Zinn's classic, best selling book "A People's History of the United States (from 1492 to Present)". On this CD Tha Truth summed up the suppressed, real history of the United States from 1492 to 2008 (starting with the pillaging of Columbus) in just two songs ("The Real History of the US" and "The Real History II"). Through his lyrics he also takes on bigotry, poverty, air pollution, war and occupation, worker's rights, U.S healthcare, corporate privatization of resources, the prison industrial complex, corporate media, military recruitment, the death penalty, immigrant rights, police brutality, and more.
"Tha Mis-Education of the Masses" was released by Tha Truth on May 19th, 2010 (Malcolm X's birthday and 2 days before Harvey Milk's). The songs on this CD make similar points as his previous projects, while adding large doses of sarcasm, humor, metaphors, and more diversified beats comprised from Middle Eastern live percussion/drums, native flutes, acoustic and rock guitars, reggaeton, and DJ techniques (scratching and mixing). The touch of humor to add balance when addressing such serious subjects was a departure from the 100% political content of his previous project.
Tha Truth has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, demonstrations, conferences, and benefits. Among these appearances Tha Truth performed at “The People’s March for Peace and Justice” in Newark, NJ where he shared the stage with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” and Congressman Jon Conyers (one of the initators of HR 676/the Universal Health Care bill). He was also featured as a special guest performer along with M-1 of Dead Prez at the People's Peace Conference at Rutgers University Law School in Newark, NJ.
A sampling of the array of events Truth has performed in include the ISO Conference at Columbia University in New York City, the Iraq Veterans Against The War (IVAW) benefit concert in Philadelphia, and the Worker's World National Convention in New York. Additionally, Tha Truth performed in the "Drop Beats Not Bombs" concert at Rutgers University, the Veterans for Peace National Convention at The University of Maryland, and the Green Party National Conference at NC Central University in North Carolina and Alfred University in New York. In other appearances, Tha Truth spoke and performed at Rowan University, the University of Pennsylvania, and he was also one of the artists who took part in the “Rock the Rulers” concert outside the Capitol Building in Washington, DC during the Troops Out Now encampment protest.
On the day before the Presidential Election, Temple University's radio station interviewed Tha Truth and asked him to speak to the students about the issues. Tha Truth's song "U.S. Drug War," appeared on the official American Drug War Movie Mixtape CD release. Environmental benefit events he has been featured in include concerts at Pennsylvania’s Cedar Brook Middle School Earth Day Festival, “Arts in The Park” in Elkins Park, PA, and the Brown Bear Music Festival to expose pollution in the Monoshone Creek in Philadelphia.
Tha Truth began writing rhymes in 1998 but it took the influence of a conscious rap artist he befriended to begin questioning his lyrics, which were more of the gangsta rap variety in the late 90's. As he grew, he learned there were answers to his questions about injustice in society, and he began to articulate political insight and struggle into his music. With each CD he has continued to evolve with his insight, lyricism, and overall musical production.
This artist provides all the lyrics for his songs, corresponds with all fans who contact him, and provides an arsenal of resources and links for people who want to get involved with doing something to make the world better through his website ThaTruthMusic.Com