Tha Truth is a political hip hop artist, poet, and raptivist known around the Philadelphia area for battling imperialism, inequality, corruption, and discrimination.
He 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 2008 People's Peace Conference at Rutgers University Law School in Newark, NJ.
Tha Truth performed at the ISO Conference at Columbia University in New York City, the Iraq Veterans Against The War (IVAW) benefit concert in Philadelphia, and at the Worker's World National Convention in New York twice. 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.
In other appearances, Tha Truth spoke twice at Rowan University, He performed at 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 of 2007.
On the day before the 2008 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," was included on the official American Drug War Movie Mixtape CD release.
Environmental benefit events Tha Truth 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 put out his debut CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement” in 2006. His second CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II” was released in 2007. In late 2008 Tha Truth unveiled his third CD "Tha People's Music," which is undeniably his best work to date.
"Tha People's Music" 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 sums 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").
Throughout the project Tha Truth alerts listeners to the most critical issues occuring throughout the US and the world. Through his complex and at times astounding rhyme patterns, he describes how these issues go back through time, and specific ways to take action to fix them. Tha Truth 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, New Orleans recovery efforts, military recruitment, the poverty draft, the death penalty, immigrant rights, police brutality, NAFTA, US foreign policy/empire, and so much more.
Tha Truth has shown once again with "Tha People's Music" that he is one of the few artists presenting what his name entails. As he did on his last release, he again shows his skill at educating an audience while sacrificing nothing musically.
In a time where most musicians drone on apathetically about trivial, negative, and unoriginal subject matter, Tha Truth represents a breath of fresh air; he is an artist in every sense of the word. Utilizing originality, creativity, and a desire to use his talent to move the world in a better direction, Tha Truth is a rapper one ignores at their own risk.
When it was conceived, hip hop's rhythmic poetry gave a voice to the voiceless on the streets of New York City. Tha Truth's music continues the tradition in providing a voice representing another side... the side often ignored in the media's agenda and the government's spin. Put simply, Tha Truth makes the case that to be politically neutral or uninterested is to condone what is taking place in the world. Tha Truth's music presents the aesthetic artistry, flair, and sonic mastery of the best rappers, while leaving listeners with content capable of provoking life altering critical thinking, empowerment, and awareness. One can only imagine what kind of world we would be living in if most kids listened to Tha Truth, instead of the latest egotistical, stereotype driven, corporate creation churned out by the hip hop industry to amass huge profit for their multinational conglomerate and its stock holders.