ScholarMan is a Maryland based hip-hop artist and producer known for socially conscious and soulful music. His presence, message and lyrical style has been compared to the likes of lyricists Common, Black Thought, and Nas – his production style has been compared to the likes of Pete Rock, Large Professor, Diamond D, Hi-Tek, the late J Dilla and DJ Premier. He considers himself a student of hip-hop; an advocate, enthusiast and an emcee that shares his beliefs through his music.
Though some try to box him into a specific sub-genre of hip-hop, ScholarMan describes his music as soulful. Soulful meaning his music is fresh, sincere and from the heart. His mission is to uplift not only hip-hop’s culture through his music but his community as well. He does this by releasing innovative songs about struggle and progress, love and lack there of, all the while expanding his talents and abilities looking to achieve a modern sound that is inspired by the foundation that hip-hop’s pioneers established.
Like many artist, ScholarMan began writing and producing in his teenage years. With money he saved from his first summer job, he bought a record player from a local thrift store and began collecting records. Later he would acquire an inexpensive Radio Shack mixer where he would then connect a microphone, a boom box and the record player. This set up allowed him to record his own rhymes over various instrumentals. Not long after this he began scratching and mixing on tapes that he then gave to friends at his high school.
ScholarMan went on to performing with various groups, acquiring more equipment and improving his sound. Many of the groups that he participated in dismantled due to creative differences but out of dedication to the music and faith he pressed on as a solo artist. He would go on to release several projects, his latest being his 2013 beat mix Euphonious and 2012 album Worth Fighting For. He has released several music videos, two in which have been featured on MTV Rapfix as well as Fuse television.