Emerging from the thriving hip hop subculture epicenter of Long Beach, CA a new rising voice has begun to cause a stir among listeners and hip hop lovers everywhere in search for something more than the usual commercial latent lyrics that have been plaguing hip hop. The new voice that is blasting out of speakers everywhere belongs to none other than the newest sensation Spoken Truth. With a savvy attitude and overwhelming potential Spoken Truth has created his own brand of discerning reflective hip hop. Combining intelligence with real street knowledge, and relatable situations, the music that resonates is a uniquely personal disclosure unlike many artists claiming to be emcees. With crafty word play and a confident, yet casual disposition, Spoken Truth indeed is just that to audiences, truth. Verbally representing the spoken truth imagery and manifestation from Luie Carrion to hip hop artist Spoken Truth, works as the effortless yet vital component when analyzing Spoken Truth and the allure of his music. It’s undeniable the man raps like there’s no tomorrow. In light of this delightful fiasco best recognized as the music business, Spoken Truth’s constant balance of somewhat “underground” roots with just the right touch of mainstream elements, serves as a unique balance of two diametric worlds and the source of his distinctive sound.
As the oldest child of three, Spoken Truth grew up in a home immersed in musical inspirations. His mother would play the likes of The Intruders, The Moments, The Temptations, Al Green, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye, igniting a musical spark. Entering elementary school Spoken Truth was introduced to what would be considered the founding elements of hip hop by way of older cousins. Influenced by his love for hip hop he began writing his own lyrics. Little did anyone know by way of NWA Spoken Truth was about to be introduced to a new form of defiant and defining hip hop. As a gift from his mother, the group’s groundbreaking album “Straight Outta Compton” would forever change the direction and development of Spoken Truth’s lyrics. This fact was abundantly clear as his lyrics quickly began to manifest into deeper forms of self expression in contrast to his previous works. It was at this time that Spoken Truth emerged from Luie Carrion. He was now fueled with an even bigger passion for hip hop, and a dream.
Graduating from high school the path of pursuing a music career was at the forefront with heavy determination leading the way. After overcoming what seemed to be countless obstacles, the immediate question still remained if Spoken Truth could handle himself on a mic. In 2005, with the completion of his first solo record The Spoken Truth: Words From The Soul the EP also serving as a demo, made it apparent Spoken Truth could hold his own with the best as it showcased the drive of an emerging and talented emcee. Taking a grassroots DIY approach to promoting and distributing the record, the music hit the streets at a record pace finding its way into the hands of accepting fans by any means; what followed next was a strong buzz and the beginning of a core following. In 2006, with the end of the year approaching Spoken Truth wasted no time returning to the studio and giving fans exactly what they wanted, more music. As anticipation grew to new heights the mix-tape Spoken Truth Presents: The Feel G.O.O.D. Movement finally began circulating around and only further proved the ever growing talents of Spoken Truth. Fans received a well constructed body of work that allowed and provided a vast opportunity for Spoken Truth to present himself in different lights with unlimited production as well as concept options that normally limit artists when recording traditional albums. On March 25, 2008 under Spoken Truth’s newly formed Independent label Speakin’ Real Music Group, and in conjunction with worldwide distributor CD Baby, Spoken Truth’s first solo LP Truth Be Told was released in stores. Immediately receiving favorable reviews, the album’s lead promotional single “The Beach” proved to be an instant favorite among fans and DJ’s as Spoken Truth personified his relationship and experiences with his hometown of Long Beach. To add more fuel to the popularity fire of “The Beach” which was proving to be a main factor in the success of the album, Spoken Truth and Pro Time Productions delivered to the world a unique visual experience by way of a full length music video.
Truth Be Told undoubtedly steals the show of any of Spoken Truth’s previous works. Over top notch production a flurry of relentless rhymes constructed of insightful, witty, and of course playerific verses make for the ingredients of a flamboyant, but overall genuine charismatic emcee. On the closing track of Truth Be Told, the smooth production of “Truth Be Told” gives insight into the makings of a complex artist. Spoken Truth rhymes, “Truth be told ain’t nobody messin’ with me, no matter scenario no matter the category, now you can look high and you can look low, still you come up short when compared to my flow, now who’s the fly one get’s the job done, nobody do it like ‘em and I just begun, no imitations I see the jealousy grow, they know I’m on point so truth be told, I stay on my grind like the finer things in life, to know the real me you got to see every side.” This track serves as the perfect summary of every aspect that makes Spoken Truth, and is further indication that amongst other artists he stands alone; at the same time it represents the obvious unknowns he has yet to rhyme. With this in mind, the tone is definitely set for a promising future.