|Birth name||Vic Mercer|
|Also known as||Celph, The Rubix Cuban|
Tampa, Florida, United States
|Origin||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Occupations||Rapper, record producer|
No Sleep Recordings
|Associated acts||Army of the Pharaohs
7L & Esoteric
Vic Mercer, better known by his stage name Celph Titled, is an American hip-hop solo artist and record producer and a member of the hip-hop supergroup Army of the Pharaohs, as well as The Demigodz along with with Connecticut rapper Apathy, Ryu from Get Busy Committee, and rapper Blacastan and Esoteric.
Mercer moved to New York City and began working as an in-house producer and A&R. The now-defunct BUDS International and Bronx Science Records released all of his early records on vinyl, including those of his original group, Equilibrium, and singles from his longstanding partner, Apathy. Grammy Award-winner Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park, invited Mercer to join his Los Angeles cohorts, Styles of Beyond, as an official part of Fort Minor's album The Rising Tied (2005).
After working with DJ Green Lantern on the Invasion "Fort Minor: We Major" mixtape, Mercer embarked on a nationwide tour with Fort Minor in 2006. Mercer released a The Gatalog, a four-disc set of his guest appearances and freestyles, going back to his early releases from 1998, as his official first offering to a thriving fanbase that already viewed him as a seasoned veteran. After the release of The Gatalog and a move back to Tampa, Mercer spent three years working with the Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) multi-platinum producer, Buckwild, on his first album, Nineteen Ninety Now, released on October 26, 2010, on No Sleep Recordings.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
- 6 See also
Celph Titled was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up in the heart of Hillsborough County’s rapidly expanding multicultural landscape. The product of an Ybor City Cuban-American mother and a German-Scottish father, Celph’s folks always encouraged his knack for creative expression. In the 80’s, young parents that videotaped all the classic videos on MTV and an uncle in a popular local rock band had a big impact on the scope of Celph’s musical inspirations. “My dad used to show me all the classic videos; ‘Thriller’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and everything else from Herbie Hancock to ZZ Top, so I was always glued to MTV. Then one day I saw a Fat Boys video it was over. I knew I loved this music,” Celph recalls fondly. After penning some of his own lyrics and making beats with minimal equipment, he began recording demos in the early 90’s on his uncle’s 4-track machine. When asked to describe that particular time in his life, Celph states, “I knew from that point on that I wanted to be a recording artist and I never stopped chasing that goal. I was quite the mischievous kid but it soon became clear that hip hop was my calling.” 
Mercer moved to New York City and began working as an in-house producer and A&R. The now-defunct BUDS International and Bronx Science Records released all of his early records on vinyl, including those of his original group, Equilibrium, and singles from his longstanding partner, Apathy. His music has continued to go nowhere else but up. He released his first two official records in late 1998 on his own imprint, Atomik Recordings. One of which was with his group, Equilibrium, which consisted of two other Floridian emcees - DutchMassive & Majik Most, as well as a veteran DJ - Kramtronix. The single was a 3-song 12” consisting of the Tampa anthem “Fahrenheit 813”, the conscious “Critical Conditions” which featured then-EMI recording artist Vex of the Boogiemonsters, and the highly controversial “Windows 98” which sampled the Microsoft Windows ‘95 start-up music and was even rumored that Bill Gates himself gave the group recognition. The second single was from the Walkmen, entitled “Fortruss”, which was a huge success especially in Japan for an unknown group and has gone to sell over 12,000 copies independently to date. Ever since then, it has been history as Celph Titled has single-handedly dominated the underground hip hop realm.
Success and Gods Must Be Crazier (1999-2005)
As a solo artist, the gruff-voiced rapper made his debut in November 2001 with the release of his 12” single, “Right Now” b/w “It Ain’t” & “Root Beers In Your Fridge” (with Apathy). The urban radio chart topping A-side, “Right Now”, is produced by Mark the 45 King, most recently known for his platinum hits with Eminem (“Stan”) and Jay-Z (“Hard Knock Life”) among his classic old school contributions. The single was an instant success, spawning commercial mix show spins worldwide and even gaining the attention of NYC tastemaker Funkmaster Flex and Wake Up Show shot caller, DJ Revolution. This record was an amazing feat for an underground artist to accomplish, while Celph considers it simply “a small step towards something much bigger.” Demigodz “The Godz Must Be Crazy” was released in April 2002 on the Los Angeles-based Ill Boogie Records with distribution through Caroline/EMI. On this release, the entire family joined together and Celph Titled spits venom on every song as well as having produced half of the EP himself. The record has been a huge success and even garnered the attention of major labels such as Interscope, Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Priority/Capitol - and eventually lead to the signing of Apathy to Atlantic Records in September 2002. 
Grammy Award-winner Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park, invited Mercer to join his Los Angeles cohorts, Styles of Beyond, as an official part of Fort Minor's album The Rising Tied (2005), released on Linkin Park's Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros. Records. Shinoda handled production for the album. Jay-Z, who worked with Linkin Park on their collaborative EP Collision Course, served as an executive producer for the album. Shinoda collaborated with many longtime friends (such as hip hop group Styles of Beyond, Jonah Matranga, Holly Brook and Linkin Park turntablist Joe Hahn), as well as many notable and underground hip-hop and R&B artists (such as Common, John Legend, Black Thought, Lupe Fiasco, Kenna, Eric Bobo, Sixx John and Celph Titled) for the album.
The Gatalog, work with Demigodz and Fort Minor (2006-2010)
After working with DJ Green Lantern on the Invasion "Fort Minor: We Major" mixtape, Mercer embarked on a nationwide tour with Fort Minor in 2006. The mixtape was made as a warm-up/prequel to promote their first album The Rising Tied, and was first released on the internet as a free download.
Mercer released a compilation titled The Gatalog, a four-disc set of his guest appearances and freestyles, going back to his early releases from 1998, as his official first offering to a thriving fanbase that already viewed him as a seasoned veteran. After the release of The Gatalog and a move back to Tampa, Mercer spent three years working with the Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) multi-platinum producer, Buckwild, on his first album, Nineteen Ninety Now, released on October 26, 2010, on No Sleep Recordings.
Killmatic and In Death Reborn (2011-2014)
On January 14, 2013, Apathy confirmed that Killmatic would be released on March 5. Along with that, he confirmed the official album art. Four days later, Apathy, through his YouTube account, released the first single for Killmatic titled "Demigodz Is Back". On May 5, 2013, Demigodz released their second studio album titled Killmatic. It featured all members including Celph Titled, Apathy, Motive, Blacastan, Esoteric and Ryu. In Death Reborn, Army of the Pharaohs fourth studio album, is set to be released April, 2014 and is stated to have Celph Titled on the album. On November 30, 2013, Vinnie Paz revealed that two new Army Of The Pharaohs albums would be released in 2014. The first album; In Death Reborn is slated for a release on 22 April and the second LP is expected to drop in November. Celph Titled is confirmed to be on the upcoming albums; new members including Demigodz member Blacastan and and Zilla from Houston, Texas are said to be joining the group.
- 2006: The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos
- TBA: The Fresh Prince of Hell's Lair (Dirty Version Recordings)
Army of the Pharaohs
- 2011: Land of the Lost (with Ghost 67)
- 2013: Killmatic (with Demigodz)
-  on Linkin Park.wiki
- Celph Titled on rap.wikia
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- biography on Celph Titled on last.fm (Accessed: March, 2014)
- Celph Titled biography on [last.fm] (Version 3)
- Celph Titled on last.fm (V.2)
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- "We Major Mixtape". Lpassociation.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- "Fort Minor - We Major Hosted by DJ Green Lantern // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. August 15, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- Killmatic album art
- Demigodz is back video
- Apathy tweets: AOTP "In Death Reborn". April.
- "Army Of The Pharaohs - In Death Reborn to be released April, 2014 -". Hip Hop Site. Retrieved 2014-04-?.