Lateef the Truthspeaker

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Lateef the Truthspeaker
Birth name Lateef Daumont
Also known as Lateef
The Truthspeaker
Born Oakland, California
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1996–present
Labels Quannum Projects
Associated acts Chief Xcel
DJ Shadow
Gift of Gab
Lyrics Born
Fatboy Slim

Lateef Daumont, better known by his stage name Lateef the Truthspeaker, or mononymously as Lateef, is an underground hip hop artist from Oakland, California.[1] He is a member of the underground hip hop groups such as Latyrx, Lateef and the Chief and The Mighty Underdogs.[2] He was one of the founding members of the Solesides collective, which became Quannum Projects.[3]


Lateef was raised in East Oakland, where his father was security detail for the Black Panthers. His mother, a Panther medic, was a roommate and political associate of Angela Davis.[3]

He has released several mixtapes such as Ahead of the Curve (2007),[4] Truth Is Love (2009),[5] and Truth at Sea (2011).[6]

His solo debut album, Firewire, was released in 2011.[7] It features contributions from Chief Xcel, Del the Funky Homosapien, The Grouch, Lyrics Born, Dan the Automator and DJ Shadow.[8][9]




  • Truth Spoken vol 1 (2007)
  • Ahead of the Curve (2007)
  • Truth Is Love (2009)
  • Truth at Sea (2011)


  • "The Wreckoning" (1996)


Lateef and the Chief[edit]

  • "Lester Hayes" (2002)
  • "Best of Me" (2004)
  • Maroons: Ambush (2004)

The Mighty Underdogs[edit]

  • The Prelude EP (2007)
  • Droppin' Science Fiction (2008)

Guest appearances[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Zappa (January 16, 2005). "Latyrx - The Album". Sputnikmusic. 
  2. ^ Ma, David (February 22, 2012). "Lateef the Truthspeaker :: Interview". URB. 
  3. ^ a b Vaziri, Aidin (February 20, 2007). "Grammy-nominated rapper tries to keep classic hip-hop alive". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Munroe (August 3, 2007). "Lateef the Truth Speaker & DJ Z-Trip - Ahead of the Curve". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  5. ^ Chi Chi (January 10, 2010). "Lateef The Truth Speaker - Truth is Love Mixtape". Scratched Vinyl. 
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 28, 2011). "Download Lateef The Truthspeaker Truth At Sea Mixtape". Stereogum. 
  7. ^ Chandler, D.L. (December 15, 2011). "Lateef The Truthspeaker". Okayplayer. 
  8. ^ Staples, Derek (August 15, 2011). "Lateef the Truthspeaker announces debut solo LP: Firewire". Consequence of Sound. 
  9. ^ Chapman, Alex (August 11, 2011). "New: Lateef the Truthspeaker, "Testimony" (MP3)". URB. 

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