Locksmith (rapper)

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Also known as Lock
Origin Richmond, California
Genres West Coast hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2001 - present
Labels IMGMI, Landmark Entertainment, BluRoc Records
Associated acts E-A-Ski, Grind Time West Coast, The Frontline, E-40, R.A. The Rugged Man
Website Locksmith
Locksmith (dalocksmith) on Twitter
Locksmith (rapper) on Myspace

Locksmith is a rapper of Iranian- (Persian) and African-American descents[1] from Richmond, California. He is one half of the underground duo The Frontline.


Graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, Locksmith began his professional career under the tutelage of Bay Area producer EA-Ski[2] and with Frontline partner Left.

He first gained mainstream notice in 2003 when he made it to the final round in the MTV's Freestyle Battle Championship. After qualifying locally at an event hosted by Bay Area radio station KMEL, Lock flew mostly under the radar until he made it to the final round to battle Reignman. Controversy erupted following the announcement that Locksmith had finished second to Reignman in internet and phone votes, though the official voting figures were never revealed by MTV.[3] He has also battled on Grind Time Now, against such acts as Dizaster, Jonny Storm and more.

Locksmith retired from battle rapping in 2010.


After Locksmith's defeat on MTV, The Frontline released their debut album Who R You / Now U Know in 2005, followed by Lock & Left in 2007. The group has enjoyed regional success in their native Bay Area, particularly on KMEL. Locksmith's first solo single "Rare Form"(which he co wrote with fellow "frontline" artist "Left" and Zimbabwean born rapper Brian "choznwan" Tumbude) was released in August 2009 and gained nationwide attention for lyrics aimed at Kanye West and Lil Wayne.[4] A second single, "Man Up", began receiving airplay on KMEL in July 2010. The song appeared on Locksmith's solo debut free album, I Am Lock. In 2011, he teamed up with Ski-Beatz for the collaborative album "Embedded", which was released on November 18 of that year.

Locksmith released a compilation project titled THE GREEN BOX in May 2013, which was a direct reflection of the toxic environment he grew up in. He's currently working on a new album titled A THOUSAND CUTS, which is slated to drop in 2014.[5]

Battle rapping[edit]

Locksmith has continued to battle rap on GrindTimeNow. To date, he has battled the likes of Dizaster, Passwurdz, Daylyt, and Jonny Storm. Locksmith has since retired from battle rapping to focus on music.


Studio albums[edit]

  • I Am Lock (2011)
  • Labyrinth (2012)
  • The Green Box (2013)
  • A Thousand Cuts (2014)

Extended Plays[edit]

  • The Rare Form EP (2009)

Collaboration albums[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ RapReviews.com "Locksmith Interview" 9 June 2009 (accessed 25 July 2010)
  2. ^ HipHopDX.com "E-A-Ski Comments On Protege Locksmith, Album" 1 April 2009 (accessed 25 July 2010)
  3. ^ East Bay Express "New Bay Incarnate" 2 February 2005 (accessed 25 July 2010)
  4. ^ The Smoking Section "Locksmith - 'Rare Form' video" 20 August 2009 (accessed 25 July 2010)
  5. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/Locksmith/profile/
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyRcLWpg-Eg&feature=channel_video_title