September 29, 1984 |
|Genres||West Coast hip hop|
|Associated acts||Grind Time West Coast, The Frontline, R.A. The Rugged Man, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Apathy, TeamBackpack, Jeff Turner|
Locksmith is a West Coast artist/producer who first gained notoriety in the underground hip hop scene through MTV's MC Freestyle Championship. Locksmith graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies. In, 2009 he did a series of rap battles in Grindtime Rap Battle League. Lock, along with his duo group The Frontline, received commercial radio play and began building a regional buzz.
It wasn't until he began his solo career in 2011, he started to cultivate a loyal fan base. Locksmith has toured with Joe Budden, hip hop purists Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mindtricks and collaborated with legendary producers 9th Wonder (Stand It) and Ski Beatz(Lock). Lock has been featured on MTV, BET, Sirius XM's Shade 45, Hot 97's "Who's Next?" concert series and all major hip hop blogs.
Locksmith released a series of mixtapes from 2010 to 2013. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15, 2014. Previously, Locksmith has collaborated with Funk Volume's Hopsin and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic and Apathy. Recently, his second album, Lofty Goals, was released on June 30, 2015.
Locksmith previously did 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.
- A Thousand Cuts (2014)
- Lofty Goals (2015)
- The Locktape (2010)
- I Am Lock (2011)
- Labyrinth (2012)
- The Green Box (2013)
- The Rare Form EP (2009)
- RapReviews.com "Locksmith Interview" 9 June 2009 (accessed 25 July 2010)
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