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Konsept, a Guyanese-American underground rapper, was born July 21st, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Konsept first started rapping back in 2005 under the name Terror. He was still in high school at this time. Using the name Terror, he released several mixtapes:
"T'z Mixtape Vol. 1"-released 2005
"T'z Mixtape Vol. 2"-released 2006
"Terror's S.P.I.T." (download here: http://www.datpiff.com/MC-Terror-aka-Konsept-Terror-Presents-Terrors-Spit-mixtape.105762.html)-released 2007
As Terror, Konsept was more into proving he was the best MC with the best flow, seeing as how his career was just in the beginning stages. As a new player to an old game, he mad much to learn.
The Birth of Konsept
The emergence of Konsept was officially marked by the release of his 2010 mixtape "Way Too Outlandish" (download here: http://www.datpiff.com/Konsept-Way-Too-Outlandish-mixtape.102942.html). This mixtape contained songs by Terror as well as Konsept, to show the transition he went through in his life and in his music those past few years. Once Konsept was on the scene, everything changed.
Straight Up Tribal
During his time as Terror, Konsept did several collaborations with the drum circle group Straight Up Tribal (http://www.straightuptribal.com/). The two crossed paths on the college campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The group usually played outside every Friday at 12:00 noon. Konsept was walking by with a boombox blasting his music, promoting his own projects when he heard the drum circle playing music. They also had a singer singing ska reggae type songs. The singer heard the music on the boombox and liked what he heard. He approached Konsept and asked him to rap over the drums playing. Both sounds meshed perfectly. From that point on Konsept would be with them every Friday playing music. Eventually Straight Up Tribal became more than just a local campus group. They have since expanded to larger venues around the Baltimore area. Konsept still collaborates with Straight Up Tribal from time to time, but they both are so busy making music and doing shows. The influence they had on one another can be heard in their music today.
After the realease of "Way Too Outlandish" Konsept went right to working on his second project. In fact, Konsept planned to release multiple projects in 2011 to show people what he was really about. Konsept started working on "Discover Me" in 2009. It was supposed to be a remix of Daft Punk's "Discovery" where Konsept would rap over a few of their songs. Konsept began work on this project but never completed it, due to the fact that he was working on other projects at the same time. He was hungry. After about a year, all of Konsept's projects were still not done. He was taking his time to make sure everything sounded just the way he wanted it to. At this point the end was not in sight. Then, Konsept had an idea: why not release on big project instead of several small ones? This will let everyone know who I am! So, with his plans finalized and his mind made up, Konsept released his 2011 project "Discover Me" (download here: http://djnominal.com/music/mixtapes/konsept-discover-me-mixtape-mixed-by-dj-nominal/), a compilation of three projects that were set to be released in 2011. With this release, a lot of attention was paid to Konsept.
Currently, Konsept is part of the funk rock reggae band Vending C7, or VC7 for short (http://www.vc-7.com/). Since joining, VC7 has played several shows, including a show where they opened up for Slick Rick. The infusion of hip hop into the already "funkifried" sound of the band was truly poetry. Konsept and VC7 are currently working on a project to be released 2013.
The next release for Konsept is a collaboration EP with fellow artist Poetik Genius (http://www.reverbnation.com/poetikgenius) entitled "Day of Our Lives." This project will be released online via iTunes as well as in stores. Release is set for next month. Konsept is also working on another solo mixtape. No date has been set for this release.