Who is Taktik? “I am a method that is used to bring your attention to a higher being and into the light”
Taktik the Menace was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 29, 1981. As a young boy he was first exposed to music while playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. He found inspiration and a love of music in the great Dizzy Gillespie. Taktik was exposed and enlightened to Rap Music by his Uncle who was a D.J. After that Taktik knew he had found his calling and niche in life. Inspiration came through many of the great rappers and musicians of the 80’s LL Cool J, EPMD, Buck Shot, Run DMC, as well as Aero Smith, Michael Jackson, and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few. No ordinary young boy Taktik wrote his first song at the age of 11. By the time he was in the 9TH grade he had learned and mastered the fundamentals of writing music taught by one of the original members of Bone Thugs and Harmony. He was well into performing his music when he was incarcerated. Although he was locked up for 6 years it didn’t deter him from making music or from making his dreams a reality. The time behind bars actually helped Taktik to seek out wisdom and pursue knowledge on a whole other level. Like a caterpillar encased in a cocoon as it grows and matures and then when Taktik left jail it was like a butterfly set free from the prison of his cocoon. This experience empowered a new and improved Taktik and out of it was born this amazingly wise young man who set out full force to showcase his talents to the world.
Using his newfound wisdom and knowledge Taktik proceeded to write the lyrics that would capture and mesmerize audiences young and old. Even in the midst of life’s many trials and tribulations this spiritually enlightened and motivated young man would continue to set the music industry on fire with lyrics that spoke on the true nature of life and life’s purpose. During his time in Prison Taktik found his path to a new life and he spent countless hours sharing that new purpose with others.
“Music like all other art is created by an innovator who has been inspired by other artists and their creations. Sometimes the artist wants to pay homage to the works that inspired them and others don’t. I think it’s the right thing to do to pay respect to those artists and things that inspire you. As an artist you have to be true to yourself in order to inspire others. With that being said I only like to rap about things I have experienced and witnessed. I want people to feel these experiences and the spiritual journey I’ve taken through my music.” Taktik has the ability to talk about real situations and complex emotions while still entertaining the listener. After hearing his album you will walk away enlightened and refreshed.