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Guerilla Arts Ink | Konshens the MC


Konshens the MC

Konshens the MC

Born Tarik Davis, a talented writer and musician, was born and raised in Northwest Washington, DC. At an early age, he exhibited his musical potential as a vocalist and musician. As a precocious toddler, he was a guest performer with his uncle’s ” 2nd Amendment” and by 4, he was attending The Institute for the Gifted and Talented and focusing on the piano and later clarinet.

As a young child, he began writing poetry and continued to play music wherever there was an audience, usually at church, school, or family gatherings. His creativity developed and his artistic abilities broadened over the years and by the age of 10, Konshens officially fell in love with hip hop. Crediting Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Ice Cube, Kool G Rap, Guru, Big L, Nas, Tupac and Scarface as some of his early influences, he continued to write and perform. A mere five years later, he became the rapper and backup lead talker for local go-go band “High Image”. His band opened for local legends like Rare Essence, Northeast Groovers, & the Junkyard Band also playing numerous shows with Uncalled For (UCB) which at that time was the rival (friendly) band of High Image. High Image redefined the typical go-go band by creating its own music and original lyrics.

Konshens recorded his first hip-hop song in 2000 with his longtime friend Antonio Graham. One year later, he met his current producer Phillip Carroll of X Factory Studio/Records. Taking advice given from Rich Harrison (co-writer and producer of various songs including Amerie’s “one thing”, Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” & Destiny Child’s “Soldier”), along with the creative minds of Phillip “Producer X” Carroll (or DOC as Konshens refered to him) and Dwayne “Blue” Telesford (his current business manager), Konshens has developed his unique contribution to hip hop.

Konshens has also done something unique in his musical journey by constructing his own (7 piece) band “STATE of MIND”. Konshens & His State of Mind consists of members: DaRon Seigler (drums) & (percussion), Raymond Mincey (Sax), Dennis Garland, Jr. (keyboards) Jerome Lawerence (Bass) and Deante Haggerty-Willis (Guitar). As Konshens likes to refer to Konshens & His State of Mind as “the hip hop version of Frankie Beverly and Maze.”

Konshens recorded his second project with his band STATE OF MIND, (released Mar. 2009) Followed by the third project released (Feb. 2013), along with being accepted as a Voting Member of the Recording Academy in 2013 and joining The Larry Young Morning Show “Hero’s” Segment on Radio One’s, WOLB Baltimore. Furthermore, Konshens is a “teaching Artist-in-Residence” at 3 different schools in Washington, DC courtesy of Guerrilla Arts program headed by Gabriel Asheru Benn (writer & performer of The Boondocks cartoon theme song).

KSOM have won many awards and accolades, to include:

  • Appreciation award from the City Council of Baltimore for bringing awareness to youth on the importance of being a registered voter and voting.
  • Featured Independent artist in underground Music campaign with GEICO
  • Top 5-artist song downloads (over 28k) for Independent Music campaign in conjunction with Myxer (ringtone co.)
  • Song placement in Motion Picture film “Compliance” featured at (Sundance Film Festival)
  • The only nominee from the DC region for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards (Held in NYC)
  • 3yr Nominee at the DMV Music Awards.
  • Named “Entertainer of the Year” by Velocity Magazine (for the DC, MD, VA region).
  • Song placed on Converse project “Get Out of The Garage” distributed at “Journey’s” shoe/clothing store across the U.S.
  • Ranking as one of the top 3 artists in ” Coors Light Search for the Coldest MC” 2011 Competition for the DC/Baltimore Region.

Konshens TheMC has an inspirational book looking to release in (2014) followed by the 4th independent album release. Konshens views life as change realizing that the famous quote by Frederick Douglass certainly stands true that “without struggle, there is no progress.”

Web: http://www.konshens.com
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Twitter: @KonshenstheMc
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