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Esham (born Rashaam Smith on September 20, 1977) is a hardcore rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He calls his style of rock-influenced rap "acid rap". He released his first album, Boomin' Words from Hell, at the age of thirteen.
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Esham A. Smith is an American rapper from [[Detroit, Michigan]] known for his hallucinogenic style of hip hop, rock-based beats and lyrics involving subjects such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex. Releasing his debut album, ''Boomin' Words from Hell'' while still in high school, Smith was one of the pioneers of [[acid rap]]. Smith co-founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions, and formed the group Natas with local rappers Mastamind and TNT.
  
That same year he teamed up with Detroit natives TnT and Mastamind and formed the group Natas, whose controversial debut Life After Death has been blamed for the suicide of a Tennessee youth. After another EP released in 1992 entitled Hellter Skkkelter dropped, Esham's most recognized and most controversial album 1993's KKKill the Fetus hit stores. The cover of this album depicted an unborn fetus and the title track was a song explaining why unfit, drug addicted mothers should chose abortion over birth. Esham followed up with Natas' Blaz4me and another solo Closed Casket. This was all a prelude to another controversial release, Doubelievengod. Tracks such as Pop Pop, Sunday School, and Heaven set and unprecedented mark for evilness in rap music. Esham later released his final album on RLP, Dead Flowerz. This was a transitional period into Esham's new Gothom label. Bruce Wayne/Gothom City introduced the world to the new age Esham. After this release the head nodding, trunk rattling Multikillionaire was released.
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==Biography==
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Born Rashaam Smith in Long Island, New York, Smith grew up in the Seven Mile neighborhood of East Detroit and studied piano, guitar, flute and trombone in high school, and listened to Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss. In 1990, Esham founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions with his older brother James H. Smith, and released his debut solo album, ''Boomin' Words from Hell''. His music fused hip hop music with the lyrical content of death metal. Smith labeled this style "acid rap," comparing the lyrics to hallucinations induced by LSD. After releasing two EPs, ''Erotic Poetry'' and ''Homey Don't Play'', Esham completed the double album ''Judgement Day'', and its two volumes, Day and Night were released separately on April 9, 1992.
  
After a 2-year break, E hit the scene with the colorful Mail Dominance CD. This CD had everything from slow jams, retrospectives on lost ones, wickedness, to 50's samples. The next release is what many feel was the critically acclaimed WWW.com. In 2001, Esham released what would become his smoothest album, Tongues. Followed by Natas 6th release Godlike. Esham resume of albums includes 10 full albums, 4 EPs, 3 greatest hits compilations, and 6 releases with Natas. Not to mention working with and producing for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ghetto E, Kool Keith, Insane Clown Posse, and the Dayton Family. From 1989 to 2005, Esham has given fans his heavy doses of Reel Life, Heavy Mental music. Esham truly revolutionized Detroit's rap sound and is a local legend.
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As a student at Osborne High School in Detroit, Esham met Mastamind, who gave him a three-song demo tape of his music, leading the two to form the group Natas with Esham's longtime friend, TNT. In October, Esham appeared on ''Carnival of Carnage'', the debut album of [[Insane Clown Posse]], a group that had been influenced by Esham's work, producing three tracks and rapping on the album's final track. In November, Natas released their debut album, ''Life After Death''. In 1993, Esham released his fourth solo album, ''Kkkill the Fetus''. In his review of the album, Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier wrote that "At this point in his career, his rapping has already reached near-peak levels, and his production shows a continued path towards an inventiveness. [...] Never again would Esham be so gritty." Esham released his sixth studio album, ''Dead Flowerz'', in May 1996. It peaked at #38 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In 1999, Reel Life Productions became Overcore Records, and Esham signed a deal with TVT Records to distribute the label's output.
  
Eminem has listed Esham as an influence, as he mentions on his debut album, The Slim Shady LP. Esham's next album, A.1. Yola, was released April 19th, 2005 by Psychopathic Records. Included with the album was also a DVD with videos to almost every song, but there is no evidence that Esham was the first artist to make a music video for every song on an album. Towards the end of 2005 Esham could no longer be a part of Psychopathic Records. His last concert under the label was at the 5th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. He contributed to the Soopa Villainz project and later left. The split was on bad terms according to acidrap.com. The reason, also according to acidrap.com, was that Psychopathic Records did not allow him to use the name The Unholy,The Black Devil or the group NATAS. Esham also was quoted on acidrap.com, saying "Fuck The Juggalos".
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In June of 2001, Overcore released [[Kool Keith]]'s ''Spankmaster'' album, which featured several contributions by Esham, as well as Smith's ninth album, Tongues, which peaked at #7 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #46 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #195 on the Billboard 200. In August of 2001, Esham and D12 were kicked off the Warped Tour after members of the group allegedly physically attacked Smith over the lyrics of his song "Chemical Imbalance," which contained a reference to the daughter of D12 leader [[Eminem]], who was not present during the tour. In 2002, Esham signed to Psychopathic Records, releasing the compilation ''Acid Rain''. His first LP on the label, ''Repentance'', peaked at #9 on the Top Heatseekers chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #71 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After the release of ''A1 Yola'', Esham left the label in 2005. The album peaked at #6 on the Top Heatseekers chart, #12 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #48 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #176 on the Billboard 200. Smith's twelfth studio album, ''Sacrificial Lambz'', is is set for a August 26, 2008 release. Esham is quoted as saying "''Sacrificial Lambz'' and my whole style and just the way that I rap has been a sacrifice to the industry. I feel like ''Sacrificial Lambz'' is like a gift to the industry and a gift to the consumer, whoever buys it. It’s actually a gift."
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==Discography==
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*1990: ''[[Boomin' Words from Hell]]''
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*1992: ''[[Judgement Day, Vol. 1: Day]]''
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*1992: ''[[Judgement Day, Vol. 2: Night]]''
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*1993: ''[[KKKill the Fetus]]''
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*1994: ''[[Closed Casket]]''
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*1996: ''[[Dead Flowerz]]''
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*1997: ''[[Bruce Wayne: Gothom City 1987]]''
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*1999: ''[[Mail Dominance]]''
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*2001: ''[[Tongues (Esham album)|Tongues]]''
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*2003: ''[[Repentance (album)|Repentance]]''
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*2005: ''[[A1 Yola]]''
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*2008: ''[[Sacrificial Lambz]]''
  
Esham is currently working on his next two albums the butcher shop and land of the banned and can be visited at landofthebanned.com
 
 
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Question...Eminem listed Esham as an influence but didn't Eminem and D 12 beat the fuck out of him while he was preforming on-stage a while back? I heard he had a ruptured eyeball and what-not from the beating.
 

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Esham

Esham A. Smith is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan known for his hallucinogenic style of hip hop, rock-based beats and lyrics involving subjects such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex. Releasing his debut album, Boomin' Words from Hell while still in high school, Smith was one of the pioneers of acid rap. Smith co-founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions, and formed the group Natas with local rappers Mastamind and TNT.

Biography

Born Rashaam Smith in Long Island, New York, Smith grew up in the Seven Mile neighborhood of East Detroit and studied piano, guitar, flute and trombone in high school, and listened to Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss. In 1990, Esham founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions with his older brother James H. Smith, and released his debut solo album, Boomin' Words from Hell. His music fused hip hop music with the lyrical content of death metal. Smith labeled this style "acid rap," comparing the lyrics to hallucinations induced by LSD. After releasing two EPs, Erotic Poetry and Homey Don't Play, Esham completed the double album Judgement Day, and its two volumes, Day and Night were released separately on April 9, 1992.

As a student at Osborne High School in Detroit, Esham met Mastamind, who gave him a three-song demo tape of his music, leading the two to form the group Natas with Esham's longtime friend, TNT. In October, Esham appeared on Carnival of Carnage, the debut album of Insane Clown Posse, a group that had been influenced by Esham's work, producing three tracks and rapping on the album's final track. In November, Natas released their debut album, Life After Death. In 1993, Esham released his fourth solo album, Kkkill the Fetus. In his review of the album, Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier wrote that "At this point in his career, his rapping has already reached near-peak levels, and his production shows a continued path towards an inventiveness. [...] Never again would Esham be so gritty." Esham released his sixth studio album, Dead Flowerz, in May 1996. It peaked at #38 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In 1999, Reel Life Productions became Overcore Records, and Esham signed a deal with TVT Records to distribute the label's output.

In June of 2001, Overcore released Kool Keith's Spankmaster album, which featured several contributions by Esham, as well as Smith's ninth album, Tongues, which peaked at #7 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #46 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #195 on the Billboard 200. In August of 2001, Esham and D12 were kicked off the Warped Tour after members of the group allegedly physically attacked Smith over the lyrics of his song "Chemical Imbalance," which contained a reference to the daughter of D12 leader Eminem, who was not present during the tour. In 2002, Esham signed to Psychopathic Records, releasing the compilation Acid Rain. His first LP on the label, Repentance, peaked at #9 on the Top Heatseekers chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #71 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After the release of A1 Yola, Esham left the label in 2005. The album peaked at #6 on the Top Heatseekers chart, #12 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #48 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #176 on the Billboard 200. Smith's twelfth studio album, Sacrificial Lambz, is is set for a August 26, 2008 release. Esham is quoted as saying "Sacrificial Lambz and my whole style and just the way that I rap has been a sacrifice to the industry. I feel like Sacrificial Lambz is like a gift to the industry and a gift to the consumer, whoever buys it. It’s actually a gift."

Discography