It's a line from one of the songs on the new self-titled Race Card album and it's a line that sums up the band perfectly. Think Jay-Z meets Led Zeppelin. Think Chuck D meets Weezer. Think Eminem meets Living Colour. Think you can handle it?
Rapper Tahir Jahi and guitarist-singer Damian Hagger conceived Race Card early in 2004. Both did solo projects prior to working together, one Pop-Rock, one Rap. The merger of the two came naturally and the self-titled debut album was recorded in only 6 days of studio time. Race Card blends riff-oriented rock and pop hooks with intense hip hop rap lyrics and subjects; and the combination is unlike anything out there. Keeping the solid rhythm-section foundation for the group are bassist Aaron Schwoerer and drummer Jay Warren.
Rapper/vocalist, Tahir Jahi, has enjoyed abundant shares of shine and various successes ever since he began rhyming at the age of 15. While other kids were squabbling over tennis shoes and cutting class, a young Tahir was mastering a craft all his own, competing in local battles, performing on occasion, and honing an artistic, standout, and standalone mic style. He met guitarist and singer, Damian Hagger, in 2000 when they both worked at MP3.com.
Guitarist and vocalist, Damian Hagger, is also an African-American... Ok, not literally, but spent part of his childhood in South Africa and the rumor is that his first words were spoken in Zulu. After high school in Singapore and South Africa, he was accepted to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Damian graduated cum laude from Berklee in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing/Production and Music Business.
Bassist, Aaron Schwoerer, was raised in an environment directly related to the surging Minneapolis music scene of the 80's. Aaron went on to study music in at Berklee in Boston before setting his sites on Los Angeles. A veteran of numerous bands, his talents combined nicely with those of Tahir and Damian thus creating the true diversity of influence that is Race Card.
Rounding out the Race Card line up is drummer, Jay Warren. Jay graduated from the Collective School of Music in New York City and has toured, recorded and performed professionally since the age of 17 with several signed and independent acts.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Do You Feel Me?
2. Race Card
3. Wake Up (feat. Shanice)
5. Do You Love Hip Hop?
8. America's Drugs
9. Our Anthem
10. Civil Writes