|Esham Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||September 20, 1973|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Esham is an American rapper, lyricist, and producer who has referred to his music style as “acid rap”. He started his musical pursuits at a young age and became one of the first rappers to receive attention in Detroit. His discography includes albums, extended plays, and mixtapes like Boomin’ Words from Hell, KKKill the Fetus, Closed Casket, Judgement Day, Dead Flowerz, Suspended Animation, Repentance, Mail Dominance, Dead of Winter, Sacrificial Lambz, Dichotomy, Tongues, I Ain’t Cha Homey, She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, Scribble, Hellaween: Pure Horror, The Butcher Shop, Homey Don’t Play, Bath Salts, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Trust No One, Silence Of The Hams, and Sunshine.
Esham Attica Smith
Long Island, New York, United States
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Esham studied at Osborn High School located in Northeast Detroit. In high school, he studied piano, guitar, and trombone.
Rapper, Lyricist, Producer
- Siblings – James H. Smith (Older Brother)
Horrorcore, Rap Rock
Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Trombone
Reel Life Productions, Psychopathic Records
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Music that incorporates elements of rock music
- Lyrics that are usually focused on themes such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia, and the devil
- Growing up, he used to live with his mother in the Seven Mile neighborhood on the East side of Detroit, Michigan.
- Esham lived with his grandmother in New York during the summers.
- During his younger years, he listened to artists like Sugar Hill Gang, Run-DMC, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kiss.
- It was his older brother who encouraged him to seriously pursue a career in hip hop. Talking about his brother, Esham has said, “He felt like I had a dope flow, and he thought I could bring something new to the game, just coming from the city of Detroit. Back then, it wasn’t really a [rap] music scene in Detroit. Everybody was just imitating what everybody else was doing.”
- Esham met rapper Champtown, also an aspiring rapper at the time, in the 2nd grade. They performed together at open mic events and were once forced to rap for a drug dealer at gunpoint.
- In 1989, Esham released his debut album Boomin’ Words from Hell at the age of 16. Rap Reviews reviewer John-Michael Bond wrote that “the fully realized darkness that surrounds both soundtrack and verses on Boomin Words… stands as a stark reminder that just because someone’s a kid doesn’t mean he can’t have anything to say.”
- Alongside his brother James H. Smith, he co-founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions in 1990.
- On June 19, 2001, he released his 8th studio album Tongues and it includes songs like Walkin on da Flatline, I’m Dead, Poetry, Chemical Imbalance, Everyone, God, So Selfish, and Crash & Burn. The album peaked at #7 on the US Independent Albums (Billboard) chart, at #14 on the US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) chart, and at #46 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart.
- Esham has served as an influencer for artists like Eminem and Insane Clown Posse.