Beneath the Surface is a series dedicated to underground artists who are on the grind and doing great things. Raw Side Hip Hop are huge supporters of REAL hip hop and those on the come up that are true to the culture.

Quality lyricism, vivid street tales over a range of diverse beats – that’s what you can expect when you tune in and check out Tahara (aka Lavitacuz) and in particular his most recent mixtape ‘Road to Perdition’. The Illinois-born emcee started out writing poetry but soon turned to rapping after receiving high praise for his lyrics, delivery and content that depicted life on the streets he grew up on.

Originally performing under the moniker Lavitacuz, he dropped a handful of mixtapes which started his journey. He took some time out of the scene to really work hard honing his craft and the result is fantastic. Rejoining the hip hop landscape with ‘Layzal 1984’ which was released in 2014, followed up with ‘Dark Times’ in 2016 and ‘The Cathedral’ in 2017.

When hip hop’s your passion, you put in that work – everyone on the come up knows this, you keep grindin and with that in mind, Taharqa has stayed true and kept putting in that work. 2019 saw him release ‘Return of the Pharoah’ and last month he dropped the aforementioned ‘Road to Perdition’ mixtape (those latter two albums are on Spotify so check them out).

Having listened to a host of material from this underground and underrated emcee, you can’t help but be impressed with the quality of lyrical content within tracks. Taharqa flows over tracks so effortlessly, his poetic style is soothing and captivating, he’s one of those story-telling artists that you never get tired of.

Listen to ‘Road to Perdition’ below and then go and support the REAL hip hop, like his socials, follow him on Spotify and as always, share the love with any comments, thoughts, favourite tracks on our Facebook community.

About The Author

By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!