Thug Missionary (Tha Album)
Tha Gift A T.H.U.G with street cred-appeal, armed with power and authority to speak everlasting life is a gift - Tha Gift. A West Coast Rapper who needs no validation because the fire he spits pierces the spirit. Verbiage of reality from the pages of his own life and a lil' ad lib from the highest authority - Jesus Christ - can only be described as the equivalent of a hip-hop road to Damascus. His influence is truth. His muse anywhere Urban USA, in all it's grit and grind, where he once lived the life of a gang banger and is now regarded by industry peers and fellow thugs as a T.H.U.G. Missionary (True soldier Humbly Under God). Not preaching or teaching, just sharing live and in stereo the transforming power of submitting his life to Jesus Christ. A native of San Diego, California, Tha Gift (formerly Knit Wit) began his lyricist journey with a who's who of hip-hop icons and trail blazers. Whodini, Curtis Blow, Tash, and his coastal brethrens NWA, Snoop Dogg and Bone, Thugs & Harmony are just a few of hip-hop's finest that can attest to the Gift Since the tender age of 11, Tha Gift has been producing and blazin' the microphone with a familiar slow funk and grind style signature to most west coast rappers. However few, on either coast, can boast of the staying power Gift maintains despite his violence turned victory content. His body of work has enabled him to collaborate, tour, and produce internationally, with such artists as Natalie Cole, Montell Jordan, Krayzie Bone of Grammy award winning Bone Thugs N Harmony, Tonex, Eric Nordquist, and multi-platinum producer Tony C. Musical resume aside, it is his passion to reach youth with a "right now" flavor of storytelling that has garnered him the nick-name Street Prophet. "My ministry is reaching the young, the lost, and the hard headed," Tha Gift describes. Gift takes a no holds bar approach with his lyrics enabling listeners to visualize the grime of street life and potential of that same in your face mentality to prompt positive change. Gift continues to make his home in his native Southeast San Diego where the perils of gang violence and the plight of urban youth inspire him daily to combat society's contradictions, Through songs of Change, Hope and Solutions.