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The Rubix Cuban.
Take cover - the fusion of raw aggression and slap-you-in-the-face beats is about to explode. Celph Titled, spawned from the golden era of rap music, has decided to capture an entire realm of the hip hop spectrum that has been in captivity for so many years — the RAWNESS!
Priding himself on being an incredible emcee as well as one of the best known and sought after beatmakers in the underground, "The Rubix Cuban" has definitely made an impact on the world of hip hop music. Gaining worldwide notoriety for his famous punchline-filled cameos alongside records with the likes of Apathy, Boogiemonsters, L-Fudge, Rise, Louis Logic, J-Zone, Masterminds, Esoteric, Rahsheed, Lexicon, and C-Rayz Walz — Celph Titled is a name that is hard to avoid. Most importantly, he has laid down beats for such heavyweights as Kool G. Rap, Ice-T, Soul For Real, Kurious, Apani B-Fly, Lord Digga, 7L & Esoteric, Shabaam Sahdeeq, King Sun, Big Scoob, Truth Enola, and many more.
Celph Titled, born and raised in Tampa and now a New York City resident, always had a knack for expressing his creativity in an entertaining fashion. Being raised in such a multi-cultural tropical landscape, the Latino lyricist was exposed to a wide array of music and experiences. From his early demos dating back to 1992 to his first official group, Equilibrium in 1997, his music has continued to go nowhere else but up. He released his first two official records in late 1998 on his own imprint, Atomik Recordings. One of which was with his group, Equilibrium, which consisted of two other Floridian emcees - DutchMassive & Majik Most, as well as a veteran DJ - Kramtronix. The single was a 3-song 12" consisting of the Tampa anthem "Fahrenheit 813", the conscious "Critical Conditions" which featured then-EMI recording artist Vex of the Boogiemonsters, and the highly controversial "Windows 98" which sampled the Microsoft Windows '95 start-up music and was even rumored that Bill Gates himself gave the group a holla. The second single was from the Walkmen, entitled "Fortruss", which was a huge success especially in Japan for an unknown group and has gone to sell over 12,000 copies independently to date. Ever since then, it has been history as Celph Titled has single-handedly dominated the underground hip hop realm.
As a soloist, the gruff-voiced rapper made his debut in November 2001 with the release of his 12" single, "Right Now" b/w "It Ain't" & "Root Beers In Your Fridge (w/ Apathy)". The urban radio chart topping A-side, "Right Now", is produced by none other than the legendary Mark the 45 King, most recently known for his platinum hits with Eminem ("Stan") and Jay-Z ("Hard Knock Life") among his classic old school contributions. The single was an instant success, spawning commercial mix show spins worldwide and even gaining the attention of NYC tastemaker Funkmaster Flex and Wake Up Show shot caller, DJ Revolution. This record was an amazing feat for an underground artist to accomplish, while Celph considers it simply "a small step towards something much bigger."
If his own solo endeavors weren't enough, he is a lead member of the Demigodz. Just off the names alone involved in this conglomerate, the buzz for the crew as a whole spans across the globe in anxious anticipation of a collective full length release as well as each individual members' projects. The CD and double vinyl EP, "The Godz Must Be Crazy" was released in April 2002 on the Los Angeles-based Ill Boogie Records with distribution through Caroline/EMI. On this release, the entire family joined together and Celph Titled spits venom on every song as well as having produced half of the EP himself. The record has been a huge success and even garnered the attention of major labels such as Interscope, Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Priority/Capitol - and eventually lead to the signing of Apathy to Atlantic Records in September 2002.
So, in closing - the truth is - Celph Titled is a highly versatile, talented, and marketable artist. He is currently working on his debut full length LP, which enlists some of the biggest names in hardcore hip hop making contributions. While he does not have a home yet for this project, he is seeking one and is planning on creating one of the best raw hip hop albums of his time. Besides his own album, he is also staying busy appearing on and producing much of Apathy's forthcoming underground releases as well as his yet to be completed major label debut on Atlantic.
There are really no words to describe his persona, thus only a name like Celph Titled would fit such a character.
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