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Joe Black aka Splifferman

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Joe Black aka JoeBama aka Splifferman

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage Joe Black aka Splifferman! This performer’s performer is widely regarded as one of the Caribbean’s (Trinidad and Tobago’s) best underrated Hip-Hop MCs.

Born Ryan Williams to a middle-income family in Southside (San Fernando) Trinidad, Hip-Hop became a passion for him, with influences from The Furious 5, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Biggie, Tupac, Run DMC, Snoop, Dr. Dre, The Lox, 50 and much more.

The Name: Joe Black - Being born on Friday 13th October xxxx, Getting stabbed during a botched robbery in an effort to protect his family (and some other “not-ready-to-mention” incidents), the name Joe Black was taken from the movie “Meet Joe Black,” to remember that “tomorrow is never promised,” so he lives for today.
In the beginning: Being exposed to the true nature of Hip-Hop’s culture while visiting New York in 1997 ignited a deeper love for the music. By 1999, he assembled a bright team of young, talented artists and formed the group Odd Squad. With the music industry being as it is in Trinidad and Tobago, no one was interested in hearing “local MCs.” Although the group faded, Joe’s passion lingered on. Joe insists that his many feelings of expression must come out! “Everyone has experiences; Dad died when I was 11, Mom was a workaholic trying to make ends meet, and I was running at high-speed in the streets! I know about guns, drugs, wilin’ out, you know what every other hood cat knows.” Changing his wild ways with the birth of his son in 2001, he started looking for an outlet to release his charged emotions.

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