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Turf Talk (born Demar Bernstine in Vallejo, California), is a Bay Area rapper at the forefront of the hyphy movement. His unique style of delivery has earned both local and national acclaim. Turf Talk is the protégé and cousin of platinum-selling Bay Area pioneer and legend E-40, and is signed to his mentor’s Sick Wid It/30/30 Records.

Although born in his now native Vallejo, Turf Talk moved to Southern California at an early age and grew up in Pomona, Los Angeles and later Rialto, in San Bernadino. He was expelled from school during his childhood and spent a period of home learning during which he started to write rhymes.

Turf Talk told UK-based rap periodical Hip Hop Connection that he “came from living in hotel rooms… for four to five years”. The rapper returned to the Bay Area in 1999 to pursue his career under cousin E-40 in Vallejo. He is now based in Millersville, Vallejo.

Turf Talk quotes his influences as “E-40 and The Click, Too Short, and then The Dangerous Crew, and Mac Mall”

Originally rapping under the name Killa Kane, Turf Talk would first appear alongside Mac Shawn, another younger cousin of E-40, on the compilation CD Worldwide Bosses & Playas in 2001. His breakthrough came in 2003 performing the hook for the MTV-aired E-40 track “Gasoline”, B-side to the single “One Night Stand”.

Turf Talk would go on to appear in three tracks on E-40’s 2003 album Breakin News as well as cement his growing reputation in the Bay Area’s new movement by guesting in style on the official remix to The Federation’s seminal hit “Hyphy”.

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