Matthew Craig Burke 11 a.m., July 1
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
Sound description: When Southern hip-hop moves to the West Coast.
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Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, OutKast, UGK, Run-DMC, Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Scarface, Three 6 Mafia, Eminem, Russell Simmons
Poetic Black is an unsigned hip-hop group based out of San Diego, California. The three members consist of Raymond "Lo-Key" Tucker, Dishawn "Slickk" Lewis, and Terrell "T_Jay" Jackson. Poetic Black came together while serving in the U.S. Navy, onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, stationed overseas in Japan in the spring of 2006.
Shortly after their formation, they released a mix tape entitled Real Beef in response to present rhetoric from other artists onboard at that time. That project was completed exactly two months after conception and was entirely produced, engineered, and mastered on Lo-Key's HP Pavilion 1500 laptop. Two hundred copies were burned using Lo-Key's self-built Windows XP-operated desktop.
Later that summer, the Kitty Hawk would embark on summer deployment, during the middle of which T_Jay was cut orders to the USS Mobile Bay in San Diego. Vowing to keep the Poetic Black name alive, Slickk and Lo-Key agreed to keep making music together in the absence of their fellow member.
During the fall of 2006 on through the spring of 2007, Lo-Key and Slickk recorded several songs with guest appearances by local Kitty Hawk artists. Their recordings were slated for release on a compilation album entitled Yokosuka Showcase Vol. 1 but were never released.
Again, the USS Kitty Hawk would embark on a scheduled summer deployment where this time Lo-Key was given orders to head to San Diego. That fall, Slickk was ordered to transfer from the USS Kitty Hawk to the USS Carl Vincent in Norfolk, Virginia. Also during the fall, T_Jay underwent separation from the U.S. Navy and decided to stay in San Diego after learning that Lo-Key would soon be stationed there.
Lo-Key reunited with T_Jay in the winter of 2007 and immediately went back to work as if nothing ever changed. Keeping in touch with Slickk up until and through his discharge in the spring of 2008, they laid down the substantial portion to what is now known as the 1st Day of Man mix-tape series.
In the summer of 2008, Slickk would board a Greyhound bus charted for San Diego, destined to reunite the group. After their reunion, Poetic Black focused unconditionally on the 1st Day of Man project and began booking shows in the San Diego area.
Currently, Poetic Black continues to gain support and is working hard to complete their first mix tape.