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Known for his hallucinogenic style, which he calls acid rap, Rashaam Smith, or better known as Esham, emerged on the rap scene from Detroit, Michigan. The themes of his songs include death, paranoia, sex, drug use and evil, fused with rock-based beats.
Esham is also known as Esham the Unholy and he is sometimes also considered a strong influence on other rappers who emerged from Detroit including Insane Clown and Eminem.
As of today, Esham has released a total of 12 studio albums, first one being Boomin Words from Hell that he released while he was still studying in High School, along with 3 compilation albums and 5 EPs.
Although Esham was born in Long Island, New York, he spent most of his early childhood growing up in East Detroit while living with his mother and also in New York where he used to live with his Grandfather during summers.
Esham studied guitar, piano and trombone as he attended Osborn High School. Esham was high motivated by his older brother to pursue a career in hip hop, as he started writing his own original lyrics at an early age.
Esham made his mainstream debut in 1989, when he was just 13 years of age and released his debut album titled Boomin Words from Hell. The following year, Esham along with his older brother, James H. Smith, co founded an independent record label called Reel Life Productions.
After the foundation of Reel Life Productions, Esham re-released his debut album, this time with alternate artwork and track listing. Initially Esham found it hard to develop a sound fan base as most of hip hop fans back then did not went for Esham because his songs were mainly influenced by rock music.
Before Esham released his double album Judgement Day, he released two of his EPs, Erotic Poetry and Homey Dont Play. The two volumes of his double album Judgement Day were Day and Night, and were released separately on April 9, 1992.
In the words of All musics review of Eshams Judgement day, Vol. 1 may not be his most well-crafted work, but it certainly stands as his most inspired work of the '90s, while Vol. 2 isn't quite as strong as the first volume, suffering mostly from a number of weak tracks.
Esham also formed up a group along with Mastamind and TNT, named Natas. Esham met Mastamind for the first time at Osborn High School.
There Mastamind handed Esham over, his demo tape comprised of three songs, and Esham later formed up Natas with Mastamind and with one of his long time friends, TNT.
In November 1992, Natas made their debut when they released their first album titled Life After Death. The following year saw the release of Eshams third solo studio album titled KKKill the Fetus.
His fourth studio album Closed Casket was released on November 22, 1994, which was followed by his fifth studio album Dead Flowerz that was released in May 1996, and peaked at 38th spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.