"Do you love Hip Hop? Hip Hop mixed with a little Rock?"
It's a line from one of the songs on the new self-titled Race Card album and it's a line that sums up the band perfectly. Think Jay-Z meets Led Zeppelin. Think Chuck D meets Weezer. Think Eminem meets Living Colour. Think you can handle it?
Rapper Tahir Jahi and guitarist-singer Damian Hagger conceived Race Card early in 2004. Both did solo projects prior to working together, one Pop-Rock, one Rap. The merger of the two came naturally and the self-titled debut album was recorded in only 6 days of studio time. Race Card blends riff-oriented rock and pop hooks with intense hip hop rap lyrics and subjects; and the combination is unlike anything out there.
About Race Card:
Rapper/vocalist, Tahir Jahi, has enjoyed abundant shares of shine and various successes ever since he began rhyming at the age of 15. While other kids were squabbling over tennis shoes and cutting class, a young Tahir was mastering a craft all his own, competing in local battles, performing on occasion, and honing an artistic, standout, and standalone mic style. He met guitarist and singer, Damian Hagger, in 2000 when they both worked at MP3.com.
Guitarist and vocalist, Damian Hagger, is also an African-American... Ok, not literally, but spent part of his childhood in South Africa and the rumor is that his first words were spoken in Zulu. After high school in Singapore and South Africa, he was accepted to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Damian graduated cum laude from Berklee in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing/Production and Music Business.