Terrell Gilstrap (born June 6, 1986), was born in Memphis, TN, and has resided in Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL and
Raeford, NC. To his friends, family and fans, he is known simply “Strap”.
Early on it became clear that he had a voice capable of capturing the hearts and imaginations of all who heard it. At the tender age of 6 months, a sleeping Strap uttered a single, sudden, sound that, if repeated could have altered the very fabric of the Atlanta Underground music scene as we know it today.
Strap’s early childhood was filled with music. His mom and her brother and younger sister immersed him in the roller skating lifestyle of the late 80′s and early 90′s in Milwaukee. Bombarded with everything from James Brown, Al Green, Frankie Beverly and Maze, to Pink Floyd, The BeeGees, Tool, Jimmy Hendrix and Parliament/Funkadelic, there’s no question about his old school flava. From the Rap /Hip Hop era his influences came from artist like Tupac, Scarface, UGK, 8Ball and MJG, Outcast, Ludacris and many others. He became infused to the core with a love for, and an appreciation of, all things musical. He soaked in the sounds of his grandmother’s Gospel group. His spiritual play with words speak for themselves.
He began rapping and writing at a young age, but life and other inconvenient truths intervened. He managed to avoid the darkest corners of a world that beckons to a young man with big dreams and made his way to The United States Air Force. Away from the temptation of the streets and with a new world of opportunity in front of him, Strap spent the next 3 years as an Electrical and Environmental Specialist and upon discharge was hired by an elite civilian air transport company as an Avionics Supervisor…at the age of 22!
STRAP IN DEEP THOUGHT
He never lost his love of music though, and that dream was still there along with 2 key ingredients that weren’t there before…Focus and Finances! After making sure that his beloved mother had the things she needed and taking care of his own necessities (nice apartment, nice whip) he set about creating a place to pursue his passion for Rap, turning a section of his home into a recording studio.
In 2007 he recorded his 1st collaboration album (Kinfolk) with his older cousin Collin Gibson. In 2009 he was blessed to be able to record more than ever as evidenced by his unique and truly evolving style. In March of 2011, he made his debut at a Showcase Performance by ‘Stack Paypa Ent and DNA Beats’. The competition consisted of various up and coming new artists’ showcasing their talent. Strap came away win a big win…first place!
STRAP intends to underline the focus of his generation’s mission to change the popular vulgarity in the Hip-Hop/ Rap industry today and relay the messages we have all been missing. His southern swag and smooth as silk delivery caresses the ears of listeners, even as the intricate word play he uses penetrates minds on a universal level.
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