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Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Truth Universal immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 with his parents at the age of 4. Growing up in New Orleans, LA, Truth learned early lessons of respect, discipline and perseverance from his working-class Caribbean upbringing.

Truth was exposed to large amounts of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Jazz and R&B at a very early age and as the years passed, he and all of his friends became heavily involved in hip-hop. At age 9, his family moved to the New Orleans East 9th Ward, and Truth began to immerse himself in the multiple roles of B-Boy, DJ, Producer and Emcee. Over time, he would become an energetic showman, with a veteran stage presence and crowd control.

In early 2006 Truth approached Paris with his work-in-progress debut album project and impressed Paris so much he quickly became a member Paris’ Guerrilla Funk family (Truth’s sophomore LP, Decolonization, is slated to be released in 2009 on Paris’ Guerilla Funk label). Fully embodying Truth Universal’s social and political awareness, Self Determination, is a tour de force which showcases his DIY attitude and his West Indian and New Orleans backgrounds. Self Determination encourages dialogue on topics that trouble communities of color across the planet. Truth touches on self-hatred, the struggle New Orleans residents to attain the right to return to their homes “post Katrina, “culture theft, policies of “the George Bush regime,” the Prison systems inequities and big business mentality.

Even with such serious topic matters being addressed, Truth always kept his eyes on the prize with Self Determination and delivered his insightful and informative verses in an entertaining (edutainment) fashion, which was verified by collaborations with Wise Intelligent (formerly of Poor Righteous Teachers), Digable Planet’s Doodlebug and Dead Prez’s Stic.Man. Further, Truth enlisted a top-notch assortment of producers as well; including Panik from The Molemen, S1 of Strange Fruit (S1 has previously worked with Little Brother and Erykah Badu), Nick Tha 1da (who works with Raheem Devaughn) and Bass Heavy who has worked with BG, Soulja Slim and is an in-house producer @ Mannie Fresh’ Fatboy Records.

Truth Universal’s debut, Self Determination, was released earlier this year by Dragon’s Breath Records and was included in Source and Urb Magazines and respected netzines/blogs such as Nahright.com, Okayplayer.com, DJbooth.net, Ballerstatus.com, XLR8R.com, 2dopeboyz.com, smokingsection.com and Rubyhornet.com (among many others).

Included is a link to “Work/Black Culture” f/Wise Intelligent & Doodlebug (Digable Planets) the debut video from Truth’s debut Self Determination, please feel free to liberally post and disseminate the link:

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