Terrell Wallace must win some kind of award for the most literal pseudonym in music. Known to hip hop and beats fans simply as Tall Black Guy, the Detroit born, Chicago bred and UK based producer has garnered much attention over the past few years with his organic, soul dipped beats.
His recently released debut LP '8 Miles to Moneart', is a tribute to his hometown of Detroit, exploring the soul and jazz connections of the city and their relation to hip hop. Building on rootsy samples while introducing original sounds and beats, the album also features guest appearances from the massively hyped Diggs Duke and Ozay Moore. If you're into Common or ATCQ, you'll be well on it.
"I came up on sampling, so I still love it, but at times it keeps you limited, it keeps you in that 'hip hop' box" he says, "I play keys and stuff, so I'll chop up a sample and play with the chops, so you know, it becomes more original. For me, I wanna be able to, say take a Lonnie Liston Smith sample, I wanna play with that and take it in a whole totally different direction, not even hip hop. If you wanna be really creative, you can do some cool stuff".
Buy 8 Miles To Moenart on digital, CD or ltd edition 12'' vinyl from First World Records
Tall Black Guy is at Soundwave Festival, Croatia, July 18-22th