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TRACE alias Tracy J. Gardner, was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, IL. He is a recording/ performing artist, songwiter, and producer who has grown to be a very poetic, lyrical, witty, and street credible hip-hop emcee that can and has produced vivid images of the struggles of street life thru his music. TRACE made a name for himself producing instrumentals for Rap, Hip Hop, R&B, and other genres in local studios for developing artists. At the same time he continues to reinvent himself to the streets of Chicago through his punchy bass lines, intriguing melodies and jazzy rhythms. He continually promotes his music thru local radio stations, recording studios, talent showcases, concerts, the internet, and disc jockeys. "His music makes him versatile, portraying a vast hip-hop culture in which he demands to embrace thru his diversity."