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Born in Gary, IN, often referred to as “The Murder Capital”, Thomas (TC) Clark is on a mission to create music that will maintain its relevance 15-20 years from now. “I do my music for the voiceless people in the world; I’m really no different from them.”
Growing up in a city where violence and drugs are prevalent, Clark was often exposed to devastation and tragedy; from witnessing his father struggle with a crippling crack addiction, to losing one brother to the prison system, to having two brothers made casualties of the cold streets. Knowing the odds were against him, his mother encouraged him to pursue his education.
High-school is where Clark first discovered that he had a way with words, but he thought that his talent was just a hobby. “Rhyming was more of a hobby, roasting on the homies in freestyle battles during lunch period, but I have always been in love with music,” the young artist thinks back. Since the early days of Hip-Hop Clark was memorized by, “dope lyricist piecing together and making timeless music.” His biggest influences include 2 Pac, B.I.G., Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rick Ross.
Putting his love for music aside and focusing on his overall goal of pursuing something better for his life, Clark continued his education by attending Indiana State University. He majored in Management Information Systems, but soon discovered a new direction for his life. As Clark began to associate himself with fellow students who were actively pursuing careers in Hip-Hop, he was quickly inspired to begin his transition into the Hip-Hop industry.
Clark went on to record LRP Volume I. He also recorded for an on campus project featuring several artists on the campus entitled Campus Collab. He was featured in 4cast Magazine and on www.dreamchasa.com, as a Spotlight. While his Hip-Hop career was taking off he was also forming a family. “My college years are where [this] all became a reality, I met a few like minded individuals, I met the love of my life, and my son was born.”
Motivated to make a difference in Hip-Hop and set a legacy for his son, Clark has taken the next big step in his career by completing his first mixtape, The Altercation: “…caught between consciousness and trap life… a breakdown of the lines gives you the full picture of life, love, trial, and error.”
While Clark maintains his humble character, “I’m an everyday dude who was blessed with a way with words,” he is truly a living witness that sometimes God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.