E.S.T. is now Ernest Minor!
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E.S.T. is now Ernest Minor!

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E.S.T. Discography

Rebuilt: Da EP - August 2004
WHAT'S REALLY GOOD? A Mixtape Experience - May 2007
Fresh Air: Demo - August 2007
Untitled E.S.T./DJ Kipe Collaboration - July 2008



The very essence of life is expressed in one breath, the good times and bad times, comedy and tragedy. A mixture of joy, struggles, and sorrow held together by the glue of self-reflection as one breathes. E.S.T. uses vivid imagery and sharp humor to paint a panoramic picture of life in hip-hop culture. He is a lyricist whose words come from the heart and connect with his audience, making every breath count as if it where his last. The personality in his flow and liveliness in his lyrical cadence transform the energy in the atmosphere, revitalizing his listeners with a breath of Fresh Air.

This Durham, NC resident’s ten-years rap career began to blossom as he begin to get exposure as a member of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s own Hip-Hop Nation, which helped to launch the careers of local artists such as Kaze, Sankofa, and Tyfu. Upon graduating, E.S.T. started teaching high school Social Studies in Durham, NC. This experience helped define E.S.T.’s destiny in hip-hop, giving him the passion to be the balance and the drive to be the breath of Fresh Air that is so desperately needed in hip-hop.

To describe his style is to take Redman's energy, Talib Kweli's flow, Mos Def’s substance, with a gasp of self-reflection from A Tribe Called Quest and a sniff of Kanye West in one breath. . . now exhale . . . E.S.T. . . . the breath of Fresh Air in Hip-Hop.

For booking info contact:

Ernest Almond