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Discography

Featured Artist on "Life Is..." a track on the Ill Nature album "Life Lines in The Hands of Time." The album sold over 20,000 copies indendently.

Featured Artist on "Draft Me." Canibus album entitled "C-True Hollywood Stories" on the MiClub label sold over 100,000 copies.

Co-wrote various tracks for Warren G's album entitled "G-Files/213" on the Hollywood Record label.

Member of the group "The Knockout" whose album entitled "DJ Lethal presents The Knockoutz" is to be released Summer 2006

Featured Artist on "La Coka Nostra." The compilation album w/Everlast, Ill Bill, Slain, Danny Boy O'Conner, Dj Lethal and Big Left, is to be released Spring 2006

Solo Album: "Optimus - The Whethaman" includes collaborations with Canibus, Charlie Clauser, and J. Thorn. The album was produced by Jason "J Money" Kirk and Cliff Brodsky, co-produced by Bob Margouleff and Brant Biles of Mi Casa Multimedia and Charlie Clauser (formerly a producer and member of Nin)

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In what OPTIMUS calls Hip Rock he aims to change the game with his debut album, The Whethaman.

OPTIMUS’ music defies categorization, blending his many influences into a style all his own. Spitting riveting lyrics with his signature flow over rock riffs and reggae rhythms, OPTIMUS’ wants his music to be recognized for its originality and organic live spin. Without the use of computers and samples, The Whethaman, is a purely organic record, solely composed of live instrumentals and vocals.

If you’ve ever listened to hip hop you’ve already heard his music. OPTIMUS has written for and performed with West Coast hip hop legends The Roots, DJ Lethal, Pharcyde, Cannibus, Styles of Beyond, Hieroglyphics and Warren G. He won his first record deal at the age of 15 and signed his first solo deal at the age of 16. Yet OPTIMUS epitomizes the underdog, having been glorified and vilified by his own industry time and time again. As a young hungry kid his talent and knack for writing catchy tunes and dope rap lyrics landed him ghost-writing opportunities with some of the most prestigious rap names in the business but OPTIMUS isn’t one to name names.

What OPTIMUS strives to be recognized for is his honesty, “A lot of rappers in the game tell lies to sell records. I write about what I see, things I do, and advice for people who need it, but most of all how I feel. I’m vulnerable. Most say rappers can’t be vulnerable but I am, everything gets to me and that’s what inspire me to rhyme.”

OPTIMUS’ biggest music influences include Run DMC, Sublime, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Nas, Rakim, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Nirvana, The Fugees and Pink Floyd.

On a final note OPTIMUS asks,“ Keep an open mind my people, the world is changing like your grand mama’s underpants, hopefully everyday!”