Truth Universal

Truth Universal

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
BandHip Hop

With 4 studio albums to his credit, Truth has toured North America for the past 10+ years forging his reputation as an exceptionally skilled and progressive eMCee. Truth has been featured on Democracy Now!, MTV/VH1, and MUCH Music. He's played N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival, SXSW, NXNE, CMJ, Houston International Festival, and Power to the Peaceful(San Francisco),and A3C.
Truth has shared the stage w/ dead prez, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Franti, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Brother Ali and more.


Born in the village of Diego Martin, Trinidad, Truth Universal became a New Orleans resident at age 4 – the same time the Hip Hop Genesis was taking place. In the Crescent City, he grew up on Hip Hop, brass bands, calypso, bass music, reggae, soul, jazz, and gospel. “Some of my first memories include going to the Gentilly Woods Mall and my Mama buying me my first tape, which was the Fat Boys’ first album,”he says. “I also remember the Merly Merl’s (this guy named Merlin from a neighborhood close by mine) mixtapes, going by my friend Ralph’s house across the street and listening to his 12 inches, and digging in the dumpster at Read Supermarket for boxes to break on. Back then I wanted to DJ more than anything else. My family never could afford to buy me any 1200s.” Through the years, he carefully studied the unspoken rules and examples set forth by the early practitioners of the art of Hip Hop. “I began dabbling in rhyming. In 1991, per the suggestion of a friend, I started writing and really started taking it seriously.” Truth says of his decision to take the music seriously. His ideals of Hip Hop preservation, and nonconformity, coupled with his social dialogue makes him a significant factor in today’s Hip Hop arena. “The reason my music sounds like it does is a conscious effort to keep it in the vein of what made me gravitate to Hip Hop,” he explains. “I would just call it traditional. I’m very mindful of the structure, feel, the DJ presence and a degree of provocative content.”

Beginning in 2000, TU dropped a string of 12” singles, EPs , and mixtapes which led to the release of his debut full length—“Self-Determination(Truth Universal Music/Dragon’s Breath Records)”—in April 2008. The album peaked at #9 on the CMJ Hip Hop Album Chart. Now in 2011, Truth has released "Resistance Vol. 2: Polygraph," the follow-up to 2010's "Guerrilla Business." The project recently charted on CMJ's top 40 Hip Hop Chart.

In support of his releases, Truth has toured the U.S. and Canada, playing such festivals as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), North by Northeast (NXNE), Power to the Peaceful, Voodoofest, and more. He’s shared the stage with such exceptional acts as Luciano, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Michael Franti, Zion I, Talib Kweli, Little Brother, Sly & Robbie, and Digable Planets to name a few.



"Resistance Vol. 2: Polygraph"
Truth Universal Music
March 2011

Guerilla Business EP
Truth Universal Music
July 2010

Self-Determination LP
Truth Universal Music/Dragon's Breath Records
April 2008

The Move The Crowd Mixtape
Truth Universal Music
Fall 2006

Mind Frame featuring Zion I
12" Vinyl
Truth Universal Music/Dragon's Breath Records
Fall 2005

Heat!!! 12" Vinyl
Truth Universal Music/Domination Recordings/egruks Music
June 2004

New Orleans' Finest Remix/Statistically Speaking/Kamau 12" Vinyl
Truth Universal Music/Advanced Ideas Music
Jan 2003

Four Track Mind/New Orleans' Finest 12" Vinyl
Truth Universal Music/Advanced Ideas Music
May 2001

Plantation Graffiti: The Naked Truth Dressed To Kill EP
Truth Universal Music/Advanced Ideas Music
April 2001

Dashiki Dialogue/Put It On Your Mind/Natural Disaster 12" Vinyl
Truth Universal Music
September 2000

Set List

Our sets are anywhere from 25-60 mins...

The GRASSROOTS! Campaign
The More Things Change
Gotta Luv It
Something Awful
Buffalo Soldier
Four Track Mind
Dashiki Dialouge
Statistically Speaking
Mind Frame