Rapper Tuggz is an Independent American Hip Hop artist who got his start by making beats and djing in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. He began rapping at age 13; but did not take his rhyming abilities serious until he was introduced to a very popular local rapper named Rubo. At age 17, Tuggz moved to the west coast. Later his music ventures would lead him to Dallas, then Houston, Texas. The development of his unique sound and style came from musical influences such as the late Tupac Shakur, Houston’s own Scarface, and the infamous DJ Quik.
The charismatic young rapper began his first tour while in high school and has since been the opening act for many artists we all love, such as Bone: Thugs N Harmony, DMX, E-40, Ciara, Baby Bash, and the prolific Lil Wayne. Tuggz has already made a name for himself with his debut release “Hood Therapy”, in 2007, which charted #8 on CMJ Hip Hop Nationwide Top 200, and also #4 for artist with the most adds on CMJ nationwide radio playlist. He has sold thousands of records worldwide, including in London, Japan, Mexico, and Canada. “I got the cd, on the real, the cat can spit!” Brian at KSHU 90.5 fm in Huntsville, TX said of the lyricist. Tuggz has also gained a wide fan base from his undeniably jamming mix tapes, “Surviving the Recession 1”in 2009, “Surviving the Recession 2” in 2010, and The Hoodlum Compilation, “Welcome to Our Hood” in 2011, which he releases off his self owned label, Hoodlum Records. He has also made appearances on the hit TV series “Las Vegas” where he guest starred as a live dj.
The rap juggernaut Tuggz returns June 1, with the much anticipated release of his new album, “Hood Therapy 2”, the sequel to his debut. “Hood Therapy 2” is described as “That rap music you grew up on!” The album brings back that edge and direct hard lyricism that was popular when you first fell in love with hip hop. He is currently in the studio working on his third album and there is talk of maybe even a movie in the works. “This is not just a dream of mine,” he says,” It’s what I do.”