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Locksmith (rapper)

Davood Asgari, better known by his stage


name Locksmith, is a rapper of African-
American and Iranian (Persian) descent
from Richmond, California.[1][2] He is half
of the underground duo The Frontline.[3]
Locksmith
Born September 29, 1984
Richmond, California

Origin Oakland, California

Genres West Coast hip hop Hip hop


Hardcore Hip Hop

Occupation(s) Rapper, producer

Years active 2001–present

Labels Landmark Entertainment

Associated Grind Time West Coast, The


acts Frontline, R.A. The Rugged Man,
Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Apathy,
TeamBackpack, Jeff Turner

Website iamlock.com
Biography
Locksmith is a West Coast rapper and
producer who first gained notoriety in the
underground hip hop scene through MTV's
MC Freestyle Championship. Locksmith
graduated from UC Berkeley with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in African
American Studies.[2] In 2009, he did a
series of rap battles in Grindtime Rap
Battle League. Lock, along with his duo
group The Frontline, received commercial
radio play and began building a regional
buzz.

It wasn't until he began his solo career in


2010, he started to cultivate a loyal fan
base. Locksmith has toured with Joe
Budden, Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man,
Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks and
collaborated with producers 9th Wonder
and Ski Beatz. Locksmith has been
featured on MTV, BET, Sirius XM's Shade
45, Hot 97's "Who's Next?" concert series
and all major hip hop blogs.[4][5][6]

Career
Locksmith released a series of mixtapes
from 2010 to 2013. His first official album
A Thousand Cuts was released April 15,
2014.[7] Previously, Locksmith has
collaborated with Funk Volume's Hopsin
and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic
and Apathy. Recently, his second album,
Lofty Goals, was released on June 30,
2015.[8] The album features Jarren Benton,
Futuristic (rapper), Chris Webby and
others.[9]

In March 2015, Locksmith performed at


the South by Southwest music festival in
Austin, Texas.[10]

Locksmith releases his 3rd album "Olive


Branch" on March 31, 2017.

Battle rapping
Locksmith previously did battle rap on
GrindTimeNow . To date, he has battled
the likes of Dizaster, Passwurdz, and
Jonny Storm. Locksmith has since retired
from battle rapping to focus on music.

Discography
Studio albums

A Thousand Cuts (2014)


Lofty Goals (2015)
Olive Branch (2017)

Mixtapes

The Locktape (2010)


I Am Lock (2011)
Labyrinth (2012)
The Green Box (2013)
The Lock Sessions (2016)

Extended plays

The Rare Form EP (2009) Produced By


Brian "thachoznwan" Tumbude.

Collaboration albums

Embedded[2][11] (with Ski Beatz)


(November 15, 2011)

References
1. RapReviews.com "Locksmith Interview"
9 June 2009 (accessed 25 July 2010)
2. Acosta, Danny Locksmith Talks New
Album, Therapeutic Lyrics, and Headlining
in Australia Before the Bay Area SF
Weekly. July 8, 2015
3. Davis, Aaron MUSIC BOX: Dirty Birds late
night at The Trap Planet Jackson Hole.
July 7, 2015
4. Schwartz, Danny Locksmith Might Be
The Best Conscious Rapper In The Game
After This Freestyle HotNewHipHop.com.
July 7, 2015
5. Fleischer, Adam Locksmith Opens Up
About Sexual Abuse On ‘Hardest Song
Ever’ MTV. July 8, 2015
6. Meara, Paul Rap Release Dates: Chris
Brown, The Game, Locksmith, Miguel
HipHopDX. July 8, 2015
7. Ivey, Justin Locksmith Freestyles Over
Gang Starr Instrumentals on Shade 45 with
DJ Kay Slay The Boom Box. July 8, 2015
8. Guilt-Free Listening: Stream Locksmith’s
‘Lofty Goals’ Album Uproxx.com. July 7,
2015
9. Ward, Mark Locksmith – Lofty Goals
(Album Stream) Rhyme Junkie. July 25,
2015
10. Harrington, Jim SXSW music 2015:
Here's the complete lineup San Jose
Mercury News. July 8, 2015
11. Locksmith & Skibeatz "Embedded"
Episode 1 July 7, 2015

External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related
to Locksmith (rapper).

Official website
Locksmith on Twitter  
Locksmith interview , RapReviews.com

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