the boundaries of hip-hop’s sound while continuing the tradition of
substantive and innovative lyricism is Traum Diggs’ calling card as an
artist. A native of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY and the son of Caribbean
immigrants, Traum Diggs (born David Shanks) began writing rhymes at 10
years old and grew up immersed in Hip-Hop culture. His straightforward,
crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop music was more
authentic yet his sound still resonates in today’s landscape. “I am an
autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “I only rap what I see, think, feel
and experience. I don’t know how to pretend.” This revelation has led
to Traum coining the word “AudioBioGraphic” to describe his music.
graduating from Temple University and spending years in Corporate
America, Traum rededicated himself to his childhood dream in 2008 and
began releasing new material. Through mixtape releases and stage
performances throughout the Northeast, Traum began to make noise in a
very crowded music industry. He headlined his own promo tour, The Mission Tour, and shared stages with industry vets such as Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, Styles P and DJ Premiere.
In 2012, Traum Diggs released the single “Sax Fifth Avenue Flow”
independently via his own label 623 Entertainment. Through a slow and
steady push the song has become a favorite amongst underground hip-hop
fans worldwide and has garnered acclaim and recognition on social and
online media as well as mainstream artists. To date, the music video has
gained over 300K views on YouTube.
“Sax Fifth Avenue Flow”
has opened doors internationally for Diggs and he has jumped at the
opportunity to work with a variety of styles, genres and cultures. He
has collaborated with artists in the UK, Canada, Poland, Spain, and
Italy and in 2013 released a joint EP with Argentinian musician/producer
Gas-Lab entitled Jazz Hop. The
album has continued to expand Traum’s global fan base and has also
helped his brand domestically scoring a Top 10 debut on CMJ’s (College
Music Journal) Top 40 Hip-Hop Charts.
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The Floor is a mini-doc describing the recording process and
inspiration behind Traum Diggs' upcoming debut album Major Journalism.
The documentary was shot at Electric City Studios in Victoria, British
Columbia and features Traum Diggs and Ron Thaler.