Esham Attica Smith is rapper from Detroit, Michigan known for his hallucinogenic style of hip hop which he refers to as "acid rap", which fuses rock-based beats and lyrics involving subjects such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex. Despite developing a small cult following, few of his albums have been commercially successful, with his highest level of success being achieved during a brief stint on Psychopathic Records, where he released his album with the most consecutive charts, "A-1 Yola".
In 1991, Esham met Joseph Bruce, a member of the group Inner City Posse, who praised Esham and Reel Life Productions, and gave him a copy of the group's EP "Dog Beats", beginning the two rappers' friendship and professional relationship. After releasing two EPs, "Erotic Poetry" and "Homey Don't Play!", Esham completed the double album "Judgement Day", and its two volumes, Day and Night were released separately on April 9, 1992. In 1992, he also appeared on "Carnival of Carnage", the debut album of Insane Clown Posse, released on October 18. Esham produced three tracks and rapped on the album's final track. In November, Natas released their debut album, "Life After Death". Following the release of this album, Esham, Natas and Reel Life Productions were the subject of much controversy when a 17-year-old fan killed himself while smoking cannabis and playing Russian roulette while listening to "Life After Death". In 1993, Esham released his third solo album, "KKKill the Fetus". On November 22, 1994, Esham released his fourth studio album, "Closed Casket". In May 1996, Esham released his fifth studio album, "Dead Flowerz".
In June 1997, Esham rebranded Reel Life Productions as Gothom Records, and released the album "Bruce Wayne: Gothom City 1987". He later signed a distribution deal with Overcore, a subsidiary of Overture Music, which later became distributed by TVT Records. In June 2001, Gothom released Kool Keith's "Spankmaster" album, which featured several contributions by Esham, as well as Esham's eighth album, "Tongues". In August 2001, Esham and D12 were kicked off the Warped Tour after members of the group allegedly physically attacked Smith over the lyrics of his song "Chemical Imbalance," which contained a reference to the daughter of D12 member Eminem, who was not present during the tour.
In 2002, Esham signed to Psychopathic Records, releasing the compilation "Acid Rain". It was announced that he would be moving away from the horror themes of his previous efforts. On November 18, 2003, Esham released his ninth studio album, "Repentance". His follow-up album on Psychopathic, "A-1 Yola", saw him achieving his highest consecutive level of charting success. Following this release, Esham left Psychopathic in 2005 to relaunch Reel Life/Gothom.
Esham released his twelfth studio album, "Suspended Animation" on August 3, 2010, followed by the album "DMT Sessions", and a documentary directed by him, "Death of an Indie Label" in 2011, which was originally announced as a bonus feature on a deluxe edition of "DMT Sessions", but was instead uploaded onto Gothom Inc.'s YouTube channel. He was also interviewed for the documentary "The Untold Story of Detroit Hip-Hop", which is being produced by Detroit rapper Champtown.