Esham

Esham

Biography

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.

Discography

Esham - Boomin' Words From Hell (Classics Remastered)

Esham - Boomin' Words From Hell (Classics Remastered)

Aknu Media 1988
Esham - Boomin Words From Hell

Esham - Boomin Words From Hell

Reel Life Productions 1990
Esham - Erotic Poetry

Esham - Erotic Poetry

Reel Life Productions 1991
Esham - Homey Don't Play

Esham - Homey Don't Play!

Reel Life Productions 1991
Esham - Judgement Day Vol. 1: Day

Esham - Judgement Day (Vol. 1 - Day)

Reel Life Productions 1992
Esham - Judgement Day Vol. 2: Night

Esham - Judgement Day (Vol. 2 - Night)

Reel Life Productions 1992
Esham - Hellterskkkelter

Esham - Hellterskkkelter

Reel Life Productions 1992
Esham - KKKill The Fetus

Esham - KKKill The Fetus

Reel Life Productions 1993
Esham - Maggot Brain Theory

Esham - Maggot Brain Theory

Reel Life Productions 1994
Esham - Closed Casket

Esham - Closed Casket

Reel Life Productions 1994
Esham - Dead Flowerz

Esham - Dead Flowerz

Reel Life Productions 1996
Esham - Detroit Dogshit

Esham - Detroit Dogshit

Reel Life Productions 1996
Esham - Bruce Wayne: Gothom City 1987

Esham - Bruce Wayne: Gothom City 1987

Reel Life Productions 1997
Esham - Mail Dominance

Esham - Mail Dominance

Gothom Inc., Overcore 1999
Esham - "Bootleg" (From The Lost Vault) - Vol. 1

Esham - "Bootleg" (From The Lost Vault) - Vol. 1

Overcore 2000
Esham - Tongues

Esham - Tongues

Overcore 2001
Esham - Acid Rain

Esham - Acid Rain

Psychopatic Records 2002
Esham - Repentance

Esham - Repentance

Psychopatic Records 2003
Esham - A-1 Yola

Esham - A-1 Yola

Psychopatic Records 2005
Esham - Lamb Chopz

Esham - Lamb Chopz

Reel Life Productions 2007
Esham - Sacrificial Lambz

Esham - Sacrificial Lambz

Reel Life Productions 2008
Esham - Hellaween: Pure Terror

Esham - Hellaween: Pure Terror

Reel Life Productions 2009
Esham - I Ain't Cha Homey

Esham - I Ain't Cha Homey

Reel Life Productions 2009
Esham - Suspended Animation

Esham - Suspended Animation

Reel Life Productions 2010
Esham - Suspended Extended: Subatomic Jetpack Edition

Esham - Suspended Extended: Subatomic Jetpack Edition

Reel Life Productions 2010
Esham - DMT Sessions

Esham - DMT Sessions

Reel Life Productions 2011
Esham - Secret Society Circus

Esham Aka Homey - Secret Society Circus

Aknu Media 2011
Esham - Holy Black Mamba

Esham - Holy Black Mamba

Reel Life Productions 2011
Esham - Venus Fly Trap LP

Esham - Venus Flytrap

Aknu Media 2012
Esham - Dichotomy (Deluxe Version)

Esham - Dichotomy (Deluxe Version)

Reel Life Productions, Gothom Inc. 2015
Esham - $cribble

Esham - $cribble

Aknu Media 2017

Guest Appearances

Insane Clown Posse - Carnival Of Carnage
  • Taste

Insane Clown Posse - Carnival Of Carnage

Psychopatic Records 1993
Insane Clown Posse - Beverly Kills 50187
  • Chop! Chop!

Insane Clown Posse - Beverly Kills 50187

Psychopatic Records 1993
Project Born - Born Dead E.P.
  • Losin It

Project Born - Born Dead E.P.

Hard Luck Productions 1995
Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano EP
  • Bitcheshate

Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano EP

Reel Life Productions 1995
Dice - The Neighborhoodshittalka
  • Poemz

Dice - Theneighborhoodshittalka

Reel Life Productions 1996
The Dayton Family - F.B.I.
  • Player Hater

The Dayton Family - F.B.I.

Relativity Recordings 1996
Kid Rock - Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp
  • Live

Kid Rock - Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp

Top Dog Records 1996
The Workhouse Movement - Sons Of The Pioneers
  • Traffic

The Workhouse Movement - Sons Of The Pioneers

Roadrunner Records 2000
Mastamind - Themindzi
  • Nite N Day

Mastamind - Themindzi

Overcore, Gothom 2000
Insane Clown Posse - Bizzar
  • Questions

Insane Clown Posse - Bizzar

Psychopatic Records, Island Records 2000
Ghetto-E - Ghetto Theater
  • Resume Of A Killa

Ghetto-E - Ghetto Theater

TVT Records 2001
Kool Keith - Spankmaster
  • Dark Vader

Kool Keith - Spankmaster

Overcore 2001
Insane Clown Posse - The Wraith: Shangri-La
  • Soopa Villains

Insane Clown Posse - The Wraith: Shangri-La

Psychopatic Records 2002
Bedlam - Bedlamitez Rize
  • Enjoy Life

Bedlam - Bedlamitez Rize

Long Range Distribution 2003
Lavel - Nutty
  • Don't Be

Lavel - Nutty

Long Range Distribution 2003
ABK - Hatchet Warrior
  • Sticky Icky Situations

ABK - Hatchet Warrior

Psychopatic Records 2003
Twiztid - The Green Book
  • World Is Hell

Twiztid - The Green Book

Psychopatic Records 2003
MC Breed - The New Prescription
  • Roll

Breed - The New Prescription

Ultra Music Zone 2004
Blaze Ya Dead Homie - Colton Grundy: The Undying
  • Shotgun

Blaze Ya Dead Homie - Colton Grundy: Tha Undying

Psychopatic Records 2004
Monoxide - Chainsmoker LP
  • Outta My Way

Monoxide - Chainsmoker LP

Psychopatic Records 2004
Insane Clown Posse - The Calm
  • Deadbeat Moms

Insane Clown Posse - The Calm

Psychopatic Records 2005
Twiztid - Man's Myth Vol. 1
  • Bonus Flavor

Twiztid - Man's Myth Vol. 1

Psychopatic Records 2005
Trick Trick - The Villain
  • 2Getha4eva

Trick Trick - The Villain

Time Entertainment LLC, Koch Records 2006
T1 - Technology
  • Think Global

T1 - Technology

G.I. Productz 2008
Project Born - Born Dead 2: The Return Of The Reaper
  • Let's Ride

Project Born - Born Dead 2: The Return Of The Reaper

Project Boy Ent. 2008
Violent J - The Shining
  • Fight Club

Violent J - The Shining

Psychopatic Records 2009
Mastamind - Toxsic Avenger
  • MM Bang

Mastamind - Toxsic Avenger

Aknu Media 2009
Bootleg - I Declare War
  • Resume

Bootleg - I Declare War

Paypa Boi Entertainment 2011
Doc Hollywood Hustle - RLP Will Never Die
  • Overduebillz

Doc Hollywood Hustle - RLP Will Never Die

Aknu Media 2011
Mastamind - Ntoxsication
  • Fantasy Land (Rokgod Bonus)

Mastamind - Ntoxsication

Toxsic Records 2011
Phantazm - III: Morbid Existance
  • The Warning

Phantazm - III: Morbid Existance

Long Range Dist. 2011
J Dilla - Rebirth Of Detroit
  • Big Thangs

J Dilla - Rebirth Of Detroit

Ruff Draft Records 2012
Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano
  • Bitcheshate

Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano

Krazy House Records, Golden Glair Productions 2013
Three One Se7en - N.A.P.T.O.W.N
  • Midwest Murderide (Stir Crazy Remix)

Three One Se7en - N.A.P.T.O.W.N

Torchur Chamber Music, Shadow Walkaz Entertainment 2014
The Orthus - Devil Eyed Dog
  • The Beast

The Orthus - Devil Eyed Dog

Merk, Toxsic 2014
Godpawn - I.M.M.O.D
  • Kamikaze

Godpawn - I.M.M.O.D

Anti-Authority Records 2014
The R.O.C. - Digital Voodoo
  • What Is Hell

The R.O.C. - Digital Voodoo

Majik Ninja Entertainment 2017
Bukshot - Weirdo: Full Moon
  • Wolves

Bukshot - Weirdo: Full Moon

Mobstyle Music 2017

Compilations

Dance On The Wild Side
  • My Man, My Man, My Man (Bubble Gum Gangster Remix)

Various - Dance On The Wild Side

AEM Record Group 1993
The Fear (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The Fear (Morty's Theme)

Various - The Fear (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Warlock Records 1994
Race Riot
  • Cunt Killers

Various - Race Riot

Spitfire Records 2000
Hatchet History - 10 Years Of Terror
  • Losin' It

Various - Hatchet History: 10 Years Of Terror

Psychopathic Records 2002
Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2
  • Conquer

Various - Psychopathics From Outer Space Part 2

Psychopatic Records 2003
Insane Clown Posse - Forgotten Freshness Vol. 4
  • Wicked Rappers Delight

Insane Clown Posse - Forgotten Freshness Vol. 4

Psychopatic Records 2005
Kool Keith - Collabs Tape
  • All Night Everyday

Kool Keith - Collabs Tape

Junkadelic Zikmu Records 2006
Esham Presents The Butcher Shop
  • Deadbeat Mom

Various - Esham Presents The Butcher Shop

Aknu Media 2008
Daniel Jordan's Greatest Anti-Hits
  • Human Tornado

Daniel Jordan's Greatest Anti-Hits

Twilight Of All Idols 2008
Daniel Jordan - Essential Rarities Volume 1
  • The Riddler

Daniel Jordan - Essential Rarities Volume 1

Kill All Idols 2009
Daniel Jordan's Essential Rarities Vol. 2
  • Van Helsing

Daniel Jordan - Essential Rarities Volume 2

Kill All Idols 2010
Daniel Jordan - Essential Rarities Volume 3
  • Attention (OG Mix)

Daniel Jordan - Essential Rarities Volume 3

Kill All Idols 2011
Project Born - The Very Best Of Project Born
  • Let's Ride

Project Born - The Very Best Of Project Born

Anti-Authority Records 2013
Trick Trick - Featuring
  • 2getha 4eva

Trick Trick - Featuring

Time Entertainment, B.M.B. Entertainment 2013
Anybody Killa - The Perfection Collection
  • Sticky Icky Situation

Anybody Killa - The Perfection Collection

Psychopathic Records 2014
Daniel Jordan - Notes From Underground: 10 Years In Hell
  • Van Helsing

Daniel Jordan - Notes From Underground: 10 Years In Hell

Kill All Idols 2014
Various - Mike E. Clark's Psychopathic Murder Mix Vol. 1
  • Murder You Remix

Various - Mike E. Clark's Psychopathic Murder Mix Vol. 1

Psychopathic 2015

Production

Natas - Life After Death
  • All Tracks

Natas - Life After Death

Reel Life Productions 1992
Insane Clown Posse - Carnival Of Carnage
  • Psychopathic

Insane Clown Posse - Carnival Of Carnage

Psychopathic Records 1993
Natas - Blaz4me
  • All Tracks

Natas - Blaz4me

Reel Life Productions 1993
Insane Clown Posse - Beverly Kills 50187
  • 17 Dead

Insane Clown Posse - Beverly Kills 50187

Psychopathic Records 1993
Natas - Doubelievengod
  • All Tracks

Natas - Doubelievengod

Reel Life Productions 1995
Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano EP
  • All Tracks

Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano

Reel Life Productions 1995
Dice - Theneighborhoodshittalka
  • All Tracks

Dice - Theneighborhoodshittalka

Reel Life Productions 1996
Insane Clown Posse - The Wraith: Shangri-La
  • Soopa Villains

Insane Clown Posse - The Wraith: Shangri-La

D3 Entertainment 2002
Natas - Godlike
  • All Tracks

Natas - Godlike

Number 6 Records 2002
Hatchet History - 10 Years Of Terror
  • Losin' It

Various - Hatchet History: 10 Years Of Terror

Psychopathic Records 2002
ABK - Dirty History
  • Oh No

ABK - Dirty History

Psychopathic Records 2004
MC Breed - The New Prescription
  • Intro

Breed - The New Prescription

Ultra Music Zone 2004
Monoxide - Chainsmoker LP
  • Rite Quick

Monoxide - Chainsmoker LP

Psychopathic Records 2004
Murder Dog Celebrating 10 Years: Best Of The Best
  • Turbulence

Various - Murder Dog - Celebrating 10 Years - Best Of The Best

Murder Dog Magazine 2004
Insane Clown Posse - Forgotten Freshness Vol. 4
  • Wicked Rappers Delight

Insane Clown Posse - Forgotten Freshness Vol. 4

Psychopathic Records 2005
Twiztid - Man's Myth (Vol. 1)
  • The Argument

Twiztid - Man's Myth (Vol. 1)

Psychopathic Records 2005
Natas - N Of Tha World
  • All Tracks

Natas - N Of Tha World

Warlock Records 2006
Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano
  • Lickkuiddrano

Mastamind - Lickkuiddrano

Krazy House Records, Golden Glair Productions 2013