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Clyde Al' Tarique Turner - known too many as Rique, born July 4th, 1987 is a force to be reckoned with. Dripping in talent and armed with a raw desire to just speak and influence, one of North Carolina's most talented up and coming Hip-Hop/rap artists. He has a strong confidence about himself, and a warm personality that humanizes him, attracting all females attention when he enters a room. He is well on his way to the path of success. With banger's like "Use To", and ballads over beats with lyrics that resemble spoken word. His songs are stories of childhood, relationships, street life and redemption. Rique hails from Asheville NC, known for its art, luxury and poverty stricken areas. A true rags and riches kind of town. A money making city on both sides of the tracks with prominent poverty peeking through the Biltmore Facade. His lyrics portray the hustle and grind for those less fortunate of an affluent lifestyle. He was made there running with cousins, gang influenced and attending school there while being raised by a single Mother. Having grown up with his two brothers and a circle of trusted individuals, which led to the development of his first attempt at formulating a rap style and group. Family has always been a stable foundation and he ran thick with other members, who also aspired to get in the music industry. He grew up surrounded with and loving music. He laced his lyrics around childhood experiences and incidents that occurred while running the streets of Buncombe County. Relocating to Charlotte NC, in High School he honed his rap skills by visiting the cities hottest spots that hosted artist showcases and performing at clubs, while battling local artists and creating a persona for himself. He began to regularly hit the studios. After investing so much into his rap career, Rique decided to chase after music with a new fire. Not only is it his dream, but his ability to recollect life experiences over evoking beats is sure to be refreshing, in an industry that lacks not only creativity but just genuine heart. When asked, his reply was that he is not in any particular genre of rap, and has yet to dedicate himself to a particular style. But his ICON in this game was Tupac and he would love to work with Dr.Dre. Lyrically he doesn't compare himself to any artist but if asked his answer would be he is favorable to both Andre 3,000 and Wale. Rique has also taken a great liking to artists like Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar just to name a few. With his new EP out right now entitled "Tha 8ight", we look forward to hearing more from this next generation upcoming artist.
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Tha 8ight Album
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Buncombe Bounty EP
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H.E.A.V.Y (Hood Excellences Achievements Versus Years) Album

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