September 16th – T La Rock was born Clarence Ronnie Keaton in Manhattan , New York , on this day in 1961.
Rock , the older brother of m.c Special K. of the legendary Treacherous Three began deejaying and rapping in the early 70’s during the earliest days of hip-hop.
Rock’s place in hip-hop was guaranteed , when in 1984 his hit single “It’s Yours” became the 1st release for Def Jam Recordings in a joint release venture with Partytime/Streetwise Records.
Rock’s articulate and complex lyrical style would have an influence on future legendary m.c.’s like LL Cool J and Nas.
Rock released his debut album “Lyrical King”(From The Boogie Down Bronx) in 1987 on Fresh Records.
Rock’s next album would be his last to date when he released “On A Warpath” in 1989.
Rock would suffer a traumatic brain injury while attempting to break up a fight in front of his brother’s apartment building in The Bronx in 1994. After having spent several years recovering , Rock began performing again in 2008 and is currently working on a new album.