September 29, 1984 |
|Genres||West Coast hip hop Hip hop Hardcore Hip Hop|
|Grind Time West Coast, The Frontline, R.A. The Rugged Man, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Apathy, TeamBackpack, Jeff Turner|
Davood Asgari, better known by his stage name Locksmith, is a rapper of African-American and Iranian (Persian) descent from Richmond, California. He is half of the underground duo The Frontline.
Locksmith is a West Coast rapper and producer who first gained notoriety in the underground hip hop scene through MTV's MC Freestyle Championship. Locksmith graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies. In 2009, he did a series of rap battles in Grindtime Rap Battle League. Lock, along with his duo group The Frontline, received commercial radio play and began building a regional buzz.
It wasn't until he began his solo career in 2010, he started to cultivate a loyal fan base. Locksmith has toured with Joe Budden, Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks and collaborated with producers 9th Wonder and Ski Beatz. Locksmith has been featured on MTV, BET, Sirius XM's Shade 45, Hot 97's "Who's Next?" concert series and all major hip hop blogs.
Locksmith released a series of mixtapes from 2010 to 2013. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15, 2014. Previously, Locksmith has collaborated with Funk Volume's Hopsin and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic and Apathy. Recently, his second album, Lofty Goals, was released on June 30, 2015. The album features Jarren Benton, Futuristic (rapper), Chris Webby and others.
Locksmith releases his 3rd album "Olive Branch" on March 31, 2017.