Hip Hop and spoken word artist TaReef KnockOut (aka T.K.O.) breathes life into his name TaReef, which means “rare and uncommon” in Arabic. TaReef is both a hard working and thought-provoking lyricist, and a former all-state basketball player who also holds the all-time records for 3-pointers made in a career and in a season at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where TaReef graduated.
TaReef, once known as K.O., got the name KnockOut from his ability to “knockout” tracks like Mike Tyson fights. Drawing inspiration from Jazz music, conscious Reggae, and '90s Hip Hop, TaReef approaches his craft by combining his passion for music, poetry, and the arts in the most profound ways imaginable.
“I make music for anyone who genuinely loves Hip Hop. I put a lot of thought into what I'm giving people because I want them to enjoy the experience.”
After studying music business at Full Sail University in 2013 and 2014, TaReef put his plan into action and has been on his Hip Hop knockout rampage ever since.
On October 14, 2016, TaReef released his debut album Majority Decision EP worldwide on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play (to name a few). To commemorate the release, WTXL ABC declared it Majority Decision Day and featured TaReef performing on the Sunrise Rocks segment as well as the Lunchbox Music Special. Majority Decision EP later made its way onto 50 Cent's website thisis50.com.
TaReef’s song “NOLES Hype Remix” was featured on WCTV CBS news for FSU's football team. TaReef performed the relaunched version, “NOLES 2.0” live for warchant.com on the Man Cave Show hosted by ESPN 97.9 radio personality Jeff Cameron.
TaReef KnockOut has quickly become the Hip Hop Seminole superstar, solidified when TaReef's Seminole anthem “NOLES 2.0” played throughout the 2016 FSU football season during home games at Doak Campbell Stadium.
TaReef left cool vibes and wavy impressions at the Gaines Street Festival (Tallahassee) after performing on the Jelly Stage, presented by Tallahassee titan Capital 6. The Jelly Stage featured a night full of delectable Hip Hop, soul and more, and the energy and excitement were definitely felt and seen with hyped up crowds past 2:00am.
Recognizing and appreciating Hip Hop as an art form and a way of life, TaReef KnockOut is exercising the resilience, dedication, power, and stamina necessary to earn his spot as an all-time Hip Hop heavyweight.
To reach TaReef KnockOut for interviews, performances, and more, please email:TaReef.KnockOut@gmail.com