Today we recognize Indianapolis artist "TK THE GRATE "
TK THE GRATE
TK The Grate was born in August of 1995 and has been taking the city Indianapolis by storm ever since. TK was born of young parents who were not prepared to take on the responsibility of raising America's next great sensation. Fortunately his loving grandmother took him in as an infant and raised him as her own. For the rest of his young life, TK grew accustomed to the older generations of musical stylings. Greats like Luther Vandross, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Anita Baker sparked his initial love for music and lyrical drama.
It was at the ripe young age of 12 years old that TK started writing his own songs and honing his skills as an artist. He used those skills not only in the musical world but also to excel as a poet and make a name for himself on the Spoken Word scene. With a flair for theatrics and the talent to match it is no surprise that TK affectionately names his greatest Hip Hop influence as none other than the late Tupac Shakur. At age 15 he used that influence and took his chance to be one of the greats. It was then that he wrote, recorded and released his first single album.
Over the following years TK continued to develop as one of the greatest wordsmiths his city has ever seen. In 2014 he outgrew his small hometown of Indianapolis and won the National Spoken Word Championship. It was this feat that solidified his credit as a true man of lyrical excellence not only in his city, but in all of America! Nearly 10 years later TK has developed an arsenal of musical and lyrical weapons that little Indianapolis just can't contain anymore. America, steady yourself; TK the Grate may be from Nap Town, but his trajectory is nothing to sleep on.