How did the name tareef knock out come about?
My original rap name was KO, but it was too generic so added TaReef which is Arabic, meaning rare or uncommon. I felt that described my style and approach to hip hop and the music industry. And the name TaReef KnockOut aka TKO was born.
How has the music industry evolved since you started?
It’s involved at a rapid pace. I’ve seen the end of the physical CD era to the boom of online streaming and digital sales. The common theme for me is continue adapting, trusting the process and grow my fan base organically.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve been a part of?
I’m not sure my lawyer would want me to speak on it. But musically would be performing with KRS-One on tour a few years ago.
What brings people to a tareef knock out show?
People that come to a TaReef KnockOut show are guaranteed to see an authentic performance with high energy. I love live shows because it gives me and the audience the opportunities to hear my music how’s it meant to be heard.
What’s next for you?
I have my new EP titled Ulmer Court releasing hopefully next month. So I’m excited for the masses to finally hear my latest project.
How are you getting through these trying times?
This pandemic has changed so much for a lot of people and it’s so weird the way this year has gone. I’ve been doing the best to make it through. Staying safe, creative and social distancing.
What’s your capital city pedicab connection?
My connection to CC Pedicab. I know Mike, we go way back. Great guy and I’m happy to see his business thriving around the Capital City.