Breaking culture Barriers And Thriving
Like many at 13-years-old, music has a way of speaking for you at a time when the world around you is changing, fast. That was the case for Thomas B. Sheriff. At that time he was immersed in the The Black Album and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, but it wasn’t until a couple of years later when 50 Cent’s hit single, “P.I.M.P” entered his world that he started to realize that other’s music didn’t have to speak for him anymore because he’d realized his own voice. It was then that a young Thomas started to see himself as Hash Blink.
Born in Liberia, Hash Blink had always been a fan of music but didn’t start to see himself as an artist until he was 15 when he started penning his own lyrics. Soon enough he was battling fellow aspiring emcees at school. Then at the tender age of 17, he packed a bag, passport, and a dream and headed to Chicago, IL. Since then he’s released a trio of singles, and has plans of dropping two more in 2020;
His new singles are preceded by his initial releases, three tracks that showcase his blend of Afropop, trap and hip hop as well as the underlying notion to always continue to push forward and to be ready for any and everything that comes your way. That sentiment is clearly heard throughout “Hate,” one of his first singles, as it speaks to those who know all too well what it’s time to start from the bottom. His other two premier singles, “Shade of Love” and “Nothing Like You” both showcase the various aspects of a relationship; the good and the bad. His upcoming singles fall in line with what he’s shown the world already with each showcasing the struggle of the world as well as the emotions brought out in relationships.
Like Eminem, Hash Blink often sees himself as an underdog in the hip hop game. While Eminem dealt with being white in Black dominated genre, Hash Blink knows how much hip hop is dominated by the Western World but also like Eminem, he plans on breaking down cultural barriers and thriving. He notes of the inspiration he found in his youth watching Eminem, “He gave me hope. Because I figured if this white man could stand the angry crowds then I too could do the same. He was called and told so many things, but he persisted and that is something I want to do.”
Hash Blink has been working hard towards his goals of entering the rap realm and making a name for himself ever since he landed in the US two years ago, and even before that when he was performing back in Liberia. Now he’s working on dropping a pair of new singles as well as putting the final touches on his debut album, due out in 2020.