Teknikal (born October 8, 1989 in Toronto, Canada) began rapping at the age of 13 and has managed to grab the attention of many listeners worldwide. Ever since the young age of 4, Tek showed great interest in music, so it was no surprise to family and friends when he chose to pursue a career in the industry. Growing up, he would spend time listening to both his father’s and uncle’s old tapes, mostly 80’s and 90’s rock. It wasn’t until years later when Tek would discover and learn to love the art of hip-hop. Tek was in the ninth grade when he started writing and recording his own music. At first, he was shy and hesitated to let people know about his dreams of becoming an established recording artist, but eventually, he grew out of his shell and was able to showcase his true talent. Although by this time, people respected him as an emcee, it wasn’t until March of 2006 when Tek started getting serious about his music. After meeting friend and fellow rapper, MC Mint Condition, Tek traveled to Chicago where him and Mint would record his debut mixtape, "The Franchize". The mixtape was a success, a real eye-opener for anyone who had doubts about the young emcee’s ability to make quality music. Since then, Tek has appeared on many unsigned hype mixtapes, including DJ Green Lantern’s "MySpace Invasion Vol. 2" which was released in December of 2007. Teknikal is currently working on numerous projects, including a set of 3 EP’s entitled "The Chronicles of Authenticity", as well as his second-coming mixtape, "Diamond in the Dirt". Tek appreciates all the support he can get and will continue to pursue a career in music until he is content with his accomplishments. "A dream’s only a dream if you’re afraid to chase it."