Lateef the Truthspeaker

Lateef Daumont, better known by his stage name Lateef the Truthspeaker, or mononymously as Lateef, is a hip hop artist from Oakland, California. He is a member of several hip hop groups such as Latyrx, Lateef and the Chief, and the Mighty Underdogs.[1] He was one of the founding members of the Solesides collective, which became Quannum Projects.[2]

Lateef the Truthspeaker
Birth nameLateef Kenneth Daumont
Also known asLateef
BornOakland, California
GenresHip hop
Years active1994–present
LabelsQuannum Projects, Solesides
Associated actsLatyrx, Lateef and the Chief, The Mighty Underdogs, Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Gift of Gab, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, Fatboy Slim, Z-Trip, D-Sharp

Life and careerEdit

Lateef was raised in East Oakland, where his father was security detail for the Black Panthers. His mother, a Panther medic, was a roommate and political associate of Angela Davis.[2] He is of African American and Puerto Rican descent.[3]

He has released several mixtapes such as Ahead of the Curve (2007),[4] Truth Is Love (2009),[5] and Truth at Sea (2011).[6]

His solo debut album, Firewire, was released in 2011.[7] It features contributions from Chief Xcel, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Grouch, Lyrics Born, Dan the Automator and DJ Shadow.[8][9] He was also featured on the songs "Wonderful Night" and "That Old Pair of Jeans" by Fatboy Slim.



Lateef the Truthspeaker

Latyrx (Lateef with Lyrics Born)

Maroons (Lateef with Chief Xcel)

  • Ambush (2004)

The Mighty Underdogs (Lateef with Gift of Gab & Headnodic)


  • Ahead of the Curve (2007) (with Z-Trip)
  • Truth Is Love (2009) (with D-Sharp)
  • Truth at Sea (2011) (with Somehow at Sea)
  • Latyrical Madness Vol. 1 (2011) (Latyrx)


  • "The Wreckoning" (1996) (Latyrx)

Guest appearancesEdit

Compilation appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Ma, David (February 22, 2012). "Lateef the Truthspeaker :: Interview". URB. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Vaziri, Aidin (February 20, 2007). "Grammy-nominated rapper tries to keep classic hip-hop alive". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  3. ^ "Classic Interview-Lateef The Truth Speaker". No Joke. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Munroe (August 3, 2007). "Lateef the Truth Speaker & DJ Z-Trip - Ahead of the Curve". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Chi Chi (January 10, 2010). "Lateef The Truth Speaker - Truth is Love Mixtape". Scratched Vinyl. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 28, 2011). "Download Lateef The Truthspeaker Truth At Sea Mixtape". Stereogum. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Chandler, D.L. (December 15, 2011). "Lateef The Truthspeaker". Okayplayer. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Staples, Derek (August 15, 2011). "Lateef the Truthspeaker announces debut solo LP: Firewire". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Chapman, Alex (August 11, 2011). "New: Lateef the Truthspeaker, "Testimony" (MP3)". URB. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2012.

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