A veteran MC and beatsmith of Detroit's hip-hop underground, Ta'Raach (aka Lacks) put in a lot of work over the course of the '90s and early 2000s, producing and performing on countless tracks that have become rare niceties because of industry politics in his hometown. Although he was born in Erie, PA, Ta'Raach (real name Terrell McMathis) grew up on Detroit's west side together with neo-soul singer Dwele and fellow MC Big Tone. He loved music but couldn't afford to amass large record collections like many producers do, and so he got them from others in his neighborhood. He later wound up moving to Lansing, MI, and took a few courses at Michigan State University in 1996. There, he linked up with the student radio station, adopting his first pseudonym, Lacksi-Daisy-Cal. He turned into somewhat of a point man for the town's local hip-hop scene, hosting freestyle nights at a local café. Inspired by the experience, he returned to Detroit, but attempts at releasing an album with friend Big Tone were thwarted.