Esham is a rapper from Detroit, Michigan known for his hallucinogenic style of hip hop which he refers to as "acid rap". That style of music fuses rock-based beats and lyrics involving subjects such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex. This unique style blend made it difficult for Esham to build a fanbase.
Esham released his first studio album, Boomin' Words from Hell (1989), at the age of 16. Since then, he has released 15 more albums. He and his brother James Smith founded the biggest-selling independent hip hop label in Detroit, Reel Life Productions, and the label ran until 2001. Esham's influence eventually fueled the careers of Detroit hip hop artists such as Kid Rock, Eminem, and Insane Clown Posse.