Long recognized as one of Memphis' top MCs, Gangsta Blac remained strictly an underground phenomenon before breaking out of the South in the early 2000s. His career began as a member of the Memphis-based Three 6 Mafia clique before going solo in the mid-'90s. Influenced by the harsh ghetto rap of Eightball & MJG and the Geto Boys, Gangsta Blac's music incorporates the bleak ideology of gangsta rap with a Southern attitude and rowdy Dirty South beats. His hit single "Southern Parkway" extended the artist's reach beyond Memphis, getting substantial airplay in other Southern rap hotspots such as Atlanta, Birmingham, and Houston. In 2001, his Down South Flava positioned Gangsta Blac on the verge of spreading his reach even further out of the South thanks to the rising levels of attention being focused on Southern rappers.
Gangsta Blac, born Mr. Harris, Nov. 11, 1974,was born and raised on Taylor St. and S. Parkway, Memphis, TN, 38106; jumped off the porch back in 93/94. Recorded 1st local, yet nation wide CD with 3-6 Mafia when we were all hungry. That album landed me a household name. Recorded "I'm Da Gangsta" with Super Sigg Records. Me and my lil Bro Playa Fly were both honored Rapper Of Da Year at the Premiere Playaz Awardz. The first and only local rapper to have his own radio show. (Two to be exact!) Down South Flava, on Hot 107.1, and Da Gangsta Blac Show, on Clear Channel K97.1, landed a joint venture deal with Koch Records in New York. "I've been working with Montana on the tracks, Big Try, Madd Ghetto, plus a few more. Ya boy really have put in dues." Other Cds are: "74 Minutes Of Bump", "Gangsta Blac", "Down South Flava", and now the release of "Parkway Drama" this Summer ('06). "I have seen it all, had at least half of what I've seen; and still asking for more. I'm working with a lot of other Memhis rappers, like Da Sidewalk Kings, straight out of Mitchell Heights; as well as plenty others in South Memphis.