Terrace Martin is a hip hop producer and rapper from Los Angeles, California. He has produced beats for artists including Snoop Dogg, Shawnna, Warren G, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone, Kurupt, Lalah Hathaway, Murs, Nipsey Hussle and collaborated with other producers such as DJ Quik, Battlecat, Hi-Tek and Pete Rock.
Martin's father is a jazz drummer, and his mother is a singer. He grew up listening a broad range of music, including John Coltrane and Parliament. He began playing the piano at age six. Producing his first tracks on his Casio CZ101 Keyboard and an E-mu SP-1200, Martin decided to broaden his musicality and picked up the saxophone. He attended Locke High School, where he became first chair of the All-State jazz band.
As a child prodigy, Martin gained the interest of talk show host Jay Leno, who presented him with a scholarship and later purchased his first professional horn.
After high school, Martin attended CalArts but decided school wasn't for him, and began touring with Puff Daddy and the gospel choir God's Property.
Martin played as a member of Billy Higgins' World Stage All-Stars.
Terrace Martin has lent his rapping and production skills to artists including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Charlie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and the Emotions.
Martin's big break came when he produced a Power 106 radio drop with Snoop Dogg.
The Demo, Martin's 2010 debut album, features him as a rapper and producer. The album includes beats and guest verses from artists including Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, DJ Quik and Kurupt. On September 28, 2010 Terrace Martin and Radio personality Devi Dev released the EP Here, My Dear. The first single is "Roll Up Another One", featuring Wiz Khalifa and Overdoz. The EP has appearances from Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Kurupt, U-n-i, James Fauntleroy II, Kendrick Lamar and pianist Kenneth Croutch, The EP is inspired by Marvin Gaye's 1978 album of the same name, "Here, My Dear". On December 21, 2010 Terrace Martin and Devi Dev launched their online music series #DeviTerraceTuesday and on February 22, 2011 they released their second project together, The SEX ep.
Martin's role models include Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Grover Washington, Jr., Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Battlecat, Premier, Pete Rock, and 1580 K-Day. Martin has said, "I started producing hip-hop tracks because it was the music of my time, but I never lost my love for jazz."