Tamba Hali has been in music since he was a young boy growing up in Gbarnga, Liberia. Living with his mom and step dad who were both in the ministry, Tamba spent a lot of his time at the ministry being introduced to music. While at the ministry, he played drums, the bongos and even sang in the choir.
At age 10 Tamba escaped the civil war torn Liberia and headed to the US to meet up with his father, Henry Hali. Henry was a chemistry professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and also taught at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey. While at Teaneck, Tamba was determined to be an NFL caliber player so that he could raise enough money to bring his mother to the United States. Finishing his high school with a stellar high school career in both football and basketball, Tamba was a four star recruit by rivals.com and would soon be headed to Penn State University.
Throughout his college career at Penn State, Tamba continued to grow and excel at the sport of football. During his senior year he was a strong presence on defense helping lead the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record, Big Ten Champion and winner of the Orange Bowl that session. Entering the 2006 draft it was not until The Sporting News covered Tamba’s amazing story of escaping Liberia by making it the cover story on April 21, 2006 that he would truly get heavily looks from NFL teams. It was the 20th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 draft that Tamba would achieve his goal of making the NFL and see a career continue to flourish eleven years later.
Throughout his life music has always been with him. From when he was a little boy, until today, music has helped him grow his culturally and spiritually. Tamba would even contribute his early English language learning to music by helping him read, rhyme and write at 10 years old. Music is something that has never left him and something that comes naturally to him.
Today, Tamba spends a lot of his free time writing rap and recording music. He considers music a breather from football. His focus has been on the positive side of rap in his lyrics. Gaining his vocals from expressing himself in worship based music, positive rap is important to him. Tamba’s inspiration comes from numerous people over the years but he’s always had inspiration from Jay-Z, Tupac and the Notorious BIG.
To Tamba music comes natural because “if you work as hard as possible at what your passionate about, you will find success in what you do!”