Hip-hop lyricist and showstopper Terrence Spectacle earned his reputation as an incredible writer and entertainer by doing exactly as his name implies – weaving elements of creative writing and performance art to produce live show spectacles through his music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of hip-hop moguls Drake, Kanye, and Childish Gambino, Spectacle views himself as a hybrid of his many aspirations. With his musical upbringing, creative intelligence, and theatrical onstage persona, Spectacle shares the talent that many renaissance men possess and is using that to catapult himself into the music industry.
Spectacle, whose birth name is Terrence Duane Morris Jr., was born in Detroit, Michigan in September of 1994. His passion for entertaining crowds stems from an early memory of his third-grade choir performance where he pulled his shirt over his head to shield his eyes from the blinding stage lights, prompting a roar of laughter from the audience and marking the first of his many live memorabilia. In junior high school, Spectacle began writing poems day and night. He attended weekly open-mic poetry nights to share his works from onstage. One of his friends noticed his ability to write lyrics and invited him to collaborate on penning original rap songs. The two eventually formed a rap duo called “Moon & Spec.” This was a turning point in Spectacle’s life, and it opened the door to the rest of his musical career.
Now based in Dallas, Spectacle has gone on to dominate the Dallas scene with his live stage performances and eclectic music releases. He’s been booked as an opening act for recording artists Big Sean, Tory Lanez, Post Malone, KYLE, and The Internet in prominent Texas venues such as Trees, Club Dada, The White Rabbit, and The Prophet Bar. In 2014, Spectacle dropped his debut project, titled "NuDallas," on SoundCloud and immediately received stellar criticism from his followers and across the Dallas scene. Arts&Seek describes its sound as being “a perfect backdrop for Spectacle’s boastful lyrics.” This body of work intertwines a variety of genres such as pop, r&b, and edm to create a non-traditional, innovative hip-hop sound. He went on to release several works throughout the next few years including tracks “Night Owl,” "When You're Lonely," and a collaboration with fellow recording artist Tre Ward on the track “Time.”
He dropped the 5-track EP "One Summer Night" in 2017, which he describes as Blink-182 meeting Kanye West’s Graduation. Online publication Nakid, which exclusively premiered the EP, describes it as a “conjunction of sound and poetry” while comparing Spectacle’s voice to that of a young Kid Cudi. In 2018, Spectacle dropped his junior EP "Who I Am," which included the title track and two other singles. The title track earned him a #9 spot on Anghami’s “Top R&B” playlist, also known as the leading music-streaming platform in the Middle East. It also received a feature on VEVO’s official channel, under their “DSCVR R&B” playlist, alongside r&b songstresses Kiana Ledé and Summer Walker.
Host of Live From the Underground, a Dallas-based hip-hop radio show, Joshua Wilson expressed his admiration for Spectacle’s honesty and positive energy to the Dallas Observer, comparing him to Kanye West. “Look at Kanye,” Wilson says. “He was at Roc-A-Fella [Records] with a pink polo rapping about school spirit but it was sincere, and he was living his truth. A real person will always connect with that.”
When it comes to Spectacle, each project cycle introduces an era of unique symbolism and themes up for dissecting or simply enjoying. He dropped the second single “In the Mood” in October of 2018 prior to his album release, which was placed on Apple’s “Best of the Week” official pop playlist. He went on to release his debut full-length album "Traverse" that following December, with it already having accumulated over 200,000 streams on Spotify. He describes this album as a recollection of his dreams and nightmares, allowing his subconscious desires to be expressed freely through sound and lyricism. This album acts as an emotional release and a desperate urge to be freed from the past. It’s a form of therapy, an intentional act of self-care that experiments with different sounds to cultivate an experience like no other for listeners.