Raised in the nation’s capital, Tarica June was reared under the musical influence of her father, a jazz aficionado, her mother, a political scientist who played Bob Marley daily, and her generation’s chosen mode of fearless expression: hip hop. She began writing songs at the tender age of 8, using poetry and song as a way to express the things she was too fearful of sharing any other way. Away from home in high school, Tarica June was exposed to a new musical vernacular as she found her hip-hop heroes juxtaposed with the music of her dorm mates in the form of Tracy Chapman, Grateful Dead, and U2. She began to further expand on her musical tastes in college. “I ended up writing more songs,” she says of her collegiate experience. Away from familiar environs yet again, the culture shock played an important role in her artistic development. “At that point, I was still pretty much keeping my songs to myself. But it did turn me into more of an artist, because I felt like I had even more to write about.”
Tarica has performed around the country, incorporating elements of traditional hip-hop, folk music, and spoken-word/poetry into her live shows. She has been featured at numerous festivals and conferences including the Can-A-Sista-Rock-A-Mic Festival, SXSW (TX), the DOPE(Dialogue on Progressive Enlightenment) Conference (North Carolina A&T University), the S.A.M.I. (Students Against Mass Incarceration) National Conference (Howard University), the B-Girl-Be Hip-Hop Festival, and the ‘For the Love of Black Womyn: Reclaiming the Radical Tradition of Black Feminism’ Conference (Howard University). Tarica also conducted a concert series dedicated to raising funds for community-centered organizations. Benefiting organizations included DC Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, Words Beats & Life, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and KayNou.