The producer released his first LP, Yen & Slang in 1998 and followed it up with Chain Reaction in 2000. Both received favorable reviews in the underground hip-hop media.
Juan Hooks, from the Iowa City hip-hop group Bad Fathers, has worked with the producer in the past and agrees that Tack-Fu is one of the better producers in hip-hop today. "Tack-Fu is a beat maker, his style is unique and that is what you look for as a fan and an artist, and he does what he does well," said Hooks.
However, reviews and compliments are not the driving force behind Tack. He has a strong work-ethic and an even more uncompromising attitude, when it comes to producing instrumentals.
It has taken him around 3 or 4 years to earn respect from local club owners, and now he can book a venue on a Friday or Saturday night with one phone call. Just recently he picked up nationwide CD distribution from Crosstalk, a company located in Chicago, and it has taken him even longer to perfect the craft of hip-hop production.
The energy spent on releasing projects, along with saving every penny from working temp jobs, has made Tack guard his time and talent with a barb-wired fence. "When I first started out, I was more than willing to work with rappers, almost bend over backwards for them, but now I'm getting used to working alone, without someone making demands on what they need or want. Nowdays it's my way or the highway. I don't want to depend on a lyricist any longer," said Tack-Fu.
Juan Hooks respects the creative efforts in beatmaking, but also understands the role of each individual involved. "What he comes up, as far as music, really does not require vocalists most of the time, and I am a vocalist," observed Juan.
"I don't want to rely on emcees 'cause most of those cats are a pain in the neck to work with. I don't want to hear how big their dick is or hear about their life problems. That stuff really annoys me, because my goal is to make timeless tracks, plain and simple, to record music that stands on its own merit," said Tack-Fu.