EmtyHipHop aka Melodic Device
Born in 1983 Michael Turk, aka ‘emty’ was raised in Los Angeles, CA. He fell in love with hip hop at an early age. His fellow childhood friends listened to the likes of Snoop Dogg and Westside Connection while Mike enjoyed the likes of Wu-tang, Redman and A Tribe called Quest which would help shape his lyrical style. While in middle school he connected with a group of high school students who formed a hip-hop group called Melodic Device. He hung around these older and gifted MC’S and began to shape his own style. Two years after high school he was invited to a church service at Calvary Chapel South Bay where the late Pastor Steve Mayes was preaching. Mike felt God speak to him during the service and he came forward to surrender his life to Christ. After the alter call the pastors had him walk to a back room to receive prayer and a free bible. When he walked to the back he was greeted by a young man around his same age wearing baggy pants and a lakers jersey. The man asked him “you like hip-hop?” This man explained to mike that his name was APX and he was a christian hip-hop artist. APX stated that God told him to bring 2 cd’s to church that morning and he gave them to mike. This began a love for Christian hip-hop and it was an eye opening experience to the power an mc can make through a musical medium. Mike loved listening to CHH but never thought he would ever start rhyming again. Mike got involved in serving in the local church and began evangelizing on a daily basis. He began to work for a ministry called living waters with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron where they provide evangelism tools and teaching to help fellow Christians learn how to share their faith. Mike was very fortunate to be mentored by such men as Steve Mayes, Ray Comfort and APX. After serving and evangelizing for about 7 years mike decided to try to begin writing again and recorded a solo project in 2008 titled ‘Way of the Master’. He began performing at local churches and eventually headed a tour with fellow artist ‘upwordz’. Just as ‘buzz’ was building God had other plans and Mike met his wife Bertha Rodriguez. Mike continued to serve in the ministry and perform for a year after his marriage until his wife became pregnant. At this time he stepped back and dedicated most of his time to his wife, stepdaughter, and newborn son. Mike then became employed by LAPD and really had no time to write, record or perform during the police academy . In 2015 at just the right time (Gods time) Mike met DJ Pluto of Blood Related and they recorded an album titled ‘Journey through a notepad’. God graciously connected Mike with the brothers at Blood Related Entertainment for the glory of spreading the gospel through hip hop music!
- 2008 – Way of the Master
- 2015 – Journeys Through A Rhyme Pad
- 2018 – All or Nothing: Not For Sale EP by Blood Related Entertainment
- 2019 – EchoChrist