Port City's Hip-Hop Experience

Temple5, is a collective of 7 core members who started making music in July 2013. They have completed two collaborative, self made EP's, Strategic Arrival: The Statement and The Bap Is Eternal: The Argument in one year. The members include Keith Butler Jr. (Drums), Sean Howard (Bass), Cameron Tinklenberg (Keyboards), Michael Buckley (Guitar), Malik Rai (Saxophone), Aaron Lane (Trumpet), and Louis. (MC).

Collectively, Temple5 does not create music solely for the purpose of spreading their name; T5 thrives on building a community in Wilmington, NC and ambitiously spreading positive Hip-Hop culture across the state. Temple5 routinely collaborates  with MC's and singers from NC and beyond while utilizing the voice of their frontman Louis. who had the honor of performing with Walter Smith III, Chris Turner and many more at Eric Harland’s Voyager album release, “Vipassana” at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC.

The group recently performed at NC's own Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in October 2015, marking their entrance to the east coast festival circuit. 

T5 functions as a live band or studio producers for any MC/artist looking to host live events or create studio projects. It's T5's mission to provide space for promotion, portfolio building, and a home for other artists to continuously make good music. They have performed with acts such as; The Beast (Chapel Hill, NC), ZooCru (Durham, NC), MindsOne (Washington, DC), DJ Slim Deluxe (Wilmington, NC), and Fuzz Jaxx (Wilmington, NC). Temple5 will also be soon releasing another collection of songs with emcee JSWISS (Dobs Ferry, NY) which will be produced by Sam Brown of Monumental Music.

The music Temple5 makes is not only infectious, it's positive in nature. It challenges the listener to ask questions about the world around them, and what can be done to solve these issues. Keeping true to the soul of hip-hop the goal is to uplift and celebrate success in life, live with integrity through adversity, and speak out against the forces that keep negativity in our lives.   

Now listen up. We've got something you ain’t heard before.


Band Image Photographer: Joshua Prindiville

Background Image Photographer: Sarah Conely

Festival: Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, 2015