David Baruch Hinds, better known as “Baruch,” was born April 14th 1983, in Birmingham, UK. He is the eldest son of reggae legend David Hinds, the lead singer/rhythm guitarist, of Steel Pulse. At age 7 months he, and his US born mother April, returned to Philadelphia, USA.
Being exposed to the music scene at an early age, Baruch took to tapping out beats on almost anything he could lay his hands on so much that by the age of five he was the well deserved owner of a drum kit.
His childhood opportunities had him on summer concert tours with his dad throughout the US. During this period Baruch was in the company of many high profile musicians such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Wycliffe Jean, Chuck D, Gil-Scott Heron, Buju Banton, Shaggy, the Marley Sons…. just to name a few. “It was an awesome feeling to be surrounded by all these icons from time to time,” Baruch exclaims.
Despite not pursuing his drumming to a professional level, his experience of it landed him a job with Steel Pulse as a drum technician. And although his quest for being a rapper started much sooner, Baruch utilized his “off time” period to be more involved in creative writing and street talk. Other than reggae music, Acts like: Wu Tang, B.I.G, Naughty By Nature, NWA, Keith Murray were very much a part of his early influences. “Method Man, Rza, Red Man, Snoop, Ice Cube… those guys did no wrong for me,” says Baruch. “Today, my big ups go out to Raekwon, The Ghetto Youths, Common, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne…etc”.
Of Caribbean heritage, Baruch possesses the same charismatic attributes that you see in the likes of major HipHop/Urban artists such as Busta Rhymes, Heavy D, Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Rihanna, Doug E Fresh, LL Cool J, KRS1 who all have Caribbean roots.
Where many have been known to have a phobia for crowds and centre stage, Baruch never had that problem. But that could have had a lot to do with his “second period” of stay in the UK where he entered and won many “On The Spot” rapping competitions and Battles.
One of Baruch’s early features was playing the part of a slave in the Steel Pulse video titled, “Door of No Return.”
Beloved and Blessed right from birth, David meaning ” Beloved” was given the middle name Baruch, which means “Blessed”. Baruch in biblical times was the Secretary of the Prophet Jeremiah. “Given that and who my father is, I was destined to be a writer/lyricist who manifested over time into ryhming on the mic and recording my own music”, Baruch scratches his chin and explains. “The exposure of all the variety of musicians has been key to my development as an artist. I mean I really have seen and know what it takes to make it and how to stay relevant in the music biz. I just want to make timeless music that people can relate to and feel”, he exclaims.
His most recent release “How Long”, Features a Sample of the Steel Pulse Grammy nominated song “Wild Goose Chase”. “I had to bring this one back”, Baruch explains. I was born the year they recorded it and I’m on the back cover of the album, its one of my favorites”. “How long is a song about the struggle, whether its money, family, love or just life in general, no matter the obstacles we must over come them. Family, Friends and Fans have been asking me for so long now, ‘when are you going to do something with your music? “Well, I’ve been waiting for the right time to do this and now I feel its time”.