Tha Materials (or Tha Mats for short) is a Soul Hip-hop group based in Durham, NC. Established in 2012 by founding members Drummer, JC Justice III, MC/Trumpeter, Cameron Tripp, & Trumpeter, Will Smith, Tha Mats came about from a mutual desire to create dope original music. Later additions to the band were the "Songbird" voice of singer/songwriter Raney Hayes, Travis Jones on Bass/keyboard, MC/songwriter Juteria Eaves, and most recently, MC/ multi-instrumentalist, Reuben Ahukanna.
They all attended North Carolina Central University and played and held leadership roles together in the marching band and various other ensembles on campus. They are still a dedicated collective of multi-talented individuals. This unique combination of instrumental talent, dope lyricism, and creativity fostered the phrase ‘Ev'rything You Need', so it can be said that Tha Materials' style is positive, thought-provoking, soulful music with ‘Ev'rything You Need' to ‘Make Ya Feel Amazin'.
They have performed multiple times in Raleigh and Durham including twice at the Pour House Music Hall, once as winning contestants in the Breathe to Think Cash Prize Open Mic, then again as the house band for the same event later in the year. Other Venues include Proof Bar, The Pinhook, Cuban Revolution, The Shed, The Ugly Monkey, The Vault at The Palace International & Abyssinia Lounge to name a few.