Rico Smith, better known by his stage name Tash, is an American rapper. He is most known for his work as a member of West Coast hip hop group, Tha Alkaholiks alongside J-Ro and E-Swift. He has released two solo albums, Rap Life (1999) and Control Freek (2009), and has worked on five albums with Tha Alkaholiks. Tash recently announced signing with the hip hop record label Amalgam Digital to release his independent debut entitled Control Freek.
Tash released one album, Rap Life, on Loud Records in 1999. It received some critical acclaim and little commercial acclaim. It only reached #148 on The Billboard 200, even with guest appearances by famed artists such as Outkast and Kurupt. It did reach #1 on the Top Heatseekers chart which tracks underground acclaim and it had two singles that reached the Hot Rap Singles chart. Those two songs, "Rap Life" featuring Raekwon and "Bermuda Triangle," remain as Tash's best known solo tracks.
According to a recent interview, Tha Alkalholiks are done releasing albums, and Tash is 100% finished with his next solo album, Control Freek on the Amalgam Digital label. The album was released June 2009. It features appearances from B-Real, J-Ro and King Tee and production by will.i.am, Maestro, and J. Wells.