Born Ian James Currie (1982) in Grantsville West Virginia, Ghani Gautama first picked up the mic in Myrtle Beach South Carolina at age 16 as the front man for rap-rock outfit, Pure Irate Souls. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 he linked up with DJ/Producer Metrognome and the duo recruited several neighbors and art school classmates to form Street Temple Emcees. With Gautama taking on the bulk of the writing and Metrognome manning the helm Street Temple recorded one album, 2005's "Asphalt Prophets.
The pressures of recording and promoting and album led to Street Temple's demise and after an extended hiatus, Ghani Gautama returned to the music scene with his 2008 solo debut, "Give 'Em Enough Hope." On the strength of his debut release Gautama went on to tour nationally as a part of Quanstar's "Bring Your A Game Tour" and has shared stages with the likes of Immortal Technique, Akil the MC (of Jurassic 5) and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh. In early 2010 Ghani Gautama released his sophomore effort entitled "Few Against Many" and actively tours from his home base of Charlotte, North Carolina.