Pensmoke-The Outcast

Just living my life my way until...


Last updated 5/11/2015 at 10:02pm

Michael Thomas

Michael "Pensmoke" Thomas says he was just living his life his way until his grandmother introduced him to her neighbor friend. "She shared with me good news that would change my life," he says.

My name is Michael Thomas but I also go by Pensmoke, the name I record my music under. I'm a rapper.

I was born in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee.

I am of Gaduwa (Cherokee) heritage. My family descends from Jim Cheoa, Ah-lin-nih Cheoa, and Ail-cih Cheoa on the Siler Roll and Oowahooskee on the 1817 Reservation Roll.  

Within a couple of weeks after being born, my family moved from the Smokies all the way to the other side of the state-Memphis.  

My father left when I was a baby and I've had contact with him from time to time and correspondence from him occasi...

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