Pikahsso doesn't just tell stories. He shows them. Thus, his name.
Watch the artist at work when he performs at Final Fridays Hip Hop: The Fall Edition on Friday, Sept. 29, at Three Links Deep Ellum.
Terry Wayne Jones Jr. has been a wordsmith for most of his life. His mother recognized it early on and encouraged it.
"When I first started, I started off in my mama's room," he said. "She's the reason for all of this. She had a little component set. I'd buy instrumentals from Reach Record Shop [a popular shop in South Dallas] and just rap over instrumentals and stuff like that."
His rap career was a "slow burn," he said. But then he started booking shows.
And then, the mid-1990s called: Nanette Lee of K104 saw him perform at a radio showcase event and asked him "to do the drop for Skip Murphy's morning show," which he did with the group Dysphunkshunal.
"I never give her enough credit," he said. "She really gave me one of my first big breaks. I never really got a chance to thank her for that. ... Everybody started asking me to do them after that."
And a career was born.
Pikahsso became known for his eclecticism, both in his fashion sense and his rhythmic rhyming.
Along the way, he accepts that he's also become known as somewhat of a historian within the Dallas hip-hop community, a keeper of the flame. The self-professed "old-school cat" -- he was born in 1970 -- rattles off tales of the genre's past here and how it led to the present of area rap.
"Sometimes people look at me as like a relic," he said. "Why would you want to kill your own art form by putting a cap on it? They don't do it in R&B. They don't do it in rock. They don't do it in jazz."
Just because he reveres the past, he's not living in it. He's constantly creating. The question of what's next may keep some awake at night. Not this brother. He's done it all, it seems: been part of groups, including genre-busting PPT and now AwkQuarius; hosted a web series; created an animated web series; kept up a constant stream of videos and new singles; and he's a fixture at any event that mentions Dallas hip-hop.
"If you're dope, you're dope," he said. "We all can create. That's just how I rock."
And so it goes that he will hit the stage for an event started to honor Dallas' musical past while giving shine to its future.
Somehow, Pikahsso -- just like Final Fridays' Hip Hop -- is both.
As is the bill for "The Fall Edition." Upwardly mobile Cure For Paranoia has opened for Bone Thugs-n-Harmony this year. A highlight will be a cypher from what organizers call the "Queens of DFW HipHop," which includes Honey Banks, Teleoso, Amber Bee and Lil Lady.
And #Baconomics will be celebrating its official album release during Friday's show. The first 100 fans will get a free download of The Mourning After, the band's latest release.
Brian "DJ ViZ" Walker and business partner Jonathan "Fatz" Dangerfield are the authors of the event that Walker says is almost 20 years old.
"We celebrated it this last Final Fridays," said Walker. "This is our 17th year doing Final Fridays Hip Hop in Deep Ellum and longer than that even before Final Friday."
Walker and Dangerfield plan to keep the party started but first ... doors open at 9 p.m. at the club at 2704 Elm St., in Dallas. Tickets are $10.