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People call Scale the West Coast Kanye West, and some compare him to D.J. Quik due to his abilities to produce tracks and write songs. He was born to lead a generation of a dying breed of M.C.’s. This artist known as Scale 5150 was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, CA. at a time when crack cocaine and gang-banging controlled the streets.
At the age of 10 I was influenced by my cousin “Penz 1” to become a rapper. My Dad had hundreds of albums that we used to sample and make our tracks, and he use to play The Gap Band, Barry White, Isaac Hayes, etc.., while my mother used to listen to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, etc.., I get my musical inspiration from these artist, my people and the environment I grew up in on 51st and. I learned how to make beats watching a close friend of mines named D.J. Maskil. Maskil created a lot of different styles using the SP1200, and the MPC. My most notable work was done with the legendary D.J. Aladdin on the Paperchasers album titled “Street Scholars”.
The era I grew up in whatever you said you were about you really had to be about that shit, no matter what it is. I had a lot of good experiences in my childhood. But I’ve seen some things with my eyes that I wouldn’t want anyone to see, homicides, drive-bys, innocent bystanders getting wet up(shot up), good people that help poor families in the community getting set up. My mother was killed, and I came home to find her dead in our living room, and the person that killed her committed suicide in her bedroom. This event caused me to go 5150, it was a major setback mentally for me. She was my heart and the backbone of my family. Music is the only thing that has kept me sane since then. Hip-Hop is my purpose, passion, and my life. Currently I’m in the lab finishing up the new album for my crew self-titled Doin 5 Much, and be looking out for my solo project coming soon. 5 minutes…