I've been into hip hip since I was a kid. My first influences were Bone and 2pac. I met hip hop when gangsta went mainstream. Watching Tupac Shakur build his legacy and then seeing his demise taught me a lot about the industry.
I always made rhymes in my head and would just spit em out loud, where ever I was at but I never really thought of it too much further than rhyming. Every white rapper I saw that hit it big always seemed like a parody rapper to me. Even when Eminem first blew up I was like, "Damn! Another white rapper with jokes!" I didn't like him. I didn't want to accept what he was about. Then I heard the explicit version of "My Name Is" and that kinda changed the game for me. It was violent lyrics with a tinge of humor that got me but more-so how he put those words together.
Through Eminem I discovered a much more lyrical realm of the industry. I started listening to Mos Def when he was doing his Black Star thing with Talib and also The Roots. Those two groups mixed with Eminem showed me a different way of hip hop. Since then it's been like a treasure hunt of good hip hop. I would dig back to like Slick Rick and KRS and Big Daddy Kane. It all just stuck with me after that.
I developed different styles of rhyming and got some equipment. I taught myself how to make beats, how to record and how to produce my own material. Now I want to give the world my story and entertain whether you can relate to it or not!