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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 just rhyming. At the time it seemed like every white rapper I saw that hit it big was just a parody rapper. 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" along with the rest of his Slim Shady LP and that kinda changed the game for me. It was his 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!