Payne's taken years to sit down, think out his albums and write what has meant the most in his life. From the battlefields of Iraq, Somalia, and Bosnia, Payne has learned life lessons the hard way, and has evolved as a person. Using his music to help people gain insight into life's lesson, he bends tough messages with life's whimsical expressions. The thing that sets Payne apart from most other rappers is that he can express himself in ways that doesn't require the use of vulgarity, demeaning people to make his point, and uplifts people daily. Payne's influences have been vast. From hip hop to heavy metal to soul, Payne infuses all these while writing his lyrics.