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Originally from the Southside of Chicago, I fell in love with the Hip Hop culture very young. Graffiti and being an Emcee are my elements of choice, but I have great respect for the culture as a whole. I’ve written poetry since I was a kid, but when I heard my older brother playing “Sound of da Police” by KRS ONE, the seed of Hip Hop was planted in my mind and has flourished ever since. It wasn’t just music, it was a movement and a culture. It was art on the trains, the voice of political issues, the dance on streets, and the sound that changed music forever. I wanted in! The first cassette I ever purchased was the “Protect Ya Neck” single in 1993 when I was only ten years old. “Runnin Off at the Mouth” by Tung Twista, now known as just Twista, was definitely in heavy rotation in my headphones as well. So many great artists were brought to light after my discovery of Hip Hop that influence was easy to find. By the time Rawkus Soundbombing 1 came out, I was already writing rhymes and filling in the long intervals of beats with my own lyrics to see how I’d sound in the mix with the legends of the time. My earliest lyricism was inspired by Biggie’s story telling and Big Pun’s wordplay. Now, I’ve completely absorbed lyrical influence from growing up in Chicago and loving the unique style of Midwest wordplay and attaining respect for the versatility and diverse styles of lyricism from the phenomenal predecessors of Hip Hop, from East to West Coast. Since I feel each Emcee is unique in their own way, a list of names of influential legends that have inspired me thus far seems unnecessary since it can only simply be said that through decades of loving Hip Hop as a genre and culture, I have found myself, Ms.Dissm.