I started writing rap music in 1993 which is hard to believe because next year it would be a 20 year love affair with hip hop. I was listening to rap in the early 80's due to my father's love for the music. He would be playing Sir Mix a Lot and Too Short tapes in his fleetwood cadillac. I remember sitting in the back seat reciting music I really didn't understand but it felt good. The N.W.A era transformed I and my brother from listening to mimicking the rappers b-boy stances, hand movements or gestures, and gangsta leans. We started recting the words into eventually writing words which became rap songs. I remember in 1988 or 1989 we had just finished sneaking to watch "straight outta compton" video over my grandmothers home in Detroit, Michigan. I, my brother and cousin decided it was time to make our own song.
We decided to call ourselves T.F.G (Triple Fat Goose) which was corny as hell but that what was the style and popping back then. Dookey chains, velour fila or troop suits and sneakers with a goose filled jacket. We popped a tape in the stereo, pressed record, and started rapping while taking turns beat boxing. I really wasn't as interested in rapping like my brother so I would fill the void of calling myself a Dj until in junior high school . I had been secretly writing raps and witholding them from my brother and childhood friend of ours who had already started a group. I remember it like yesterday, it was 93 and I told my homeboy I got a flow I wanted to kick. He was like kick it, I rapped and he went crazy like, "your in the group". I was shocked because I didn't think it was that good but my brother found out and I kicked a couple of rhymes and the rest was history.
1993 to 1995 was a time of growth and development of my style and skill set. We started recording in studios in 95 and putting together demos but I would eventually seperate from the group and go solo. My brother and homeboy were more on the gangsta rap tip and I was experiencing a change in the way I wanted to sound and what I was listening to. I began to be heavenly influenced by east coast rap music more than the traditional gangsta rap in the midwest. The change came completely when I started listening to Wu Tang Clan. I loved the kung fu imagery and different styles of each member but one stuck out the most to me and the new artist in me was reborn. The first time I heard "Glaciers of Ice", by The Chef Raekwon I was paralyzed. I have never heard a sound or wordplay like that in my entire life. My brother was working a summer job and I was to young back then to work so I begged him to buy me that tape. I owe my brother a lot because without that purple tape I don't know how my music would sound or where in hip hop I would be today.
I listened to that tape until the writing was smeared off and it had cracks outside the cassette from frequent usage. I used that music as a blueprint to learn how to master my style and soon enough I would be put to the test in 97. I befriended a homeboy of mine that's still my friend to this day even though he hasn't lived in the U.S. for the last five to seven years. I never knew this kid could rap because he would hear all of us rap in the lunch room but he never said anything besides look around and smirk or grin. One day though, he did and he shut the whole lunch table down with a vicious flurry of metaphors and cadences that we never heard before. I never knew someone from Flint, Michigan could possess the gift of rhyme like this kid. We eventually started playing basketball against each other at open gyms and from their I audtioned over the phone for another emcee he knew who I'm still friends with to this date. I spit some bars and he blessed me and our group was formed which was like nothing the midwest could've ever comprehended.
Demos, battles, and shows was the formula until I graduated from high school. I decided to join the U.S. ARMY to leave Flint, Michigan and experience the world which was the best decision I ever made. I spent ten years in the ARMY where I battled, freestyled, recorded in studios overseas and throughout the continental United States of America. I been in cyphers with cats from Portland, Oregon to Queens, New York from Pomona, California to Newark, New Jersey. The experience in those scernarios polished my style and I mastered my flow. I learned how to make choruses or hooks from my older brother in time which made my lyrics and hooks just as good as one another. I honestly believe that a true artist has to be able to equally possess the skills of making a song with the right ingredients to create a classic record. I've grown tremendously since rocking Longfellow Junior High School's talent show in 1993. I'm a seasoned veteran on a mission.
The singles and album that I will eventually be dropping this quarter and the beginning of next quarter is a body of work that I been working on for months. I believe an album should've balance. I didn't want to oversaturate the listener with to much of the same or deprive the listener of the basics. I didn't force the music to come out of me to my pen or keyboard. I let the music come to me as I picked beats and let my natural gift take its course. I created scenarios within each record that the listener could place himself or herself in and imagine what they would do or how they would feel. I intended to leave a message within every song that would give the listener something to think about and I believe I accomplished that. I hope that when you decide to buy my music you are satisfied and create or initiate commentary amongst your peers whether negative or positive. Nevertheless, I love hip hop music and regardless if I sell one download or a million downloads hip hop will be part of me forever.