Born & raised in Southern California it's not a surprise that Vyz's early influences included some of the illest west coast heavyweights such as N.W.A, DJ Quik & Cypress Hill. He began by writing lyrics at the age of fourteen and was later introduced to the world of music production. After a few years of working with different groups, Vyz founded The "Literates". Originally comprised of four emcees and one DJ, The Literates began recording and performing in the Los Angeles area. Vyz knew that his production was not enough to take them to the next level. Enter A.N.T.I. Once Vyz met A.N.T.I. , the chemistry was immediate. "The first track that I heard was a track that we released called, "A.N.T.I. ILL". It was just so ridiculous. I had never heard any producer in my area on that level...It was like man, there's the missing ingredient!"- Vyz .
A.N.T.I. (Another Name To Identify) was an up and coming Producer/ Rapper out of the San Fernando area that was determined to be recognized. His production was influenced by producers such as Madlib, Stoupe from JMT & Amon Tobin. "I actually started out as a DJ. That was my first love... well, actually Graff was, then DJing. Gradually I got into music production and was hooked!" - A.N.T.I.
Late 2006, after a few months of recording with A.N.T.I., and a few members leaving the group, The Literates released a seven song EP titled, "Unspoken" which featured a song with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. "Working with Sen Dog was definitely an honor for both of us. We've always been big fans of Cypress for sure!" - A.N.T.I. With little to no promotion, it was a surprise to them the response they received from a track that was never going to make the final release, "Graff Life". Graff Life was a track based on Vyz's experiences with graffiti and soon spread quickly over the internet. Another popular song, was the track "Unspoken". "That track was actually made for the other group that I was involved with before the Literates. When Vyz heard it, he kept calling me to give him the track. I finally caved in and sent it over, glad I did!"- A.N.T.I. Unspoken went on to receive "Best album of the year in the category of Hip Hop/ Rap at the Los Angeles Music Awards and has been embraced by artists and graffiti writers all over the world. After the EP release, The Literates hit the road hard opening for acts like Living Legends, KRS One & Bone Thugs & Harmony to name a few.
After a year or so of doing shows, they knew the demand for a full length album was eminent. Vyz and A.N.T.I. began looking for production outside of the group and met J-Rez (Julian Ramirez). Julian was a DJ that came from the San Diego area and was on the DJ circuit in L.A. making a name for himself. " I was never really looking for a DJ for the group at the time. I heard his production and it was dope. different then what A.N.T.I. brought to the table and I knew we needed that. It just so happened that he was a DJ and had a go getter attitude. He was a perfect fit" -Vyz
Early 2008,The Literates got started and created, "Don't Sleep". The LP was comprised of fourteen tracks, twelve produced by A.N.T.I. and two by Iggy Chop. "Iggy Chop was a producer we met along the way in L.A. and now resides in Brooklyn, the only cat that I thought could fuck it up on A.N.T.I. s level. real talent right there!" -Vyz
Don't Sleep was released early 2009, featured another track with Sen Dog and was labeled by fans as an instant classic! "That album was like my dream album to make... every concept, every beat ...just beautiful!" - A.N.T.I.
The Literates continued touring to promote the album and were eventually offered to hit Australia with Sen Dog & The Kottonmouth Kings for a one month country wide tour. The tour proved to be a success for The Literates and gained a solid fan base all over Australia.
Upon returning to the states, The taste of success was not enough. The Literates were ready for more and decided to begin their next project. After a year of work, They are now ready to release their second full length album, "Blow Your Brains Out" which will include production by A.NT.I., Iggy Chop &
DJ J-Rez. The album will be available Tuesday May 31, 2011.