I grew up in the 80's when Hip-Hop was still a child. The first Hip-Hop record I ever heard was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. I was instantly hooked on the art form. I started listening to KRS-One and Eric B. & Rakim as I got older. Other influential Hip-Hop artist were ICE Cube, Public Enemy, The Fat Boys. Ice T, LL Cool J and Run DMC. When the 90's came along, Hip-Hop went through this crazy experimental phase where DJ's and producers started combining Hip-Hop with countless other musical genres. Crate digging for rare, intricate, "exclusive" samples became an art form within itself and Hip-Hop expanded globally with artist like Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack, MC Solar, DJ Krush and many others. The artist/producer that made me want to start making beats was DJ Cam. When I heard "Mad Blunted Jazz" for the first time, I thought to myself, "Thats what I want to do". So I saved up $300 and bought a used Roland S50 and started making beats. I've been making beats since 1993 really as a serious hobby and recently decided to start putting my stuff out.