Why did you start rapping?
I think the first time I got introduced to hip-hop was in grade seven. I was in my friend's older brother's whip and he was playing NWA; it was so raw, so grimy. As a kid coming from somewhere completely different, that's why it excited me. I started listening to Redman, Method Man, Wu-Tang; I became a fan of [hip-hop] from grimier stuff like that to people like Common and J Dilla, even Canadian stuff like Classified.
When was the first time you laid a verse to tape?
I started messing around with [rap] when I was about 16. I've always been fascinated with recording my own stuff, even when I just started rapping I recorded all my own stuff. I always tried to mix my records. As I went on, I kept gaining equipment and experience. I ended up going to audio engineering school and to this day I mix my records and produce my stuff.
How has the West Coast influenced your music?
It's been positive. Here in Vancouver, we have a lot of talented artists coming out, but they aren't breaking anything [commercially]. We're the only ones making consistent trips to Toronto and other places to do shows. It's good because when we go to Toronto, we get a lot of love. It's good to have a city behind us that doesn't have a frontman. (GoodLife Music & Culture)
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