'I like to think of myself as a hip-hop Bob Marley'
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Derby but my mum moved to Nottingham with me and my sister when I was a toddler to get away from my dad. I grew up in Top Valley.
How did music start for you?
My mum was a serious collector of vinyl so I was always going through her records and getting in trouble for scratching them. I left Notts at 16 and joined the army. I used to write lyrics as kind of therapy when I was bored. I was then posted to Germany and on the weekends there all the soldiers would be in the camp bars getting seriously drunk. I am not really a big drinker so I used to check out the hip-hop scene over there. When I decided that the army really wasn't for me I thought I'd try and make it as a professional musician. I worked hard at my craft and eventually got signed to an independent label called Showdown. I released my first album Rookee Stizza in 1999. The second, Nexcalibur, was picked up by East West Records and when I moved to Berlin I formed a rap collective called KMC. We were signed to Universal and I was blessed to be able to tour with Eminem, Outkast, Wu Tang Clan, The Fugees and loads more.
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Describe your sound
1990s hip-hop, although some tracks have a kind of new wave rap sound. My lyrics reflect my reality, and I try and inspire people when I write. I like to think of myself as a hip-hop version of Bob Marley. A lot of the dialect I use is a mixture of English and Jamaican.
Who have been your biggest influences?
Bob Marley, Lauren Hill, Mos Def, Common... any artist that talks sense.
Any claims to fame?
My most successful track in Germany, Four Fists, got to No. 15. Eminem introduced me to Marilyn Manson; that was a good experience. In Berlin I once spent the night hanging out with Spike Lee, Jay-Z and the Roots.
What can we expect at one of your shows?
I like to get involved with the crowd and take them back to original hip-hop, with two turntables, a DJ and a mic.
Any music for sale?
My album, Chosen, is coming out later this year and my first UK single will be out early summer.
Which other Notts artists do you rate?
Jah Digga, 2tone and Razor.