Hip-hop made me. The first record I owned was Run DMC – Raising Hell. I asked for it for Christmas in 1986. I remember writing “Raising H-E-double hockey sticks” on my Christmas list to avoid getting in trouble. As I moved through middle and high school, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, BDP, A Tribe Called Quest and X Clan continued to guide me in the ways of the scales. And then on June 25, 1996, Reasonable Doubt dropped and I found my kindred spirit.
Having the opportunity to work in the hip-hop business was a privilege. We worked hard…10+ hour days, directing photo shoots, designing albums, running to the studio to get approvals…but we played hard too. I met some of my closest, most righteous friends and it was one of the best times of my life but the best thing was that I got to contribute to the music that made me who I am.