Learning to Rap
Wiki:“I started rapping when I was in 6th grade. It’s mad funny, I was on a school ski trip with some of my friends. We started a group called Five Years Young. It was kind of like a joke. Then we started writing. We did a talent show at my school, and I ended up being nicer than the other people in my group. That’s how I started spitting.
I had a math teacher and a Spanish teacher who grew up in the Bronx and they were into hip-hop. They spit a little bit, so we would cyph. It was funny because they were my teachers.
“Then I had a math teacher and a Spanish teacher who grew up in the Bronx and they were into hip-hop. They taught me a lot about hip-hop. I was always into hip-hop but [they gave me] more details. They spit a little bit, so we would cyph. It was funny because they were my teachers.
“They [taught me the] essentials. When I was younger, I was just on whatever was out. I didn’t know a lot about hip-hop. I just said, ‘Yeah, I love hip-hop.’ But they taught me how to cypher. And they got me accustomed to the elements like graffiti, break dancing—all that shit.
“Also, my camp counselor was Jimmy from Junk Science. I used to go to this camp called Incarnation Camp and I went there since I was young. It’s a dope camp. People always make fun of me because I always tell mad camp stories for hours.
“There was an older section called PV where you get to cook all your own food, make your own fire and whatever and Jimmy was my main counselor for that. That’s how we ended up talking and we would always cypher. Then I would send him my music. I guess he saw the video [for ‘Wiki Speaks’] and tried to hook it up, which is dope as fuck.”