Early Influences

King L: “2Pac. When I was younger I didn’t really rock with Biggie’s music, because I rocked tough with Pac. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Big’s music, but I was just partial to Pac. I liked Pac more. I loved DMX, Eminem, and Jay-Z. It was DMX’s It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot that got me wanting to rap. That was a very influential album for me. I had it on tape and I knew the words to everything on it.

“I liked Master P and No Limit a lot, too. No Limit was my shit. I had got a good report card, and my uncle bought me that Silkk The Shocker Made Man album. [Laughs.] That was my shit. Then Wayne’s Tha Carter—that shit was hard. Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP was nuts, too.

“When I was in high school, I was listening toBump J—it was all about Bump and the Goon Squad. That’s really what we were all listening to was the Goon Squad. Then L.E.P. [Bogus Boys] came out, and they were going hard, so we used to listen to their early mixtapes. I had a personal relationship with L.E.P., and we knew them, so we used to listen to them heavy.”