Willis Earl Beal: "I fooled around with the idea in high school actually with the emergence of No Limit and all that kind of shit so I wanted to be kind of a rapper but it was silly at best. I wasn't really doing too much, I had a little Casio and I would just rap over these straight elementary Casio beats. And the rap was of course awful.

"I put that down and that was the first time I let people listen to the tape. I was like 'OK, music is not where it's at for me.' I really didn't actually start making, trying to make, whatever you call the shit that I do, music, until Albuquerque which was four years ago."