There are a small handful of people that I would call true influences… people that I got to see in the flesh as a young man with aspirations of being a hip-hop musician. People who were local to Austin like myself, and already doing things on a scale even greater than I could initially imagine.
One of those artist was Notes Floats. He went by Grapefruit when I first met him, and he was a standout from a crew known as the Cool Out Kids. He was one of the first artists I knew who I had on vinyl, a treasure for a young DJ like myself. He was a producer as well as MC, and his beats fell somewhere between De La and Digable Planets.