I'm Pakistani, but I grew up around people who rapped/listened to rap, so I got into hip hop music.
Two of my favorite rappers are 'Gods' in one way or another, so this is how I put it:
Rakim = God MC
Nas = God's Son
Emcee Bullet= God's Grandson
The first battle I ever got into was in the 7th grade against some fat kid, named Nick (the irony, huh?), who choked, which meant that I won. The battle happened a day before 8 Mile came out in theatres, so I've been rap battling since 8 Mile came out. I've been rapping since November 7th, 2002.
In the 8th grade (2003-2004), my friend, En-Kay (Nick Kelly), and I started our own label. It was a school thing and every one knew us. Some other cats began battling us/beefing with us and sometimes shit would get serious.
En-Kay got expelled from school because he was on a contract... whatever, I won't get into that. I was left alone, but then I got in a group with one of my friends, named One-Time (Donovan). I moved from Colton (I went to middle school there) to Moreno Valley (for high school), so I haven't seen En-Kay nor One-Time for a sick minute.
Updated Friday, June 10, 2005:
In Moreno Valley, I got accepted into a rap group, called Genocide. But for some reason (resaons vary from racism, to jealousy, etc.), I got dropped from the group. Of course, I wasn't an official member due to the fact that I had to rap battle an already existing member of the group and win to get in it, so I didn't trip off of them dropping me. I wasn't even an official member. They treated me like an official member, so I sort of claimed I was a part of their set... It didn't work out, so whatever. I'm not pissed, though.
Now I'm in a group with a friend of mine, called Lyrical Assassinz. My boy's name is Fait (short for "For All In Trouble") and his cousin, named Knawledge was in the crew, but he dropped out when some little past beef emerged again between us and some other bitch.. whatever. Fait brought a Blood in the crew, named Cyco Black a.k.a 9 Mill, and I brought in a friend of mine, named Thunda (www.soundclick.com/thunda2005). The newest member is a Crip, named Static. Fait brought him in because.. well, duke has skills.
When I "play live", I'm either battling some one or in a cypher. I usually do it at my friend's house, but lately I've been getting into it more at school because kids found out I rap. I love freestyling, but some kids take it too seriously. The only special moments I have, while battling, are when I win a battle.
Two of my favorite rappers of all time are Eminem and Nas. Other rappers/crews that I really believe are sick are:
Big L (R.I.P), Notorious B.I.G (R.I.P), Rakim, Papoose, D-12, AZ, Dipset (you gotta respect the movement, right?), Pharoah Monch, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan, Jedi Mind Tricks, Jin Tha MC, Common, Immortal Technique and... Kanye West is pretty nice, too. I know I can add more to this list, but I'll leave it at that for now.
Updated Tuesday, 4/12/2005:
Also, let me know if you've got any questions. I'll be proud to educate you fags and bitches.
Emcee Bullet a.k.a Illosophee