"One day in 1979, I was checking out [now defunct radio station] WEBB and they played 'Rapper's Delight,'" he recalls. "For me, that was it. I had no idea what hip-hop even was, but I was mesmerized. A few years later, when Soul Sonic Force released 'Planet Rock,' I knew I wanted to be a part of that music." Skiz, a lanky Sri Lankan, befriended the only three black guys who attended St. Paul's School, near Timonium. "They turned me on to stuff like LL Cool J and Run-DMC, but at the same time, I was also listening to the Smiths."