"They kinda put that energy back into me again, you know? Cause you gotta keep in mind that me doin' all that by myself, like every day all day, for that many years—started becoming draining," he says. Up until then, he had been spreading himself thin, dancing, doing graffiti, rapping, airbrushing. "That was my mission, to just keep it going. Keep the culture going. And that was my day and night. Aside from working, aside from going to school, my whole thing was to keep hip-hop alive," he says.