School of Music Visiting Artist
Originally known as Microphone Mike, Myka 9 is recognized as one of the most stylistically advanced rappers in the '90s. He emerged as a leading figure of the Good Life and Project Blowed communities and as a founding member of Freestyle Fellowship and Haiku D’Etat.
Freestyle Fellowship first and second albums, Inner City Griots and To Whom It May Concern, are considered the high water mark of West Coast Hip Hop.
"To say that Freestyle Fellowship significantly influenced West Coast Hip Hop is like saying that Jesus was a pivotal figure in Christianity." --Pitchfork