I Self Devine

i self devine
One-half of the hip-hop group Micranots, I Self Devine spent most of his childhood in various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. His mother, an artist and social worker, gave her son a copy of « Rapper’s Delight » for his seventh birthday, and he soon found solace in rhyme. At 13 he began freestyling, and in 1989, after he and his mother had moved to Minneapolis, I Self began trying to start his own band. Eventually, the Micranots were formed with Truth Maze and Kool Akiem , and soon they had put out a few albums on cassette. In 1994 the group, sans Truth Maze, moved to Atlanta, where they released more albums, eventually getting signed to New York’s 3-2-1 Records.
Unfortunately, halfway through the recording process the label folded, but the Micranots still managed to release a 12″ on their own label, Mental Madness. In 1998 I Self moved back to Minneapolis, where he joined Dynospectrum, a group made of Rhymesayers artists Slug, Musab, and Swift the 90°. In 1999 Subverse Records released the Micranots’ previously shelved Obelisk Movements, but when that label also folded, I Self formed Semi Official with DJ Abilities, and released The Anti-Album in 2003. The next year Rhymesayers issued a limited amount of the final Micranots album, The Emperor and the Assassin, and soon after the band split up. I Self then decided to release a solo record, 2005’s Self Destruction, which moved away from the political messages of the Micranots, instead taking a more personal look into the rapper’s life. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
(Source: http://www.billboard.com/artist/1496564/i-self-devine/biography#izpfL7eXo1VUFS7F.99)

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One-half of the hip-hop group Micranots, I Self Devine spent most of his childhood in various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. His mother, an artist and social worker, gave her son a copy of « Rapper’s Delight » for his seventh birthday, and he soon found solace in rhyme. At 13 he began freestyling, and in 1989, after he and his mother had moved to Minneapolis, I Self began trying to start his own band. Eventually, the Micranots were formed with Truth Maze and Kool Akiem , and soon they had put out a few albums on cassette. In 1994 the group, sans Truth Maze, moved to Atlanta, where they released more albums, eventually getting signed to New York’s 3-2-1 Records.
Unfortunately, halfway through the recording process the label folded, but the Micranots still managed to release a 12″ on their own label, Mental Madness. In 1998 I Self moved back to Minneapolis, where he joined Dynospectrum, a group made of Rhymesayers artists Slug, Musab, and Swift the 90°. In 1999 Subverse Records released the Micranots’ previously shelved Obelisk Movements, but when that label also folded, I Self formed Semi Official with DJ Abilities, and released The Anti-Album in 2003. The next year Rhymesayers issued a limited amount of the final Micranots album, The Emperor and the Assassin, and soon after the band split up. I Self then decided to release a solo record, 2005’s Self Destruction, which moved away from the political messages of the Micranots, instead taking a more personal look into the rapper’s life. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
Read more at http://www.billboard.com/artist/1496564/i-self-devine/biography#izpfL7eXo1VUFS7F.99
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