Busdriver is eclectic and eccentric enough to cite vocalese jazz singer Jon Hendricks as a primary influence. The Los Angeles MC was introduced to hip-hop culture early with his father writing the screenplay to one of the earliest films focusing on hip-hop, Krush Groove. He began rapping at age nine, releasing his first record at age 13 with his group, 4/29, named after the 1992 L.A. riots. By the mid-'90s, Busdriver was a regular at the Project Blowed open mic, where he would meet future collaborators and underground luminaries like Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, and Freestyle Fellowship. He recently released his latest EP "Arguments With Dreams."