Myka 9 is known as one of the best freestyle rappers ever. Point blank. Most every West Coast MC we have had on Freestyle 101 cites him as one of the killers. From his early days spittin’ at The Good Life Café in downtown L.A. to his years with underground legends Freestyle Fellowship alongside Aceyalone, Self Jupiter, and Freestyle 101 alumni P.E.A.C.E., to his projects like Project Blowed and Haiku D E'Tat, the man has blessed audiences around the world with his complex wordplay, intricate flow and awesome voice.
Myka 9 (yes, he changed the spelling) stopped by Freestyle 101 at The Engine Room to drop science, chat about the art of the rhyme, and promote his most recent album, Citrus Sessions. This was a true freestyle in every sense of the word, as he hit on some topical subjects from news headlines (keep in mind this was taped a few months ago), name-checked some videogame consoles, and addressed some concerns with the current state of hip hop (which we had just been discussing in the lounge before rolling tape). The guy is a true artist and master of his craft. We were honored to have him.
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