305djs: When did you start rapping?

Epidemic: I got into it in 9th/10th grade in high school. Around 13 years old. Me and [Dela] went to high school together so we just started rapping and freestyling at lunch and that was it.

305djs: What made you want to pursue it?

Epidemic: I was always half and half. I was half school and half music. What made me really want to pursue it was when Jay came along, the CEO of Strictly Business, and he decided he really wanted to put some work in with us. I said if you put heart into it, I have no choice. That was in 2002.

305djs: Is that when you officially signed?

Epidemic: That