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Obadyahu Binyamin, born July 8 1987 in Miami FL, Richard Lee to two Jamaican Parents, spent most his childhood in Broward County, and some in Atlanta Ga. He's been writing music and drawing since as early as he could remembered. Introduced to hiphop in elementary school where he wrote his first rhyme, which didn't really rhyme, but he's always been inspired by the science of Hiphop. Some of his early inspirations include KRS ONE, Busta Rhymes, Tupac Shakur, and early Master P and No Limit Records - Artist that really had a significant impact on the south before southern artist got the recognition they do today. Moving to Atlanta at the age of 12, Decatur to be exact, Obadyahu was strongly influenced by the Dungeon Family Artist, Outkast, and later Pastor Troy and Young Bloods.
In middle school he had a passion for music, and was in the center of freestyles - making beats on tables in the cafeteria. OB, however, was never recognised as a true emcee until fourteen. "Cat's thought that I was aight, cuz I was just goin off the dome - then I started letting them hear my writtens". OB;s grades, however, suffered because of his lack of interest in school and infatuation with hiphop music. The talent, along with the music, encouraged a rebellious mentality in him, which didn't help neither. He always felt that the coorporate world didn't really have much to offer the Black man, and many men had to deny things associated with the Black culture in order to be accepted. "Music, kind of, assisted in creating a black subculture associated with crime and the whole "Gangsta" concept, which many of us cling to as a type identity", "When you been robbed of a culture and essential survival mechanisms, you tend to grasp onto whatever you can, whatever seems real."
At the age of fourteen he began smoking and selling Marijuanna and skipping school. Not long after he was sent, by his parent's to a eighteen month program to reform, where he had time to seriously focus on his musical ability. A month after his release, at 16, he was arrested and charged as an adult for armed robbery. "It was crazy, this is the same county they gave a twelve year old black kid life (Lionell Tate), and it was only my first offence!" Facing 10 years minimum madatory, OB turned to the Most High, began attending religious services, while incarcerated. He ended up being sentenced to 90 day Bootcamp, two years of house arrest and two years of probation."The Most High really looked out for me in that situation, I was facing ten years".During his incarceration is when he learned to structure his song, and competed his first conventional 48 bar song. "I had a partner in there who actually showed me how to structure my verses into 16 bars... before I was writing 32 bar verses". Along with that he utilized his artistic ability, drawing portraits and cards, during his incarceration in exchange for his daily necessities and commissary. Soon after he was released he persued another realm of art, airbrushing t-shirts and other clothing, living with His Father in Miramar FL, which didn't work very well, being on house arrest. His relationship falling off with his dad, he sooned abandoned airbrushing, quit attending church and moved to Ft Lauderdale, with his Grandmother, where he began to associate with past friends...