King Truth is among the many hardcore rappers who came out of hip-hop's Dirty South school in the late '00s. ; Not all Dirty South recordings are gangsta rap, but King Truth has favored the thugged-out gangsta side of the Dirty South, and he gets his inspiration from both Southern and non-Southern rappers. God are my influence; so are N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and the late Tupac Shakur. King's more sexually explicit lyrics also owe something to Oakland native Too Short, who was never a gangsta rapper but did a lot to popularize X-rated rap lyrics.
King Truth, however, isn't from the West Coast any more than he is from Baltimore; his stomping ground is Bruce Manors, the city that gave us the Smash, 100 grand man, bossman, to da lute, and quite a few other baltimore artists. When King boasts that he is "straight from the Westside," he doesn't mean the northern part of the United States; he means the west part of Baltimore, where he lived in the infamous, crime-ridden Bruce Manor. And Baltimore' more dangerous neighborhoods have inspired many of King's lyrics, which often describe the dangers of life in the 'hood. King Truth, however, doesn't always rap about crime and inner-city thug life; he also raps about sex quite a bit.