From the time Ambush Vin bought the tape that started his inspiration, “Paid In Full” by Eric B & Rakim, Vin has been working to make an imprint in hip-hop. The self-described lyricist has been described as “straightforward and direct”, “eye-opening”, and “unique”.
Hailing from Gary, IN, “murder capital of the 90's”, Vin's options in life appeared to be slim growing up with future hustlers, gangsters, and criminals. He fit the perfect stereotype of an urban black child: raised by a single mother on food stamps, on the wrong path by his teenage years, angry and frustrated.
Vin's mother put him out at age 17, and it was then he was forced to learn the reality of survival in “the streets”. Homeless and forced to “get it” the best way he could, Vin lived in the streets for almost 2 years, often sleeping at the Metro Center in Gary, IN. It was during this time that Vin really began to focus on his lyricism as an artist with Outside Productions, which eventually evolved into the rap group, Outside, with Finger Roll & C-Saw.
After parting ways with Outside due to financial obligations, Vin once again turned back to the streets to hustle. Ironically, it was due to the positive influence of his mother that Vin found a job in the steel industry and was able to rise into a management position.
Vin's vision is to motivate the millions of hip-hop listeners to strive for more than the fantasy world of fancy cars, clothes, and women where everyone sells drugs and never gets caught. Though some of his music can be described as “gangsta rap”, the message is still clear:
“A true revolution can only occur through mental evolution and understanding the system we already propagate, plan to integrate, and finally...overtake.”
- The Urban Schola