Originally known as Microphone Mike, Myka 9 was recognized as one of the most stylistically advanced rappers in the 90s. His first real break was in the 80s when he received the opportunity to be a lyrical ghost writer on NWA’s first compilation, titled ‘NWA and The Posse.’ He would later have the opportunity to collaborate with major acts such as The Wailers, Carmen Carter, The Last Poets, and co-founded the legendary hip-hop group, Freestyle Fellowship. Today, Myka champions his often-imitated, never-duplicated lyrical style around the world. He is known for his often rapid-fire, jazz-influenced, melodic rapping, and often incorporates singing and occasional scatting into his songs. Myka has said of his style, “My rhymes take the direction of a jazz trumpet or sax solo, like Miles or Trane, if I was to rhyme in the same meter as those notes…that’s my concept.”
As a co-founder of Freestyle Fellowship, Myka 9 was instrumental in what became known as the California underground scene, centering around the Good Life Cafe in the early 90s. Myka and other Good Life artists pioneered a wildly creative and often rhythmically complex approach to rapping, producing records full of unique, creative commentary and lyrical acrobatics. “To say that Freestyle Fellowship significantly influenced West Coast hip-hop is like saying that Jesus was a pivotal figure in Christianity “ says Pitchfork. Myka 9 has released three albums in collaboration with Saskatoon producer Factor Chandelier.
Rapper Pigeon John said, “For me Myka 9 was like Miles Davis. He was a tall good looking dude, the girls always liked him and this dude just went on stage and there was no effort in him. He was a genius in what he did. He affected and influenced so many people in hip-hop… Years before Leaders of the New School, there are stories where Freestyle Fellowship, when they first came out and they went to New York. That whole shouting stuff, they had this ingenious way to do it and they had a backing jazz band before Digable Planets. Busta Rhymes ran up to him (Myka 9) afterwards and said ‘dude what kind of style is this,’ and then lo and behold Leaders of the New School came out. So there’s plenty of stories like that, but that’s just like a taste of how potent that scene was at the Good Life.”