LA native, recognised as a pioneer of West Coast hip-hop, helping bring electro rap to the masses. The first West Coast rapper/producer to achieve international success, Egyptian Lover paved the way for early West Coast hip-hop pioneers like Dr. Dre, N.W.A. and Ice T among others. Growing up listening to Kraftwerk, Prince and Zapp, Egyptian Lover got his start compiling mixes of his favourite records, including his own instrumental beats. The club-ready cassette mixes started selling in their thousands. Following in the footsteps of The Sugarhill Gang he began rapping over his beats to give party people what they wanted. He was soon transformed into a local celebrity. With his star status rising higher, Egyptian Lover joined Uncle Jamm's Army and moved 10,000 person crowds at the L.A. Sports Arena with his impressive knack for scratching, performing turntable tricks and MCing. In the mid '80s, L.A. was becoming the electro rap capital and Egyptian Lover was at the forefront of this new West Coast rap sound, not only with his unique producer/DJ/MC aptitude but also as label owner of Egyptian Empire Records which sold hundreds of thousands of 12"s. Since 1983, Egyptian Lover has remained true to his signature sound. Egyptian Lover's influence cannot be overstated - he changed the face of hip-hop but also influenced electronic, techno and pop through to today.