Raised by a church organist/hobby store clerk and a fire-fighting jazz drummer on six acres in rural Hollis, Maine, Brendon Whitney didn't have cable growing up. With only three stores in town, the musical pickings were slim, so he'd stay up late and fuss with the TV antenna until he picked up NBC's now defunct Friday Night Videos. During one episode, Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner curated a batch of rap clips including Special Ed's "I'm the Magnificent." Young Bren's mind was blown. He bought every hip-hop magazine he could find, covering the walls of his bedroom with pictures of mean-mugging rappers. His parents were unsure about the imagery, but supportive of his passion, so on Christmas of 1992 they gave him his first drum machine.