Encore In-depth Biography
Milpitas, CA's underground rapper Encore} discovered hip-hop at an early age and tried his hand at many of the style's aspects, including DJing, breaking and popping, and graffing, but found rhyming to be the least expensive -- and most expressive -- way to become involved in the hip-hop scene.
After he finished high school and left the army, Encore} formed the Vinyl Miners} with two old friends, DJ/producer Architect} and emcee 50 Grand}, who soon departed for L.A. Architect} and Encore} continued to collaborate on tracks, which blended the DJ's inspired beats and samples with Encore}'s intelligent rhymes, often influenced by Islam and ancient African and Egyptian studies. Encore} recorded singles for Certified} Records and Stones Throw} Records before appearing on Dan "The Automator" Nakamura} and Prince Paul}'s Handsome Boy Modeling School} album, So... How's Your Girl?}. The West Coast rapper's debut album, Self-Preservation}, arrived in 2000 on 75 Ark} Records. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide