Kollectiv grew up on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio. This neighborhood was riddled with rampant crime and drugs. Despite this situation there are great things coming out of this town. There has been a boxing champ, Kelly Pavlik, and numerous of famous actors like Ed O'neil. There are also like minded individuals that are from and currently still reside in Youngstown that have a talented Hip Hop background. He grew up during the "Golden Era" of hip hop, listening to classics from artists such as Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Souls of Mischief, etc. The list is too long to name, but all of these groups have inspired his love for "music with a message.
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