Ken Leighton 4:11 p.m., Sept. 3
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
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Inception: San Diego, 1997
Influences: Native Tongues, Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, Digable Planets, Little Brother, Definitive Jux, the Roots, MF Doom, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Nas, Mos Def, Common, KRS, Boxfeeders, Pharcyde, Wu Tang Clan, Sizzla, Don Carlos, Damian Marley, Barrington Levy, Crucial, Pete Rock, CL Smooth, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Dan the Automator, Prince Paul, Kool Keith, Dr. Dre, Dilated Peoples, J Dilla and Madlib, Slum Village, Kanye West, Jimi Hendrix, Danger Mouse, the Beatles, Funky Four Plus One, Portishead, Lupe Fiasco, Run DMC, Treacherous Three, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Beastie Boys, Mono, Alchemist, Justice League, Sublime, the Strokes, Weezer, Large Profesor, Nirvana, System Of A Down, Bad Brains, the Juggaknots, White Stripes, EPMD, Redman, Da Beatminerz, DJ Premier
Born in Durban, South Africa and raised in San Diego, Fifty Fathms says he was heavily influenced by music and art since a child. He describes himself as passionate to a fault "when it comes to anything my hands touch." Fifty Fathms says he has been involved in the San Diego hip-hop scene since about 1995 and says he's a lover of hip-hop since the early '80s.
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