Ken Leighton 9:30 a.m., Sept. 20
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
Inception: Chula Vista, 2004
Influences: 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Wu Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, the Zulu Nation, Grand Wizard Theodore, Funky Four Plus One More, Jay-Z, Common, Kanye West
Twenty-four years old in 2009, producer-MC Balian self-released Home Alone the Mixtape LP in 2008. “When I get onstage and the mike is in my hand,” he says, “I start going off, and trust me when I say it will go off.” We’re not sure what “it” is, but apparently it goes off.