Najii Person is one of St. Louis’ most celebrated underground rappers/producers. Drawing inspiration from gospel music and modern day hip-hop, his sound is pleasantly eclectic and very much his own. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Najii grew up in church, where he became fascinated with gospel singing, instrumentation and most importantly, the way it made people feel. With no intention of actually becoming a rapper, Najii started writing poetry, until he heard Kanye West’s The College Dropout. Immediately identifying with the sound and message conveyed by West, Najii decided to pursue rapping. He knew he needed to leave St. Louis, and took interest in attending Columbia College in Chicago where his skills grew tremendously. After returning, he vowed to help put his city on the map and make a name for himself as a producer and artist, setting himself up for a position among today’s greatest musicians.