Kansas City, MO, United States
Kansas City rapper Stewart Ashby
During his teenage years and early 20s, Scoob lived life as a gangbanger -- the result of a faction of the Crips and Bloods feud that spread to KC from California in the 1980s -- while growing up on 56th and Highland. He now considers himself fortunate to have survived. Friends were murdered. Others are serving consecutive life sentences for homicide. In making it through, the 35-year-old learned several important lessons that impacted his rap career. " That's what I fuel my music on," he says. "I'm speaking about the past, and I can still understand what the young cats are doing now because I've been through it.