Local hero NINNO sees hip-hop like his favorite video games. It’s a competitive industry; you’ve got to come up with a good strategy to dominate the game. Armed with a cerebral hustle and a visceral flow, he’s out to achieve a 100% completion rate.
Geared with the mindset to be the best player in the game, he’s always one step ahead with his music. “I think that’s the thing with any musician, if you’re really deep into it, you don’t have a genre. You know what I mean? You listen to everything, ‘cause everything is fucking good,” shares the MC. We asked him to run down his favorite albums that helped shape the artist that he is today, check it out below:
By Hail Mary Mallon
I love that hip-hop can tell a story within a verse. I’ve always been drawn to that. Eventually, that’s what pushed me towards it.
By Fort Minor
I’m a big Shinoda fan, man. If you watch his interviews and how he is in the studio, I’m like that. I’m a lab rat. I’m always trying to figure out the best way to mix a certain thing.
good kid, m.A.A.d city
By Kendrick Lamar
Not so much of a fan of To Pimp a Butterfly, but Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is really fucking good.
Infinity on High
By Fall Out Boy
Gotta put that out there! That’s the shit [laughs].
The Marshall Mathers LP
The first one is so good.
For Long Tomorrow
It’s my coasting music, man.
Check out our full interview with NINNO on our February 2017 Music issue here.