Katino’s a natural – not at roundball – at writing rap. “My folks introduced me to a wide variety of music, everything from Motown to the Beatles. But that was their thing. Mine was rap on the local hip-hop station.” The more he heard artists such as Jay-Z, DMX, Eminem and Nas, the more he wanted to hear. In his own words, “I was a sold-out, die-hard hip-hop fan.” With the passage of time, that love of rap has gotten stronger, and now he is a master at it. We refer to Katino as our Resident Rap Guru.