Eight years ago, Buffalo native Alvin Worthy made it his personal mission to bring balance to the rap game. A modern-day renaissance man, he’d already dabbled in rhyming with a 2005 mixtape, and he’d been designing clothes since his early teens, before becoming unavoidably immersed in the street life and serving some jail time as a consequence. Concerned with the economic disparity between the underground and the mainstream, he took it upon himself to gain wider recognition for traditional East Coast-inspired rap music. Despite the respect that he demanded of his peers, his objective wasn’t necessarily met with enthusiasm. When he pitched the music as a business opportunity to street corner investors, many expressed concerns about its danceability. Luckily, setting trends wasn’t new to Worthy, and the doubts of others weren’t about to sway him…

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