Fat Jon's musical proficiency can be partly attributed to his membership in the Wanna Battle clique, a multi-city hip-hop collective based in his Cincinnati hometown that includes Mood, DJ Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli, Lone Catalysts and Rubix, along with Five Deez partner, MC/producer Pase Rock. Fat Jon says, "It's kind of dismal being from where we are. There's not a lot of opportunities, so we would just inspire each other-write songs, make beats, hang out and try to keep elevating."
The cover of Prehistoric Sounds finds the collective standing in the snow in front of a castle, a visual representation of the wintry, austere records for which many of its members are known. But 2001 holds some surprises, as Fat Jon gears to drop several eclectic recordings on his Dimensia label, including 'Humanoid Erotica', as well as another instrumental EP, Stasis, on Mush Records.
The sounds on these records range from "fast hip-hop" to jungle and house. No matter where Fat Jon's expansive palette takes him, he says, "Every time I step to the studio, the beat machine or whatever, I got hip-hop on the brain. Even when I make house music, I got hip-hop on the brain. That's where I come from."