William “Noble R.” Young was born in Baltimore, MD on Oct. 9, 1988.He struggled in life as a lone wolf growing up with a single mother. He didn’t get along with his peers well and eventually began to get involved in different street groups and gangs. On New Years of 2005 Noble’s cousins convinced him to do a freestyle and he fell in love with Rap. In the beginning his lyrics were extremely violent & gang related. He mainly freestyled, until a conversation he had over myspace through the page of Lil Eazy-e. At this point Noble began writing free verses about how he felt.
As Noble grew he became interested in Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. His personality and music slowly started to mold into the ideas represented by these groups. In 2008 Noble decided to become serious about his music and was introduced to the club scene of performing by Shy Lady heroine. Within 3 months Noble wrote and recorded his first Album, “Darkness in my Life” under the name Grim Rippa. His songs received a lot of love from the west coast and he began to be compared to Tupac Shakur. At this point Noble became curious and decided to listen to Tupac for the first time. His similarity to Tupac as a person caused Noble to fall in love with his music and this would lead to his next stage as an artist.
Noble’s introduction to Tupac later led to him listening to artists such as Rakim, Mos Def, KRS One and Common. These new inspirations made him not only want to understand Hip Hop and the art of an Emcee, but he also became interested in his history and community. Noble was no longer just a rapper, but he had become an Emcee. A new artist was born with the desire to bring something completely new to the music scene.