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Howard Coolin (born April 3,1988), as James Matthews, was raised in a small town in east Texas. At an early age, he developed an interest in Art by drawing. Sadly at the age of 9, his mother passed away from cancer leaving him and his two siblings to reside with a foster family. He pursued Art throughout high school and into college. While attending college he found his true passion for Rap and Hip Hop music. After trying his hand at rapping for some time,he grew frustrated in never finding the kind of beats he could always hear in his head. He thought “I can make my own beats,” and purchased a MPC and began creating a new form of his Art. He is heavily influenced by great producers such as 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Jdilla, and Kanye West to name a few. Howard formed and is CEO of the production label "The Origin Nals".He is a force in North Side Houston when it comes to chopping up samples and aims to create quality positive music that is timeless. Having lived in America’s three biggest cities: San Fransico, New york and now Houston; his original style is a unique blend of these diverse areas.