Before Meanest Guy Competition, Quarterbar (aka guitarist Noah Blumberg of Oakland, CA, indie rock and roll outfit Jim Yoshii Pile-Up) and MC Eriksolo have been collectively in mic.edu; nevertheless, that task dissolved when fellow rapper A-Twice passed on unexpectedly. MMC surfaced through the verdant Oakland underground using the 7″ “Contaminated Dance Stage”/”Feelin’ Pretty Psyched (About Like),” released on MC Eriksolo’s personal Weapon-Shaped label. As Eriksolo laid down organic, vaguely Latyrx-esque raps, DJ/maker Quarterbar carried out the defeat alchemy on underneath end. The duo’s smoky, abstract music produced an instantaneous splash in the choice hip-hop community, and paved just how for his or her full-length launch. Merit, released by Plug Study in Feb of 2003, was the audio of ghosts dropping down stairways, or freestyling within the Fortress of Solitude. It designated a new path for the constantly vibrant Oakland/Bay Region underground audio, and place Meanest Man Competition for the map.