Pound-for-pound, Mad Skillz may be one of the most underrated emcees of the 1990s. The Virginianative earned a reputation for dropping incredible freestyles littered with punchlines and witty references, which eventually led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1995. His debut album From Wherewas released the following year, and despite being overlooked by mainstream audiences, it remains amongst his best work as a solo artist. His prodigious talents attracted some of the era's best producers including Buckwild, Jay Dee (J Dilla), The Beatnuts and Large Professor to the project. Led by the single ''The Nod Factor,'' From Where served as a display of Skillz's verbal dexterity and spontaneous creativity on the mic, not to mention a breakthrough release for an artist from the mid-Atlantic. In continuing their efforts to unearth rare classics from hip-hop's golden era, Traffic Entertainment presents From Where, the debut album of Mad Skillz and an essential title in any vintage hip-hop collection.