Cale Sampson is a Canadian hip hop artist from Toronto, Ontario. He is noted for his intricate rhyme schemes, energetic stage presence, and aptitude as a storytelling emcee. He began rapping at age 9 and as a teenager started performing under the pseudonym “Cale the Lyricist”. Inspired by the 'golden era' of hip hop, he has highlighted Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One on numerous occasions. In 2002 he became a member of the group Rhythmicru. This collective was part of a new wave of underground acts that emerged during the late 1990s/early 2000s, and in 2003 they released their debut LP 'Open Canvas'.