Baruch "Baba" Israel and Yako 440 represent NYC. Baba (born in 1974) is an emcee, beatboxer, didgeridoo player, and a spoken word artist. Yako (born in 1981) is a musician, producer, beatboxer and graffiti artist. Yako's instrumental skills include bass guitar, keys, and percussion. Together they formed a duo with a wide range of skills that combine to produce quality hip hop. Rewind to about 1999 or 2000, where they met through DJ Center at a loft party in Brooklyn, NYC.