Khancept is an American rapper from Peoria, Illinois. He is a dedicated purist of the art form, while simultaneously finding ways to challenge the genre and push it into new territory. His powerful voice, intensity, and often rapid flow convey the emotion and life experiences found within his lyrics. His music is influenced by artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Nas, T.I., Twista, J Cole, Young Buck XV, and Charles Hamilton. Prior to signing with Green Shoe Records, Khancept served two years active duty in the US Army and transitioned to the National Guard in 2008. During his enlistment, he found himself immersed in a hard-rock culture, giving him a newfound appreciation for rock music which has impacted his songwriting and his perspective.