North England rhymesayer and graffiti artist Kid Acne makes sparse, '80s-flavored hip-hop beats the perfect backdrops for satirical lyrics and clever Brit humor. Nobody really took notice of the Sheffield-based rapper until the release of his second album, Council Pop (2003), which enjoyed critical praise from the U.K. to Japan for its witty and sarcastic critiques of pop culture. Acne's first creative forays were drawing comic books and graffiti writing when 12 years old, which gradually evolved into a fascination with hip-hop. Circa 1996, he and his friends formed a collective called the Invisible Spies in order to support each other's various musical interests. Within the following few years, Acne released a few 12" records in a group called Mongrels, but ditched the group to form a partnership with producer Req (aka Req One), a fellow graff writer who would later give Acne that old-school aesthetic for his solo efforts. In 2000, the collective established Invisible Spies as an official company that would also handle promotion for film and art as well. Consequently, for recording purposes, the collective renamed themselves Toah Dynamic.