The 7 man crew known as the Athletic Mic League came together while still attending high school in Ann Arbor, MI. buff1, 14KT, Grand Champ, Sunny Star, Texture, and Vital joined forces with DJ Haircut and after two years of love and support from the local hip-hop community they made it official. Athletic Mic League was out to show the world what their brand of hip-hop was all about. By 1998 AML had blessed high school talent shows, house parties, and hip-hop nights across Detroit. Following up with their underground classic demo The Thrill Is Gone, the buzz grew to deafening levels.