Adams has been musical for most of his life, playing the piano since age 7. At age 11 he began to improvise with his piano playing, starting to create his own beats and melodies. He aspired to become a producer long before he ever considered becoming a rapper. Adams wrote small raps for himself through middle and high school, but did not formally start making music until college. Adams has stated in interviews that his musical influences have not come from just other rappers, but also from classic rock, rock, classical music, and blues. Adams prides himself on being able to cross genres, allowing him to get back to his musical roots and experiment with other kinds of music to supplement his "hip-pop". Adams started recording songs on his Macbook in 2008 from his college dormitory room. Over the course of the next two years, he recorded a large amount of material. In early 2010, he released "I Hate College (Remix)", a remix of rapper Asher Roth's song "I Love College", on YouTube. The video currently has over 6.7 million views as of September 2012. He also released "Kimber", "Poker Face Remix", "Hard Shit", "Opening Day", and "Rollin", which have combined for over 2 million views as of September 2012.