Though DJ Spider and MC Champ! first met when they were classmates at California's Sonoma State University, their hip-hop group Move.
meant didn't really start to take shape until Champ! moved to L.A. and was introduced, through Spider, to producer Just Beats. The trio immediately began to make music together, and in 2002, their first single, the vinyl-only "The Rebirth" (b/w "Heather") came out. Both of those songs were also included on Move.meant's self-titled EP, which was released the following year on Wax Paper Records, a label they owned. With plans to issue an full-length, the group set about writing and recording more tracks, but had trouble finding a label with which they could agree; instead, another EP, The Good Money (whose song "Problems" was featured in the 2005 Oscar-winning film Crash), came out, and finally, after deciding on a digital-only release plan in the U.S. (and Grindin' Records-distributed in Australia), Move.meant's debut full-length, The Scope of Things, came out in the spring of 2007. ~ Marisa Brown