Chris Dean and Alan went walking in Memphis.
They saw a guy collecting cans, adding them to trash bag with a hole in it, slung over his shoulder. One can would go in, one can would fall out.
They had been talking about rap, freestyling, poetry.
Chris Dean spun off a freestyle rap, Alan shot a photo with his cellphone.
The idea was born. They came back and told their editor. “We’re gonna make a poem.”
“As I Am” was born.