BioFormed in 1999, El Jefe is composed of Peter Lazarus (bass), Fernando Cardoso (drums), Ken Bryant (guitar), with MCs Darren Reid a.k.a "Daryl" (trumpet), MC Carlos Julio Gonzalez a.k.a "Nomad" and Eric Wecker a.k.a "The Wiz." They really push the hip-hop formula into something other, adding their unique fusion of rock and dub elements, sounding a bit like Sublime or Living Legends.
It's no surprise that the band moved from the coastal college town of Santa Barabara to San Francisco in 2003. "The Bay's music scene is so vibrant," notes Nomad, one of El Jefe's MCs who adds that The Roots, Living Legends, KRS-One, Bad Brains, DJ Shadow, Capleton, Buju Banton, and Prefuse 73 are all among the groups' musical influences. "We get so much inspiration from artists in this city."