Menace to Society put Inkster, Michigan on the hip-hop map. Also known as M.T.C. to avoid association with the film, Kevin Riley, Andre Brintley, and Franchot Hayes (known as AGQ, Riccola, and Frank Nitty, respectively), debuted in 1992 with the E.P. In a State of Emergency. The recording was received well in Detroit, and set up a national release for the Life of a Real One LP, which appeared the next year through Cush/Ichiban. By 1996's Pure and Uncut (Triple X), M.T.C. had built a solid following in the underground community, both regionally and nationwide. The group went on hiatus in 1998 and '99 while AGQ and Riccola focused on their Inktown Productions imprint, but returned in February 2002 with What Yo Man Don't Know.