Delray Beach-based hip-hop artist Eric Biddines is not your run-of-the-mill aspiring rap star. Born in Ocala, Florida, he moved to Palm Beach County when he was 6. Biddines was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but his strict religious upbringing isn't what makes him such an unusual rapper. Mainly it's his fascination with coffee. He's so captivated by java that he's formulated an entire way of living around it.
Biddines broached the subject on his first solo mixtape, DaCoffeeShop, but his 2010 full-length debut, FLA Alien: Planet Coffee Bean, laid the framework for Biddines' caffeine-fueled ethos. The album formulated an alternative lifestyle, all revolving around a brewed cup of java. Sounds a bit strange? Indeed, Biddines is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum. His eclectic, idiosyncratic style, though, has garnered a following and earned him a nomination as Independent Artist of the Year at the Palm Beach Hip Hop Awards.