Thinkin Aloud was born Oladipupo Oduntan, in the London borough of Hackney. His style of music draws inspiration from the likes of J.Cole, Big Sean and Joey Bad-ass as well as early influences such as Fela Anikulapo, Biggie Smalls and Nas. "Stories We Lived", his aptly named mix-tape, is a sonic representation of real-life experiences that have shaped him as well as his environment. On songs like "Pray and Rea-Talk", he shows evidence of a close connection to his Nigerian roots. On the whole, "S.W.L" boasts versatility, excellent beat selection, relatable stories and "sick" rhymes.