Gaven Shannon, professionally known as Paco Stakkz, has been carving his name in the rap game since he dropped his first rhyme at the age of fifteen. He began in his hometown of St. Louis, MO with his group, Lyrical Warfare, in 1996. They were a group mostly known for their energy filled, rapid-fire delivery and before their amicable split, released two full length CDs. As Paco, then known as Mysta G., began to prepare himself for solo status, he continued with his speedy flow but refined his style by enunciating his words with crystal clear clarity and broadening his vocabulary and because both his parents had lengthy careers in education, strengthening his word play was an easy task. With his ambitious work ethic and unique style, he quickly earned the respect from the other lyricists.