Shocklee began his career DJing at various parks, house parties and clubs in New York City during the early 1980s. His style was inspired by several Brooklyn-based DJs including Grandmaster Flowers and DJ Plumber. He also cites Fatback Band's "" King Tim III (Personality Jock) " as the pioneering rap song that triggered his interest in recording. The Bomb Squad's first songs were produced in Shocklee's mother's basement and recorded on tape and acetate . He has since gone on to work with the following recording artists: LL Cool J , Ice Cube , Janet Jackson , Sinéad O'Connor and many other big-name acts.