Pigeon John is an underground MC with a genre-fusing style and positive lyrics. He is sometimes labeled a Christian rapper because of his positive messages and references to God, but with easily relatable subject matter and musical influences drawing from across the spectrum of rock and pop music, he aims to reach as wide an audience as possible. Born to mixed-race parents in Omaha, Nebraska, John Dust felt out of place due to the color of his skin, a feeling that also continued after he moved to Inglewood, California. He found solace and friendship, however, in rapping, and by the early '90s was performing at open mikes at Good Life Café, where other seminal acts like the Pharcyde and Freestyle Fellowship got their start. Dust soon joined hip-hop collectives L.A. Symphony and Brainwash Projects, and after releasing albums with them decided to strike off on his own.