Mikki Flow grew up in Alamar, the projects east of Havana where Cuban hip hop was born. In 1998 he joined the group Explosion Suprema, which became one of the most popular Cuban hip hop acts of all time. The group headlined the annual Havana International Hip Hop Festival until the festival’s demise in 2004. In 2007 their album La Injusticia Tiembla won Cuba’s “Premio Cuerda Viva” award for best independently produced hip hop album. Mikki Flow also played a key role in the organization of El Cartel, a collective of Cuban hip hop artists who pooled resources to produce and promote independent hip hop on the island. He immigrated to the U.S. in 2006 and in 2010 co-founded , a non-profit that promotes musical and cultural exchanges between the US and Cuba and supports independent artists on the island.