They originally comprised lead rapper Mint (Peter Akinrinola) and DJ Renegade (b. Winston Small). Toaster Slim (b. Rodney Green) later joined.
The trio started to produce small runs of white labels, distributing them under the names of either Mint or Renegade. This earned them a reputation among both pirate radio stations and clubs. Even the hip New York stations Kiss and WBLS picked up on one of their tracks, "It's My Thing", but they were hamstrung by finances and unable to capitalize.
They came to the attention of Talkin' Loud Records boss Gilles Peterson, who signed them in 1991.