Mike Scala, also known as Pizon, is an MC and producer from Queens, NYC. He first emerged in 2000, releasing singles, compilations, EPs, and group efforts under his La Scala Entertainment label. In 2003, his production work landed him national airplay overseas. Beginning in 2004, Scala began co-hosting the online radio show OneTwoOneTwo, and he would later co-host a cable television series in the Washington, DC area, which earned him a Monty Award nomination. In 2006, he released his debut full length solo album I Am Hip Hop, which was later picked up by Rawkus Records and re-released in 2007. The album featured production from Domingo (Eminem, Big Pun, KRS-ONE, G-Unit), Kno (CunninLynguists, Jay-Z’s White Albulum), Scala himself, and more. In 2008, he released And Then There Was One, a digital-only project on his own label. He is currently promoting his group The Fam with fellow members Timid and EJ, whose 2009 album Family Business features Mr. Porter (Kon Artis of D12 fame) and others. The trio released the promotional Floodgate EP in 2010.
He has performed all over the United States and shared the stage with some of the world’s brightest stars. He’s been a guest and his music has received airplay on college, Internet, and mainstream radio stations in the US and abroad. He has appeared in XXL, The Connex List, and The Ave, and received a cover story in Street Masters Magazine. He additionally made several cameo appearances in the second season of MTV’s Yo Momma, and rapped on stage at the New York City Marathon every year since 2006.
In 2012, Mike Scala ran for Congress in his home district in Queens and Nassau. He picked up endorsements of publications such as The Wave, Rockaway’s largest newspaper, and defeated the incumbent Congressman in Assembly Districts 23 and 38.
Mike Scala took and passed the New York State bar examination in February 2013.