On February 14, 2012, Kirby Maurier released her EP, Class of '96 which is easily considered a classic to people in the United States, London, South Africa and other places across the globe. Class of '96 was one of Live Mixtapes highest rated R&B mixtapes from an independent artist the year it was released. The release has earned over 750,000 combined streams and over a quarter of a million downloads. People up to this day still listen and enjoy this body of work. It all started with the recording of one song.
In late 2011, Kirby was riding high from her debut single "You" (released on Valholla Entertainment) which later featured Broward MC, Ace Hood. The single garnered radio play in select cities in the United States, and other places overseas. With a follow-up in the works, Kirby started recording new music with production duo, Jackpot Music. (One-half of the production team included producer of her 2015 independent album debut, 'Doing The Most')
Before the end of 2011, the singer/songwriter recorded and released a remix to The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic "Sky's The Limit" which received such a great response. "Why not make an entire project of songs that have R&B remakes to Hip Hop classics?" said the project's executive producer, Vince Valholla. Then Kirby came up with the genius idea that all the songs must be remixes of hip hop releases from 1996. That's when the idea for Class of '96 was born.