Guest Star: "I Didn't Want To Make It A Corny Project Where I'm The Black Doug"
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 4:00PM
[With the new release of his 90's Snick @ Nite mixtape officially available as a free download, producer/rapper Curtiss King explains the inspiration fueling his Nickelodeon-themed hip-hop project.]
This project came together [as] I was going through a lot of YouTube videos around 2009; my music in general is pretty nostalgic, and these were giving me a real strong sense of nostalgia. Every album that I've done has been drawn from childhood things that make me happy, sad, mad or whatever draws from the emotion. I was really going back to my childhood and things that I was going through and where was I at when "Snick At Nite" was on.
[The mixtape] was something I really made on a whim because I didn't anticipate it being a full project. I was like, "OK, I'm going to just mess with a beat." The theme quality wasn't the best because I was getting them off of YouTube and mind you, people were probably uploading them from a VHS tape. So I took them down, downloaded them and did a couple of beats to them. And then before I knew it, I had about nine or ten beats. So I said, "You know what? I could make a mixtape off of this and tap back into the same sort of nostalgia." That's exactly what I did for the mixtape.
I purposely tried to chop the samples up where they would be recognizable for someone who knows the show but then not for the YouTube scanners. There are YouTube scanners out there where as soon as you put up a Chris Brown song now, the first couple of seconds can be picked up by the label because they have some sort of scanner which goes through it.
So what I did was chopped the samples up purposely to where the first few seconds I messed with the pitch.
I didn't want to make it a corny project where I'm the black dud. Real corny. I just wanted to rap about things I went through as a child, but at the same time, as an adult, how does this appeal to me, how does the concept of the show appeal to me.
A lot of rappers were kind of skeptical to it, especially because our generation of hip-hop is so macho. It's all muscled up and doesn't want to be [associated] with anything that's [targeted] to a super young audience. But at that time, I had the mindset where if somebody wanted to rap on it, cool, but if not then I was going to run all my memories through it.
Hailing out of Inland Empire, California, Curtiss King has pioneered a unique sound not only through his lyricism but with his production as well. Ranging from soulful sample chops to aggressive synthesizers, one can instantly identify a Curtiss King beat when the drums are introduced. Curtiss King describes the combination of heavy percussion and his aggressive heartfelt lyricism that accompanies as his "Therapy". His warning? Enter at your own risk. This is music without limitations and where one is expected to expect the unexpected. You can also download his new D.I.Y. EP by clicking here.
Check out the new mixtape below: