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In a time many have coined the ‘iPod era’, where the palettes of the average music listener are flavored with an array of hybrid genres of Hip Hop, artist & producer Curtiss King has emerged as a gumbo pot serving of the era. Mix together a teaspoon of boom bap, a table spoon of trap, a healthy portion of soul, a cup of passion, and an additional serving of self aware and at time whimsical humor and you have one of the most charismatic and talented artist/producers the west coast has to deliver. Raised by his pianist mother, Curtiss learned very early the importance of music and the performing arts. Experiencing a childhood where his mother would play everything from WHAM!, Anita Baker, and Digable Planets in their household, it was only natural Curtiss would one day make a name for himself in the music industry by consistently going against the grain as a rapper and producer. Growing up a very shy young man, particularly when attending Curtiss Middle school, he found ways to conquer his insecurities by getting lost in 90s sitcoms and writing poetry, hence the name: Curtiss KING. Inspired by the likes of Outkast, Sade, 2pac, Kanye West, Cameo, Zapp and Roger, Earth Wind and Fire, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, he has had anything but your typical journey in music. Through his unique production style and songwriting Curtiss has had the opportunity to work with a variety of artists including TDE’s Ab-Soul & Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone, Strange Music’s MURS, super producer Hit-Boy, Rhymesayer’s PROF, and many more. In 2012 after a 97 day Internet based campaign, Curtiss was invited to perform at the Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino. Shortly after, Curtiss King was invited to tour with Murs, Fashawn, & Prof on the Road To Paid Dues Tour. Originally from Carson and now residing in the Inland Empire, Curtiss King embodies the feel good essence of the 90s presented with a refreshingly raw and inspiring contemporary edge. Rapping since the age of 17 and producing since 18, he found out very early that without the proper funds and support he would have to be a jack of all trades to get his goals accomplished in the music industry. With the assistance of the internet and a marketing degree, Curtiss King taught himself how to produce, engineer, become a songwriter, video edit, graphic design, as well as script his own websites and build his own brand from the ground up.