Ypsilanti, Michigan’s own golden child, Kendall Tucker, bka 14KT, is a multi-talented Artist/Producer/DJ. His musical roots came from growing up singing in the church choir. Through choir, taking piano and upright bass lessons, and studying his parent’s jazz and soul records, Kendall learned the fundamentals of music.
In high school, Kendall met a group of guys who had a mutual love for playing basketball and listening to Hip-Hop. Many games had been played as a group before they discovered that each other had been writing raps individually.
14KT got his start as 1/7th of this mighty Hip-Hop collective, The Athletic Mic League. He started out as an emcee, inspired by the sounds of Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Gangstarr, A Tribe Called Quest and Outkast. Finding it hard to get instrumental beats, KT started using the “Pause/Play/Record” method, by looping breaks on cassette tapes so he and his crew could rap over them. It didn’t take long before KT found another passion in chopping records to hone his production sound.
14KT’s solo career began in 2008. After a rich history with AML, he entered and won his first beat battle competition, in the Red Bull Big Tune Detroit producer battle. Later that year, he released his debut instrumental LP “The Golden Hour
[Soundtrack].” The Golden Hour
made its mark appearing on many year-end “top albums” lists. Okayplayer said “this is the sort of striking project that can singlehandedly create an artists following.” And so it did.
14KT is the last Big Tune national champion. He’s produced music for Aloe Blacc, Black Milk, Bun B, Danny Brown, Elzhi, Jay Electronica, JMSN, Masta Ace, Mayer Hawthorne, and others. 14KT’s music was featured in the DVD for Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest documentary, “Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
." Live, he's rocked with the Stones Throw crew, at Low End Theory, SXSW, on tour with Mayer Hawthorne, and across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.
To date, 14KT has released five solo albums, as well as his collaborative R&B/Soul album, “Saturn Return
," with singer/songwriter AB. This summer, 2014, 14KT and Mayer Hawthorne, together as Jaded Incorporated, will release “The Big Knock
” LP on Universal Republic/Casablanca Records. Born out of their mutual adoration for the Post-Punk and New Wave music of the early 1980′s, and Ghettotech music in the Detroit scene in the 90′s, KT and Mayer have created a brand new sound they call BEAT WAVE. “It's a modern amalgamation of influences including Ultravox, J Dilla & DJ Assault,” says 14KT.
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