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Kendall Tucker, better known as 14KT, was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan in October of 1980. He was first introduced to music through singing in the church choir and immediately became attached to the way music could move people. In 1994 his involvement in Hip Hop began when, as an emcee, he joined the Michigan Hip Hop group known as the Athletic Mic League. Ironically, it was from a need for original production within his crew that he started making beats, using nothing but his parents Jazz & Soul records and a dual tape deck. Currently people stratch their heads when witnessing his unorthodox or “alien” production method by using computers.
As a product of the “Golden Era of Hip Hop”, 14KT strives to be amongst the great beatmakers that he kept in his headphones—DJ Premier, Organized Noize, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre and J Dilla. As a musician, 14KT was heavily cultured by the rich, musical background and local history of Motown. However, he’s far from neglecting Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Electronic and Techno as sources of inspiration. This inspiration can be visually heard on his instrumental LP, “The Golden Hour” [Soundtrack], which was released in October of 2008 on A-Side Worldwide. While known for his Electro-Soul, J Dilla influenced production style, his album was an opportunity for 14KT to begin to wade into other genres, something he plans to continue.
Since his days of singing in church, 14KT believes that his involvement with music is to fulfill God’s purpose for him on earth—to inspire. “It’s amazing to me to be able to evoke certain emotions just from sounds. The deeper I get into music, the more I realize that I need to accomplish that as an artist.”