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A Michigan producer/emcee, 14KT hit the scene in 1994, rhyming and making beats with Binary Star affiliates Athletic Mic League. Fourteen years later, he dropped his first solo project: the well-received instrumental collection The Golden Hour, focusing solely on rap-free tracks influenced by the late great J Dilla (whom he calls his musical mentor). Nowalataz followed in 2009, leading to growing props and a spot in the Red Bull Big Tune beat battle. (He won, setting the stage for his popular 14KillaTape.) Arguably his best release to date, A Friendly Game of KT assembles 14 joints loaded with unpredictable drum programming, moody keyboards, obscure samples, and trippy sound effects. Perfect for fans of fellow Michigan beat maestros Dilla and Black Milk, it's something you can put on and listen to all the way through, whether you're driving, working, partying, or just chilling on the couch. Standouts are "Ain't Really That Funny (Janet Flip)," "Blessed," "Lessons from IX Lives," and "Where Else? (One for ATCQ)."

EDITORS’ NOTES

A Michigan producer/emcee, 14KT hit the scene in 1994, rhyming and making beats with Binary Star affiliates Athletic Mic League. Fourteen years later, he dropped his first solo project: the well-received instrumental collection The Golden Hour, focusing solely on rap-free tracks influenced by the late great J Dilla (whom he calls his musical mentor). Nowalataz followed in 2009, leading to growing props and a spot in the Red Bull Big Tune beat battle. (He won, setting the stage for his popular 14KillaTape.) Arguably his best release to date, A Friendly Game of KT assembles 14 joints loaded with unpredictable drum programming, moody keyboards, obscure samples, and trippy sound effects. Perfect for fans of fellow Michigan beat maestros Dilla and Black Milk, it's something you can put on and listen to all the way through, whether you're driving, working, partying, or just chilling on the couch. Standouts are "Ain't Really That Funny (Janet Flip)," "Blessed," "Lessons from IX Lives," and "Where Else? (One for ATCQ)."

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About 14KT

Known most for his sample-chopping abilities but also adept with drum programming and keyboard work, Ypsilanti, Michigan native Kendall Tucker came up with Athletic Mic League, a rap collective based in neighboring Ann Arbor. Tucker issued the first of several solo projects in the late 2000s with the instrumental set The Golden Hour (2008), after which he continued to progress while synthesizing a range of inspirations from the dirtiest funk to the coldest post-punk. Tucker's additional full-lengths include Nowalataz (2009), the Mello Music Group recordings A Friendly Game of KT (2012) and Nickel & Dimed (2013), the self-issued Elelator (2015), and the Street Corner Music set 14KillaTape: Redux (also 2015). Tucker's outside production work spans dozens of tracks by the likes of Invincible, One Be Lo, Danny Brown, the Black Opera, I, Ced, and Elzhi. He has also recorded radically different albums with fellow AML alum Mayer Hawthorne (The Big Knock, as Jaded Incorporated) and Aaron "AB" Abernathy (Saturn Return). ~ Andy Kellman

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