King T: West Coast Boom Bap

King T is a legend. In 1988, Tipsy (as he’s also known) was joining MC Hammer and Too Short as one of the few West Coast acts signed to known labels like Capitol and Jive. During a career spanning four decades, Tila (as his friends refer to him) has released as many major label albums, Act A Fool, At Your Own Risk, Tha Triflin’ Album, and IV Life, introduced the world to Tha Alkaholiks and his Likwit Crew, unleashed one of the rawest emcees we’ve ever known in Xzibit, and has appeared on several classic songs with a who’s who of West Coast royalty by collaborating with Dr. Dre, Xzibit, MC Ren, DJ Muggs, Spice 1, Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, and Masta Ace, to name a few.

During this exclusive interview, King T runs down his beginnings in Hip Hop and the making of his 1988 debut with the help of long-time friend and producer DJ Pooh. We also get a peep into the ‘90s era with Dr. Dre, who signed Tila as one of the first artists of the Doc’s post-Death Row venture known as Aftermath Entertainment. In this interview, the Compton King reveals he was supposed to appear on a recent platinum album from the city, as well as his unheard collaboration with a G-Unit general.

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