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IN THIS MONTH'S LEGENDARY CORNER, DJ KID CAPRI Tags: kid capri word life production hip hop music underground word life production feature

Born David Anthony Love in Bronx, New York, Kid Capri was born creatively ambitious, scaling his family's old Zenith stereo system as an attempt to scratch records before he was even ten years old. Kid first inched his way onto the Hip-Hop scene with the grass-roots approach of club gigs and creating mixtapes. Kid is, in fact, the Prime Minister of mixtapes, as he saw their profit potential early in his career. He managed to turn a small business venture into a $2,000 a night, underground empire! Once others caught on to the economic benefits of mixtapes, they soon followed in Kids footsteps and thus began the Kid Capri bandwagon.

Currently, there is no DJ on Earth more recognizable to both Hip-Hop heads and the general public, largely due to Kid's media sense. His face first became a part of the cultural landscape on the wildly popular Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam where he gave much of the world its first taste of live-performance Hip-Hop, as the first DJ to ever perform live on TV as a DJ. From that, Kid became the most heavily demanded entertainment personality by many of the industry's most respected and successful performers. Kid has toured extensively with multi-platinum artists such as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, NAS, Lil' Kim, Mase, Jay-Z, Usher, R-Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill, Ginuwine and Aaliyah, in shows like the 1998 Puff Daddy and the Family Tour.

However, beyond the show stopping performer aspect of Kid, sits another side of him, the meticulous studio-scientist working behind the scenes to lend that extra wisdom to some of hip hops hottest, turned classic records. He revels in the challenge of the ever-changing nature that defines the world of rap music. Prime examples of Kid's versatility are his production credits. He has produced music for power players like Foxy Brown, The Lox, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Heavy-D, KRS-ONE, Slick Rick, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, The Lost Boys, Brand Nubian, Camron, Noreaga, Big Pun, Da Ranjahz, Big L and Jermaine Dupri. He participated in national campaigns for Nike, Sprite, Bud Light, Pilot Pens, Lugz Clothing, FUBU Clothing and Diadora footwear.

Previously, Kid has guest hosted for numerous popular shows such as MTV's, "Beat Suite," and BET's "Tigger in the Basement." He was featured in the July 2000 issue of GQ Magazine, and was also featured as the DJ/announcer for the 2000 Source Awards. 2003 was a big year for Kid first he delivered an astonishing performance at the BET Awards. . In addition to spinning at the 2003 TJ Martell Foundation Gala alongside Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige, Mya and Liz Phair Martha Stewart herself made a personal request for him to spin at her Christmas party. NSYNC followed in her footsteps requesting Kid for their own, private, holiday party. In the years to follow Kid Capri appeared on 2004 VH1 Hip Hop Honors alongside Kid Rock and Grand Master Flash as they paid tribute to DJ Kool Herc, returning in 2006 he to pay tribute to Grand Master Flash. August of the same year, per Diddy's request, Kid Capri performed at his official after party for the MTV Video Music Awards.

At the present time Kid is expanding on his formula for success. The latest artist signed to Kid Capri's label NO KIDN Records is Bronx native Budda Early. In the works right now is The Kid Capri DVD entitled The Craziest Kid soon to be available in stores worldwide, which catches the beat-smith himself, off-guard in his own element.

Kid has far exceeded the expectations of his peers, critics and fans. His love for and careful nurturing of his immense talents has enabled him to represent the music industry in general, but Hip-Hop music in particular, with class and individuality and an intensity unmatched in the music industry. The impact Kid Capri has had, and will continue to have, is immeasurable. There is a steadily increasing demand by many of the industry's top performers for Kids guidance and expertise. He is continually touring, selling out shows in 10,000 seat arenas and balancing his heavy schedule with his favorite and most demanding job: fatherhood.


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