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Crooked I Biography
Crooked I is the pseudonym of Dominick Wickliffe , also going by the moniker KXNG Crooked. He is an American rapper hailing from Long Beach, California. He is best known as a former member of the hip hop super-group Slaughterhouse with other members namely rappers Joe Budden,Royce da 5’9″ and Joell Ortiz . Slaughterhouse is currently signed to Shady Records. In April 2018 however, the rapper announced that he would be leaving Slaughterhouse.
Before starting his own label, he was also signed to Virgin Records and Death Row Records. He is currently CEO of his own record labels, Dynasty Entertainment and C.O.B. Digital as well as Senior Vice President of Treacherous Records.
Age| Birthday| How Old is Crooked I?
The rapper was born on September 23, 1978 in Long Beach California an dis 40 years old in 2018. His birth sign is Libra.
Crooked I Young | Virgin Records
Crooked I started an independent record company called Muscle Records around the age of seventeen, with professional football players also from Long Beach, such as Leonard Russell and Chucky Miller.The music recorded during this period however still remains unreleased. Due to his rapping prowess, he caught the attention of Noo Trybe/Virgin Records, and landed his first record deal in 1995.
The rapper’s career got fueled when he started appearing on compilations released by Big C-Style’s record label, 19th Street Records, such as 19th Street LBC Compilation and Straight Outta Cali.Additionally, he appeared on the soundtracks to movies such as Ride and Caught Up, where he collaborated with Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz, and The Luniz. At the time, Crooked I was still signed under Noo Trybe/Virgin Records, who handled distribution for 19th Street Records. Business was going well, but for unknown reasons, Virgin Records decided to get rid of their urban division, otherwise known as Noo Trybe, and Crooked I was out of a record deal. re-negotiated the original deal he had with DPG Records/Death Row Records as a solo artist deal with just Death Row Records.
Crooked I Deathrow
While on Death Row, the rapper appeared on a number of compilations, such as Too Gangsta For Radio and Dysfunktional Family, and appeared on various releases, such as Tha Dogg Pound’s 2002, Ja Rule‘s The Last Temptation, and 2Pac’s Nu-Mixx Klazzics. He also recorded two albums, Untouchable and Say Hi To The Bad Guy, both of which were unreleased due to various label issues and industry politics. He did manage to release a mixtape along with Death Row’s then in-house producer, Darren Vegas, called Westcoasanostra Vol. 1 in the Spring of 2003.
The American rapper is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million dollars, with his income streaming from the sales of his music albums and endorsements.Crooked I Photo
He left Death Row in early 2004 to start his own label, Dynasty Entertainment. It was not long after that when Crooked I signed a distribution deal with Treacherous Records/Universal. began to build a substantial following online, with a fan community/discussion forum that garnered over 15,000 subscribed members by the end of its first year, often referred too as the Dynasty Online Community on his Dynasty Entertainment website that was located at westcoastdynasty.com. Crooked I’s digital marketing innovation would see him launch Dynasty TV, the Internet’s first ever artist based video streaming platform that showcased music videos, interviews and concert footage, before YouTube was in existence.
Married| Relationships| Wife| Girlfriends
Apart from his career he doesn’t have too much incidents in his personal life. As per the news posted in the media he does not have any girlfriend. In fact he hasn’t married yet and doesn’t have any children too. He isn’t a gay but is also not dating any ladies currently.
Crooked I Hip-Hop Weekly era
On April 4, 2007, the rapper started the Hip-Hop Weekly series via the internet, he was the first artist in history to do such a series. Every seven days he released a new track over various hip-hop beats of old and new instrumentals. The tracks were available each week on his official forum, website and an Imeem profile set-up solely for the Hip-Hop Weekly series, this would become the No. 1 most viewed Imeem profile on the social media sites rap music section. His ability to personally connect with his fans through his Hip-Hop Weekly series is evident since he would fulfill beat selection requests as well as give shout-outs over any given track to fans who requested it via his MySpace page. The Hip-Hop Weekly series ended on April 3, 2008.
On February 27, 2009 in Long Beach, California, Crooked I was allegedly shot at during a conversation with a fan. The conflicting early media reports on the incident in the following hours initially left people worried and uncertain on his condition, but he confirmed to MTV News and other media that he Was alive and, while mentally distracted, physically well. Crooked I has declined to further elaborate on the incident, citing where he’s from it’s against the code of the streets.
Crooked I Slaughterhouse era
In the year 2009, rapper Joe Budden, was to release Halfway House, which prompted him to reach out to Crooked I, Royce da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Nino Bless for a track titled “Slaughterhouse” on the digital release. Based on the reception of the track, they decided to form a super-group, minus Nino Bless, and named it after this song.They released numerous songs throughout early 2009, building a buzz for their self-titled album, which was released through E1 on August 11, 2009. The album features production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, and guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K. Young, and The New Royales.
On January 12, 2011, after months of speculation, Slaughterhouse officially signed to Shady Records.
In April 2018, Crooked I announced his departure from Slaughterhouse in order to pursue his solo career.
Crooked I Music| Albums
- Studio albums
- Apex Predator released in the year 2013.
- Sex, Money and Hip-Hop released in the year 2014
- Good vs. Evil released in the year 2016
- Good vs. Evil II: The Red Empire released in the year 2017
- Collaboration albums
- Slaughterhouse (with Slaughterhouse) released in the year 2009
- Welcome To: Our House (with Slaughterhouse) released in the year 2012
- Statik KXNG (with Statik Selektah) released in the year 2016
- KXNGs Wear Gold (with Frost Gamble) released in the year 2018
- 2004: Bank Brothers
- 2005: Slumber Party
- 2006: Life After Death Row
- 2009: Platinum Illusions
- 2016: One Shot