Karrie Williams aka Kuddie Fresh is a music producer and owner of K Fresh Music, with over 20 years of experience in the music industry and Hip Hop community. He creates liberated spaces and opportunities for Empowering the Culture and enhancing the work and artistry of countless other creators.
Kuddie is a musician. His indulgence in various forms of artistic expression help to drive the inspiration of his timeless, eclectic sound. His notably dualistic style is best described as a marriage of soulful, rich and jazzy melodies laid over hard hitting, head nodding drums.
Kuddie is an educator, acknowledging the therapeutic power his music played in his developmental years. Kuddie has been giving back in full force. In 2015, he became a Program Director for a non-profit organization and founded a youth mentoring program LevelUp Youth. Today his program has served over 22 schools and orgs, and has introduced hundreds of children to the creative outlets of music.
Kuddies’ musical thinking and teaching has been led, cultivated, and inspired by being raised in an environment rooted in music and spirituality. His mother influenced his foundations in gospel music, and his father, a jazz musician, opened that foundation to an ever more comprehensive love of music. He became a church drummer at an early age and went on to play in his high school band.
Kuddie is a creator. Kuddie took note of a senior creating beats as part of a music program, and opportunity knocked as the senior prepared to graduate and passed the torch. Kuddie hit the ground running and soon the entire high school band’s music was a product of a future super-producer. Kuddie would eventually be introduced to the recording studio and soon found himself writing verses to lay over the tracks he was already producing. Thus, started his interest in developing his talents as a rap artist.
“The stuff I was writing about at such a young age was way ahead of my time”, recalls Kuddie. “Even back then music wasn’t just about fun. It felt necessary, as a way to communicate some of the things that I didn’t know how to talk about.”
The influences of Michael Jackson, Prince, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Run DMC, and Fat Boys were simply a few that ignited the realization that music had bigger plans for him. Kuddie’s family, community and untold number of people and experiences have contributed to the man he is today.
Kuddie is a collaborator. His influence and contribution to Northwest Hip-Hop began to surface in the early aughts, in the work of artists such as Luni Coleone, Cool Nutz, and The Parker Brothaz. In 2003, Kuddie became the hype man for The Parker Brothaz, and it wasn’t long before he found himself working alongside other Northwest talents such as J-Hen (Now known as Henny) and Dow Jones, who would one day form Tha Bizness Productions, a force in contemporary Hip-Hop with production credits for names such as Young Money Entertainment (“Every Girl”), Drake (“The Winner”), and other major players such as Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and more. His collaborations with other talented musicians are nothing short of exquisite. An example of this collaboration is his contributions to J. Pinder’s “Code Red”. The track “Go Far” is an undeniable masterpiece.
Kuddie is a producer. In 2009, he signed as a Producer with Tha Bizness, relocating to Atlanta. He continued to rise above the challenges of the music industry and establish himself as a valuable contributor and innovative producer whose talents expanded well beyond the Hip-Hop genre. Some of the artists he worked with while in Atlanta were T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Chris Brown and Mistah F.A.B.
Kuddie is an artist. After returning to Seattle, he began to release solo projects such as, “Eleven Eleven”, “Out My Mind”, and most recently, “Songs Without Words”. He found himself drawn to the observation of different cultures and started traveling as inspiration to his musicianship. His exploration of other creative outlets such as photography, videography, creative direction, and cooking all began to inspire an expansion in the way he expressed himself musically. His submersion into the authentic experience of life ultimately influences the richness of his music.
I create from an authentic space. If you want to know the REAL me, just listen to my music ” –Kuddie Fresh