Kuddie Fresh is a multi-faceted music producer based out of Seattle, WA. 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. His talents have contributed to collaborative projects with artists such as Dr. Dre, Xzibit, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Gucci Mane, Jadakiss, Rapper Big Pooh, Torae and more.
Being raised in an environment strong in both music and spirituality, some could say it was destined that Kuddie would begin to plant his roots in the music world. His mother influenced his early foundation in gospel music and his father, a jazz musician, opened him up to a more comprehensive love of music.
As his passion for music grew, his destiny began to unfold at an early age, becoming a church drummer and playing in his high school band. Kuddie took note of a senior creating beats as part of a music program at the high school, 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.
Michael Jackson, Prince, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Run DMC, and Fat Boys were simply a few influences that ignited a realization that music itself had bigger plans for him.
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.”
By age nineteen, Kuddie had moved forward and was well wrapped in Northwest Hip-Hop. Participating in and producing for several groups, including My Brother’s Keeper and 206 Family which led him to the opportunity to develop the musical direction of Sons of the Ghetto, another Northwest group, as well as Contraban, a group formed with Seattle Soul singer Choklate, who is also his aunt, and two other local rappers, and Kuddie himself.
His influence and contribution to Northwest Hip-Hop quickly amplified, and his beats began surfacing 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.
Music and destiny had stepped in again, and Kuddie was signed as a Producer with Tha Bizness, relocating to Atlanta in 2009. 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.
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.
In 2014, Kuddie decided to move back to Seattle to further his evolution as an overall creative. Realizing that his immersion in music had played an immensely therapeutic role in his developmental years, Kuddie was inspired to give back to the community he grew from. In 2015, less than a year upon returning to Seattle, Kuddie became a Program Director for a non-profit agency and founded a youth mentoring program. Today his program has served over 22 schools and entities and introduces children to creative outlets as a means of diversion.
Since returning to Seattle, he also 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.
The ever-growing number of artists seeking to work with him, and countless declarations of appreciation for his unique abilities to help artists develop are key indicators of the massive respect Kuddie has earned in the Hip-Hop community.
Focusing on fresh, new ways to expand his talent and impact the world with his music; these days you are as likely to find Kuddie in his studio hovering over an MPC Live as you are to find him on a hill watching the sunset and listening for organic sounds to integrate into a new track.
“I create from an authentic space. If you want to know the REAL me, just listen to my music ” –Kuddie Fresh