Emcee Kourvioisier began his rapping career at the age of eleven wherein 2005 he was a member of a group named First in Flight, later Flight Gang which dropped their first mixtape as he was exiting eighth grade. They went on to make two more mixtapes in 2008 but the group disbanded due to disagreement between the four members.
A young Kourviosier could be found going to daycare with a boombox and headphones, this trend continued through middle school where a camcorder was added where he would rap amongst his peers. Ninth grade found the emcee still modest but after being put on the spot in tenth grade, he came out of his shell and became known as a young force to be reckoned with and started emceeing where ever he could showcase his talent.
Some talents are said to be beyond their years, oft referred as having an old soul. These are young people who seem to have been on the planet before because their knowledge and/or abilities excel far beyond those of their contemporaries. Emcee Kourvioisier is one of those types of souls. He is a student of the game in that his knowledge of the golden era is extensive for an individual who had yet to crawl, let alone walk the earth when the golden era occurred. He channels the word play synonymous with that era over twenty first century production.
The rapper attests that his father fading away from his life as he got older as the reason he harbored so much internal anger and music became the vehicle in which he would channel that aggression. When one listens to his music it is easy to discern in portions of his delivery that the artist is siphoning his inspiration from a deep, emotional pain, and yet, maybe due to his youth you hear the hope that springs eternal from a young mind that refuses to lose. He credits his mother and his grand-mother for being his saving grace in that they encourage him to push forward regardless of what his current situation may be.
In 2008, while recording the final project for Flight Gang he met DJ Skaz Digga, a recording engineer, producer and dj for Big Daddy Kane and one of the founding members of The World Famous Butta Team dj crew out of Durham N.C. After the break-up of Flight Gang, Kourviosier found himself hanging around Skaz’s Flavor Fruit Studios due to his love of music and his desire to continue even though his crew had disbanded. Skaz was recording a local artist and Kourviosier asked if he could feature on the track and the artist agreed. The next day he came back with a verse written to the concept and he was able to hold his own with a rapper far enough ahead of him in the game he impressed the veteran Skaz so much so that he made him one of his artist.
July, 2009 a concept was developed and the project was entitled “Return of the Golden Era (featuring the Golden Child Kourviosier).” This would be the first time the rapper dropped his initials and used his government name as his emcee moniker. Even though it was a mixtape, he treated the project like an album in hopes that his extra effort would make his mixtape stand out from the norm. The project wrapped in December for a February release It was hailed by critics from Indy Week and NuFacesNC as well as rap veterans such as Big Daddy Kane, Lord Finess, DJ Nas Nes’ Rap Attack and a co-sign from one of NC’s most accomplished producers, 9th Wonder.
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