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Kutmasta Kurt

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Kurt Matlin, better known as KutMasta Kurt a.k.a. The Funky Redneck, is a hip hop producer and turntablist who is best known for his work with Kool Keith and the Beastie Boys. He is based in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Kurt got his start as a DJ in the mid-80’s at Santa Cruz community radio station KUSP. His show aired on Saturday nights and featured live mixing, rhyming, and beatboxing. In 1988, in addition to graduating from Santa Cruz High, he started deejaying at Stanford University college station KZSU on a show hosted by Kevvy Kev. He then began to DJ on Salinas radio station KHDC with THE VERBAL TEK in 1992. His reputation grew and he mixed at parties around the University of California, Santa Cruz campus as well as throwing numerous parties of his own including a 1990 mc battle. When local MCs began to ask him to produce tracks for them, he bought studio equipment and taught himself how to make beats. His first production was for a local rapper, M.C. Groove, and he also had his own group called Red, Black, and Green. RBG released an album titled Serious as Cancer. In 1992 he remixed and edited Tim Dog’s “Fuck Compton” in his home studio. The edited version he created was bought by Tim Dog’s label and allowed them to get some limited radio play and to make a video for the single and show it on MTV.

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  • Force_of_Will

    The misspelling of the top track is pretty typical of last.fm.

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • enharting

    him, Keith and Motion make some pretty dope tunes

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • theoryjean

    thats guys got such a great sound... the 1234 track of motion man he remixed is so awesome. man, his biz with masters of illusion! so good.

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • frylate22

    He's in my top three for favorite producers. Flawless work

    3 Oct 2007 Reply
  • sektah

    Kutmasta Kurt is one of the most under-rated producers in hip-hop, ever.

    6 Jul 2007 Reply
  • brainchild138

    It's pretty sad when the far-and-away most played track is a mistag. Should be Enth E ND

    8 Jun 2007 Reply
  • WodkaLover

    it 's a fancy UK thing...

    11 Feb 2007 Reply

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