Kool Kojak

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Kool Kojak
Birth name Allan P. Grigg
Origin Cubatão, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Latin, hip hop, samba, reggae fusion, funk, bossa nova, electro, zouk, charanga, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, painter, art designer
Labels KojakTrax , Prescription Songs , IYF Productions
Associated acts Urban Legend, Dr. Luke, Ke$ha, Peter Svensson, Max Martin
Website www.myspace.com/kojakbeatz www.koolkojak.com

Allan P. Grigg,[1] also known as Kool Kojak, is a multi-platinum American songwriter, producer, film director, and artist notable for co-writing and co-producing Flo Rida's #1 Billboard[2] hit single "Right Round", Nicki Minaj's hit single "Va Va Voom" , and Ke$ha's top 10 single "Blow".[3] Kool Kojak has written and produced for artists such as Yelle, Icona Pop, Matisyahu, Travis Barker, Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, Britney Spears, N.A.S.A.,[4] Dirt Nasty, Andy Milonakis,[5] Lordz of Brooklyn, Ursula 1000,[6] and Warren G. Kool Kojak was a featured producer on the Simon Cowell TV program X Factor, has appeared as himself on the hit Nickelodeon show "Victorious", and in many music videos. Kool Kojak has won two ASCAP Pop Awards and one ASCAP Urban Award, a WormTown Sound Award, and has been awarded the Key to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts . Kool Kojak is a member of the Prescription Songs empire, a hot sauce ambassador for Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, who sometimes spells his name KoOoLkOjAk.

Early life and music career[edit]

Kool Kojak was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Kojak initially entered the world of music in the 1990s, producing rap records in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem. His first big commercial success was as composer and producer of the Brazilian multi platinum selling #1 Supla album "O Charada Brasileiro".[7]

Kojak served as musical director and performer for the live Supla show, which took the stage at Rock in Rio 3, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2001.

Select production discography[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Role
1996 Average White Boys "Billy Dee Williams Butter Sculpture" Knuckle Sandwich Co-Writer/Producer
1997 Rump Rangers featuring Heather Hunter and Kool Keith "Toot Toot Beep Beep" Remixer
1998 Binger The Voyager "Sweet Taste of Nothing" Co-Producer
1999 Ursula 1000 "Arrastao" Co-Writer/Producer with Ursula 1000 and Dr. Luke
2000 Supla "O Charada Brasileiro" #1 Single Co-Writer/Producer
2002 Holly Tree "Greatest Shits" album Co-Producer
2002 Average White Boys "Knuckle Sandwich" album Producer
2005 George of the Jungle (TV show) Theme song Producer and performed with J-Radical
2005 Being Bobby Brown (TV show) Music producer
2009 Ursula 1000 "Zombies" Mystics Co-Writer/Rapper
2010 Miranda Cosgrove "There Will Be Tears" Sparks Fly Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Ammo
2007 Urban Legend Tranquilidad Cubana" Co-Writer/Producer
Three 6 Mafia featuring Tech N9ne "Shots" Laws of Power Backing Vocals
2009 Shwayze "Maneatrr" Let It Beat Co-writer/Producer
2011 Hitomi featuring Rivers Cuomo "Rollin Wit Da Homies" Spirit Producer/Co-writer
2011 Dirt Nasty feat. Too Short and Warren G "Milk, Milk, Lemonade" Nasty as I Wanna Be Writer/Producer (leaked)
2012 Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande "L.A.Boyz" Victorious 3.0 Co-Writer/Co-Producer
2012 Victoria Justice "Faster Than Boys" Victorious 3.0 Co-Writer/Producer
2012 Leon Thomas III "365 Days" Victorious 3.0 (Deluxe version) Co-writer/Producer
2012 Leon Thomas III "Countdown" Victorious 2.0 Co-writer/Producer
2011 Victoria Justice "Best Friend's Brother Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show Co-Writer/Producer
2010 Nneka (singer) "Heartbeat (KooLkOjAk remix)" Single Remixer
2011 Kumi Koda "4 Times Single Producer
2009 Andy Milonakis "Let Me Twitter Dat" Single Co-writer/Producer
2011 Dirt Nasty feat Too $hort, Warren G, Andy Milonakis and Benji Hughes "As Nasty As I Wanna Be" Nasty as I Wanna Be Co-Writer/Producer
2011 Dirt Nasty featuring Kesha "Boombox" Nasty as I Wanna Be Co-Writer/Producer
2009 *N.A.S.A. featuring Kanye West, Lykke Li, & Santo Gold "Gifted" The Spirit of Apollo Co-writer/Co-Producer
2009 N.A.S.A. featuring Kool Kojak "O Pato" The Spirit of Apollo Co-writer/Performer
2010 Matisyahu "Miracle" Single Co-Writer/Producer
2011 Travis Barker "Can A Drumma Get Some KoOoLkOjAk SuRfPuNk mEgAmIx" Single Remixer
2011 Travis Barker feat. Bun B & Tech N9ne "Raw Shit" Give the Drummer Some Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Travis Barker
2011 Travis Barker feat. Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, E-40 and Dev "Knockin'" Give the Drummer Some Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Travis Barker
2009 Flo Rida "Right Round" R.O.O.T.S. Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Dr. Luke
2010 Kesha "Blow" Cannibal Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Dr. Luke and Max Martin
2010 Lights Over Paris "Fallin'" Single Co-Writer/Producer with J Kash & Robb Mahweenie
Roberto Carlos "Jesus Cristo (Zegon Kojeazy Official Remix)" Single Producer with DJ Zegon of N.A.S.A.
2012 Ariana Grande "Voodoo Love" Single Co-writer/Producer
David Choe Dirty Hands (DVD) Producer Kojak Beatz
2012 Shyne Gangland Mixtape Producer
2012 Michel Telo featuring Becky G "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" Single – UK Remix Producer
2012 Matisyahu Spark Seeker LP Producer/Co-writer
2012 Owl City "Take It All Away" The Midsummer Station Co-Writer/Co-Producer
2012 Chelsea Peretti "Coffee Crankin Thru My Sys" Single Producer
2012 The Lorax (film) "How Bad Can I Be" Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: Original Songs from the Motion Picture Co-Writer/Co-Producer with John Powell
2012 Kesha "Gold Trans Am" Warrior (Deluxe version) Co-Writer/Producer
2012 Kesha "Wonderland" Warrior Co-Writer/Producer
Jean-Michel Basquiat "SAMO" (film) featuring Fab Five Freddy, Money Mark, N.A.S.A. & Kool Kojak – Co-Writer/Co-Producer for MOMA Films
2012 One Direction "Rock Me" Take Me Home Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Peter Svensson and Sam Hollander
2012 Nicki Minaj "Va Va Voom" Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Max Martin
2012 Matisyahu "Happy Hanukkah" Single Co-Writer/Producer
2013 Emblem3 "Chloe (You're the One I Want)" Nothing to Lose Co-Writer/Co-Producer with Peter Svensson
2013 Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life (TV Show) Music producer
2013 Icona Pop "On A Roll" This Is... Icona Pop Co-producer with Shellback
2013 Scott & Rivers "はじける" Scott & Rivers Co-writer with Rivers Cuomo / Producer
2013 The Barkers (Travis, Alabama, and Lhandon Barker) "We Like Vegetables" Songs for a Healthier America Co-Writer/Producer
2013 Salad Bar, Travis Barker, Ariana Grande, and Matisyahu "U R What U Eat" Songs for a Healthier America Co-Writer/Producer
TropKillaz featuring Kool Kojak and Lloyd Pop "Klap Ur A$$" Writer/Producer
2013 Kool Kojak "B-Boyin' Freak Freakin'" Battle of the Year Official Soundtrack Writer/Producer
2013 Britney Spears "Hold on Tight" Britney Jean (deluxe version) Co-Producer with A.C.
2014 Brooke Candy "Bed Squeak" Opulence EP Co-Writer with Brooke Candy & Jesse St. John / Co-Producer with A.C
2014 Matt Hunter "Minha Mina Ta Loca" Single Co-Writer with AJ Junior & Bilal Hajji
2014 Yelle "Florence en Italie" Complètement Fou Co-Writer with Yelle Dr. Luke & Cirkut|
2014 Jesse & Joy "Live Life" The Book of Life Soundtrack Co-Writer with Jesse Joy and Nate Campany
2014 Sophia Black "Vibration" Single Co-Writer / Producer with Aaron Joseph and Sophia Black

Art[edit]

Kool Kojak is a known graffiti artist and sculptor in the USA and Brazil. His body of art includes an album cover for Ultramagnetic MCs and countless New York City murals he painted for Free Tibet Campaign. In Brazil, Kool Kojak has provided hiphop and graffiti symposiums for city run youth programs in the Favelas of São Paulo. He has painted murals with many of Brazil's top artists, such as Os Gêmeos, Vitche, and Juneca. In 2103, Kool Kojak auctioned off a graffiti sculpture to benefit Pete Carroll's charity A Better L.A. Collectors of KoOoL kOjAk artwork include The Disney Corporation, Claude Kelly, Martin Johnson, Dr. Luke, Peter Svensson, Ammo Pro, and many more. His current collection can be viewed at wWw.kOoLkOjAk.cOm

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External links[edit]

Kool Kojak on Myspace