|Birth name||Jorge Alvarez|
|Also known as||Kurious,
|Origin||Manhattan, New York, USA|
|Years active||1991 - present|
|Labels||Amalgam Digital, Hoppoh/Columbia/SME|
|Associated acts||MF Doom, MF Grimm, Monsta Island Czars, Bamboo Bros, Red Apples 45|
Jorge Alvarez, also known by his stage names Kurious Jorge or Kurious, is an East Coast underground hip hop artist. Considered a legend of the early 1990s scene, he influenced many MCs of the era, becoming one of the most well known Latino MCs coming out of New York City from the golden era of Hiphop.
Kurious Jorge (Jorge Alvarez) has been in the game since 1991. An emcee from upper Manhattan, 97th and Amsterdam, those who know, respect his flow and his street-conscious lyrics. His songs don’t stray far from what’s going on in the neighborhood and how that affects the community. If it’s a party anthem or an inquisition of the American dream, Kurious keeps it a hundred, true to his hip-hop, uptown, Cuban and Puerto Rican roots.
Kurious’ first album, Constipated Monkey, is considered a go-to record for students of the game. His work on Kurious II and in the Bamboo Brothers captured his love for and support of the independent scene. His many and ongoing collaborations with legendary artists like MF Doom, MF Grimm, MC Serch, Powerule, Pete Nice, 3rd Bass, Max B, Homeboy Sandman, Jungle Brothers, Jamalski, and Sadat X, along with the younger emcees coming up put Kurious right in the middle of independent hip/hop movement.
An MC with a complex, confident tongue, unafraid to be smart and get stupid, Kurious is East Coast and NYC Uptown Westside. He’s PR/Cuban, slang and Spanish, a prep school dropout running the streets taking a dictionary with him, adding words and definitions as he goes along. He debuted in 1991 on Powerule’s Young Stars from Nowhere. He then appeared on Pete Nice and DJ Richie Rich‘s album Dust to Dust. The duo helped Kurious get a record deal with Columbia Records via Bobbito and Pete Nice‘s Hoppoh imprint. In 1992, he released his first single, “Walk Like a Duck”. In 1994, Kurious released his critically acclaimed debut album A Constipated Monkey, which featured the hit singles “I’m Kurious” and “Uptown shit.” The album is considered a classic of golden era hip-hop. In 1999, Kurious appeared on MF Doom’s album Operation: Doomsday on the track “?” and contributed a track to a Monsta Island Czars Mixtape, under the alias Biollante. Amalgam Digital reissued A Constipated Monkey with bonus tracks in 2007. In 2009 he released his second solo effort II, which was a critical success and featured the singles: “Back From Up Unda,” “Back with VIC,” “Sittin’ in My Car” and “Drinks In The Air.”
- 1992: "Walk Like a Duck" (Hoppoh/Columbia)
- 1993: "Uptown Shit" (Hoppoh/Columbia)
- 1994: "I'm Kurious" (Hoppoh/Columbia)
- 2001: "All Great" (Stonegroove)
- 2009: "Benneton" (Feat. MC Serch & MF DOOM) (Amalgam Digital)
- 2009: "Back With V.I.C." (Amalgam Digital)
- 2009: "Sittin’ In My Car"
- 2012: "White Rum"
- 2014: "Delusional"
- 2014: "Pythagorean"
- 1991: "Pop Goes the Weasel" (from the 3rd Bass album Derelicts of Dialect)
- 1993: "Boo Boo Heads" (from the Del the Funkee Homosapien album No Need for Alarm)
- 1993: "3 Blind Mice" (from the Pete Nice and DJ Richie Rich album Dust to Dust)
- 1994: "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide" (from the Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep)
- 1994: "Stop Smokin' That Shit" (from the KMD album Black Bastards)
- 1999: "?" (from the MF DOOM album Operation: Doomsday)
- 2003: "Shifting Lanes" (from the MF Grimm MF Doom album Special Herbs & Spices Vol. 1])
- 2006: "Traveling" (from the MF Grimm album American Hunger)
- 2009: "Supervillainz" (from the MF DOOM album Born Like This)
- 2013: "On My Grind" (off Juellz Album "Jewelz")
- 2013: "Born To Rise" (Sadat X and Jay.En.P")
Uses in Media
- The music video for "Walk Like A Duck" was featured in The Brothers Grunt episode "The Ugly Gruntling."