King Tee

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King Tee
Birth name Roger McBride
Also known as King T, King T Of Tha Liks, Tee
Born (1968-12-14) December 14, 1968 (age 46)
Origin Compton, California
 United States
Genres West Coast hip hop, Hip hop, Gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, MC, producer
Instruments Vocals, Drums, keyboards, drum machine, sampler
Years active 1986–present
Labels Capitol Records,
Loud Records (1986-1994),
MCA Records (1994-1996),
Aftermath Entertainment (1996-2004),
Ruthless Records (2004-2006),
Boss'Up Entertainment (2006-present)
Associated acts Young Maylay, Tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit, Dr. Dre, Ant Banks, Ice Cube, Crazy Toones, WC, DJ Battlecat, DJ Pooh, Cypress Hill, C-Bo, DJ Muggs, Snoop Dogg, The Game, J-Ro, Kam, Ice-T, Dresta, MC Eiht

Roger McBride (born December 14, 1968),[1] mostly known as King Tee (formerly known as King T), is an American West Coast Hip hop rapper from Compton, California. Emerging as one of Compton's earliest hip hop artists. He was signed to Capitol records, where he released his debut album "Act a Fool" in 1988 with the hit singles, "Act a Fool," "Payback's a Mutha," "The Coolest," and "Bass (remix)," all of which were considered hip-hop classics. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked primarily with producer DJ Pooh, and was responsible for the rise of Tha Alkaholiks, whom he helped guide into the industry.[2] Tee is also the CEO of his own record label, King T Inc.

Early life and career[edit]

Roger McBride was born in Compton, California on December 14, 1968 and has attended high school. He had been around the Los Angeles Hip hop scene for many years alongside Ice-T and Kid Frost and acted as a pioneer for the genre. In 1988 he made his debut with Act a Fool, considered a classic among West Coast fans.

Tha Alkaholiks[edit]

During his time with Capitol, Tee began mentoring a young trio of rappers called Tha Alkaholiks (also known as "Tha Liks, consisting of Tash, J-Ro and E-Swift, as well as their loosely affiliated collective called the Likwit Crew. The Likwits included Xzibit, who would later rise to fame and bring king Tee close to Compton producer Dr. Dre. Tha Liks put out their debut album under King Tee's guidance on Loud Records in 1993.

The Notorious B.I.G. influence[edit]

Tee greatly influenced The Notorious B.I.G. with his deep voice, flow and rhyme style, which Big would at times imitate on his 1994 album Ready to Die. Tee later paid homage to Biggie on the track "6 In'a Moe'nin" on his album Thy Kingdom Come, using a similar setup to and vocal samples of Biggie's track "Somebody's Got to Die". Recently, Ice T confirmed in an interview that King Tee was one of B.I.G's favorite MC.[3]

Record deals[edit]

After 1993's Tha Triflin' Album, on which Tee worked with Marley Marl, he left Capitol for MCA and put out IV Life in 1994. After leaving MCA as well, he built with Dr. Dre and ended up signing to the producer's label, Aftermath Entertainment. However, Tee only released three songs while on the label, "Str8 Gone" and "Fame" which appeared on Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath and "Some L.A. Niggaz" which appeared on 2001, the two began recording for King Tee's Aftermath album, but the project was subject to repeated push-backs. Eventually, King Tee requested a release from the label.

With Ant Banks[edit]

King Tee has also worked extensively with Oakland rapper and producer Ant Banks. He first appeared on Banks' 1997 compilation Big Thangs, in the song "West Riden" and in 2000 he was featured in the "Lead the Way" album of Banks' supergroup T.W.D.Y., in the song "No Win Situation".

San Andreas: The Original Mixtape[edit]

San Andreas: The Original Mixtape is the debut album by American West Coast rapper Young Maylay, released July 5, 2005. King Tee has written and produced the most songs from the album. He made appearances and some productions on songs "Liq Hittaz", "That’s Real", "Inna Ghetto", "Boss Up Freestyle", "Twist A Corner", "Salute'n G'z", and "Speak On It". The album was released by Maylay's record label Maylaynium Musiq.


In 2002, King Tee independently released his Aftermath album, Thy Kingdom Come, produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Battlecat. He also released The Ruthless Chronicles in 2004, which had songwriting by Tee's protégé Young Maylay and featured some of the songs seen on Thy Kingdom Come and others produced by DJ Quik. In the interim, Tee has guested on DJ Muggs' Soul Assassins II album. He was mentioned on Nas' song "Where Are They Now?" and appeared on the West Coast remix, along with Kam and Ice-T and other California artists Breeze, Candyman, Threat, Sir Mix-A-Lot and The Conscious Daughters. After this appearance, he put out a mixtape called Boss Up Vol. 1 with music by Snoop Dogg, The Game, J-Ro and several other West Coast artists. In 2006 he made a guest appearance on the song "Poppin' Off" from Xzibit's album Full Circle. He has also reportedly started his own label, though no artists are yet signed to it.[4] A remix of the song Money has appeared on Dr. Dre's son Hood Surgeon's "The Autopsy Mixtape". The song was renamed "Fast Money" and features King Tee and Dr. Dre. The original song was on "Thy Kingdom Come".

Personal life[edit]

Roger is married and has children. King Tee's daughter, Heaven, died at the age of 16 after a car accident on May 19, 2009.[5]

Current events[edit]

King Tee is currently signed to Table Records Music Distribution.[6]

In early 2013, King T announced he wants to do his final album. He stated that working with Xzibit's song "Louis XIII" motivated him to record his last album.[7]


King T, one of the West Coast's pioneering rappers, King Tee (later known as King T) released a few major-label albums in the late '80s and early '90s. Though the Compton rapper enjoyed little commercial success, he's often cited as an influence upon the gangsta rappers of the early to mid-'90s. He notably collaborated with a pair of premier West Coast rap producers, DJ Pooh and E-Swift, who were largely unknown at the time. In later years, King Tee resurfaced from time to time; for instance, he was featured on Dr. Dre's 2001 and released some independent albums of his own, including Thy Kingdom Come. But for the most part, he remains a footnote in West Coast rap history, as his music was out of print for years on end. Ruff Rhymes: Greatest Hits Collection (1998), a compilation of his recordings for Capitol, is the exception, though even it is hard to come by.



  • 2007: DJ Crazy Toones – It's A CT Experience: The DVD Files


  1. ^ Family Tree Legends
  2. ^ 11. King Tee, The 50 Most Slept-On Rappers of All Time [Complex (magazine)|] Retrieved. 31-05-2014
  3. ^ Paine, Jake (2010-03-15). "These Are Our Heroes: Ice-T | Rappers Talk Hip Hop Beef & Old School Hip Hop". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  4. ^ "KingTee Interview - Video Dailymotion". 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  5. ^ Williams, Houston (2009-05-30). "King Tee’s Daughter Funeralized Today". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ Table Records Music Distribution, official site Retrieved. 31-05-2014
  7. ^ King T Says Dr. Dre & Xzibit Motivated Him To Rap Again, Recalls Years At Aftermath Retrieved. 31-05-2014
  8. ^ DJ Crazy Toones - CT Experience (Hosted by DJ Skee & DJ Reflex) Retrieved. 31-05-2014

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