Alarza Lee Collins Jr. (1969 – 2006), best known as Kip, was born on April 26, 1969. Alarza Lee Collins Jr. was an American record producer and composer who had collaborated with a number of music artists in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In the early 90s, Kip Collins started on his path of professional musical collaborations by taking on Keith and Hank Shockley of the Bomb Squad as one of his first clients. In 1993 Kip collaborated with R&B singer Aaron Hall on his album "The Truth,". In 1995, he collaborated with singer Monifah on her song "I Miss You". Kip went on to work with artists such as Heavy D and contribute songs to the "Living Single" Soundtrack. He was the music director for the Warner Brothers' sitcom "Built to Last" in 1997.
In 2000, Kip Collins wrote, produced, and played instruments for Faith Evans and Jennifer Lopez. One of his biggest musical accomplishments blossomed when he was given the opportunity by his manager Troy Moet (Mo'Entertainment!) to create the musical score and produce numerous songs for MTV's "Carmen: A Hip Hopera". Later on in 2002, Kip became the musical director and composer for UPN's TV series "Half & Half."
|Year||Album||Song - Artist||Role|
|1993||The Truth||Aaron Hall||Programming|
|Joy and Blues||Head Top – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers||Keyboards/Drum Programming|
|1994||Time To Taste Bass||Dancin' Dirty – Dirty Curt||Producer/Engineer/Mixing|
|1996||Moods…Moments||You Don't Have To Love Me; I Miss You (Come Back Home); Nobody's Body; It's Alright –Monifah||Producer/Keyboards|
|1997||Living Single: Music from & Inspired by the Hit TV Show||Don't Waste My Time – Esaga (featuring Pamela Bryant), Gamin – Deborah Williams, I Commit To You – Chris Gaddy & Pamela Bryant||Mixing/Guitar/Programming/Producer/Engineer|
|1999||The Notorious K.I.M.||Hold On –Lil' Kim||Keyboards|
|2000||Love Crimes||Are You Fuckin' Around – Ruff Endz||Producer|
|2001||MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera||The Introduction – Da Brat, What We Gonna Do – Rah Digga, If Looks Could Kill (You Would Be Dead) – Beyoncé ft. Mos Def, Sam Sarpong, Cards Never Lie – Beyoncé ft. Wyclef Jean, Rah Digga, The Last Great Seduction – Beyoncé ft. Mehki Phifer, B.L.A.Z.E – Rah Digga ft. Casey Lee, Joy Bryant, Black & Blue – Mos Def ft. Mekhi Phifer, Stop That! – Beyoncé ft. Mekhi Phifer, Blaze Finale – Casey Lee, Immortal Beloved (Outro) – Da Brat||Producer/ Engineer|
|J.Lo||Come Over - Jennifer Lopez||Instrumentation/Producer|
|Faithfully||Brand New Man - Faith Evans||Producer|
|Kamnesia||Benefits - Kam||Producer|
|2002-2006||Half & Half||UPN Television Show||Music Supervisor / Theme Song / Scene Cues|
|2006||Uncovered/Covered||Just A Dream - Kenny Lattimore/Chante Moore||Producer/Engineer|
- Dedication from cousin http://www.bigmen4christ.com
- "Kip Collins" Website: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kip+Collins
- Valenti, John. "Motorcycle crash kills man in Uniondale" Newsday, August 31, 2006