Royal Fam

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Royal Fam
GenresHardcore hip hop
Years active1993–present
Associated actsWu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Killa Beez

United Kingdom (Population Clik)
MembersTimbo King
Mighty Jarrett
Dark Denim
Y-Kim The Ill Figure
Dreddy Kruger
Sharecka (Stoneface)

Royal Fam is a Hardcore hip hop group affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan. Timbo King is the leader and founding member of the group and Y-Kim The Ill Figure is their main producer. Other group members are Mighty Jarrett, Dark Denim, Dreddy Kruger and Sharecka.

Royal Fam is one of the first crew connected directly with Wu-Tang Clan, much like Killarmy and Sunz of Man. They are part of Wu-Tang Killa Beez and United Kingdom (Population Clik), a collective consisting of Royal Fam, Sunz of Man, Brooklyn Zu, C.O.I.N.S., Black Rose Kartel, The Beggaz Clan, Makeba Mooncycle and Popa Wu.

Their official debut studio album, "Black Castle", was recorded in 1995 and 1996 for Capitol Records and produced by Y-Kim The Ill Figure; it was scheduled to be released twice and shelved as many times. They also shot a video for Black Castle's debut single "Something Gots To Give". In 2020, Back2DaSource Records finally released the album, in its original format, completely how it was meant to be issued including unreleased and unknown material.

In 1997, Royal Fam featured with Prodigal Sunn on "La Saga" of IAM's album L'École du micro d'argent, winning a Grammy Award in France for the song. Then they apperead with Killa Sin, Shyheim and Tekitha on Soul in the Hole (soundtrack). In 1998, they recorded the track "The Legacy" of Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm album and "Bobby Did It" of RZA's debut album Bobby Digital in Stereo. In 1999, Royal Fam featured on "Hip Hop Fury" and on the "Outro" of GZA's third album Beneath the Surface and in 2000 on "Walk The Dogs" produced by RZA of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (soundtrack).

Timbo King and Dreddy Kruger also apperead on the Jim Jarmusch's film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai starring Forest Whitaker.

Royal Fam's second album, "Yesterday, Today, Iz Tomorrow", was recorded for Wu-Tang Records and released in 2000 in Europe without the group's knowledge or permission, with unmixed and incomplete songs. However, in 2021, the original version of the album will be officially release.

In 2002, Mighty Jarrett released the Reggae "Toppa Top/Mash It Up" single for "Digital Recordings", which was executive produced by RZA.

In 2005, Y-Kim The Ill Figure released "Monster Reborn Vol. 1" for "Chambermusik", a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks he produced from the early to mid '90s.

In 2011, Timbo King released his debut solo album From Babylon to Timbuk2, thru Nature Sounds Records and was largely produced by Bronze Nazareth.

On May 2013, Mighty Jarrett (Mikey Jarrett Jr.) passed away (RIP). He was also the road manager for International Reggae artist Junior Reid and has been an integral part of the One Blood Family for over fifteen years.

Discography[edit]

  • Black Castle (1996) - Officially released in 2020
  • Yesterday, Today, Iz Tomorrow (2000) [1] - Officially released in 2021

Solo & Collaboration Albums[edit]

  • Timbo King & Spark 950 - United We Slam EP (1994)
  • Timbo King, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Tragedy Khadafi & William Cooper - Black Market Militia (2005)
  • Timbo King - From Babylon to Timbuk2 (2011)
  • Timbo King, Adikson & Soulstreet (The Kraftsmen) - Les Artisans EP (2013)
  • Timbo King & Tek (TNT) - Wu Camp EP (2017)
  • Timbo King, Xkwisit & Ab The Audicrat - T.I.M. (Thoughts In Motion) EP (2020)
  • Y-Kim The Ill Figure - Monster Reborn Vol.1 (2005)

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