An ode to
MICHUUL by Duckwrth
So who do you want to be when you grow up….. Michael Jackson
MICHUUL by Duckwrth
“….a “disco’d” ode to my love for Michael Jackson, even though I suck at dancing….” – Duckwrth
He’s ’90s, punk, Tokyo street style, Andre 3000, or a mix of it all
Outkast, Bad Brains, N.E.R.D., Kanye West, the Casualties, and No Doubt are all Influences
Charged with creative energy and a precise holistic vision for his art, DUCKWRTH is the musician you ought to know.
He’s ethereal yet tenacious, a rare combination for the so-called archetypal hip-hop artist. But the 26-year-old South Central native is anything but typical – he’s a singer, rapper and graphic designer who marches proudly to the beat of his own drum.
“If there is anyone who truly doesn’t give a fuck, it’s LA’s newest, and arguably soon to be best export, Duckwrth.” – PAPER
“One of the more refreshing projects of the year.” – XXL
“The Californian rapper’s sleek, stylish bars glide over a bouncy, Kaytranada-esque instrumental.” – ACCLAIM
“A true multi-disciplinary.” – i-D
“Duckwrth defies categorization.” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Duckwrth keeps it funky with ‘Michuul’” – EARMILK
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FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW …….
1. Earth to DUCKWRTH… His Upbringing Was Strict
DUCKWRTH calls himself a GPK (Grand Pastor’s Kid). Raised in the home of a Pentecostal pastor’s daughter, he was sheltered from a lot when he was young: “I couldn’t really listen to hip-hop… I couldn’t go outside until I was about 16, ’cause my mom thought I was going to get shot in South Central.” He was the standout kid who didn’t fit in, and as a result developed an affinity for all things extraterrestrial. “I really just created my own weird world when I was young,” he says, “and I kind of never left.”
2. Cartoons are His Thing
His graphic design work has a cartoonish vibe à la early ’90s Nickelodeon, but surprisingly, the artist didn’t have cable growing up. Instead, he watched PBS, because “they had more cartoons going than any other station.” These days he watches plenty of Cartoon Network, and he’s a huge anime fan, too.
3. DUCKWRTH’s Style = “Sporty Cultural”
Looking at the art-school dropout, it’s evident that many unique elements come together to make up DUCKWRTH’s fashion aesthetic. On any given day he’s ’90s, punk, Tokyo street style, Andre 3000, or a mix of it all. He likes bright primary and secondary colors. He wears brass rings with precious gems on his fingers and a clashing neon green fake g-shock, only a couple inches away, on his wrist. Not to mention the “fakies” he’s been rocking on his feet lately: formerly plain white sneakers decorated with cherry blossoms, Japanese characters and a faux Nike logo, created with a couple of sharpies in a moment of boredom. “I couldn’t get the Jordans and stuff,” he says of his self-designed kicks. “When I got a little bit older, I didn’t want them anymore. I wanted to create my own shoe.”
4. He Reps the Bay
DUCKWRTH moved to San Francisco to study graphic design, visual media, and web design at Academy of Art University back in 2006. He dropped out after four years, but stayed in the city for four more working with a collective he created called “Them Hellas.” He’s hoping to help bring the entertainment industry to the Bay Area, which he calls a “creative bubble”: “I learned a lot of my creativity from the Bay Area… and there’s a lot of cool sounds and art, just creativity itself in the Bay Area.”
5. Outkast, Bad Brains, N.E.R.D., Kanye West, the Casualties, and No Doubt are all Influences
Truthfully, there’s a whole laundry list of acts that helped a young DUCKWRTH blossom into the artist he is today. He started listening to hip-hop in the early 2000s, but his teens were mostly about punk and other rock music. With each project, DUCKWRTH continues to create his own high-energy colorful musical sound, and this one is no different. “A lot of my stuff from the past has been very hip-hop oriented,” he says. “In this album I get to sing a lot more, ’cause I was singing before I was rapping.” Plus, he’s adopted the rebellious attitude of punk to create his own musical reaction to the social and political climate.