Rap renegade and Slaughterhouse member Crooked I is gearing for an action-packed new year. From his One Shot TV show with Sway, to a SMH Records mixtape and Slaughterhouse’s heavy hand on Eminem’s next project, 2015 will be the year of KXNG CROOKED (Pronounced: King Crooked).
A switch of the moniker to Kxng Crooked was apropos for the Long Beach spitter given what lies ahead. After a colossal round of bars on the recently released Shady CXVPHER with Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, Crooked will appear on three songs off the upcoming ShadyXV album. The DJ Premier-produced Slaughterhouse track “Ya’ll Ready Know” arrives as a bonus track for ShadyXV preorders, and the video alone has reached almost 400k views in less than a week.
Meanwhile in TV land, Crooked holds double duties as the brainchild and lead judge of One Shot, the first ever rap competition series where MCs will compete for the title of the next Hip-Hop superstar. Joined by DJ King Tech, Sway Calloway, and SMH Records CEO Mike Smith, Kxng Crooked will travel from city to city in search of talent to show and prove for a future spot in rap royalty. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a record deal with SMH Records.
Prior to the official announcement of One Shot on Sway in the Morning, Kxng Crooked inked a deal with SMH Records, with the first official release being his forthcoming project Sex, Money, & Hip Hop. Dubbed “a mixtape experience,” the project will drop December 16th, one week after the release of the DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 PRhyme album. Just in time for the holidays, the release will come with limited edition hard copies with signed and numbered deluxe packaging, vinyl copies, and exclusive merchandise. While not much has been revealed about the project, there will be a collaboration with Justice League, as well as a Slaughterhouse track co-produced by Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith.
The music won’t stop there, as SMH Records will release the single “Shame” featuring Crooked I and DJ Revolution (produced by Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith) with additional production from DJ King Tech, and will premier on The Wakeup Show sometime in November.
In addition to One Shot, Sex, Money, & Hip-Hop, and ShadyXV, Kxng Crooked is developing projects for the Long Beach, CA collective known as Horseshoe Gang. Best known for their Monthly Mixtape series (and the biological brothers of Crooked), Horseshoe Gang and their Treacherous C.O.B brand recently inked a partnership with SMH Records. The partnership will lead to the release of the group’s debut album Knocking on Rap’s Door in April 2015.
In this game of rap there are many players, but there can only be one Kxng. Whether Crooked I or Kxng Crooked, keep all eyes and ears fixed on what the rap mogul has in store for the coming year.