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CurlyLocks started off as a rapper and DJ in Philadelphia and went by the name Grand D. He and his old rap partner Robert Waller also known as E.S.T would dominate the hallways of Olney High School during lunch time. He then joined a Soundsystem known as AstroFunk and packed parties with greats such as, Jazzy Jeff, Fresh Prince, EST, Dj Cash Money, the Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepper, Eric B and Rakim, Slick Rick, Ultra Magnetic MC’s, New Edition and many more. He was also signed for a short stent to B-Boy records with KRS One.
On the reggae scene he has traveled to the caribbean countless times thru out his career, as well as being a performing dj at Jamaica’s annual Fully Loaded Concert with dj’s such as Swizz beats, Lil Jon, and Wycef Jean. He has worked along side reggae legends such as Beres Hammond, Luciano, Bounty Killer, T.O.K, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Buju Banton and more. He was one of the Djs responsible for jump starting Sean Paul,Vybz Kartel and Da’ville’s musical career to the level of stardom with the exclusive mix cd’s he would help work on with those artist. He has held some of the most desired reggae nights in Philadelphia, with weekly residencies at Filo’s, Genesis & Omni night clubs, to hyping up shows and concerts at Cavanaugh’s (formerly Katmandu), Electric Factory, Kahunaville, The Trocadero and more. He has done countless remixes for 456 Sound and the Big Dawg Pitubulls as well as Stereo King Sound. CurlyLocks delivers the sweetest Caribbean as well as hip-hop and R&B sounds to a packed house.
CurlyLocks was also one part of the group Federation Sound, which was comprised of 7 distinguished members: Kenny Meez, Max Glazer, Disco D, Alric & Boyd of Fame fm in Jamaica and Cipha Sound of Hot97fm in New York. Collectively this incredible crew was driving force that began to bridge the gap between Caribbean culture and America they were the inspiration for many dj’s in the Philadelphia area such as Diplo who use to come listen to them play their crazy remixes in his younger years. Their style of sound reverberated all over the globe, with a monthly residencies in some of Manhattan’s hottest night clubs to Jamaica’s hottest night spot, club Quad. They’d travel the world dropping the craziest dancehall, reggae and hip-hop reggae remixes. Having been responsible for countless remixes and productions such as 50 cent’s “Ski Mask Way”, “Crazy In Love” remix featuring Jay-Z, Beyonce & Baby Cham, “Yeah” remix with Usher & Baby Cham, “Move Your Body” remix with Nina Sky & Vybz Kartel, as well as the Grammy nominated Frontin remix featuring Jayz, Pharell, Vybz Kartel and Wayne Marshall on Def Jamaica/Def Jam and many more. They also recieved write-ups in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Fader Magazine, Mtv.com to mention a few. In 2004/2005 CurlyLocks was awarded the “Peoples Choice” carnival expo award for #1reggae DJ in Philadelphia.
His voice is so loved by people that after helping his late partner Disco D with 50 cents Ski Mask Way song he asked CurlyLocks to do a voice over reel for the Expansion Team in 2004. He began to receive call backs to do television commercial voice over ads for numerous company giants, such as Sprite Remix Aruba jam, Coca Cola, Best Buy and Heineken. He quickly became a member of the “Screen and Actors Guild” (Sag).
CurlyLocks has been a dj at night clubs, concerts, personally for artist, radio stations like Phillys Power 99 fm and radio stations in Jamaica. He has even djed on a submarine with Daft Punk. He is currently working on numerous projects from music production, to television production. So stay tuned cause CurlyLocks isn’t done yet by far. While still friends and in contact with FederationSound, CurlyLocks has moved on to now take on new adventures and challenges in the world of music and music production. As of lately, he has been the dj for Kendrick Lamar, produced music for Young Savage and is currently co producing tracks with producer Pro-Jay for his artist Cody Kahmar. CurlyLocks is not done delivering the club and radio hits by far. So stay tuned cause there is more to come.