Fluid was born on March 3, 1976 in Oakland, CA. From the moment he came home from the hospital he was introduced to the wonderful world of music. Whether it was the nursery rhymes and children’s songs his mother and aunts would sing to him, gospel hymns heard in church, or the top 40 jazz and R&B hits his father would listen to, music always played a part in Fluid’s daily life.
In the mid 80s while attending Golden Gate Academy (Oakland, CA), Fluid began taking piano and drumming lessons, and soon became a member of a performance band started by his music teacher. It was also during this time that he first became exposed to Run DMC, LL Cool J, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Too Short and many other rap pioneers and innovators. However, it wasn’t until 1990, during an eighth grade English class that he would realize his own ability to perform and write music. He was asked to do a poetry assignment and decided to turn his poem into a rap and perform it in front of the class for fun. The entire class including the teacher gave him rave reviews and soon Fluid began writing other raps to perform at school for his friends.
In the fall of 1990 Fluid entered high school and began participating in talent shows and free style contests. That same year he won KMEL’s Battle Of The Rappers three nights in a row under the name K-Love. As more and more people began to take notice of Fluid’s talent he constantly found himself being asked to perform at open mic events and parties. During his senior year he was asked to write a rap commemorating the senior class and performed it as part of a skit put on by the class. Over 2,000 students witnessed the performance.
In 1995 Fluid began taking his love for music and performance to the stage as well as the studio. He has collaborated with such artists and producers as J. Steez, Ant Banks, Sonny B., Casual(Hieroglyphics), Askari X, Suga Free, Mahasen, 4-Rax, Stevie Joe (Live Wire Records) and The Mekanix. Fluid's latest work is featured on his YouTube Channel: "fluid420" as well as soundcloud.com, reverbnation.com, soundclick.com, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Microsoft Groove, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, Musica Claro, Saavn, Spotify, Shazam and several other online/digital music retail services.
The following is a partial listing of projects I have appeared on, written for, or otherwise contributed to:
“Out Tha Trunk”, SF.HipHop.com/Showcase Dist.(2002)
“Struggle Continues”, Spotsmashin Records/the Agency, Inc. Dist.(2002)
“The Bootleg Project”, Top Of The Line Entertainment and Dist.(2002 )
“Face Off, Vol.1”, Danger Zone Productions/Dist.(2003)
Maja Rawstin “Hood Behavior”, Beatkings/Umoja Vibe Records and Dist.(2003)
Fluid “I Tried”, Fluid Motion Music & Entertainment / Dist. ( 2010)
Fluid - "Spoiled Rotten", Fluid Motion Music & Entertainment/ Dist. (2012/2013)
Fluid - "Play 2 Win (Feat. 4rAx), Fluid Motion Music & Entertainment/ Dist. (2017)
Fluid - Fluitopia - E.P., Fluid Motion Music & Entertainment/ Dist. - Coming Soon (TBA)
I perform live whenever and wherever the opportunitty presents itself. I have performed at such venues as Fulton 55 (Fresno, CA), Sparta lounge (San Jose, CA), The Legacy Ballroom (Oakland, CA), Blue Chip Bar & Grill (San Jose, CA), The X Bar (Cupertino, CA), Saaghi's (San Jose, CA), The Mezzanine(San Francisco, CA), The New Parish (Oakland, CA), Dorsey's Locker (Oakland, CA), The Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center (Oakland, CA - formerly known as The Alice Arts Center), La Pena Cultural Center (Berkeley, CA), Toons Night Club (San Jose, CA), and The Black Repretory Theatre (Berkeley, CA) to name a few.
I can honestly say that my music is influenced by many different styles and genres, from metal to jazz and everything in between. Some artists that have influenced my career are: Run DMC, Too Short, E-40, Scarface, EPMD, Tupac, Nas, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne, Linkin Park, Metallica, Boney James, Najee, Bob Marley,Michael Jackson, 8-Ball & MJG, N.W.A., and Jamiroqoi just to name a few. The entire list would be much too long to display.
When recording I use a Mac pre-loded with the latest version of Pro-Tools and or Logic Pro. For performaces, I use a standard mic, usually provided by the venue and my DJ uses either his Mac book Pro with his deejaying software hooked into the venue's sound system or a Full set of digital CD turntables with a Numark mixer and the Mac Book Pro.
To check out my latest music videos and performances go to:
Look for my new single "Play 2 Win (feat. 4rAx)" available now on:
*Also featured on Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, Claro Musica, Saavn, MediaNet, & Shazam. Enter "Fluid Play 2 Win" in search box.