Notorious B.I.G. said his musical influence is King Tee.
Heavily influenced by T-La Rock. King Tee began to call himself "T-La", which changed to "Tila" because he wore a lot of Fila apparel. He later changed it to King Tee. Born in Los Angeles, California. USA. By way of Pacoima, CA (818 area code). This is where met James "J-Ro" Robinson, who was also from the same area. Tila moved to Texas when he was a teenager and began DJ'ing for a radio station. He teamed up with local Texas artist Jazzie Redd and then came back home to L.A., which lead to him meeting DJ Pooh. The two used to battle each other on the turntables, then they began to work together. DJ Pooh began producing Tee's music, along with DJ Aladdin. Tila met Mixmaster Spade through DJ Pooh.
Tila used to spend a lot of time in Compton and was later "nominated into Compton alumni" by O.G. Scottie Dee.
He released his first single at age 17, with The Unknown DJ. In the early days King Tee was closely affiliated with Ice-T and The Rhyme Syndicate. DJ Aladdin was also in the Rhyme Syndicate. King Tee is also very close friends with N.W.A., Eazy-E, Threat, Compton's Most Wanted, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Da Lench Mob, DJ Battlecat, The D.O.C., and Dr. Dre. King Tee has had several DJ's (Keith Cooley, DJ Pooh, and his Final DJ, E-Swift). Tila signed to Capitol Records and released "Act a Fool" in 1988. Followed by "At Your Own Risk" in 1990, "The Triflin' Album" in 1992, "IV Life" in 1994, "Thy Kingdome Come" which was his album with Dr. Dre on Aftermath Entertainment that was never released (Reissued in 1998), "Ruff Rhymes" (Greatest Hits) in 1998, and "Still Triflin'" (Mix-tape) in 2012. King Tee has also recorded with Kid Frost, Threat, Yo-Yo, Compton's Most Wanted, Butch Cassidy, C-Bo, DJ Quik, 2nd II None, Playa Hamm, Baby S, El DeBarge and many, many others.
Tila was more lyrical than about glamorizing gang life, and he showcased a lot of underground talent such as Tha Alkaholiks, Broadway (2), Mufla (the O.G. producer for L.A. Posse). Then King Tee Introduced the Loot Pack, a group from neighboring Oxnard, CA., with mega-producer Madlib on the tracks. Tila put them in Likwit Crew and immediately began to go to work in the studio with them. He also spotlighted Breeze (2), J-Ro, Tash, E-Swift also on lyrics, as well as Barbershop MC's, Nefertiti (2), Mad Kap, West Coast R&B singer Big Mac, and King Tee introduced Xzibit to the world.
He is highly respected around the world, and the east coast USA by artists such as J-Zone, Big Daddy Kane, L.L. Cool J, Rakim, Def Squad, Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Grandmaster Caz, Bootcamp Clik, A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, The Beatnuts, D.I.T.C., Artifacts, Brand Nubian, Heavy D, EPMD, Busy Bee, Shaquille O'Neal, and Jay-Z. On the west coast, he influenced underground groups like The Pharcyde, The Nonce, B.G. Knocc Out, Gangsta Dresta, Lighter Shade Of Brown, and Hieroglyphics. And even newer acts like Rick Ross have credited Tila.
He recorded several classic jingles for St. Ides Malt Liquor. Appeared in DJ Pooh's film "3 Strikes". He appears on "Get the Fist" by Get The Fist Movement, "It's a C.T. Experience" (CD,DVD) by DJ Crazy Toones. King Tee is also a member of West Coast super-group 1st Generation.
Tila maintained a theme of low rider vehicles on most of his album covers.
Interludes on "Still Triflin'" feature entertainers giving King Tee his props, such as Ice Cube from a live concert performance, and comedian Chris Rock from a live stand-up recording.
King Tee had controversy with Coolio, after Coolio mentioned a fight that happened between 2Pac and King Tee at a nightclub.
King Tee Discography
- 6 Remix
- 12 Vocals
- 2 Instruments & Performance
- 30 Writing & Arrangement
- 110 Featuring & Presenting
- 22 Production
- 3 Technical