Not only is he an incredible producer. He is a gifted lyricist on paper and on the mic. He is a very savvy businessman. He is a solid individual who is authentic and committed to being him and “doing him” without compromise. Music, for Curtiss King, is therapy. Curtiss King discusses all of this during our time together on #TheSalt —


We had the sublime pleasure of chatting with Artist + Professional Creative + Lyricist + Rapper + Savvy Businessman: Dwan Howard aka Curtiss King! We went a bit longer than 15 minutes but I think you will dig what he has to say. On being an up and coming artist, the struggle, being an independent musician, the music business and being authentic and committed to who you are then, “doing you” to the fullest!


If you haven’t heard. . . Curtiss King is yet another kick ass musician coming outa California. I’m not “coast-banging” but I must say, “musically California is “doing its thing” folks — #WestWest {he he had to do it} Enjoy!



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A Snippet from His Bio

In this microwave era of Hip Hop music where materialism, misogyny, and half baked compositions flood the airwaves, somehow Dwan Howard has emerged on the scene as an irresistible and well prepared home cooked meal. Better known by his stage name Curtiss King, the son of a college professor dad and author/pianist mom has managed to make a respectable name for himself in Southern Cali by consistently going against the grain as a rapper and producer. Growing up a very shy young man particularly when attending Curtiss Middle school, he found ways to combat his insecurities by listening to music and getting lost in 90s sitcoms, hence the name: Curtiss KING. Inspired by the likes of Outkast, Sade, 2pac, Kanye West, Cameo, Zapp and Roger, Earth Wind and Fire, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, & 80s synths, he is anything but your typical rapper. Originally from Carson and now residing in the Inland Empire, Curtiss King embodies the feel good essence of the 90s with a refreshingly raw and inspiring contemporary edge. Rapping since the age of 17 and producing since 18, he found out very early that without the proper funds and support he would have to be a jack of all trades to get his goals accomplished. From the beginning, with the help of a high school friend, Youtube, and a library card, Curtiss King set out to teach himself how to produce, engineer & write his own records, edit his own videos, design his own album covers, script his own websites, and build his brand from the ground up.