|Kim Renard Nazel|
June 17, 1965 |
|Genres||Electro, hip hop|
|Rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, DJ|
|Instruments||Vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, turntables, drum machine, sampler|
Da Bozak Records
Stones Throw Records
Bobby Jimmy & the Critters
J. J. Fad
Nazel was born in Compton, California to the son of Joseph "Skippy" Nazel Jr., a prominent African American author and radio talk show host. His musical background came from his mother, a piano teacher and classical musician. The younger Nazel got his first experience with making music at the radio station his father was hosting his talk show by using the station's equipment to put together mixtapes that he would sell at school. Nazel went on to graduate from Junípero Serra High School in nearby Gardena.
In 1986, he was a founding member of N.W.A but when fellow member Ice Cube came back from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1988, Arabian Prince soon after left over royalty and contract disagreements--Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren were the main performers, DJ Yella was the turntablist and Dr. Dre was the main producer.
In the mid-2000s, he started releasing music again, with his Professor X project on the Dutch label Clone Records. In 2007 he performed as a DJ on the 2K Sports Holiday Bounce Tour with artists from the Stones Throw label. In 2008, Stones Throw released a compilation of his electro-rap material from the 1980s. One of his songs was included on the 2007 video game, College Hoops 2K8.