Crooked I or KXNG Crooked, is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. He is a member of the hip hop supergroup, Slaughterhouse with other members Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9″. Slaughterhouse is currently signed to Shady Records. He is currently signed to RBC Records and is CEO of his own record labels, Dynasty Entertainment and C.O.B. Digital as well as Senior Vice President of Treacherous Records. Before starting his own label, he was also signed to Virgin Records and Death Row Records.
Joe Budden reached out to Crooked I, Royce da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Nino Bless for a track titled “Slaughterhouse” on his digital release, Halfway House. Based on the reception of the track, they decided to form a super-group, minus Nino Bless, and named it after this song. They released numerous songs throughout early 2009, building a buzz for their self-titled album, which was released through E1 on August 11, 2009. The album features production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, and guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K. Young, and The New Royales.
On February 27, 2009 in Long Beach, California, Crooked I was allegedly shot at during a conversation with a fan. The conflicting early media reports on the incident in the following hours initially left people worried and uncertain on his condition, but he has since confirmed to MTV News and other media that he’s alive and, while mentally distracted, physically well. Crooked I has declined to further elaborate on the incident, citing where he’s from its against the code of the streets.
On November 10, 2009, Crooked I released a digital-only solo EP, Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist. “It’s a spin-off of my Slaughterhouse alter ego,” he said of the odd title, “cause I come out on stage with a pig mask and a Dickie suit on.” The EP also boasts guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, K. Young, M.O.P., The Horseshoe G.A.N.G., and of course fellow Slaughterhouse members, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9″. In addition to production from Komplex, Scram Jones, Streetrunner, Frequency, and P. Silva.
After briefly considering plans to release a full length Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist LP in January 2010, Crooked I revised his priorities and announced Million Dollar Story, to be released in 2010. Production for the album is to include contributions from DJ Khalil, The Alchemist, and newcomer Quest. In addition, Crooked I stated his intentions to get DJ Premier beats for the album.
The new owners of Death Row Records, WIDEawake Entertainment, released a Crooked I album called Hood Star on June 15, 2010. It has 15 songs Wickliffe recorded while signed to the label, with guest appearances from Juvenile, Too Short, Kurupt, Danny Boy, Ray J, Sisqo, and others.
On August 17, 2010, Crooked I released yet another EP, titled Planet C.O.B. Vol. 1, which features production from Rick Rock, Komplex, and more.
On December 1, 2010, the first single for Crooked I’s official debut solo album, Million Dollar Story was released on iTunes titled “Villain”, which features Gracie Productions recording artist Sally Anthony.
On January 12, 2011, after months of speculation, Slaughterhouse officially signed to Shady Records, along with artist Yelawolf.
On March 21, 2011, Crooked I released the Million Dollar Story EP, available for purchase through iTunes, to tie fans over until the album is released. It features two brand new songs and two previously released tracks.
On July 12, 2011, the compilation Planet C.O.B. Vol. 2 was released digitally, and for a limited time was available on CD through Crooked I’s official website. Unlike the previous installment, which was an EP by Crooked I, this album features songs by all of the C.O.B. affiliates, such as Horseshoe G.A.N.G., Sauce Tha Boss, Coniyac, and more. To keep the momentum up for the C.O.B. movement, Crooked I brought his official clothing line to the internet.
On November 17, 2011, Crooked I announced a new digital EP titled In None We Trust – The Prelude, is set to be released on December 13 and will include guest appearances from Jay Rock, Glasses Malone, Mistah F.A.B., Horseshoe G.A.N.G., Coniyac and K. Young. On November 22, 2011, the first single from the EP titled “No Competition” was released to the internet.
On December 16, 2014, Crooked I aka Kxng Crooked released Sex, Money and Hip-Hop with guest appearances including Slaughterhouse, Emanny, Horseshoe Gang, Shalé, Bo-Roc from The Dove Shack, Kokane and Novel. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Jonathan Hay, Mike Smith, Sarah J, DJ King Tech, Aktive, Rick Rock and Tabu handled the production for the album.
In May 2015, Crooked appeared on four songs “I Didn’t Mean To Treat You Bad”, “Ashamed”, “Another Mirror” and “Groupie” from When Music Worlds Collide.
In January 2016, Crooked I and Lazarus collaborated on the single “Fearless” in which they dissed politician Donald Trump and called him a racist. The single included the verse: “Bunch of cowards scared to tell a racist like Donald to step on top of the Trump Towers and take the fast way down”.
In March 2016, Crooked appeared on three songs “Paradise” with Royce da 5’9″, “Johnny College” and “Don’t Close Your Eyes” from The Urban Hitchcock LP. He also appeared on Mountain Biking Through Louisville album by Jonathan Hay and DJ Whoo Kid.
KXNG Crooked features on the Intro track of his brother’s “Horseshoe Gang”‘s upcoming album Anti-Trap Music” which will be released on the 29th April. The track was posted and uploaded to Soundcloud.