WHEN the Smugglers Inn in Lusaka hosts Portia, Kamando and CRI$I$ Mr Swagger next month who are all Zambians based in Australia, there will be more than a mere foreign touch.
The June 26 show will also involve Curtis Young as one of the main acts. Now, you are asking who Curtis Young is.
Maybe his father should be introduced first. After all, his father is widely considered to be hip-hop’s greatest producer who pioneered the genre and his own variation of the sound.
If you know anything about hip-hop and the West Coast, then you should know Dr Dre, who among other things is also credited with discovering the likes of Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
Being the son of Dr Dre can therefore not be an easy ride, particularly if you are looking at mounting your own successful career in music in a genre associated with your father.
You will always be Dr Dre’s son!
No surprise then that the Smugglers Inn show that will also feature local musicians Chef 187, Wilz Mr Nyopole and Shyman Shaizo has been emphasising that Curtis Young is Dr Dre’s son.
It is not necessarily a big problem.
After Curtis Young performed at one show in Los Angeles, United States over a year ago, Latifah Muhammad of Billboard.biz wrote that the rapper would still rather embrace his bloodline than hide from it even as he was working to etch out his own lane in music.
Curtis also explained how Dr Dre inspires him.
“His [Dr Dre] whole creative mindset — he’s a trendsetter,” Young told Billboard.biz. “That’s basically how he inspired me.”
Latifah then wrote that “once on stage his vocal likeness to his father is unmistakable. Running through singles ‘Illin’, ‘Leader of the Highway’ and ‘Night is Young’ the music of Dre’s eldest son is a sonic dedication to classic West Coast rap beats.”
But when Curtis Young performs at Smugglers Inn where the most expensive ticket is going for K200, expect comparison to be made between him and his highly successful father. That is so even if he does not wear the doctor’s mask when performing like his father did.