The room begins to shake. It starts as a low vibration and builds. Something big is coming as the floor emits quiet anticipation. In the midst of the crowd sits a strange sort of silence. And then an ear-shattering, slightly defiant yell fills the void, “KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID CAPRIIIII!” It rattles the walls. Kid’s voice enters the space before he does and all at once, the audience knows what it’s in for. "Unlike rap acts that just walk from one side of the stage to the other in concert. I’m a total crowd hyping entertainer. That means doin’ it 110% every time I hit the stage. I want the people out of their seats, feeling me, feeling the music. That’s the only way I do it." This energy is what has earned Kid Capri his title, as the most relentless, most relied upon to rock a party, most dynamic and larger-than-life DJ in the history of hip hop. He has survived every era of hip hop and emerged each time with a renewed sense of purpose and something new to contribute to the culture. From the very beginning, Kid studied a craft that had never before been given recognition or even considered a legitimate skill. Yet Kid Capri’s skills go far beyond the spinning wheel of the turntable.
For years he has been able to tour in parts of the country other artists were afraid to touch. Unafraid to try out new markets, anyone not into hip hop before he came, surely was after his show. This revolutionary talent began on the turntable which ultimately gained him the status of a Hip-Hop phenomenon; however, Kid is a multi-faceted talent using his craft to create new trends in music that shatter the limitations so often placed on Hip-Hop artists. From his innovative style, to his second-to-none knack for choosing just the right crowd-pleasing sound, to his unparalleled mix tapes, Kid exemplifies the spirit of the entrepreneurial-minded musician.
Born David Anthony Love in Bronx, New York, Kid Capri was born creatively ambitious, scaling his family’s old Zenith stereo system as an attempt to scratch records before he was even ten years old. Kid first inched his way onto the Hip-Hop scene with the grass-roots approach of club gigs and creating mix tapes. Kid is, in fact, the Prime Minister of mix tapes, as he saw their profit potential early in his career. He managed to turn a small business venture into a $2,000 a night, underground empire! Once others caught on to the economic benefits of mix tapes, they soon followed in Kid’s footsteps and thus began Kid Capri bandwagon.
Currently, there is no DJ on Earth more recognizable to both hip hop heads and the general public, largely due to Kid’s media savvy ness. His face first became a part of the cultural landscape on the wildly popular Russel Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam where he gave much of the world its first taste of live-performance hip hop, as the first DJ to ever perform live on TV as a DJ.