Karl Jenkins, better known as Dice Raw, is an American hip hop artist, from Philadelphia. He is associated with The Roots, and one of the founding members of the now defunct musical group Nouveau Riche.
Karl Dice Raw Jenkins
|Birth name||Karl Jenkins|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Songwriter playwright producer entrepreneur investor|
|Associated acts||The Roots|
He hooked up with the band while still in high school after Kelo, a member of the group's production team, spotted him in a local talent show. The group quickly took the young rapper under their collective wings and decided to bring his talent along slowly. He made his debut in "The Lesson, Pt. 1." Soon after, he made a name for himself with cameos on "Episodes" and "Adrenaline", where his hard-hitting style complemented the heady rhymes of Roots leader Black Thought. Dice Raw has made several guest appearances on several mixtapes. He made an appearance in fellow band member and beatboxer Scratch's first solo album Embodiment of Instrumentation.
In 2000, Dice Raw released his solo debut album, Reclaiming the Dead on MCA Records.
Jenkins recorded vocals for the entrance theme of WWE wrestler Kung Fu Naki. The track is titled "Kung Fu San", and samples Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting", and is available on Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9.
Additionally Jenkins has been in the studio functioning as co writer and producer for The Roots, in addition to working on his own material. In May 2010, Dice released his first solo single in ten years entitled "100" off of his upcoming solo project The Greatest Rapper Never. The single is a digital release and was made available on iTunes.
Karl has turned his interest to the performing arts world and has written and produced a multitude of musicals including The Last Jimmy, A story of mass incarceration inspired by of escaped slave Henry Box Brown.
Karl Dice Raw Jenkins is now Board-chair Of The New Freedom Theaters of Philadelphia, and The Producing Director Of The Devon Theater Of Mayfair. He runs indie label Raw Life Records, from where he released his solo project "The Greatest Rapper Never". He also signed prominent battle rapper Rone, who released an album under Raw Life Records titled "The First Story". The song "Against The Wall" features Dice Raw.
- 2000: Reclaiming The Dead
- 2013: Jimmy's Back
- 2018: The Narrative
Appearances on The Roots albumsEdit
- "The Lesson, Pt. 1" on Do You Want More?!!!??!
- "Clones" and "Episodes" Illadelph Halflife
- "Adrenaline!", "Diedre vs. Dice", "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New" and "Don't See Us" on Things Fall Apart
- "Rhymes & Ammo" on Phrenology
- "BOOM!" on The Tipping Point
- "The Lesson, Pt. 3" on Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots, Vol. 2
- "Here I Come" on Game Theory
- "Get Busy", "I Can't Help It", "I Will Not Apologize" and "The Grand Return" on Rising Down
- "How I Got Over", "Walk Alone", "Radio Daze" and "Now or Never" on How I Got Over
- "Make My", "One Time", "Lighthouse", and "Tip The Scale" on Undun
- "Black Rock," "Understand", and "The Dark (Trinity)" on And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
- "Workinonit", "Take It There (Remix)" and "The Good, The Bad & The Desolate"
- "Just Leave (Remix)", "Richard Osborne feat Dice Raw."
- "WWE: The Music Vol 9 CD". wwe.com. Retrieved 2009-01-14.