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Waverly Walter Alford III (born August 18, 1977), known professionally by his stage name King Gordy, is an American horrorcore emcee from Detroit, Michigan. He is a current member of underground rap groups the Fat Killahz and Last American Rock Stars. He is currently signed to Twiztid's Majik Ninja Entertainment.
King Gordy in 2010.
|Birth name||Waverly Walter Alford|
|Also known as|
|Born||August 18, 1977|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, US|
Alford was raised in Detroit, Michigan. His father worked for Chrysler and his mother worked for the school board. His parents split when he was 13. At the age of sixteen, Alford was arrested for selling drugs, and served nine months in a Wayne County jail.
He has started rapping on Detroit local underground hip hop scene in 2000 as a battle rapper. In 2001, along with Fatt Father, Marv Won and Shim-E-Bango, Gordy joined a four-piece Detroit-based underground rap act the Fat Killahz as the only singing emcee of the group. He signed with Bass Brothers' Web Entertainment, an independent label that released the first Eminem's full-length album, Infinite, and started work on a record.
Due to this term, Gordy has appeared in the film 8 Mile, in which he played the fictional rapper, "Big O", the character was regularly mentioned by character Wink Harris as "the fat man flipping burgers at Mickey D's". He dropped his debut solo album The Entity in 2003, which is notable also by its audio production handled by Eminem among other producers and rappers appeared on the record. In 2005, Gordy and the Fat Killahz released the group's debut Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? LP via No Tyze Entertainment. Same year he made guest appearances on Bizarre's and Proof's debut albums.
From 2006 to 2009, Gordy released five another solo albums via Morbid Music LLC, which featured guest appearances only by the likes of the Fat Killahz and his childhood friend D12's Bizarre, with whom Gordy formed hip hop duo L.A.R.S. (originally called The Davidians) in 2008. Gordy's second successful album Xerxes The God-King was released in 2010 and featured his second music video (since "Nightmares" from The Entity), "Sing For The Dead".
In 2011, Gordy released a Detroit blues album, King Gordy Sings The Blues, a new Fat Killahz effort The E.P., and his debut extended play Jesus Christ's Mistress. The following year he nicknamed himself as Dark Lord Vader and dropped his most recent second solo EP Hail Dark Lord Vader, which marked him his comeback into horrorcore. He has started to aggressively promote his harder image in social media, and Twitter suspended Gordy for various reasons as he mentions on the album.
After recovering from being shot five times during an alleged robbery in Detroit, King Gordy came back with Herojuana, a collaborative six-track EP with his Fat Killahz bandmate Bang Belushi, released in 2016.
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After rapper Haystak made a diss track towards Eminem, King Gordy and Bizarre collaborated to respond with diss tracks "Hey, Haystak" and "R.I.P Haystak". Rapper Brabo Gator, who knew Haystak, then dissed King Gordy, Obie Trice, D12 and Eminem.
On June 28, 2013, King Gordy challenged the rapping ability of Lupe Fiasco and other mainstream rappers (such as Mac Miller, Yelawolf, and Tyler The Creator) on Twitter. Lupe Fiasco then continued to fuel the fire by responding to King Gordy, the back and forth continued for over eight hours and both rappers explicitly expressed their respect for each other's craft, but insisted they would beat each other in a rap battle.
- 2003: The Entity
- 2006: King Of Horrorcore
- 2007: Van Dyke and Harper Music
- 2007: Cobain's Diary
- 2008: The Great American Weed Smoker
- 2009: King Of Horrorcore 2
- 2010: Xerxes The God-King
- 2011: King Gordy Sings the Blues
- 2005: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (with the Fat Killahz)
- 2017: How to Gag a Maggot (with Jimmy Donn)
- 2018: Last American Rock Stars (with Bizarre)
- 2018: How to Gag a Maggot Deluxe Edition (with Jimmy Donn)
- 2011: The E.P. (with the Fat Killahz)
- 2011: Jesus Christ's Mistress
- 2012: Hail Dark Lord Vader
- 2016: Herojuana (with Bang Belushi)
- 2019: How to Gag a Maggot - Reigning Blood (with Jimmy Donn)
- 2003: 2 Fat 2 Furious (with the Fat Killahz)
- 2017: Foul World (with L.A.R.S.)
- 8 Mile (2002) - Big O
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