Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
iD the Poet
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
RIYL: Parker and the Numberman, Saul Williams, Vokab Kompany, Aesop Rock, Slug, Sage Francis
Influences: Clay Pigeons, LL Cool J, Operation Ivy, Living Legends, Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott Heron, John Coltrane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Minor Threat
Based in OB, hip-hop MC iD the Poet -- aka Kurt Kohnen -- grew up in L.A. and worked at a fish cannery in Alaska, before moving to San Diego in 1999.
In 2005, he released Inkpots, a concept album exploring capitalism and self destruction. It featured production from Timeless, along with additional vocals by Kendall Carter and DJ Norm Rocwell.
iD then released records with a 6-piece band under the name Genius of Soul, earning San Diego Music Award nominations for Best Hip-Hop album in 2007 and and Best Rap Group in 2009. The band released their debut album A Project For a New American Century in October 2010.
During that period, he collaborated with LEIF(kolt) and Dusty Nix to form Tidepool. After releasing a mix CD of their collaborations, they briefly toured California and continue to collaborate regularly.
His debut solo album Raincheck was released in April 2010. The following year, he partnered with Dusty Nix for a joint-album called Bully Free. His Work Epic EP was released in 2014 as a limited edition cassette.