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Roger “King T” McBride rose to underground prominence in late 1980s West Coast rap circles as part of the influential Alkaholiks crew alongside Tha Liks and emerging superstar Xzibit. With slower, funk-injected flows blending seamlessly with uptemp East Coast breakbeats, King T’s lyrical wordplay left a profound impact on MCs like Jay-Z and Eminem during hip hop’s vital early 90s period.

While major commercial success eluded him over a consistently solid 25+ year span, King T’s revered catalog and collaborations with West Coast legends certify his reputation as a consummate OG bridging eras – continuing as an independent touring staple today.

Early Background & Influences

King T grew up as Roger McBride in Rancho Park, Los Angeles, California – forming early graffiti crew Unholy Artists with influential DJ/Producer DJ Pooh (“Bad Mutha Trucka”). He embraced hip hop culture fully as a teen, DJing parties while honing his lyrical skills.

Drawn to funk-fueled West Coast rap pioneers like Too $hort and Ice-T, King T built versatile flows equally comfortable gliding over breakbeats or mellower G-funk production. His penchant for cunning wordplay and pop culture references also echo East Coast contemporaries like Slick Rick.

After early collaborations with Pooh and Tha Alkaholiks, King T would sign with Capitol for acclaimed, gold-certified 1993 debut Act a Fool. Exposure alongside luminaries on tracks like 1994 posse cut “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” primed national notoriety.

Discography and Labels

Altogether King T has released 6 official albums starting with Act a Fool in 1993 through 2004’s Almost Famous via prominent indie Rap-A-Lot Records. He’s also featured on compilations from Tha Liks & Xzibit’s acclaimed Likwit Crew collective spanning nearly two decades.

Standout collaborations include Xzibit & Tha Alkaholiks’ hip hop classic “Louisville Slugger” and early Jay-Z co-sign “The Cactus,” flossing a shared love for wordplay.

Since fading from rap’s mainstream spotlight in the late 90s, King T has continually toured America’s club circuit while remaining a consistent underground draw. After launching his own King T Incorporated label, almost 20 years passed before King T dropped comeback LP The Manifesto in 2021.

Musical Style and Legacy

With ability to toggle effortlessly between uptempo party jams and laidback G-funk, King T displayed versatile delivery rivaling peer legends like Snoop and Too $hort in his prime. Through cunning multisyllabic rhyme schemes and accessible stories steeped in California culture, he lefts fans always anticipating crafty punchlines.

While Too $hort’s pimp persona trafficked in unapologetic misogyny and hardcore artists embraced overt gang affiliations, King T carved his own lane fusing lighthearted cleverness with flows equally West Coast funky and East Coast lyrical.

His funk-laced yet nimble mic style blending regional influences helped widen hip hop’s growing palette in the 80s and 90s – directly inspiring luminaries like Jay-Z (“22 Two’s”) and Eminem (who interpolates “Played Like a Piano” on “Careful What You Wish For”). Though overlooked commercially, King T’s impact echoes loudly through subsequent rap generations.

Collaborations & Guest Appearances

Beyond early mentors DJ Pooh and Tha Alkaholiks, King T has collaborated extensively with West Coast peers – most notably Likwit Crew members Xzibit, Defari and Phil Da Agony on albums like Coast II Coast (1995) along with many singles.

Having influenced seminal artists like Jay-Z and Nas as they developed sharper lyricism in the 90s, King T also secured album placements and tours alongside national stars Busta Rhymes, E-40, Too $hort and Snoop on the strength of his rep alone.

On crossover single “Got It Bad Y’all” King T even landed an unlikely Timbaland co-production credit in 1998 – further showcasing his funk-laced flows could adapt to any era or regional sound.

Live Performances & Touring

Fans appreciate King T’s energetic sets and extensive back catalog whenever he tours solo or alongside Likwit Cronies Xzibit and Tha Alkaholiks in America’s mid-sized venues. Though unable to remain a consistent chart presence after his 90s commercial peak like west coast peers, on stage King T continues earning due reverence as a consummate veteran.

Not just album cuts and early hits comprise King T’s sets but also deeper album tracks and B-sides – affirming his certified “Headliner” status for any rap partisan or California hip hop historian.

Estimated Net Worth

With over 25 active years profiting modestly from a dozen-plus indie albums and tours at least once annually nationwide, celebrity net worth sites estimate King T’s current valuation near $500K in 2023. While subsisting primarily off extensive touring and releasing music via his own imprint, catalog sales and licensing from a respected discography spanning 3 decades likely provides backend income from earlier commercial peaks.

For King T and other 80s/90s stalwarts like E-40 and Too $hort focused more on touring than charts or fashionable sounds – their hauls from consistent ticket sales and established names allow comfortable livings though shy of past hip hop heights.


Nearly 4 decades in hip hop have seen King T shrug off passing industry trends to continually tour America’s clubs and underground venues off catalog classics, proving street rap eras emerge then pass yet his mic skills stay timeless. Though early 90s commercial visibility has faded, respected OG status endures – directly influencing luminaries like Jay-Z while mentoring next generations of sharp lyricists.