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We Asked Who Caktuz 13 Was... And Mr. 13 Let Us Know!
Posted by Steve Juon at Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 3:50AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

You may remember from the review of The Official Hip-Hop Trading Cards that the RR team was mystified as to why Caktuz..?13 would have a trading card. As it turns out we got a response to that question from none other than Caktuz..?13 himself, and we've reprinted it below.

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A diamond in the rough, Caktuz..?13 is a witch’s brew of talent. An accomplished author by the age of 18, he wrote and illustrated his 1st graphic novel noir ‘Futprintz’ for The American Red Cross. As the 1st urban graphic novel focusing on AIDS Awareness, the book, was heavily distributed all over the US and reprinted many times after. Since then Cak..?13'z writing has advanced into screenplays, novels, animation, and storyboard production for commercial and theatrical scripts. Cak..?13 was commissioned by the legendary Melvin Van Peebles to illustrate the feature film adaption of his most recent movie Confessions OfA Ex Dufus Itchy-Footed Mutha. His 2009 induction into the The Official Hip Hop Tarading Card Company's 1st inaugural collection left hip hop fans & industry incumbants baffled as to why they would honor an indie artist whose never held a major short, "who is Caktuz..?13"..."why him?"

A political prisoner for a crime he did not commit, Caktuz..?13 gave 8 yrs. of his youth to an unforgiving prison system. Never defeated, only inspired, he has since become a rising indie recording artist on his own AMAS Multi-Media label, having worked with such artists as Bilal, dead prez, Boot Camp Clik, SA-RA, The Dey, Brand Nubian, M.O.P., Michael K Williams aka Omar from HBO's Emmy Nominated The Wire, & many more. The grandson of James Brown protege', early soul music legend Johnnie Scotton, Cak..?!3 is a Carolina blues man by blood. His 1st album, the critically acclaimed 2 Hevi 4 Heaven, set Caktuz..?13’z place in the industry as a musical and genre innovator. Creating his own ‘Carolina Bluez’ sound & weaving live performance art into his stage shows.
From music to gracing the Broadway stage with the legendary Melvin Van Peebles, his DRX performance art group raised the energy of the show. Donning the the Musical Director seat, Cak..?13 created & managed Wheat Bread Radio for the lifestyle brand Wheat Bread’s media division, as well as the release of it's 1st album, Bread Breaks Vol.1 & 2. An album executive produced and mixed by Cak..?13.

This country strange fruit is an award winning graphic illustrator/designer, working with virtually all the top designers, such as Ecko, Apple Bottoms, Parish, Timberland, Rocawear/Shady Ltd. Having laced celebs such as Wendy Williams, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, Chris Brown, & Melvin Van Peebles with his work he has undeniably become heavily sought after by Hollywood. Many corporate clients, such as Smirnoff, DC Comics, TBS, Pepsi, Wal-Mart, have called on Cak..?13 by name.

His on air charisma landed him into the acting spotlight. Cak..?13 or his distinctive voice have appeared in a number of film and television efforts, including his mentor Melvin Van Peebles’ new film, The Eddie Black Story (formerly tittled Deceptz), the controversial semi-biopic on the infamous NYC street gang The Decepticons, & even more films in production now. All this and still more to come. Caktuz..?13 is the poster boy for a multi-media revolution.


Romeo Vincent
AMAS Multi-Media
General Manager for Caktuz..?13

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