UTK or Universe The King, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. UTK is best known as an artist on the West Coast hip hop scene, and his affiliation with battle rapper Daylyt. Born in Los Angeles, California via Leimert Park, he began his music career at Crenshaw High School in 2002 under the alias 16 BARZ releasing numerous street albums/mixtapes. UTK's unique style of music gained the attention of many major labels including Interscope & Def Jam amongst others, and even landed him in the studio with Dr. Dre. Although UTK has never been signed under any major contracts his resume includes being a BET Music Matters artist (2014), touring with the Vans Warped Tour (2013), along with opening for mainstream artist such as The Game, Nipsey Hussle, YG, 1500orNothin and more all in sold out venues. As a rising artist in a new era of music, UTK is considered to be a driving force in bringing back the essence of creativity to the mainstream all while competing with many of his peers and the platinum selling artist who came before him.
His first album under the alias UTK, M.U.S.I.C. Volume 1.6, was released in 2013 along with 4 visually creative music videos was the catalyst for bringing UTK to the eyes and ears of many. The videos, which are considered short films, gained a combined 425,000+ views on youtube and were featured on numerous media outlets online. Since then, UTK has more than quadrupled his fan base whom expect great things to come in the future. His project, Feels Great To Be Dope or FGTBD (2014) is said to be the best work from UTK (thus far) and gained major buzz online months before it was released. UTK shows to be the total package and over the past 10+ years has been in preparation for what the universe has prepared for him. He lives by a set of beliefs that allow all things attainable through positive energy and belief in one’s self. Through music and entertainment, UTK plans to spread his knowledge to future generations. Stay tuned….