King Excel’s journey began back in the early 1980’s upon hearing the 12” by
Spyder –D titled “Big Apple Rappin” on Newtroit Records. From that day on, King Excel submerged himself in Hip Hop culture.
Starting out as a DJ, it wasn’t until1989 that he and his all DJ crew decided to take it to the next level by adding an emcee. Through a draw of straws, King Excel drew the shortest becoming the emcee. The crew did their first show at the Middle Hotel in the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully in 1989, performing before a heavy rock audience. It was an interesting performance to say the least, with beer bottles being thrown at them and girls requesting cover songs from AC/DC to Bon Jovi. It was definitely a stand strong or give it up situation. They chose to stand strong and continue.
In the spring of 1992, King Excel travelled to Los Angeles and then onto New York to attend the New Music Seminar. At the seminar, he met up with the Amun Ra of Hip Hop Culture, Ahki DJ Minister Afrika Bambaataa, who introduced King Excel to the Universal Zulu Nation at their booth,handing him an application form. This introduced King Excel to a whole new perspective, an outward way of thinking and doing for others through Hip Hop Culture.
King Excel came back to Australia inspired. In 1993, he released his first single, “My Whole Crew,” on the Organized Rhyme Productions EP. With the single, came the reality of the expense in releasing vinyl. At this point, the Zulu lesson of thinking outwards and elevating the culture through positivity came to fruition for King Excel. He would team up with the founder of Nuff Said Records, MC Prowla, and former member of Organized Rhyme Productions, Raid, to build a recording studio. At that time, there were few recording studios available for Hip Hop artists in Australia. It became a realization that it would take a "by any means necessary" approach to build this studio. In 1994, the doors of the studio were opened to all artists to record at an affordable cost, that is the cost of running the power. And so, what was once an impossible dream to artists became a reality.
Creative differences, views and opinions saw MC Prowla and Raid go separate ways from King Excel. In 1993, King Excel met up with Eddie, a.k.a. E.K., forming the new label RebelBase. King Excel held a strong presence in the Hip Hop community working 24/7 with the label, doing projects in underprivileged communities, radio work and DJing at events.
In 2004, while on tour in Australia, Bambaataa approached Ahki Fairooz, a member of the Melbourne B boy crew Fresh Sox/DJ to form a Zulu Chapter. Bambaataa and Ahki Fairooz then reached out to King Excel to make it happen. In 2005, the Universal Zulu Nation Chapter of Australia became official. (Formerly known as Djindi Worabak, meaning to join, unite.) Both the Chapter Leader, Ahki Fairooz, and the Assistant Chapter Leader, Ahki Excel, worked to break down barriers in the community showing that UZN is a positive nation and well needed.
From 2006 until today, the chapter, now called ZULU61, continues to grow. The goals and purpose still remain to build and work with communities both local and abroad making life better for all.
Anyone who knows King Excel will no doubt testify that he has always been about working to uplift the people through community outreach keeping the message that Bambaataa set out to spread all those years ago back in the Bronx, NY.
King Excel is a firm believer that everyone deserves their time to shine and growth is an important part of any culture to keep it moving and fresh. We should all gain the knowledge of self to know that it is ok to step aside and allow those coming up to have their moment as well. We do not have to remove ourselves from the picture or the culture, however we need to all reach, share and allow ourselves to learn from each other. King Excel is still involved in the community in many ways and continues to reach out as well as learn from the youth and many elders from all over this Mother Earth.
Currently King Excel presides as the C.E.O. of the ZULU61 Chapter and is the current regional director for ANZ, Australia, New Zealand Zulu.King Excel is also a proud member of the world famous Battle Holex Crew.
People King Excel has worked with DJ/Produced for over the years to name a few:
Organized rhyme Productions
Curse Ov Dialect
DJ KASH (Brudas United As One)
Susan Forrester (Big Day Out –previously the Push)
Fela-B & Size 1
Fisun ( Ron B Me )