South Central recording and visual artist, Jared Lee, was the “different kid” but don’t expect a sob story of the struggle and misunderstanding. He wore it on his sleeve with pride, understood he was misunderstood and was still respected by his peers for being exactly who he is, “Your Friendly Neighborhood, Duck”. After graduating high school, he ventured off to bay area’s Academy of Arts where he honed his artistic talents and became the artist we now know as Duckwrth, a named derived from his mother’s maiden name. He started developing a cult fan base by appearing on popular TeamBackPack Youtube videos and by releasing mixtapes like Ducktape, Taxfree V1 and his 2015 collaboration with hip hop producer The Kickdrums titled Nowhere.
In 2016, he released his critically acclaimed debut LP, I’M UUGLY, a project that merged the most unique parts of Duckwrth’s talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicates he had not only grown as an artist but is well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for his generation. Now, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape vows to take that a step further blending genres from rock to hip hop to funk and soul and incorporating live contributions from his favorite long time collaborators. Bringing a unique identity of masculinity and femininity to his music, Duckwrth’s vivacious and free-spirited approach has earned him comparisons to a millennial Prince of Jimi Hendrix. This embrace of individuality and passion to push his art into unknown territory has led Duckwrth to create his most ambitious body of work yet, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape.
He is adamant about being hands on in the visual perception promoted to the world through his music. He is the illustrator of all of the artwork accompanying the projects he has released, the creative force behind the videos he puts out, has created branding and artwork for other artist, had his work displayed at galleries in the bay area and recently launched his popular brand B.O.Y., a campaign that supports blurring the gender lines, discourages gender biases and encourages fans and friends to take pride in B.eing O.nly Y.ou.