Hip-Hop Artist/Producer from Chicago, Illinois. Lyrically inspired by Common, Ludacris, Andre 3000, Kanye & Lupe Fiasco. Production-wise inspired by J-Dilla, Swizz Beatz, DJ Premier, Pete Rock & No I.D. By age 17, he became a member of a local hip-hop crew, F.L.O.C. During this time period, Wes signed with Radix Records, a Chicago-based independent record company whose roster included former Jive Records recording artist, “Syleena Johnson”. As the first hip-hop solo act on the label, he performed alongside Hip-Hop Icon “KRS-One” and also collaborated with a then up-and-coming producer name “Kanye West”, whom he met through his friend/schoolmate, “GLC”.
After graduation, Wes enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Business Management/Marketing. Upon graduation from college, Wes Kardigan expanded his talents by venturing off into music production. Although he admires many producers, he is inspired by a select few: J-Dilla, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Kanye, Swizz Beatz and Hi-Tek.
Currently, Wes Kardigan stays busy working his 9-5 job during the day while writing, producing and performing at various venues during the night. Whether it is on the mic or behind the boards, with the ability to connect with different walks of life, Wes Kardigan is destined to capture the attention of all, from “record executives” to “record consumers”.
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