Hailing from Inglewood, THURZ creates "designer" music with fabric cut from the young, black Los Angeles experience, threads from Belize and the Ivory Coast, and tailor fit to move the world.
Born Yannick Koffi, L.A. emcee Thurz started his career as half of the rap duo U-N-I, who released three albums, received accolades from Billboard, XXL, and The Source, and were named Best LA Breakout Artist at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Thurz re-introduced himself as a solo artist with a bang in 2011, releasing the politically explosive L.A. Riot, an album that paid tribute to Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. race riots of 1992.
In 2014 he partnered with Red Bull Sound Select to release the “Designer EP,” which spawned a re-emergence of funk influence in the music world with the lead record, “21.” The “Designer EP” featured production from DJ Battlecat, DJ Dahi, Rahki, Aaron Harris and more. With a lot of experience in event curation, the “Designer EP” inspired Thurz to create a house party to literally perform his record inside of living rooms across the nation with a community of local artists and DJs in every city. These house parties have to grown to be the phenomenon known as “Party In My Living Room.” “Party In My Living Room” has inspired his forthcoming music project slated to be released this year.