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ABOUT StayBent Krunk-a-Delic

Music has always come naturally to Brooklyn-born Producer and Songwriter StayBent Krunk-a-Delic. Nee Hernst Bellevue, Jr., he showed great promise early, discovering his passion for the art at the tender age of six when he decidedly opted out of recess to teach himself how to play the piano at school. Marveled by his raw achievement and dedication, Bellevue's teacher encouraged his musical exploration, offering him a recorder and one-on-one lessons in simple sight-reading. Soon after, Bellevue took up formal training, specifically for the saxophone, for which he was considered a phenomenal talent across the various statewide events and contests he participated in well into his high school years.

Still unaware that music was his calling, Bellevue often took his talent for granted during those early years and allowed the common mischievous behaviors of his youth take precedence. While his musical skill-set was growing, eventually, he was excused from his prestigious high school band, a disciplinary action taken by the school in effort to show the young Bellevue the error of his ways. Concerning that period in his life, he says, "Being kicked out was a huge wake up call for me. It devastated me, and I knew I deserved it. But that ended up being a blessing in disguise…” 

Just a year out of the music program, he faced the challenge of having to select a course to fulfill his academic requirement. As if he was being led by a higher power, further down a path he rarely took seriously, he chose a musical elective—chorus—a choice that unveiled yet another gift that has since been instrumental to his career: his voice. 

Fast forward several years, after a stint studying physical therapy (which he discovered was not for him), an array of odd jobs to stay afloat led him finally to the pursuit of musical training and study at Five Towns College with a focus on Jazz and Commercial Music. Initially his parents were none the wiser as to Bellevue's career choice, however, seeing his passion continue to grow for the art, ironically, it was their guidance that sparked his full immersion. At the time, up-and-coming producer and family member Salaam Remi needed assistance in the studio, to which Bellevue, Sr offered up Jr as a candidate. As a favor, Jr accepted, but who knew that one studio session would foretell a 10+ year collaborative relationship with Remi? Or would give rise to "Nappy Heads", the first successful commercial release by a then emerging Rap group called The Refugees better known today as The Fugees....  

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Needless to say, Bellevue immediately caught the studio bug. He spent the next six months, which followed that fateful music session between Remi’s studio and apartment as an intern learning the ins and outs of the recording business. He was still mainly a vocalist, until one day Remi suggested that Bellevue try his hand at music production. “It was like the skies opened up when Salaam said that to me. The year before my mentor in college, Frank Hansen, told me pretty much the same thing. That I was such a gifted vocalist and that I had such a great understanding of how to make music, it was a shame that I didn’t do them all—play, sing and produce.” Cashing in on a mutual fund that he owned, Bellevue purchased his first production station, an Ensoniq Asr-10 keyboard. And Stay-Bent Krunk-a-Delic was born. 

Krunk-a-Delic’s first big break came in 2002, when he was afforded the opportunity to co-produce with Remi for a song called “Can’t Get it Back” by R&B group Blaque. That same year he produced a record for Mercury Award and three-time MOBO winning artist Ms. Dynamite. The transcontinental record in collaboration with multi-platinum Hip-Hop artist Nas song was called “Afraid to Fly”, and it went on to go double platinum in the UK.

Since then, Krunk has gone on to write and produce records for a wide range of chart-topping artists in the Pop music and urban categories, from Jamie Foxx, UK platinum recording artists Misteeq, Ludacris, G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Consequence, Noel Gourdin, Nina Sky, Alison Hinds, Lil Flip and I 20 to name a few. His work has been featured on gold and platinum records such as Nelly Furtado’s Latin Grammy-winning and platinum album, Mi Plan, for which he contributed two songs and Jamie Foxx’s “I Don’t Know”. He has also contributed his production skills to Motown Remixed (a special project reworking the Jackson 5 hit single, "ABC" alongside Salaam Remi), Big Boi (“Follow Us”), Jazmine Sullivan (“Love You Long Time” and “Stutterin”), Faith Evans (“Love in Me”), Ciara (“Click Flash”), Livvi Franc (“Now I’m that B*tch”), Hal Linton (“Mind Control”), Nelly Furtado and Elton John (“Crocodile Rock” for the“Gnomeo and Juliet soundtrack) and the double-platinum single “Temperature” by Reggae all-star, Sean Paul. (The latter reached no.1 on the Billboard 100 Charts.) In 2011, he produced a record for the Brett Ratner-directed film, Tower Heist, called “She Got Me”, and collaborated on the closing credit record which features Nas and Rick Ross called, “It’s a Tower Heist". His work on platinum J Records recording artist and actress Jennifer Hudson's gold album I Remember Me, specifically for the song "Feeling Good", is currently in rotation as the theme song for her endorsement as national spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

While StayBent Krunk-a-Delic’s story is one that unveils his long-time love affair with music, his path to the American dream is classic and continues to unfold with a new stable of artists guided by his artistic direction. 


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BEAT CRITIQUES

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MENTORING PROGRAM

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MUSIC

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