Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district as a proud Latin, J.C Oliva, aka Mr. Kee, knew at an early age of twelve that his passion for music was going to be his future. Hard work, high goals, and relentless determination has paved the way thus far, and continues to fuel his lifelong quest of doing what he loves to do, rap.
Following the blueprints laid by independent gurus E-40 and JT The Bigga Figga, Kee at the age of 17, started his own record label Sticky Style Recordz and released his debut E.P. Livin’ On The Ultimate High. Selling half through distribution, and the other half through self-determination, Mr. Kee’s name began buzzing around the Bay Area, creating a cult-like following in the bay area and Central Valley.
Kee continued to build himself a name with the release of his second independent album, From The Womb To The Tomb. An album made up of Kee, his brother Sidewayz Valentino, and cousin Duke Shiesty, under the group moniker I.T.P.G. Soon after the record was released on the market, word in the industry rapidly grew. Mr. Kee’s reputation for his dynamic vocal presence coupled with his in-depth story telling abilities, caught the ears of local record labels, and Kee eventually signed with the compilation powerhouse, Black-N-Brown Entertainment, becoming their first and premier solo artist.
His debut LP, 14 Kt. Dreams, which sound scanned 13,000 units, featured Mr. Kee alongside some of the Bay Area’s elite, including B-Legit, 11/5, C-Bo and Houston, Texas phenomenon, South Park Mexican. Not one to disappoint, Kee easily outshined every one of his guests, displaying the necessary creative talent, skills, and finesse to establish himself as a significant figure in the Bay Area. After the release of 14 Kt. Dreams, Mr. Kee began to spread like an epidemic appearing on over 60 albums in the Bay Area and Down South. All the while, prepping the nation for Kee to unleash The Latin Plague.
For his sophomore album, fans found Mr. Kee straying away from the ‘typical’ Bay Area album, and big name features on The Latin Plague. Spawning hits like Tequilla Bodyshots, Nasty Mind, Hydro and It’s On You. Proving he is more than capable and deserving of taking his talent nationwide and joining the illustrious ranks of the few Latin rappers to transcend all boundaries. He next released a mixtape in the year of 2003 called Doin’ Too Much Mixtape. In 2004 he came out with another solo called The One. He then dropped the Bay Area 51 Mixtape alongside the Soldiers Of Fortune in 2005. He came with yet another mixtape called the Hennesey Project in 2006 before he dropped his next solo album called The First, The Last, The Only which was a collaboration with Thizz Nation.