Funk Daddy (real name: Gregory Buren), has earned the respect of clubgoers, radio listeners and nationwide artists as one of the top hip-hop DJs and rap producers around. He has worked with artists including E-40, E-Dawg, Kid Sensation, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mac Dre, Cool Nutz and many more. Born and raised in Seattle's Rainier Beach area, Funk Daddy developed an early taste for loud beats as he grew up listening to everything from Cameo, Funkadelic, Lakeside, Earth Wind And Fire to Run DMC, GrandMaster Flash, KRS One and N.W.A. In the early '80s, Funk started rapping and break dancing with his West Seattle high-school friends, inspired mostly by not-yet-famous Sir Mix-A-Lot and Nasty Ness, who co-founded Nastymix Records with Mix.
Funkdaddy was nominated for the 2005 Seattle Mayor's Award for Excellence in Hip-Hop, but Sir Mix-A-Lot won.
"He's done so much for Seattle," Funkdaddy says. "It's an honor to just be nominated.