Karl “ Dice Raw” Jenkins is a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Scene, and most commonly associated over the years as a principal songwriter/collaborator /producer for The Roots.
At the young age of 15, the legendary Roots crew first took Dice Raw under their umbrella, when their production member, Kelo, first discovered him at a local talent show. Little did they know, Dice had already begun his music industry career at age 13, when he worked in California for New Edition offshoot, Bell Biv Devoe. Dice Raw’s debut with the band came on their classic, “The Lesson, Pt. 1”, and soon after, he made a name for himself with cameos on “Episodes” and “Adrenaline”, where his hard-hitting style complemented the heady rhymes of Roots leader, Black Thought. Dice Raw has made several guest appearances on several mixtapes. He made an appearance in fellow band member and beatboxer Scratch’s first solo album, Embodiment of Instrumentation.
In 2000, Dice Raw released his solo debut album, Reclaiming the Dead, on MCA Records. He also recorded vocals for the entrance theme of WWE superstar, Kung Fu Naki. The track is titled “Kung Fu San”, and samples Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting, available on Voices: WWE The Music Vol. 9. In 2011, Dice Raw co-wrote, rapped, and sang on several tracks of The Roots acclaimed Undun album, including the celebrated “Lighthouse”, “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T., and “One Time”, featuring Phonte.