Curtis L. Baker, (Corrected Name: Musa Hannibal "Black Bear" Baker El), BA-KEM DBS, is making music for the people. His overarching ambition is for people to feel the Soul music he brings to Hip hop with his wordplay and catchy hooks. He wants to bring a balance to hip-hop music on a level of Michael Jackson has done in the past, like Grand Master Melle Mel, Gang Star, Nas, Rakim, and even 2pac have done with the type of music that connected with people from all walks of life. This period of evolution has led to the growth of BA-KEM DBS’s creativity and undeniable talent. He has ultimately developed a style of songwriting that is transparent, daring, full of hope, and reflective of his experiences, thoughts, and ambitions, turning his pain into purpose and lessons into studio sessions.
BA-KEM DBS has had a vast array of musical influences however he accredits the pivotal influences in his music to Rakim, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Guru of Gang Star, X-clan, Nas, Krs-1, 2pac, Biggie, my elementary, middle school, and High school music band instructor Mr. Collins and chorus instructor, Ms. Minatee. This all culminates in BA-KEM DBS producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy-going, and fun with a warrior's twist, but still seeks to provoke thought, and BA- KEM DBS uses his music as a vehicle to express his perspectives and tell stories.