Los Angeles DJ Big Boy, a Culver City High School graduate whose real name is Kurt Alexander, is among the list of stars who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced yesterday.
Big Boy was born on Chicago’s West Side and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 2. After becoming acquainted with the music industry while DJing Culver City High School parties, Big Boy soon became a bodyguard for the music group The Pharcyde. Big Boy was friends with the Baka Boyz, the morning show hosts at Power 106. Always being a funny personality, Big Boy was offered a hosting position with the station, soon proving successful in nighttime and afternoon hosting spots. With Big Boy highlighting its most popular time slots, Power 106 dominated the Los Angeles ratings for close to two decades. Big Boy jumped to iHeartMedia Inc., in 2015 and his addition inspired the company to filp another station, KRRL-FM (92.3), into a hip-hop rival called Real 92.3.
At one point, Big Boy and his family were homeless, but he credited his mother, Ida, with helping him remain focused on what was really important.
“I can’t front. I’m emotional,” he posted on his Instagram account after the announcement. “I’m happy, proud, excited and sad, all at the same time. I’ve worked HARD in radio for the last 26 years. I’m humbled by the acknowledgement. For real!! I’m Ida’s Son. The 2nd youngest of 7. My Mom, R.I.P, IS EVERYTHING to me. She was my first “Fan”. Believed in me from the giddy up. Told me “Believe it…Achieve it. I live by that.”
He will join 35 other 2021 honorees, including actors Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Morris Chestnut, Zac Efron, and Courteney Cox as well as musical stars Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood and Salt n Pepa. The date of Big Boy’s ceremony has not yet been announced.