He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his sonically experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles.
Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country and psychedelia.
"I called the record label that day and asked to have Beck play live on the air," Douridas said.
"He came in that Friday, rapped to a tape of 'Loser' and did his song 'MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack.'" During the bidding war in November, Beck spent several days in Olympia, Washington, recording material with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, which would later see release the following year on Johnson's K Records as One Foot in the Grave.
The Information in 2006 was inspired by electro-funk, hip hop, and psychedelia; 2008's Modern Guilt was inspired by '60s pop music; and 2014's folk-infused Morning Phase won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015.
Bibbe's mother was half Jewish, while Bibbe's father, Al Hansen, was partly of Norwegian descent.
Beck stayed with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by the city's diverse musical offerings—everything from hip hop to Latin music and his mother's art scene—all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work.
"The whole mission was to destroy all the clichés and make up some new ones," said Beck of his New York years. You could go up onstage and say anything, and you wouldn't feel weird or feel any pressure." Inspired by that freedom and by the local spoken-word performers, Beck began to write free-associative, surrealistic songs about pizza, MTV, and working at Mc Donald's, turning mundane thoughts into songs.
"I was tired of being cold, tired of getting beat up," he later remarked.He moved to New York City in 1989 and became involved in the city's small fiery anti-folk movement.