He began as a "hype man", going out in front of the band blurting out jokes to the audience and getting them pumped up.
" Kiedis also met future bandmate Slovak after seeing him perform with his band Anthym.
After high school, Kiedis began taking classes at UCLA, but dropped out during the beginning of his sophomore year.
Flea, Slovak and Kiedis especially were involved in heavy drug use and their relationships became strained.
Flea recalled that "it began to seem ugly to me and not fun; our communication was not healthy".
He has struggled with drug addiction for the majority of his life and has abstained from drug use since 2000. That same year he would land two more acting jobs, one being on an ABC Afterschool Special and the other an appearance in the film, Jokes My Folks Never Told Me.
Each summer, he would visit his father in Hollywood for two weeks, a time during which the two would bond. Kiedis attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where he struggled to find friends as he had recently transferred to a new school district.
He understood a lot about music, he was a great visual artist, and he had a sense of self and a calm about him that were just riveting." The three formed a band with former Anthym-drummer Jack Irons, called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. A.", and was formed for the purpose of playing the song once.
Kiedis later described the performance: "All the anticipation of the moment hit me, and I instinctively knew that the miracle of manipulating energy and tapping into an infinite source of power and harnessing it in a small space with your friends was what I had been put on this earth to do." Following the group's first show at The Rhythm Lounge, the owner of the bar asked them to return, but with two songs instead of one.
After Kiedis began working with Flea and Jack Irons, he was described as a "manic master of ceremonies" before he even began singing for the group.
Irons and Hillel Slovak had begun playing together in high school while performing in a band called Chain Reaction.
Funk musician George Clinton was hired to produce the band's second album, Freaky Styley, as Slovak returned on guitar.
The strong chemistry between Clinton and the Chili Peppers was felt instantly. It received only a bit more attention than The Red Hot Chili Peppers with roughly 75,000 copies sold by year's end. had finally disbanded, and Irons returned to the Chili Peppers in mid-1986 after Martinez was fired.
Kiedis' lyrical style has evolved throughout his career; early recordings discussed topics such as sex and life in Los Angeles, while more recent songs focus on more reflective themes including love, addiction, and loss.