K. Banger

Perth Amboy, NJ United States

Photography by Kane U$A
Bio: Known by various titles throughout the years, K. is a standout for his dynamic presence in the New Jersey Hiphop community.

Performance and recording is nothing new to this Trinidad and Tobago native.

Local shows, parties, and showcases were the early venues for K., along with making homemade hip hop tracks in basements and backyard shacks.

K. performed for his first time in Elizabeth, New Jersey when he was fourteen years old - alone.

Too young to even be in the club that was called The Palace, the promoters allowed the young and eager man to perform and discovered a first place winner in their talent search contest.

This led to another performance at The Palace and the Elizabeth High School Athletic Center, one of the largest gymnasiums in New Jersey, where K. opened up for hot artists such as George LaMond and Nice & Smooth.

Venues where K. Banger has performed to date in New Jersey include Club Abyss, Birch Hill, Club Bene, The Vault, Crossroads Theater, Chapter One Café, The Court Tavern, Herman''s Corner & Flamingo''s (local clubs in Perth Amboy, NJ where K. has played as a percussionist and has organized for open mic sessions), Club Zanzabar, and the Robert Treat Hotel.

In New York, S.O.B''s, Nuyorican Poet''s Café, CBGB''s, Club 101 on 7th Avenue, Club Speed, Wetland''s, Baby Jupiter, The Bottom Line, Downtime, and NYU, where K. has opened up for the tap dance sensation Savion Glover.

K played the Warped Tour for 2 years in a row, opening for acts like Atmosphere and Q Unique.

With downloads available on KBanger.com, iTunes, Napster, and underground tracks leaking worldwide, the music of K. Banger is reaching far and wide! Alongside performances and self-promotion, K. has managed to get on commercial album releases as well, like Shamanwork Family files vol 1 and 2 (Shamanwork/Koch).

K. Banger made his debut album appearance with his high school friend Miilkbone on a song called "Murder Verbs" (Capitol Records) with various MCs, and single "A Few Good Men" (XCaliber Entertainment/WEA) with Hiphop veteran Tame One and Motown''s Chop Diesel.

K. would also meet up with then Subverse Music recording artists Scienz of Life to record "Ghettoz tah Galaxies" for their debut album while performing as the group''s percussionist for many shows in New York and Atlanta.

Banger is also a studying musician that has acquired the skills of reading and writing music through classical and jazz piano, and various percussion instruments.

By attending private lessons in his hometown and Boy''s Harbor music school for boys and girls in Spanish Harlem, K. has learned a wealth of information about jazz, classical, and Latin music, thus broadening his horizons in Hiphop culture.

In fact, K. was accepted into the Berkley College of Music in Boston after only one year''s experience with Latin percussion instruments.

An impressive achievement.

As one of the owners of independent label The Dirt Department, in addition to his many other accomplishments, the outcome is clear - K. Banger is destined to be one of the greats in Hiphop and all genres of music.

Producers with whom K. Banger has worked with include Mufi (U.N.I.T.Y. - the gold single by Queen Latifah), The Wooze (producer for V2 Records), Nick Wiz (Shabaam Sadiq, Kool G Rap, Chino XL, Cypress Hill), Chop Diesel (Motown Records), Lil Scienz & ID 4 Windz of Scienz of Life (Shamanwork), Quincy Patrick (Joe, J Records) and others.

We can''t forget engineers like Mike Davis (Bad Boy Entertainment, Nas), and P.E. Stickland III (better known as Palm Pictures recording artist "Elwood").

K is currently the head audio producer for BET Creative Services, providing sound engineering, music, and voice over to the network...reaching 80 million housholds. Look for new music released soon here on CD Baby.
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