How Many More?
Kool Ken Biography Kool Ken, an American music producer and rapper, born Kenneth Duane Powell, 17 September, Lincoln Heights, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Even before the world knew of 'L.L. Cool J', there was Kool Ken, dubbed by his uncle Shaffer when he was still an infant. Although, Kool Ken was and still is an avid, highly accomplished and decorated athlete of football, basketball, baseball and wrestling, he has always loved music. He's been blessed with a natural 'ear' for music, which allows his rhythmic style. As a youngster, he's always been interested in music. He sang in the school choir and he even mastered the trumpet while still in grade school. He knew every lyric to almost every song he heard on the radio. From the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Roger Trautman, Zapp, Parliament and the Funkadeliks, Bootsy Collins, Lakeside, Slave, The Doobie Brothers, Barry White, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Najee, The Gap Band, Keith Sweat, Guy and Teddy Riley, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Rappers Delight & Grand Master Flash, and he could sing and rap every lyric. Although, he criticizes his abilities sometimes too harshly, his singing voice is clear, crisp and on key. He's also an excellent writer who's lyrics exuberates a certain spirituality and positivity to his message. His music transcends the gangster influence of today's music. There is no straining to hear or get the meaning as to what he tries to convey. Kool Ken has a smooth, unique, articulate sound and rap style, in which he fuses elements of Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, & even Rock & Roll into an exciting and original formula. His sound and style suggests a strong mass appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers; Getting big props from the hardcore hip hoppers as well as major accolades from the kool, mellowed out R&B listeners and jazz aficionados. While enlisted in the United States Air Force, Kool Ken seized the opportunity to travel the world and take his show on the road, even showcasing his talents in Seoul, Korea, Tokyo, Japan, and Waikiki, Hawaii. In 1996, while living in Atlanta, GA, Kool Ken was finally able to bring his dream to life, so to speak, by forming his own record label and production company, Zone 15 Produkkionz, along with his cousin Donald Manor, Jr. AKA Dee_M, a multi instrumentalist and writer also from Cincinnati. Together they have created a new vibe for the millennium and beyond, using everything from social commentary and current events, to fun and good times as inspiration. It wasn't until 2003, that Kool Ken independently released his self titled album that sold close to 15,000 units. Selling that many units independently, without promotion, radio or video is definitely an accomplishment which inspired Kool Ken to get back in the studio to pump out more quality work which you will find on his new upcoming release titled 'How Many More?' 'How Many More?' is a question posed by many, but directly asked by Kool Ken, in reference to our youth and communities. How many more of us have to die? How many more of us have to make an excuse, take the abuse for the world to see the truth? The title song and video due to be released soon is a very powerful and inspirational song that needs to be heard and seen by all. What more is to be said about Kool Ken? You can't get anymore original than this artist. He shows wit within his lyrics as well as versatility. The most musically inclined artist at the present who writes and raps all of his lyrics and sings the majority of his hooks. The mind behind the majority of the music production as well. If you are looking for something different, a change of pace, then Kool Ken is for you. If you want the same 'ol, same 'ol? Glitter, glamour, violence and drugs? You won't find it with this artist. He's a little more complex with his art and you can tell simply by popping in his CD, while sitting back to relax and enjoy what Kool Ken has to say over smooth grooves. Believe me, you won't be disappointed. When you are given the opportunity to listen to Kool Ken, I guarantee you'll be left inspired. Lookout! Kool Ken is on the move, grabbing audiences and keeping heads bobbin' with slick lyrical wit and smoove grooves, guaranteed to put listeners 'IN THE ZONE!'