If millennials have taught us anything, it’s that authentic individuality reigns supreme. Emerging recording artist Kamau Kenyatte is the full embodiment of the audacious ethos of today’s generation, transcending the popularity of fleeting trends and gimmicks. Socially bold, and artistically vibrant, Kamau’s musical DNA contains the edge and raw energy of classic rap, and the infectious playfulness of contemporary rap and hip-hop culture.
While his versatile delivery and unique voice are heavily influenced by the energy and sound of trap music, Kamau’s identity as an emcee is equally informed by superstars from the world of R&B, pop, and rock 'n roll. The essence of Kamau’s music vibrant and he is undeniably the life of the party, but the flashes of brutal honesty and vulnerability prove, as well, that Kamau is certainly no slouch as a lyricist.
Kamau’s work ethic and talent have taken from unknown to ascendant superstar in a very brief time. His young career has already seen him thrill audiences as the opening performer at the 2016 Heritage of Pride Awards in New York, open for Sevyn Streeter at the Memorial Day Festival in Washington D.C. and perform as an official showcasing artist at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival. This March Kamau will return to Austin, Texas as an official showcasing artist in the 2017 SXSW festival.
Like his peers in the contemporary hip hop world, Kamau is a multimedia artist who creates in various mediums including: short films and music video projects like his debut video ‘1996’ feat. Toweh and Nikko Sherard; television and digital entertainment projects including an upcoming stint as the host of LOUD, an 8 episode micro-series on SlayTV; and print media and fine art projects including a forthcoming ‘zine shot by visual artist and photographer Ricky Day and posing for a portrait by world renown painter Kehinde Wiley.
Kamau starting writing raps as a child in his hometown of Washington D.C. and later developed an interest in visual art, graphics and fashion design, which he went on to study at the Art Institute of New York. Despite his well-rounded interests, it became apparent that music is his calling and Kamau eventually dropped out of school to pursue a career in music full-time. However, it’s his personal identity and his background in the visual arts that forge his identity as an artist and performer today.
Kamau thrills audiences with his unforgettably kinetic and high-energy live shows. His approach to his craft onstage is to provide his audience with more than just a performance, but a complete creative experience. This impressive showmanship coupled with his ability to make great music has led to a loyal and passionate following.
But what Kamau has given the world thus far is just the beginning. What he has yet to offer is even bigger than his music. There’s no better time than now for Kamau in hip hop, and how exciting it will be to witness his journey unfold, as he sets out to transcend traditional boundaries of music and culture. Stay tuned!