Down AKA Kilo

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Down AKA Kilo
Birth name Juan Martinez
Born (1985-01-13) January 13, 1985 (age 29)[1][2]
Oxnard, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1998-present
Labels Silent Giant, Machete, Universal
Website www.myspace.com/downakakilo

Juan Martinez (born January 13, 1985), better known by his stage name Down AKA Kilo, is an American rapper from Oxnard, California.

Martinez was born in Oxnard; his parents were illegal immigrants from Mexico.[2] Growing up, he listened to Cypress Hill and N.W.A and began rapping at age 13. He made his first recordings at the garage of childhood friend Edward "E-Dub" Rios, who would later become producer of the Power 106 radio show Pocos Pero Locos. He released his debut album California Cowboyz in 2003,[3] and his second album Definition of an Ese in 2007, with two singles from the album, "Lean like a Cholo" and "Definition of an Ese."

On March 28, 2009, Down was injured in a car accident at Farmington, New Mexico and put in a coma while hospitalized.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position
US R&B US Heatseekers
2003 California Cowboyz
  • Released: July 8, 2003
  • Label: Down By Law (#1300), Silent Giant (#8006)
  • Format: CD, digital download
2007 Definition of an Ese[5]
  • Released: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Silent Giant (# 880110)
  • Format: CD/DVD, digital download
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Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
US US Rap
2007 "Lean like a Cholo"[6] 34 15 Definition of an Ese

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juan Martinez search". California Birth Index. FamilyTreeLegends.com. 
  2. ^ a b Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (April 27, 2007). "Down aka Kilo". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. 
  3. ^ Cordor, Cyril (2007). "Down aka Kilo Biography". allmusic. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Barlow, Zeke (March 31, 2009). "Oxnard rapper injured in New Mexico crash". Ventura County Star. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Definition of an Ese". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lean like a Cholo". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011.