KB (rapper)

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Kevin Elijah Burgess
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Background information
Also known as KB, K to the Second Letter
Born 1988 (age 25–26)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Voice
Labels Reach
Associated acts 116 Clique, HGA
Website whoiskb.com

Kevin Elijah Burgess, better known by his stage name KB, is an American Christian hip hop artist from St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the leader of the hip-hop group HGA, and was signed as a solo artist to Reach Records in 2010. He is also a member of the Reach Records-based hip-hop collective 116 Clique. After releasing a mixtape in 2011 entitled Who Is KB?, his debut album, Weight & Glory, was released on July 17, 2012, to critical acclaim. On March 4, 2014 he released his second album, an EP, 100.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kevin Burgess was born in St. Petersburg, Florida into a military family.[1] Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Southern Illinois where he was raised for eight years. When he was 8 years old, his parents divorced and he moved back with his mother to the south-side of St. Petersburg, which according to Burgess is "probably one of the worst areas in the state."[1] He did well in school and at age 15 was offered an opportunity to pursue college through a program called St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.[1] But despite this opportunity, he struggled with extreme depression and experimented with various drugs to try to relieve it. He began struggling at school due to his problems with his personal life, and even contemplated suicide.[1] During this period of his life he met a Christian named Jeremy who introduced him to Christian rap.[2] Jeremy offered him a CD, and Burgess says he was saved after hearing the Gospel presentation on the recording.[1]

Formation of HGA[edit]

After high school, Burgess enrolled in Bible college and befriended a group of Christian rappers and together they formed a hip hop group called HGA, short for His Glory Alone.[1][2] HGA eventually caught the interest of Lecrae, Ben Washer, and DJ Official,[2] and were featured with Tedashii on the track "Go" from DJ Official's album Entermission.[3][4] Burgess was invited onto the “Acquire the Fire” tour by Lecrae, and was asked to join the Reach Records team just a few months later.[2]

Signing with Reach Records[edit]

Burgess signed with Reach Records in 2010, and appeared that year on the album Rehab by Lecrae.[5] His mixtape Who is KB? followed a year later, as did appearances with PRo and Tedashii.[5][6][7][8] Who is KB? garnered 30,000 downloads by the following year.[5] His first single, "Hello", featured Suzy Rock and was released in October 2011.[9] In January 2012, a second single, "Zone Out" featuring Chris Lee Cobbins, was released.[10] Burgess then made an appearance with Andy Mineo on the Trip Lee album The Good Life.[5] A third single by Burgess, "Go Off", featured Tedashii and Andy Mineo, and was released in June.[11] The following month, his debut album Weight & Glory was released.[12][13]

On May 30, 2013, Reach announced a four-part project entitled "1st & 16th". This project would consist of Burgess releasing a new song every first and sixteenth of June and July. On June 1, Part 1, HCB Freestyle was released.[14] The songs Ride and Be All Right were also part of the 1st and 16th project.

On February 10, 2014, KB announced his new project, an EP entitled 100, which was released on March 4, 2014.[15] Burgess appeared in Family Force 5 music video for the song "BZRK", released on May 23, 2014, on which Burgess is a featured artist.[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US US Gospel US Christ. US Ind. US Rap
2012 Weight & Glory
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Reach
34 1 1 9 29

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

With 116 Clique[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. Gospel U.S. Christ.
2011 Man Up
(with 116 Clique)
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: September 28, 2011
  • Label: Reach

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Title
2011 Who is KB?
  • 1st mixtape
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Reach

Multimedia series[edit]

Year Title Publisher
2013 1st & 16th Reach

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Hello" (featuring Suzy Rock)[17] 2011 Weight & Glory
"Zone Out" (featuring Chris Lee Cobbins)[18] 2012
"Go Off" (featuring Tedashii and Andy Mineo)[19]
"HCB Freestyle" 2013 1st & 16th multimedia series
"Be All Right"
"Ride Remix"
"100" (featuring Andy Mineo) 2014 100 (EP)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"116"
(PRo featuring KB)
2011 Non-album single
"Passing"
(Json featuring Serge and KB)
2013 Braille
"All In"
(Flame featuring KB)
Royal Flush

With 116 Clique[edit]

Title Year Album
"Man Up Anthem"[20] 2011 Man Up

With HGA[edit]

Title Year Album
"My Aim" (featuring KB)[21] 2009 Non-album single
"Enough" (Seckond Chaynce and KB featuring DJ JLaRgE)[22] 2010
"I'm Pride" (Seckond Chaynce and KB featuring DJ JLaRgE)[22]

Guest appearances[edit]

As solo artist[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Used to Do It Too" 2010 Lecrae Rehab
"Full Court Mess" 2011 Pro Dying to Live
"Young" Andy Mineo Formerly Known
"You Know What it Is" Tedashii, PK Blacklight
"One Sixteen" 2012 Trip Lee, Andy Mineo The Good Life
"Fuego" Lecrae, Suzy Rock Gravity (iTunes edition)
"The Saints" 2013 Andy Mineo, Trip Lee Heroes for Sale
"The Saints Remix" Black Knight, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee #ItsTheBlackKnight Beat Tape
"King of the World" 2014 Flame, V.Rose, Mike Real, Nico Wells Jesus or Nothing

With HGA[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Go" 2009 DJ Official, Tedashii Entermission
"Take Us Home" 2010 Decipha Rep

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Director
"Zone Out" (featuring Chris Lee Cobbins) 2012 N/A
"HCB Freestyle" 2013 Will Thomas
"Heart Song" (featuring Jasmine Leshea) N/A
"100" (featuring Andy Mineo) 2014 N/A

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Director
"Young" (Andy Mineo featuring KB) 2012 N/A
"One Sixteen" (Trip Lee featuring KB and Andy Mineo)
"BZRK"[16] (Family Force 5 featuring KB) 2014 Ryan Hamblin

With 116 Clique[edit]

Year Director
"Man Up Anthem" (featuring Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii, PRo, Andy Mineo, and Sho Baraka) 2011 N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Reach Records (July 6, 2012). "KB – Weight & Glory Behind the Music and More (@kb_hga @reachrecords)" (Video/Web). YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reach Records. "KB". Reach Records Official Website. Reach Records. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Go – Tedashii" (Web). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Entermission". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Rogers and Cowan PR (July 17, 2012). "Reach Records’ latest hip hop Artist KB, Makes July 17th Debut Release of ‘Weight & Glory’". Breathecast. Christian Post. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "PRo "116" feat. KB". Rapzilla. January 25, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Blacklight". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "PRo 'Dying To Live' Tracklisting". Rapzilla. August 2, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "KB "Hello" feat. Suzy Rock". Rapzilla. October 28, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ "KB "Zone Out" feat. Chris Lee". Rapzilla. January 24, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "KB "Go Off" ft. Andy Mineo & Tedashii". Rapzilla. June 7, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Ham, Robert (July 17, 2012). "KB: Weight & Glory". Christianity Today. Christianity Today. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Peterson, Aaron (July 3, 2012). "KB | Weight & Glory" (Web). The Christian Manifesto. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Reach Records". Reach Records. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Reach Records". Reach Records. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Family Force 5 - BZRK [feat. KB] (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Google. May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ "KB "Hello" feat. Suzy Rock". Rapzilla. October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ Zema (January 26, 2012). "FREE DOWNLOAD: KB - Zone Out". DaSouth. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "KB "Go Off" ft. Andy Mineo & Tedashii". Rapzilla. June 7, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Man Up Anthem (feat. Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, PRo & Andy Mineo) - Single". iTunes. Apple, Inc. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ SeckondChaynce. "my aim feat kb". MySpace. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Everybodys Favorite Cuzn "DJ Will" (March 24, 2010). "Seckond Chaynce & KB "Enough" "I'm Pride"". DaSouth. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 

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