Khleo Thomas

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Khleo Thomas
Khleo Thomas.jpg
Thomas performing at the "Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future" concert, at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009
Background information
Birth name Khaleed Leon Thomas
Born (1989-01-30) January 30, 1989 (age 26)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Contemporary R&B
Occupation(s) Rapper, Singer, actor
Years active 1998–present
Labels Slick Living, Executive Dream, Executive Music, Fontana (current)
The Plus (former)
Website http://www.khleothomas.com/

Khaleed Leon "Khleo" Thomas (born January 30, 1989), or simply Khleo Thomas, is an American actor,[1] rapper, singer, & entertainer best known for his role as Zero in Holes and Mixed Mike in Roll Bounce. Khleo also starred in other films like Walking Tall (2004) and Remember the Daze (2007). Currently, Khleo is currently working on his debut album Just A Sample.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of Raquel and Leon Thomas, the latter of whom is an army officer who at the time was stationed in Alaska.[2] Khleo's mother is a Jewish immigrant from Morocco and his father is African-American.[2][3][4] After living in Germany, the family returned to the United States when he was four.[2]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

Thomas starred in the 2003 Disney film Holes, adapted from Louis Sachar's Holes of the same name. One of the movie's soundtrack songs, "Dig It," earned him some popularity in the music world. In 2005 Thomas began really working on music when he started being associated with fellow rapper/actor/entrepreneur Bow Wow & his label LBW. He was featured in Bow Wow's fifth studio album The Price of Fame & numerous of his mixtapes. He also made an cameo appearance in Bow Wow's "Fresh Azimiz" music video.

2010-present: Mixtapes, EPs, Collaborations & Just A Sample[edit]

On January 11, 2010 Thomas released his debut mixtape The World Is A Cartoon.[5][6] In early 2010, Thomas was associated to Soulja Boy's label SODMG Entertainment but would end up up not officially signing with them. On August 12, 2010 Thomas announced via his Twitter he was working on his debut album entitled Just A Sample which was originally intended to be his mixtape.[7] On September 22, 2010 during a interview Thomas announced that his first single would be entitled "Lights Out" & announced the start up of his label Zero Unlimited Inc..[8] In late September, 2010 Thomas would make an opening performance in California on the "How The West Was One Tour" with Snoop Dogg & Ice Cube. In 2010 Thomas would sign a record deal with independent label The Plus Records. Also in 2010 Thomas would release a snippet of "Let Go" a song that was supposed to be on the Just A Sample, it samples "Let Go" originally by Frou Frou.

On January 11, 2011 Thomas released his mixtape entitled The Next Episode, on a song entitled "Aniversary" Thomas would go more into detail about why he didn't officially sign to Soulja Boy's label SODMG Entertainment.[9][10] On February 15, 2011 Thomas would release his first single "Lights Out", but he would later dubbed it a promotional single.[11] On December 20, 2011 it was announced that Thomas had parted ways with The Plus Records & has signed new label deal with Executive Dream Music a division of Executive Music Group which is also distributed by Fontana. On December 23, 2011 Khleo released his mixtape entitled Slick Living.[12][13]

On March 6, 2012 Thomas would release his single entitled "So Many Girls", the music video would reach #10 on BET's 106 & Park.[14] On November 13, 2012 Thomas released a collaborative EP with singer/rapper Chris Batson entitled After Everything Fades.[15][16]

On December 28, 2014 Thomas released his EP Raised In The 90's via his Soundcloud.[17]

Thomas is still currently working on his debut album Just A Sample which will be released sometime in 2015.

Other ventures[edit]

Acting career[edit]

In 1998 Thomas first television appearance was on an episode of Bill Cosby's Kids Say the Darndest Things.

He has since starred in such films as Friday After Next (2002), Holes (2003), Going to the Mat (2004), Walking Tall (2004) & Roll Bounce (2005).

In 2006 Thomas guest-starred in Poppin' Tags, an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also co-starred in the first episode of the television series Teachers, which was canceled after six episodes. He was in the main roles of movies such as Remember the Daze (2007) & Hurricane Season (2009).

In 2010 Khleo starred in the action film Boogie Town the film has yet to be released.

Fashion designing[edit]

In 2011, Thomas released his necklace line he designed himself, called "Love Wings".[18]

In 2015, Thomas released his official clothing line entitled "Slick Living Appearel" which is branded off his label Slick Living Inc..[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap
Just A Sample To be released
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EP albums[edit]

Year Title
2012 After Everything Fades
(with Chris Batson)
2014 Raised In The 90's[17]
  • Release date: December 28, 2014
  • Label: Slick Living, Executive Dream, Executive Music, Fontana
  • Format: Digital download, EP

Mixtapes[edit]

Khleo Thomas's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
The World Is A Cartoon
  • Released: January 11, 2010
  • Hosted by DJ Goonie
  • Label: Self-released
The Next Episode
Slick Living
  • Released: December 23, 2011
  • Hosted by Coast 2 Coast
  • Label: Slick Living
The World Is A Cartoon: Episode 3
  • Released: TBA, 2015
  • Label: Slick Living

Singles[edit]

Main artist singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2011 "Lights Out" Non-album single
2012 "So Many Girls"[20][21][22]
"Slick"[23] Slick Living
"Sweat It Out"[24]
"Becoming"[25]
(with Chris Batson)
After Everything Fades
2013 "Ride"[26]
(with Chris Batson)
2014 "5 On It" Raised In The 90's
"Side Ni**a / Don't Catch Feelings"[27] Non-album single
"No Questions"[28]
"Tonight"[29]
(featuring Sean Roxs)

As featured singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2013 "Now Forever" (featuring Khleo Thomas) Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Performer(s) Album
2006 "How You Move It" Bow Wow The Price Of Fame
"Bet That" Bow Wow Non-album single
2009 "Ain't I Freestyle" Bow Wow The Greenlight
"Do I Love Her" Bow Wow
2010 "Freak Show" JBar aka Ja-Bar In The Club
"Victory" Soulja Boy none
"Teachers Pet" Stefon4u
"Never Change Remix (I'll Never Change)" Indigo Charlie
"Not My Girl" The Good Boys
"Running Back To You" Amanda Leigh
"Light The Speakers On Fire" Malachi Mott
2013 "Now Forever" Sofia Reyes
2014 "In'N'Out" Sean Roxs
"Face Down" Flip Major

Music Videos[edit]

Lead artist music videos[edit]

  • "In My Soul" (2010)
  • "I'm Still" (2010)
  • "Lost" (2010)
  • "I Got Me" (2010)
  • "Feel Good Music" (2010)
  • "Like I Never Left" (2010)
  • "Give Em What They Want" (2010)
  • "Halloween" (2010)
  • "Burn It Down" (2010)
  • "Lights Out" (2011)
  • "Floyd Mayweather" (2011)
  • "Motivation Remix" (2011)
  • "You Don't Fight Fair" (2011)
  • "Monster & A Beat" (2011)
  • "Slick" (2012)
  • "Sweat It Out" (2012)
  • "Fly me out to cali" (2012)
  • "So Many Girls" (2012)
  • "Slick Music" (2012)

Featured music videos[edit]

  • Bow Wow - "Ain't I Freestyle" (2009)
  • Stefon4u - "Teachers Pet" (2010)
  • Indigo Charlie - "Never Change Remix (I'll Never Change)" (2010)
  • Amanda Leigh - "Running Back To You" (2010)

Cameo video appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Friday After Next Bad Kid Supporting role
2003 Holes Hector Zeroni Main role/Nominated performance
2004 Walking Tall Pete Vaughn Supporting role
Baadasssss! Mario Supporting role
Going to the Mat Vincent "Fly" Shu Supporting role
Time Out Khalid Supporting role
2005 Roll Bounce Mixed Mike Main role
Dirty Splooge Supporting role
The Golden Blaze Jason/Sure Shot Supporting role
2007 Remember the Daze Dylan Supporting role/Nominated performance
2008 Bob Funk Cupcake Main role/Nominated performance
2009 Hurricane Season David Willis Supporting role
Breathe/III Dante Supporting role
2010 The Company We Keep Young Raheem Supporting role
Krews Tom Tom Supporting role
2015 Victor Randy Supporting role
TBR Boogie Town Gizmo Supporting role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kids Say the Darndest Things Himself Episode: "Oatmeal"
1999 Family Law Lanny Brass Episode: "Games"
2001 City Guys Jordan Episode: "Skips, Lies and Radiotapes"
2003 Super Short Show Himself
2004 ER Brian Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
The Wayne Brady Show Himself Episode: "March 19, 2004"
Frankie Muniz HoopLA Celebrity Basketball Event Himself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Curtis Episode: "Car wars"
Scream Tour IV Himself
2006 Teachers Patrick Episode: "Substitute"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dante Episode: "Poppin' Tags"
Gettin' Dirty
2007 House M.D Kenny Episode: "Ugly"
On Location with Remember the Daze Himself
2009 Kids' Inaugural Himself
2010 90210 Purse Guy Episode: "I see London/I see France"
2011 Parenthood Guy in batting cage Episode: "Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs"
Sons of Anarchy Frecks Episode: "Dorylus"
2013 Bones Marcos Herrera Episode: "The Blood from the Stones"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khleo Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c It's My Life . Celebs . Khleo Thomas | PBS Kids GO!
  3. ^ Digging for Jews | Arts | Jewish Journal
  4. ^ http://www.shalomlife.com/culture/17903/exclusive-interview-with-actor-hip-hop-sensation-khleo-thomas/
  5. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Khleo-The-World-Is-A-Cartoon-mixtape.90775.html
  6. ^ http://mixconnect.com/listen/Khleo+-+The+World+Is+A+Cartoon-mid14858
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/khleo_t/status/21034600399
  8. ^ http://www.musicavaulte.com/2011/01/khleo-next-episode.html
  9. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Khleo-The-Next-Episode-mixtape.187755.html
  10. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/khleo-the-next-episode-mixtape.7548.html
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lights-out-single/id415119235
  12. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Khleo-Slick-Living-mixtape.296595.html
  13. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/khleo-slick-living-mixtape.38675.html
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/so-many-girls-single/id628819167
  15. ^ http://freeonsmash.com/music/khleo-thomas-x-chris-batson-after-everything-fades-interview/
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/after-everything-fades/id578479038
  17. ^ a b http://freeonsmash.com/music/khleo-thomas-raised-in-the-90s-ep-listen/
  18. ^ http://woodvilleinc.com/khleo-love-wings-now-available/
  19. ^ http://www.slickliving.bigcartel.com/artist/khleo-thomas
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/so-many-girls-single/id504607698
  21. ^ http://www.amazon.com/So-Many-Girls-Explicit/dp/B007BV84MC
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDo1lcaKSA
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slick-single/id628812816
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweat-it-out-single/id628826053
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/becoming-single/id578434517
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ride-single/id626555155
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/side-ni**a-dont-catch-feelings/id945307201
  28. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-questions-single/id943624767
  29. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tonight-feat.-sean-roxs-single/id945584214

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