King L

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King L
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Background information
Birth name Louis Johnson
Also known as King Louie
Born 1987 (1987) (age 27)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2010–present
Labels Epic Records[1]
Associated acts 2 Chainz, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb
Website King L Official Website

Louis Johnson, (born 1987), better known by his stage name King L or King Louie is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is signed to the record label Epic Records.[2] Spin Magazine attributed King L as being one of the Chicago rappers who made Chicago the "hottest hip-hop" scene in 2012.[3]

Early life[edit]

Although his family moved often, King L was raised in Champaign, Illinois. His mother was a dope addict so he stayed with his grandparents. He attended Corkery Elementary and Myra Bradwell Academy. After graduation, he attended Hyde Park Academy. As a freshman, he met Impressive, another local Chicago rapper and would rap along with her at school. King L attributes her as being someone who influenced him to pursue a career in hip hop.[4]

Career[edit]

After Hyde Park Academy, King L began building a following through one-on-one mixtapes. He would hand out CDs at bus stops and parties.[3] King L released his first tape entitled Boss Shit in September 2007.[4] He released a follow-up entitled Cloud 9, but his career was put on hold after he was hit by a car. He was hospitalized with both of his legs broken with various other injuries and had to learn to walk again after his injuries were healed.[1] He later returned to music, releasing a series of mixtapes that he made available online. Songs from his releases received regular air time, including his song Too Cool which was placed in regular rotation at WGCI-FM.[4]

To promote his mixtapes, King L launched a series of music videos on YouTube. His first video was for the song I'm Arrogant which was the lead track from his 2010 mixtape Man Up, Band Up. He released additional music videos and quickly grew a large following.[1] It was his promotional methods on YouTube that helped him be one of the newer Chicago rappers to get noticed nationally.[2]

In 2012, trip to Los Angeles, California, King L met and signed with Epic Records. While on his trip, Kanye West's record label GOOD Music released a remix of a song by Chicago hip-hop artist Chief Keef. During the release, West took time to mention numerous other up and coming artists, including King L.[1] King L was later quoted on MTV's Sucker Free program that he was shocked and not aware that West was a fan.[5] He would later appear on West's Yeezus, performing a verse and the hook on the track "Send It Up". King L is being considered for the 2014 XXL freshman class.[6]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • #ManUpBandUp (2010)
  • The Motion Picture (2011)
  • Chiraq Drillinois (2011)
  • #ManUpBandUp2 (2011)
  • Showtime (2012)
  • Drilluminati (2012)
  • March Madness (2013)
  • Jeep Music (2013)
  • Drilluminati 2 (2013)
  • Tony (2014)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"F*cked Up" 2012 Chin Chilla Meek, Shawnna It Feels Good To Be Great
"Money Mayweather" Chin Chilla Meek
"Touch Em" Bo Deal, Trouble The Chicago Code 2
"How We Do" Rockie Fresh Driving 88
"I Get Money" Lil Durk I'm Still A Hitta
"I Get Paid"
"Winning" Chief Keef Back From The Dead
"Screamin" Soulja Boy, Chief Keef N/A
"Flat Line" Chief Keef
"Just Be Cool" Fredo Santana It's a Scary Site
"Got Myself"
"Conceited" (Remix) SD Life Of A Savage
"Koolin" 2013 DJ Victorious, Twista N/A
"Pop Out" Katie Got Bandz Drillary Clinton
"Send It Up" Kanye West Yeezus
"Bitches and Bottles" Lil Durk N/A
"Shout Out" Lil Bibby, Lil Herb Free Crack
"Another Day" 2014 Lil Herb Welcome to Fazoland
"Chicago Conscious"(Remix) Reem, Lil Herb, Spenzo N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Galil, Leor (18 May 2012). "Chicago Rapper King Louie Went From Selling Mixtapes Out of His Trunk To A Deal With Epic Records". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kramer, Kyle (18 May 2012). "Q&A Chicago Rap Artist King Louie". Red Eye Chicago. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Drake, David (25 June 2012). "Chicago Rap Blazes Up The Streets". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Drake, David (5 October 2011). "King Louie – Dope & Shrimp, Rap and Gumbo". So Many Shrimp. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ King Louie Was Shocked by Kanye West Shout Out On “I Don’t Like” Remix. MTV.com. 10 May 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/10spot-artist/2014/03/king-louie/

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