Krizz Kaliko

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Krizz Kaliko
Krizz Kaliko on 2008-07-01.JPG
Krizz Kaliko at release signing for Tech N9ne's Killer on July 1, 2008
Background information
Birth name Samuel William Christopher Watson
Also known as Big Krizz Kaliko
Born (1974-03-07) March 7, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Funkra (Funk, Rap, Rock, R&B, Opera), Horrorcore
Instruments Rapping
Singing
Years active 1999–present[1]
Labels Strange Music
Associated acts K.A.B.O.S.H., Tech N9ne, E-40, Kutt Calhoun, 816 Boyz, Big Scoob
Website www.KrizzKaliko.com

Samuel William Christopher Watson[2] (born March 7, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri[3]) better known by his stage name Krizz Kaliko, is an American rapper and singer. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow hometown native, Tech N9ne, and is signed to the label that Tech co-owns, Strange Music.

Career[edit]

Krizz Kaliko began his musical career in the late 1990s when he began working with a local producer by the name of IcyRoc Kraven. Another local rapper by the name of Tech N9ne was also collaborating with IcyRoc at the time, which led to the two rappers meeting. At the time, Tech N9ne was working on a song titled "Who You Came To See" and Krizz made a comment that the song could have a better hook. Tech offered up the opportunity to prove his case, and Tech was blown away when Kaliko proved just that. Tech would bring Kaliko into his "inner circle" which would eventually result in Kaliko signing to the new-found label Strange Music co-owned by Tech N9ne and Travis O'guin.

Since then, Kaliko has often contributed to albums put out by Tech N9ne, be it being featured as a rapper or simply providing background vocals for the tracks on the album. Although the largest portion of his work is that of his collaborations with Tech, he has also performed similar tasks for fellow labelmates Kutt Calhoun, Skatterman & Snug Brim, and Prozak. Other collaborations include tracks with the Kottonmouth Kings, Potluck, E-40, T-Pain, Twiztid, and Andy Mineo.

His debut album, Vitiligo released on May 6, 2008, charted on several Billboard charts including peaking at number 19 on the Top Independent Albums in the week of May 28, 2008. In the same week, he peaked at number 167 on the Billboard 200.

His second studio album, Genius, was released on July 14, 2009.

A number of his songs can be heard in the background of the strip club scenes in the movie "Big Fan" starring Patton Oswalt.

Krizz chose the title Shock Treatment for his third studio album. Other titles he considered were "Son of Sam" and "Walk on Water."[4]

"S.I.C.", his first EP, was released on May 17, 2011. In June 2011, he was featured on Winnipeg's Most's second single, Forgive Me, from their second album GoodFellaz.

On May 15, 2012, Krizz released his fourth studio album, titled Kickin' and Screamin'. It is currently his highest charting album on the Billboard 200. The album has features from long-time collaborator Tech N9ne, as well as rappers Twista, Chamillionaire, T-Pain, Twiztid and Rittz, while the production is almost entirely handled by Seven. In November, Krizz released his second EP Neh'mind. The song "Damage" featuring Snow Tha Product was made the lead single. A video for "Damage" was shot and released on YouTube on December 14, and got over 100,000 views in two weeks.

Personal life[edit]

Krizz Kaliko married his wife, Crystal, in 2005.[2] They have a son, born June 6, 2006.

Krizz suffers from an autoimmune form of vitiligo, a skin condition characterized by smooth, white patches on various parts of the body, caused by the loss of natural pigment.[2] Several of these patches are clearly visible on his face. He would later use the name of the disease he suffers from as the title for his debut album. Krizz has also been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.[2] On his second album, he titled one of the tracks after the disorder.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

with Kabosh
Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Billboard 200
[5]
Top Independent
[6]
Top R&B/Hip-Hop
[7]
Top Rap
[8]
2008 Vitiligo 167 19 50 20 15,634[9]
2009 Genius 85 12 14 3 5,300[10]
2010 Shock Treatment[4] 97 20 17 7 4,806
2012 Kickin' and Screamin'[12] 43 11 7 4 24,941[13]
2013 Son of Sam 56 11 15 11 8,000[14]
2014 Illuminated [15]
Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Billboard 200 Top Independent Top R&B/Hip-Hop Top Rap
TBD Amafrican Psycho To Be Released
"—" indicates albums that did not chart.

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Billboard 200 Top Independent Top R&B/Hip-Hop Top Rap
2011 S.I.C. 42 42 22 1,080
2012 Neh'mind 161 16 29 16 3,800
"—" indicates albums that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Artist(s)
As main performer
2009 "Misunderstood" Dan Gedman[16] Krizz Kaliko
2010 "Elevator" Dan Gedman[17] Krizz Kaliko ft. Tech N9ne
2012 "Hello Walls" Dan Gedman Krizz Kaliko ft. Tech N9ne
2012 "Spaz" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko ft. Tech N9ne
2012 "Mayday" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Unstable" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Kill Shit" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Dancin With Myself" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Stay Alive" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Dixie Cup" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Species" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2012 "Abu Dhabi" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko ft. 816 Boyz
2013 "Intro" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2013 "W.A.N.S. (We All Need Sex)" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2013 "Girls Like That" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko ft. Bizzy
2013 "Scars" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko ft. Tech N9ne
2013 "Schizophrenia" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2013 "Why Me" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2013 "Night Time" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko
2014 "Kill For Your Lovin'" Krizz Kaliko Krizz Kaliko ft. Crystal Watson
As featured performer
2007 "City 2 City" Kottonmouth Kings ft. Krizz Kaliko & Tech N9ne
2010 "Ego Trippin'" Dan The Man[18] Tech N9ne ft. Krizz Kaliko
2011 "All I Kno Is Hood" Dan Gedman[19] Big Scoob ft. Krizz Kaliko
Cameo appearances
2002 "Slacker" Ben Mor Tech N9ne
2003 "Imma Tell" Christopher Horvath Tech N9ne
2004 "Rap Game" Gobi M. Rahimi MC Breed
2006 "Bout Ta' Bubble" Prozak Tech N9ne
2007 "White Trash Life" Bryan Heiden Big B
2008 "Like Yeah" Estevan Oriol[20] Tech N9ne
2009 "Bunk Rock Bitch" Dan Gedman[21] Kutt Calhoun
"Red Nose" Dan Gedman[22] Tech N9ne
"Salue" Big Scoob ft. Tech N9ne
"Leave Me Alone" Dan Gedman[23] Tech N9ne
"Low" Dan Gedman[24] Tech N9ne
2010 "Naked (Boom Boom Room)" Dan Gedman[25] Kutt Calhoun ft. Tech N9ne
"O.G." Dan Gedman[26] Tech N9ne
"KC Tea" Dan Gedman[27] Tech N9ne
"Last Call" Txx Will
"Red and Yellow" Irv Da Phenom ft. B Double E & Cash Image
2011 "Hotboxin The Van" Bert Trevino[28] Baby Bash, Marcus Manchild & Paul Wall
2012 "All That I Know" Philly Fly Boy[29] Trae ft. Brian Angel, Mystikal & Tech N9ne

References[edit]

General Source: "Krizz Kaliko - Bio". Retrieved 2008-05-15. 

  1. ^ a b "Krizz Kaliko Updated Bio". 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitlock, Jason (July 7, 2009). "Krizz Kaliko: On his way to 'Genius'". InkKC. Retrieved July 8, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Krizz Kaliko on IMEEM". Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Tech N9ne interviewed by Rocky Flats live on the K.O.D. tour part 3. 2010-01-12. Event occurs at 0:58-1:38. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Krizz Kaliko - Billboard 200 Chart History". Billboard.com. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Krizz Kaliko - Independent Albums Chart History". Billboard.com. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Krizz Kaliko - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart History". Billboard.com. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Krizz Kaliko - Rap Albums Chart History". Billboard.com. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Soundscans - Week Ending 07/06/2008". Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  10. ^ Paine, Jake (July 22, 2009). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/19/2009". Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  11. ^ Ringtone Graphic from Cognito's Automatic, taken from Cognito's Official Myspace
  12. ^ Video on YouTube
  13. ^ http://www.sohh.com/2012/05/nicki_minaj_creeps_back_into_top_20_bob.html
  14. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25319/title.hip-hop-album-sales-the-week-ending-9-1-2013
  15. ^ http://www.strangemusicinc.com/2013/11/krizz-kaliko/krizz-kaliko-reveals-the-name-of-his-next-album
  16. ^ "Krizz Kaliko "Misunderstood"". MTV Networks On Campus Inc. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  17. ^ "Krizz Kaliko "Elevator" Behind the Scenes". Strange Music Inc. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  18. ^ Fetus (2010-11-27). "Tech N9ne "Ego Trippin’" Video From the Bad Season Mixtape Hosted by DJ Whoo Kid!". RadioPlanet.tv. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  19. ^ "Big Scoob "All I Kno Is Hood" Official Music Video". Strange Music Inc. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  20. ^ Nuevo Revolution's Interview with Tech N9ne 2008 (Part 1 of 2). 2008-08-19. Event occurs at 6:45-7:45. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  21. ^ Bunk Rock Bitch video on YouTube
  22. ^ "Tech N9ne "Red Nose"". MTV Networks On Campus Inc. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  23. ^ "Tech N9ne "Leave Me Alone" - mtvU". MTV Networks On Campus Inc. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  24. ^ "Tech N9ne "Low" Official Music Video". Strange Music Inc. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  25. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE: Kutt Calhoun feat. Tech N9ne "Naked" [VIDEO]". XXLMag.com. Harris Publications, Inc. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Tech N9ne "O.G." - mtvU". MTV Networks On Campus Inc. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  27. ^ "Tech N9ne "KC Tea" Official Music Video". Strange Music Inc. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  28. ^ "HOTBOXIN THAT VAN" - Baby Bash Paul Wall & Marcus Manchild (Official Music Video) on YouTube
  29. ^ "Trae Tha Truth Ft. Mystikal, Tech N9ne & Brian Angel - All That I Know [Official Music Video]". ThisIs50.com. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. "The Philly Fly Boy directed clip features Tech N9ne, Brain Angel of Day 26 and Cash Money's newest signee Mystikal." 

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