Los (rapper)

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King Los
Birth name Carlos Coleman
Also known as King Los
Born (1982-03-23) March 23, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels After Platinum, RCA Records (current)
Bad Boy Records, Interscope Records, Bloc Incorporated (former)
Associated acts Lola Monroe, Diddy, Kid Ink
Website twitter.com/iamKingLos

Carlos Coleman (born March 23, 1982) is an American rapper, better known by his stage name Los or King Los. Los has released various mixtapes during his career including the The Crown Ain't Safe and Becoming King to positive critical reception. He originally signed to Bad Boy Records during the 2005 in conjunction with his Bloc Incorporated record deal. After his deal fell through when Bloc folded, he returned to releasing music independently. Los signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records again in February 2012, which is now distributed by Interscope Records. However, on March 19, 2014, he would announce that he was again leaving Bad Boy and Interscope.

Musical career[edit]

1999-2010: Beginnings and building buzz[edit]

As a 16-year-old high school student, Los, began writing poetry and literature to deal with the pain of losing his father to murder.[1] At 18 he started rapping, when he would participate in the local Baltimore battle rap scene.[2] Right out of high school in 2002, Los auditioned for Diddy's Making the Band 2, but after being selected to appear on the show, he refused to sign any of the paperwork required, so he was unable to appear on it.[3][4] As fate would have it, Los would end up signed to Bad Boy Records in 2005, through Bloc Incorporated a local Baltimore record label. His signing to Bad Boy came after he auditioned for Diddy with a 10-minute freestyle. However, Bloc Incorporated eventually disbanded due to a legal issue and Los lost his deal in 2008, before he was able to release an album.[5]

Once he returned independent in 2008, Los released a number of mixtapes and online freestyles in the following years to build his buzz.[3][4][5] His first and second would be Guilty Until Proven Innocent and G5: Certified Fly, both released in 2008.[1] He followed that with G5.2 in May 2009.[6] His third mixtape Zero Gravity was released during April 2010.[7] Then, the mixtape was Welcome To Swaggsville was released on August 5, 2010.[8] His sixth mixtape Shooter was released on November 8, 2010.[9] It featured collaborations with Rick Ross and his After Platinum label-mate Cory Gunz.[10] On December 26, 2010, Los released his seventh mixtape The Louis Vuitton Gift Pack.[11] The mixtape was primarily composed of freestyles and featured a collaboration with Chris Brown.[12]

2011-2012: The Crown Ain't Safe and re-signing to Bad Boy[edit]

On July 18, 2011, Los released a mixtape titled Worth the Wait, mostly made of tracks cut from his upcoming mixtape The Crown Ain't Safe.[13] On December 5, 2011, Los released The Crown Ain't Safe. The mixtape featured guest appearances by Lola Monroe, Jazze Pha, DMX, Kid Ink, Twista and XV.[14] Along with production by Jahlil Beats, Lifted, J. Oliver and Rick Steel, among others.[15] It was met with positive critical reception upon release.[16] Following the release of The Crown Ain't Safe, there was something of a bidding war to sign Los by multiple labels.[17] He was then nominated for XXL '​s 2012 Freshman 10 list.[3] On February 6, 2012, Diddy announced to MTV that his newest signee to Bad Boy Records was Los.[4][18] Right after the announcement he begun working on his debut mixtape for Bad Boy.[16]

2013-present: Becoming King, departure from Bad Boy, and signing to RCA[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Los announced the release date for Becoming King as April 25, 2013. It would be his first project released since his return to Bad Boy Records.[19] As promised, the mixtape Becoming King was released on April 25, 2013.[20][21] The mixtape featured all-original music[22] and guest appearances from Diddy, Fantasia, Juicy J, Ludacris, Pusha T, Raheem DeVaughn, Tank, Twista, Wiz Khalifa and Yo Gotti, among others. Production was handled by 1500 or Nothin', Harry Fraud, J. Oliver, Rob Holladay and Sonny Digital, among others.[23] Becoming King was met with generally positive reviews from music critics.[17][24][25] XXL gave the mixtape a positive review saying, "There are heartfelt tales touching on his family, love for music and the trials and tribulations of life. As usual, Los’ strongest asset is an ability to deliver vivid imagery through lyrics and a captivating flow[...] Lyrically, Los is as sharp as ever, and the mixtape is a continuation of the verbal assaults he’s known for."[17]

He was featured on labelmate French Montana's song "Ocho Cinco" also featuring labelmates Diddy, Red Cafe and MGK taken from the deluxe edition of Montana's album Excuse My French. On August 13, 2013, Los released a freestyle over the controversial "Control" song.[26] Kendrick Lamar would shortly after praise Los' response as the best one released.[27] He was then featured on "No Option" by Kid Ink, a promotional single from Ink's second studio album My Own Lane.[28] On December 28, 2013, Los released Broken Silence a collaboration mixtape with rapper Mark Battles. The mixtape featured guest appearances from Wale, Dizzy Wright, CyHi the Prynce, Chevy Woods and Ab-Soul, among others.[29]

Surprisingly, following the announcement of the mixtape Zero Gravity II, on March 19, 2014, Los revealed that he was leaving Bad Boy Records and Interscope.[30] He later elaborated on the story to MTV saying, "Forever in the Bad Boy family, just I've chose to explore other endeavors just like my mentor; just like Puff."[31] He then told XXL that it was more of a situation with Interscope than Bad Boy, as Interscope was not giving him any attention or push, and Los had choose to rather be independent again.[32] On March 24, 2014, Los released his twelfth official mixtape Zero Gravity II.[33] Following that, from April 1 to May 31, 2014, Los will tour with collaborator Kid Ink as supporting act on the My Own Lane concert tour.[34]

On October 23, 2014, Los made an appearance on HOT 97's Ebro in the Morning radio show and confirmed a new deal with RCA Records, with the only details revealed being the announcement of P. Diddy being an executive producer for his upcoming debut album with RCA, expected for release in 2015. [1]

Personal life[edit]

On December 25, 2012, Los' girlfriend, rapper Lola Monroe announced that she and Los were expecting their first child together.[35] She then gave birth to a baby boy named Brixton Royal Coleman on March 12, 2013.[36][37]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2008: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
  • 2008: G5: Certified Fly
  • 2008: Banned From The Block (with Skarr Akbar)
  • 2009: G5.2
  • 2009: Welcome to Swaggsville
  • 2009: 2 Seconds From Greatness
  • 2010: Zero Gravity
  • 2010: Shooter
  • 2010: The Louis Vuitton Gift Pack
  • 2011: Worth the Wait
  • 2011: The Crown Ain't Safe
  • 2013: Becoming King
  • 2013: Broken Silence (with Mark Battles)
  • 2014: Zero Gravity II

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
[38]
US Rap
"Only One Of Me" 2014 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Song Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Look at Me"
(Cashis featuring King Los, K. Young & B Todd)
2013 The County Hound 2
"No Option"
(Kid Ink featuring King Los)
My Own Lane
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B

[39]
"Ocho Cinco"
(French Montana featuring Machine Gun Kelly, Diddy, Red Cafe and Los)
2013 52 Mac & Cheese 3 and Excuse My French
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stovall, Calvin. "Los Credits "Big Brother" Diddy for Bad Boy Return | News". BET. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Los Biography | King Los | Baltimore Rapper | B'more Los". Bmorelos.com. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "Los Signs With Bad Boy Records. . .Again | Noise". Blogs.citypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Exclusive: Diddy Adds Baltimore MC Los To Bad Boy Roster - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ a b » by C. Vernon Coleman II February 7, 2012, 10:57am (2012-02-07). "Diddy Re-Signs Baltimore Rapper Los To Bad Boy Records". Hip-Hop Wired. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Los - G5.2 Hosted by Dj Wonda // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  7. ^ "LoS - Zero Gravity Hosted by Presented By After Platinum Records and The Aphilliates // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Los - Welcome To Swaggsville [VeryHot!!!] // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Los - Shooter Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Rockstar // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  10. ^ Paine, Jake (2010-11-04). "Los Explains Baltimore Influencing Raps, "Shooter" Mixtape | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  11. ^ Dec 26, 2010 (2010-12-26). "Los: The Louis Vuitton Gift Pack Mixtape (NEW MUSIC)". Global Grind. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  12. ^ "Los - The Louis Vuitton Gift Pack Hosted by After Platinum // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
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  17. ^ a b c "Mixtape Review: Los, Becoming King - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  19. ^ "Bad Boy Rapper King Los Announces ‘Becoming King’ Mixtape Release Date". The Versed. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  20. ^ Case, Wesley (2013-04-25). "Baltimore rapper Los releases 'Becoming King' mixtape - Baltimore Sun". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  21. ^ "Los' "Becoming King" Mixtape Is Out Now". Complex. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  22. ^ 04/22/2013 19:59:03 (2013-04-22). "Los Preps Rap Coronation On Becoming King Mixtape - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  23. ^ Los Follow @iamKingLos  . "Los - Becoming King - Download & Stream". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  24. ^ "Los "Becoming King" (Mixtape Review)". Mimo.recordingconnection.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  25. ^ "Los, ‘Becoming King’ – Mixtape Review". Thedrop.fm. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  26. ^ Homie, Big (2013-08-13). "New Music: Los "Control (Freestyle)" (Kendrick Response)". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  27. ^ Harling, Danielle (2013-08-29). "Kendrick Lamar Says King Los Had The Best "Control" Response | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  28. ^ "Premiere: Kid Ink Featuring King Los "No Option" - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  29. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-12-30). "King Los & Mark Battles "Broken Silence" Release Date, Cover Art, Download & Mixtape Stream | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  31. ^ "King Los Leaves Bad Boy: Was Diddy's 'Nobody' Rant The Reason?". MTV.com. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  32. ^ Emmanuel C.M. (2014-03-20). "Diddy Isn't To Blame For King Los Leaving Bad Boy Records - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  33. ^ Diep, Eric. "King Los Releases New Mixtape, ‘Zero Gravitiy II’ - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  34. ^ "Kid Ink Announces My Own Lane Tour With King Los & Bizzy Crook [PHOTO". Hip-Hop Wired. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  35. ^ Dot, B. (December 26, 2012). "Los & Lola Monore Expecting Baby". Rap Radar. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  36. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-03-15). "Lola Monroe & Los Release Photograph Of Newborn Son | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  37. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-03-15). "Lola Monroe & Los Release Photograph Of Newborn Son | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  38. ^ "A$AP Ferg - Chart history". Billboard. 
  39. ^ MGK - Chart history | Billboard