Down AKA Kilo

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Down AKA Kilo
Birth name Juan Martinez
Born (1985-01-13) January 13, 1985 (age 32)[1][2]
Oxnard, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1998-present
Labels Silent Giant, Machete, Universal

Juan Martinez (born January 13, 1985), better known by his stage name Down AKA Kilo, is an American rapper from Oxnard, California.

Martinez was born in Oxnard; his parents were undocumented immigrants from Mexico.[2] Growing up, he listened to Cypress Hill and N.W.A and began rapping at age 13. He made his first recordings at the garage of childhood friend Edward "E-Dub" Rios, who would later become producer of the Power 106 radio show Pocos Pero Locos. He released his debut album California Cowboyz in 2003,[3] and his second album Definition of an Ese in 2007, with two singles from the album, "Lean like a Cholo" and "Definition of an Ese."

On March 28, 2009, Down was injured in a car accident at Farmington, New Mexico and put in a coma while hospitalized.[4]



Year Title Peak chart position
US R&B US Heatseekers
2003 California Cowboyz
  • Released: July 8, 2003
  • Label: Down By Law (#1300), Silent Giant (#8006)
  • Format: CD, digital download
2007 Definition of an Ese[5]
  • Released: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Silent Giant (# 880110)
  • Format: CD/DVD, digital download
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Year Title Peak chart position Album
2007 "Lean like a Cholo"[6] 34 15 Definition of an Ese


  1. ^ "Juan Martinez search". California Birth Index. 
  2. ^ a b Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (April 27, 2007). "Down aka Kilo". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. 
  3. ^ Cordor, Cyril (2007). "Down aka Kilo Biography". allmusic. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Barlow, Zeke (March 31, 2009). "Oxnard rapper injured in New Mexico crash". Ventura County Star. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Definition of an Ese". Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lean like a Cholo". Retrieved April 17, 2011.