R.K.M & Ken-Y

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R.K.M & Ken-Y
Origin Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Genres
Years active 2003–2013, 2017–present[1]
Labels
Members
  • José Nieves (R.K.M.)
  • Kenny Vázquez (Ken-Y)

R.K.M & Ken-Y, is a Grammy Award-nominated reggaeton duo formed in 2003 by José Nieves (R.K.M.) and Kenny Vázquez (Ken-Y). They began their career in 2003 under the tutelage of Chencho (part of the duo Plan B), who introduced him to Notty Play, appearing in the compilation that looked for to sponsor and to give greater publicity to multiple novice artists The Draft 2005. In 2013 Raphy Pina, president of the company Pina Records announces the separation of the duo, and the publication of albums as soloists; To the time after both leave Pina Records to publish their albums under their own record companies. In 2017 announced their official return by Pina Records and at the same time launching the remix version of the theme Más Que Ayer next to Arcángel & De La Ghetto.[1]

Early career[edit]

The duo started their music career in high school. R.K.M (formerly known as "Rakim" but changed to avoid confusion with the established hip-hop artist Rakim) was inspired by the explosion of reggaeton music in the 1990s. He encouraged Ken-Y to join him to form a duo; they performed at 15th birthday parties (quinceañeras) and public events.

Nicky Jam gave them a chance to make an appearance on his album, Vida Escante. They were featured on "Pasado" and "Me Estoy Muriendo". These singles were hits[vague] in Latin America.[citation needed] They also won The Draft, a contest for upcoming Latin artists. They won the best Latin and reggae award in 2007.

Professional career[edit]

This success attrcated Raphy Pina, the reggaeton moguls. They signed to the label and a year later released Masterpiece. The album was nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro of 2007.[2] Their first hit single was "Down", reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in 2006. Four other singles were released from the album, as well as music videos. It won many awards.[vague] The album went platinum and sold about 600,000 copies.[2] The duo went on a tour across the world.[citation needed] They have released the songs performed on tour on an album entitled Masterpiece: World Tour (Sold Out). They have also released a special edition version of the album entitled Masterpiece Commemorative Edition.

Their studio album, The Royalty, was released on September 9, 2008.

The first single released from the album was "Mis Días Sin Ti". Raphy Pina announced the return of R.K.M & Ken-Y February 15, 2008. The date was actually a concert they held in the Choliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The concert's headline was "Romantic en el Choliseo". Reggaeton artists like Wisin & Yandel, Tito "El Bambino", Nicky Jam, Rene Moz and Arcangel were present. Other artists like N'Klabe and Karis were also present.

And 3 years later they release their Final studio album "Forever" on February 14, 2011, Two Singles were released from the album, And have Features in this album Zion & Lennox, Alexis & Fido and Arthur Hanlon.

Since their first album, R.K.M & Ken-Y have appeared and guest starred on many songs. They have worked with artists such as Cruzito, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, José Feliciano, Pitbull, Héctor "El Father", David Bisbal, Ivy Queen, Chino & Nacho, Hector Acosta "El Torito", Plan B, Tony Dize and Zion & Lennox.

Separation[edit]

On April 10, 2013, the producer Raphy Pina announced that the duo would separate but they continued with their scheduled performances and appearances. Both artists took this decision with each focusing on future solo projects.[3][4][5]

R.K.M's album will be called "Differente" and Ken-Y's "The King of Romance". R.K.M will continue with rapping although he begun singing to make things, as his album states, different. Ken-Y will continue with his romantic style of singing.

Both artists left their long time co workers from Pina Records to actually make their new albums on their own.

On June 23, 2017 and after 4 years of separation R.K.M & Ken-Y return with the perfect formula to conquer their seat. Under the command of its creator Raphy Pina the duo announces their return ready to fall back on the world with their unique style. The duo starts their union with the remix of success played by Arcángel & De La Ghetto's songs Más Que Ayer.[6][1]

Style[edit]

R.K.M provides rapping verses for many songs while Ken-Y provides the vocal lyrics. R.K.M tends to have fast, upbeat verses while Ken-Y sings many hooks.[citation needed]

Ken-Y does most of the singing within their songs while R.K.M only gets a few seconds to rap.[citation needed]

Later on R.K.M started singing small parts or Soft Rapping, but still Ken-y did most of the signing, and R.K.M most of the rapping, R.K.M started to have slower rapping verses in the album Forever.

Personal Lives[edit]

On January 16, 2009, R.K.M married Lizbert Cruz in Caguas, Puerto Rico.[citation needed] R.K.M has two boys and Ken-Y remains unmarried but has a girlfriend Glorielys Berrios, And has two girls and one boy.[citation needed]They continue to reside in Puerto Rico.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation/live albums[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Tu No Estas"
  • "Dame Lo Que Quiero"
  • "Down"
  • "Me Matas"
  • "Igual Que Ayer"
  • "Down (Remix)" (featuring Hector "El Father")
  • "Oh Oh, ¿Porqué Te Están Velando?"
  • "Llorarás"
  • "Mis Días Sin Ti"
  • "Te Regalo Amores"
  • "Tuve Un Sueno" (featuring Plan B)
  • "Vicio Del Pecado"
  • "Quiero Un Pueblo Que Cante" (featuring Plan B, Cruzito & Tony Dize)
  • "Te Ame En Mis Suenos"
  • "Por Amor A Ti"
  • "Más"
  • "Mi Corazón Esta Muerto"
  • "Cuando Te Enamores"
  • "Princesa" (Ken-Y only)
  • "Donde Estas" (RKM Only)
  • "Navegar En Mis Recuerdos" (Ken-Y only)
  • "Quedate Junto A Mi"
  • "Regalo De Quinceanera" (Ken-Y only)
  • " Prefiero Morir" (Ken-Y only)
  • " A Ella Le Gusta El Dembow" (featuring Zion & Lennox)

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Featured artist(s)
2004 "Pasado" Nicky Jam feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Me Estoy Muriendo"
"Si La Ves" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Don Omar
2005 "Ando Solo" Polaco feat. Ken-Y
2006 "La Noche Más Triste" Lito & Polaco feat. Ken-Y
"Tengo Un Amor (Remix)" Toby Love feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
2007 "Quizás (Remix)" Tony Dize feat. Ken-Y
"En Que Fallamos (Remix)" Ivy Queen feat. Ken-Y
"Fans" Tito "El Bambino" feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"¿Quién Me Iba A Decir? (Remix)" David Bisbal feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Si Ya No Estás" N'Klabe feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"La Amas Como Yo" Karis feat. Ken-Y
"Mar y Cielo" José Feliciano feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Gas Pela" Nicky Jam feat. R.K.M
"Ton Ton Ton" Nicky Jam feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Quédate Con Él" Nicky Jam feat. Ken-Y and Cruzito
2008 "Quién Dijo Amigos (Remix)" Ana Isabelle feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Vicio del Pecado" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Héctor Acosta "El Torito"
"Te Regalo Amores (Remix)" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Ivy Queen
2009 "Te Amo (Remix)" Makano feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"El Perdedor (Remix)" Aventura feat. Ken-Y
"Tu Primera Vez" Héctor Acosta "El Torito" feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"No Hay Nadie Mas" Nicky Jam feat. R.K.M
"El Culpable Soy Yo (Remix)" Cristian Castro feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"One In A Million" Ken-Y feat. Cruzito
2009 "Se Apagó La Llama" Chino & Nacho feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"Mi Amor Es Pobre" Tony Dize feat. Arcángel and Ken-Y
2010 "Mi Delirio (Remix)" Anahí feat. Ken-Y
"El Doctorado (Remix)" Tony Dize feat. Ken-Y and Don Omar
"Lloras" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Plan B
"Déjame Entrar" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Marcos Yaroide
2011 "Bésame (Remix)" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. feat. Nova & Jory
"Tus Recuerdos Son Mi Dios" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Pipe Calderón
"No Vuelvas (Remix)" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Zion & Lennox
"Solo Pienso En Ti (Remix)" Jerry Rivera feat. Ken-Y
"Pienso en Ti (Remix)" Eloy feat. R.K.M & Ken-Y
"3 Pa' 3" R.K.M feat. Maldy and Lennox
2012 "Diosa de los Corazones" La Formula: R.K.M & Ken-Y, Zion & Lennox, Arcángel and Lobo
"More" Zion feat. Jory and Ken-Y
"La Fórmula Perfecta" Ken-Y feat. Arcángel & De La Ghetto
"Pasarla Bien" R.K.M feat. Lobo and Jalil
"La Fórmula Sigue" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. Arcángel, Plan B and Zion & Lennox
"Cuando Te Enamores" R.K.M & Ken-Y feat. J Álvarez
2013 "Llégale Ya" Erick J feat. Ken-Y
"Ella Me Pide Calor" R.K.M feat. Ñengo Flow
"Princesa (Remix)" Ken-Y feat.Jerry Rivera
"No Vuelvo" Victor Manuelle feat.Ken-Y

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