Campbell in a 2015 promotional photo
|Birth name||Kristopher Thomas Campbell|
|Born||April 27, 1990|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Kristopher Thomas Campbell (born April 27, 1990), better known by his stage name K Camp (stylized as K CAMP), is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is signed with Interscope Records and released his debut EP In Due Time on April 22, 2014. He is best known for the singles "Money Baby", "Comfortable" and "Cut Her Off", the latter receiving a nomination at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. His debut album Only Way Is Up was released in September 2015 and peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. His 2019 single, "Lottery (Renegade)" gained notoriety for being used as a meme on the platform TikTok.
Campbell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His family introduced him to music at an early age and he has attributed some of his biggest influences as Andre 3000, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious B.I.G..
Campbell began performing in high school, performing as part of a group called HBC (Head Busser Clique). After the group broke up, Campbell continued with music, performing at open mic contests which were also frequented by artists such as Waka Flocka Flame. He released a mix named "All Night" in 2009. It gained popularity in the Atlanta music scene and its popularity inspired Campbell to start taking music seriously. He followed up with other mixes that included "Fan4Life" and "Show Money," and "Slumlords." These mixes began a movement in Atlanta with his "slums," a term coined to represent his family, friends, and fans. Campbell wanted to extend his career beyond the Atlanta music scene and landed a deal with Interscope Records where he released his debut EP in 2014.
In April 2014, K Camp released his debut EP In Due Time, a remake of one of his original mixtapes. Its debut single "Cut Her Off" peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also nominated for Best Club Banger at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. The song featured vocals by 2 Chainz and in addition to Billboard, the song went number 1 on USA Today's Urban Airplay chart. It was also remixed by artists that include Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, T.I., and YG. In 2014, five of his tracks topped the Billboard Twitter Real-Time survey, which was more than any other artist for that year. K Camp was also recognized by Rolling Stone as a "New Artist You Need To Know."
K Camp was included in the 2015 Freshman Class by XXL Magazine, which also included artists Fetty Wap, Tink, and Vince Staples. In September 2015, he released his debut studio album, Only Way Is Up, which featured performances by Snoop Dogg, T.I., and Jeremih. The second single from the album, "Comfortable", peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. Only Way Is Up was recognized by Spin as one of the 50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015.
Multiple EP and mixtape releases followed his debut album. After being stuck in a production deal that limited his creative freedom, K Camp was eventually released from the binding deal, although he claims he wasn't compensated at all for his works. His second album Rare Sound, named after his own label, was released on November 2, 2018. It included the single "Can't Go Home" and had guest appearances from, amongst others, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Durk. Camp's third album Wayy 2 Kritical was released less than a year after Rare Sound, in June 2019. The album, executive produced by Camp's longtime friend and producer Bobby Kritical, highlighted Camp's "songwriting and sonic abilities". Wayy 2 Kritical includes the single "Lottery (Renegade)", for which a video was released on June 27, 2019. The song went viral online, inspiring a dance challenge on video-sharing app, TikTok. Camp gave recognition to 14-year-old choreographer Jalaiah Harmon who originated the dance craze known as the "Renegade" dance, a reference to the song's intro, which features the tag of the track's producer Reazy Renegade. On April 24, 2020, K Camp released his fourth album, Kiss Five, the fifth installment in his KISS series, which previously included mixtapes. The song "Lottery (Renegade)" was included as a bonus track. On July 3, 2020, K Camp released the album Rare Family.
Awards and nominations
|2014||BET Hip Hop Awards||Best Club Banger||"Cut Her Off" (with 2 Chainz)||Nominated|
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- Ichiki, Chase (June 27, 2019). "K Camp drops his latest music for "Lottery"". Revolt. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- Bell, Nic (February 10, 2020). "Atlanta's Own K Camp Brings His TikTok Sensation "Lottery (Renegade)" To Hawks Peachtree Night On Saturday, Feb. 22". NBA. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- "How K Camp's 'Lottery' (aka 'Renegade') went viral – and what happened next". Music Ally. March 9, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- Ting, Jasmine (February 10, 2020). "This 14-Year-Old Made K Camp's 'Lottery' Blow Up". Paper. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
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- @kcamp (confirmed account) (July 2, 2020). "RARE FAMILY THIS FRIDAY". Retrieved July 3, 2020 – via Twitter.
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