Ka (rapper)

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Birth nameKaseem Ryan[1]
Born (1972-08-11) August 11, 1972 (age 46)[1]
OriginBrownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1993-present
LabelsIron Works
Associated actsMetal Clergy, Roc Marciano, Gza, Natural Elements, Nightbreed, Preservation
WebsiteBrownsville Ka

Kaseem Ryan (born August 11, 1972), better known by his stage name Ka, is an American rapper, producer, and firefighter from Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

He is a former member of the group Natural Elements.[8] In 1998 he formed the group Nightbreed with his friend Kev.[9] In 2008, he was re-introduced on Gza's album Pro Tools on the song "Firehouse" and in that same year he released his debut album Iron Works.[10] In 2012, he released the follow-up Grief Pedigree on his label Iron Works. The album featured a guest appearance by Roc Marciano and was produced by Ka.[11]

In a New York Post story by a journalist, Ka was identified as a Brooklyn-based FDNY fire captain. According to an article in the New York Post, KA projected an anti-cop image in his songs. [12]

In a 2013 interview Ka is quoted talking about many subjects including being a firefighter with FDNY saying "I have a full time job and I work all the time. I try to keep that kinda low. I just have a job. It ain't my calling or nothing. It's just my job." He talks about growing up and drugs; "I was one of the youngest for a long time. I always had older people around me. I was always the one getting jewels dropped on. Of course, being very impressionable at a young age, I picked up everything that they was doing as far as the guns and the drugs... all that." On life in NYC, he said, "I would take the A train and I would have my box cutter on me not knowing if I had to split somebody's face open or if somebody was going to split my face." and school "I went to school because my mother didn't want me to be out in the streets, thugging. I just went to school to appease my moms. But that shit wasn't serious for me." [13]


Solo albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Iron Works
Grief Pedigree
The Night's Gambit
Honor Killed The Samurai

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of collaborative studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Days With Dr. Yen Lo
(with Preservation, as Dr. Yen Lo)
Piece Be with You
(with Roc Marciano, as Metal Clergy)[14]
  • Released: TBC
Orpheus vs. the Sirens
(with Animoss as Hermit and the Recluse)[15]
  • Release: August 18, 2018


List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
1200 B.C.
(with Preservation)
The Superfly Single


  1. ^ a b Toren, Ben (August 8, 2012). "The little labels that could". CNN Money. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ka: Carrying On Tradition". BET.com. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Ka ft. Roc Marciano - "Iron Age" [VIDEO]". Hip-Hop Wired. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Watch All of Ka's "Grief Pedigree" Videos Here - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Notes From Ka's One-Man Pop-Up Shop - MTV Hive". MTV Hive. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Stream The Night's Gambit, the darkly smouldering new LP from Brooklyn rapper Ka - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ "No Country for Old (Rap) Men: The importance of Ka". ACCLAIM. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  8. ^ "First Look Fridays: Ka From Brownsville". Okayplayer. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  9. ^ Jeff Rosenthal. "Interview: Ka Talks Newfound Recognition, Mailing Out His Own Albums, and What Jay-Z Is Doing for Brooklyn". Complex. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Ka". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Ka". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  12. ^ "FDNY veteran 'bad-mouths' cops in double life as rapper". New York Post. 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  13. ^ "Who Is Ka?". Complex. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  14. ^ "Roc Marciano Already Has 5 More Albums Ready To Drop After Reloaded". Hip-Hop Wired. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  15. ^ @brownsvilleka (4 May 2018). "Hermit and the Recluse is Animoss and Ka" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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