Khleo Thomas

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Khleo Thomas
Khleo Thomas 2018.jpg
Thomas speaking to EFL students in Colombia about Holes on May 18, 2018.
Born Khaleed Leon Thomas
(1989-01-30) January 30, 1989 (age 29)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Occupation Rapper, Singer, actor
Years active 1998–present
Height (at age 27) 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Musical career
Genres Hip hop, contemporary R&B

Slick Living, Executive Dream, Executive Music, Fontana

UMG (current)
The Plus (former)

Khaleed Leon "Khleo" Thomas (born January 30, 1989), stage name Khleo Thomas, is an American actor,[1] rapper, singer, and entertainer best known for his role as Zero in Holes and Mixed Mike in Roll Bounce. He also starred in other films like Walking Tall (2004) and Remember the Daze (2007). Currently,[when?] he is working on his debut album, Just A Sample.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of Raquel and Leon Thomas. His father is an Army officer who was then stationed in Alaska.[2] Thomas' mother is a Jewish immigrant from Morocco, and his father is African-American.[2][3][4] After living in Germany, the family returned to the continental United States when Thomas was four.[2] After his family settled in Southern California, he began acting in commercials at age six.[5]


1998-2009: Career beginnings, Holes, and other early roles[edit]

In 1998, Thomas's first television appearance was on an episode of Bill Cosby's Kids Say the Darndest Things.

He has since starred in such films as Friday After Next (2002), Holes (2003), Going to the Mat (2004), Walking Tall (2004), and Roll Bounce (2005).

Thomas starred in the 2003 Disney film Holes, adapted from Louis Sachar's book of the same name. Thomas had not read the book before he was cast as Zero.[5] To adapt to the desert climate for filming Holes, Thomas was required to participate in physical conditioning training. He recalls, "We had to climb rope, dig holes, run, go hiking, do sit-ups and push-ups. The whole time we were thinking, why do we need this? Then we get to the desert and we understood. It was so hot, you could only be in a hole for 20 minutes at a time."[5] Thomas sang on one of the movie soundtrack's songs, "Dig It", which originated on the six hour round-trip bus rides that transported the actors to the set.[5]

In 2005 he began to dabble more in music when he became associated with fellow rapper/actor/entrepreneur Bow Wow and his label LBW. He was featured in Bow Wow's fifth studio album The Price of Fame as well as in numerous mixtapes. He made cameo appearances in Bow Wow's "Fresh Azimiz" and "Outta My System" music videos.

n 2006, Thomas guest-starred in "Poppin' Tags", an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; and in the season four episode of House, "Ugly" in 2007. He co-starred in the first episode of the television series Teachers, which was canceled after six episodes. He starred in movies such as Remember the Daze (2007) and Hurricane Season (2009). In 2010, Thomas starred in the action film Boogie Town.

2010–present: mixtapes, EPs, collaborations and Just A Sample[edit]

Khleo Thomas in September 2012 during Perez Hilton's One Night In... L.A.

On January 11, 2010, Thomas released his debut mixtape, The World Is A Cartoon.[6][7]

In early 2010, he was associated with Soulja Boy's label SODMG Entertainment, but would end up not officially signing with them.

On August 12, 2010 Thomas announced via his Twitter that he was working on his debut album, Just A Sample.[8] On September 22, 2010 he said during an interview that his first single would be titled "Lights Out", and he reported the startup of his own label, Zero Unlimited Inc.[9]

In late September 2010, Thomas made an opening performance in California on the "How The West Was One Tour" with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.

He later signed a record deal with independent label The Plus Records.

Also in 2010, he released a snippet of "Let Go", a song intended to be on Just A Sample. It samples the track "Let Go" by Frou Frou.

On January 11, 2011 he released a mixtape titled The Next Episode. In the song "Anniversary" he disclosed in more detail why he didn't officially sign to Soulja Boy's label SODMG Entertainment.[10][11] On February 15, 2011 he released his first single, "Lights Out," although this would later be dubbed a promotional single.[12]

On December 20, 2011 it was announced that Thomas had parted ways with The Plus Records and had signed a new label deal with Executive Dream Music, a division of Executive Music Group distributed by Fontana.

On December 23, 2011 he released a mixtape titled Slick Living.[13][14]

On March 6, 2012 he released a single titled "So Many Girls," the music video of which reached #10 on BET's 106 & Park.[15]

On November 13, 2012 he released a collaborative EP with singer/rapper Chris Batson titled After Everything Fades.[16][17]

On December 28, 2014 he released the EP Raised In The 90's through SoundCloud.[18]

Thomas is currently working on his debut album, Just A Sample, which is slated to come out in 2018.

Other ventures[edit]

Fashion designing[edit]

In 2011, Thomas released a necklace line he designed himself, called "Love Wings".[19]

In 2013, Thomas released his official clothing line titled "Slick Living Appearel" which is branded off his label Slick Living Inc.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Just A Sample To be released
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


Year Title
2012 After Everything Fades
(with Chris Batson)
2014 Raised In The 90's[18]
  • Release date: December 28, 2014
  • Label: Slick Living, Executive Dream, Executive Music, Fontana
  • Format: Digital download, EP


Khleo Thomas's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
The World Is A Cartoon
  • Released: January 11, 2010
  • Hosted by DJ Goonie
  • Label: Self-released
The Next Episode
Slick Living
  • Released: December 23, 2011
  • Hosted by Coast 2 Coast
  • Label: Slick Living
The World Is A Cartoon: Episode 3
  • Released: TBA, 2015
  • Label: Slick Living


Main artist singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2011 "Lights Out" Non-album single
2012 "So Many Girls"[21][22][23]
"Slick"[24] Slick Living
"Sweat It Out"[25]
(with Chris Batson)
After Everything Fades
2013 "Ride"[27]
(with Chris Batson)
2014 "5 On It" Raised In The 90's
"Side Ni**a / Don't Catch Feelings"[28] Non-album single
"No Questions"[29]
(featuring Sean Roxs)

As featured singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2013 "Now Forever" (Sofia Reyes featuring Khleo Thomas) Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Performer(s) Album
2006 "How You Move It" Bow Wow The Price Of Fame
"Bet That" Bow Wow Non-album single
2009 "Ain't I Freestyle" Bow Wow The Greenlight
"Do I Love Her" Bow Wow
2010 "Freak Show" JBar aka Ja-Bar In The Club
"Victory" Soulja Boy none
"Teachers Pet" Stefon4u
"Never Change Remix (I'll Never Change)" Indigo Charlie
"Not My Girl" The Good Boys
"Running Back To You" Amanda Leigh
"Light The Speakers On Fire" Malachi Mott
2013 "Now Forever" Sofia Reyes
"Fade Away" Social Club Summer of George
2014 "In'N'Out" Sean Roxs none
"Face Down" Flip Major


As lead artist[edit]

  • "In My Soul" (2010)
  • "I'm Still" (2010)
  • "Lost" (2010)
  • "I Got Me" (2010)
  • "Feel Good Music" (2010)
  • "Like I Never Left" (2010)
  • "Give Em What They Want" (2010)
  • "Halloween" (2010)
  • "Burn It Down" (2010)
  • "Lights Out" (2011)
  • "Floyd Mayweather" (2011)
  • "Motivation Remix" (2011)
  • "You Don't Fight Fair" (2011)
  • "Monster & A Beat" (2011)
  • "Slick" (2012)
  • "Sweat It Out" (2012)
  • "Fly Me Out To Cali" (2012)
  • "So Many Girls" (2012)
  • "Slick Music" (2012)
  • "5 On It" (2014)

As featured artist[edit]

  • Eric Mora - "Ain't I Freestyle" (2009)
  • Stefon4u - "Teachers Pet" (2010)
  • Indigo Charlie - "Never Change Remix (I'll Never Change)" (2010)
  • Amanda Leigh - "Running Back To You" (2010)

Cameo video appearances[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Friday After Next Bad Kid Supporting role
2003 Holes Hector "Zero" Zeroni Main role/nominated performance
2004 Walking Tall Pete Vaughn Supporting role
Baadasssss! Mario Supporting role
Going to the Mat Vincent "Fly" Shu Supporting role
Time Out Khalid Supporting role
2005 Roll Bounce Mixed Mike Main role
Dirty Splooge Supporting role
The Golden Blaze Jason/Sure Shot Supporting role
2007 Remember the Daze Dylan Supporting role/nominated performance
2008 Bob Funk Cupcake Main role/nominated performance
2009 Hurricane Season David Willis Supporting role
Breathe/III Dante Supporting role
2010 The Company We Keep Young Raheem Supporting role
Krews Tom Tom Supporting role
2015 Victor Randy Supporting role
2016 Soy Nero Mohammed
2018 We the Coyotes Danny
TBD Boogie Town Gizmo Supporting role
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kids Say the Darndest Things Himself Episode: "Oatmeal"
1999 Family Law Lanny Brass Episode: "Games"
2001 City Guys Jordan Episode: "Skips, Lies and Radiotapes"
2003 Super Short Show Himself
2004 ER Brian Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
The Wayne Brady Show Himself Episode: "March 19, 2004"
Frankie Muniz HoopLA Celebrity Basketball Event Himself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Curtis Episode: "Car wars"
Scream Tour IV Himself
2006 Teachers Patrick Episode: "Substitute"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dante Episode: "Poppin' Tags"
Gettin' Dirty
2007 House Kenny Episode: "Ugly"
On Location with Remember the Daze Himself
2009 Kids' Inaugural Himself
2010 90210 Purse Guy Episode: "I see London/I see France"
2011 Parenthood Guy in batting cage Episode: "Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs"
Sons of Anarchy Frecks Episode: "Dorylus"
2013 Bones Marcos Herrera Episode: "The Blood from the Stones"
2016 Shameless Dylan Oswald Episodes: "I Am a Storm" and "Own Your Shit"
2017 Being Mary Jane D-Razor Episode: "Getting Schooled"
2017 Major Crimes Lewis Wilks Episodes: "Shockwave: Part 1" and "Shockwave: Part 2"


  1. ^ Khleo Thomas on IMDb
  2. ^ a b c It's My Life . Celebs . Khleo Thomas | PBS Kids GO!
  3. ^ Digging for Jews | Arts | Jewish Journal
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  5. ^ a b c d Olsen, Mark (April 17, 2003). "Young actors get into 'Holes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
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  8. ^ Khleo Thomas [@KhleoThomas] (13 August 2010). ""Just A Sample" which drops September 3rd, will not be a mixtape. It will be a ALBUM. All original songs" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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