King Louie (rapper)

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King Louie
Birth name Louis King Johnson Jr.
Also known as King L
Born (1987-12-27) December 27, 1987 (age 28)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2007–present
Labels Epic, October's Very Own[1]
Associated acts 2 Chainz, Kanye West Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, Drake, Fetty Wap, Lil Reese, Twista, Yung Berg
Website kinglmusic.com

Louis King Johnson Jr., better known by his stage name King L or King Louie (born December 27, 1987) is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. [2] Spin Magazine attributed King Louie as being one of the Chicago rappers who made Chicago the "hottest hip-hop" scene in 2012.[3]

Life and Music Career[edit]

King Louie was born Louis King Johnson Jr. in the Eastside of Chicago, Illinois on December 27, 1987. He attended Hyde Park Academy High School for a while before graduating from alternative school. After attending high school, King Louie began building a following through one-on-one mixtapes. He would hand out CDs at bus stops and parties.[3] King Louie released his debut mixtape entitled Boss Shit in September 2007,[4] and the next year released his second mixtape Cloud 9 on December 2009.

However, his career was put on hold after he was hit by a car. He was hospitalized with both of his legs broken with various other injuries and had to learn to walk again after his injuries were healed.[1] He later returned to music, releasing a series of mixtapes that he made available online. Songs from his releases received regular air time, including his song "Too Cool" which was placed in regular rotation at WGCI-FM.[4] To promote his mixtapes, King Louie launched a series of music videos on YouTube. His first video was for the song I'm Arrogant which was the lead track from his 2010 mixtape Man Up, Band Up. He released additional music videos and quickly grew a large following.[1] It was his promotional methods on YouTube that helped him be one of the newer Chicago rappers to get noticed nationally.[2]

In 2012, during a trip to Los Angeles, California, King Louie met and signed with Epic Records. While on his trip, Kanye West's record label GOOD Music released a remix of a song by Chicago hip-hop artist Chief Keef. During the release, West took time to mention numerous other up and coming artists, including King L.[1] King Louie was later quoted on MTV's Sucker Free program that he was shocked and not aware that West was a fan.[5] He would later appear on West's Yeezus, performing a verse and the hook on the track "Send It Up". He was shot in the head in Chicago on December 23, 2015 and survived the shooting. [6][7]

Discography[edit]

  • Boss Shit (2007)
  • Cloud 9 (2008)
  • Man Up Band Up (2010)
  • More Boss Shit (2011)
  • #ManUpBandUp (2011)
  • #ManUpBandUp 2 (2011)
  • The Motion Picture (2012)
  • Showtime (2012)
  • Drilluminati (2012)
  • Jeep Music (2013)
  • Drilluminati 2 (2013)
  • Soprano EP (2014)
  • Tony (2014)
  • Drilluminati 3: God of Drill
  • 6 God Tony (2015) [8]
  • Play Dat Again (2015)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Fucked Up" 2012 Chin Chilla Meek, Shawnna It Feels Good To Be Great
"Money Mayweather" Chin Chilla Meek
"Touch Em" Bo Deal, Trouble The Chicago Code 2
"How We Do" Rockie Fresh Driving 88
"I Get Money" Lil Durk I'm Still A Hitta
"I Get Paid"
"Winning" Chief Keef Back From The Dead
"Screamin" Soulja Boy, Chief Keef N/A
"Flat Line" Chief Keef
"Just Be Cool" Fredo Santana It's a Scary Site
"Got Myself"
"Conceited" (Remix) SD Life Of A Savage
"Koolin" 2013 DJ Victorious, Twista N/A
"My Niggaz" HearonTrackz XX: The Chicago Ghetto D
"Pop Out" Katie Got Bandz Drillary Clinton
"2 The Moon (Send It Up)" HearonTrackz Buck 50z & Jay's: The Chicago Ghetto D
"Send It Up" Kanye West Yeezus
"Bitches and Bottles" Lil Durk N/A
"Shout Out" Lil Bibby, Lil Herb Free Crack
"Another Day" 2014 Lil Herb Welcome to Fazoland
"Chicago Conscious (Remix)" Reem, Lil Herb, Spenzo N/A
"Differences" 2015 HearonTrackz, Slitta XX: The Chicago Ghetto D
"Faneto (Remix)" Chief Keef, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Galil, Leor (May 18, 2012). "Chicago Rapper King Louie Went From Selling Mixtapes Out of His Trunk To A Deal With Epic Records". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kramer, Kyle (May 18, 2012). "Q&A Chicago Rap Artist King Louie". RedEye. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Drake, David (June 25, 2012). "Chicago Rap Blazes Up The Streets". Spin. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Drake, David (October 5, 2011). "King Louie – Dope & Shrimp, Rap and Gumbo". So Many Shrimp. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ King Louie Was Shocked by Kanye West Shout Out On "I Don’t Like" Remix. MTV. May 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Charles, Same. "Breaking: King Louie's manager confirms he was shot in the head at 83rd and Pulaski earlier today. He's awake and talking.". 
  7. ^ Hussain, Rummana (December 25, 2015). "Wounded Chicago rapper King Louie wishes fans Merry Christmas from hospital bed". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ King Louie – 6 God Tony | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2015.

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