Kung Fu Vampire

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Kung Fu Vampire
Origin San Jose, California
Genres Hip hop, hardcore hip-hop, gangsta rap, gothic hip-hop, horrorcore
Occupation(s) Producer
Rapper
Years active 1996—present
Labels 100% Independent -
Associated acts Gorilla Voltage, Blaze, Twiztid, Wrekonize, Tech N9ne, Mars, G-Mo Skee, Potluck, Twisted Insane
Website www.KungFuVampire.com

Kung Fu Vampire is an American rapper from San Jose, California and the vocalist of the musical group of the same name. He has nationally toured with Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Locksmith, ICP, Brotha Lynch Hung, Wrekonize and more. In addition, KFV has collaborated with musicians such as Blue Note Records Jazz legend, Trumpeter Eddie Gale, Hopsin, Brother J of X Clan, Cougnut, Whitney Peyton and Spice 1.

History[edit]

Kung Fu Vampire began breakdancing at the age of six, and taught himself how to rap and sing while playing Drums and Bass as a hobby.[1] At the age of twelve, his aunt began taking him to see concert performances, and introduced him to a Gothic style of dress.[1] At 14 years old he and 3 friends from his neighborhood formed a group infusing Classic Hip Hop with Funk and Electronica which at that time was very innovative and hard for the mainstream to grasp.[1][2] In 2001, as a late teen he adopted the name "Kung Fu Vampire" during a conversation with his friends in which they discussed the idea of a martial arts film featuring vampires.[1][3] Kung Fu Vampire formed a band based on the "Kung Fu Vampire" concept.[1][2] Concepts from an unpublished novel he wrote also formed the basis for the group's stage act and beliefs centered around "Balance" KFV refers to it as the "Yin and Yang of Fang" .[2]

In 2006, the group was voted as the "Best Local Band" by Metro Silicon Valley readers.[4] and went on to win the award 2 more times. Director Darren Lynn Bousman was impressed by Kung Fu Vampire's performance style, and pushed for the rapper to perform at the release party for Saw III as well as opting to do a Music Video. Kung Fu Vampire has also performed at The Playboy Mansion.[5][6] Bousman's association with Kung Fu Vampire continued with performances at the release party for Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Bousman included Kung Fu Vampire's song "Dead Girls Don't Say No" in the film Mother's Day.[6] In 2009, Faygoluvers featured Kung Fu Vampire's music video "iCount" on the site, attracting the attention of Twiztid, who invited Kung Fu Vampire to perform as the duo's opening act during their 2010 "Slaughterhouse" tour.[6] Since 2010, KFV has done 13 Nation Wide Tours including 2 tours in Canada and 4 appearances at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, IL and Thornton, OH. Kung Fu Vampire is 100% Independently funded and has been offered 7 Record Label contracts throughout his career from Majors and Underground power houses but has yet to sign one.[6] In 2012, Kung Fu Vampire appeared in the music video for E-40's song "Zombie" featuring Brotha Lynch Hung and Tech N9ne.[6] In 2013, Kung Fu Vampire makes an appearance on the Reality Show "Oddities: San Francisco" on the History and Science Channel. In Late 2015 KFV release a synergetic Music video "Slice Of Life" crossing deep into the paranormal.- It's guaranteed to leave you with Goosebumps and is part 3 in a series of videos that have been released thus far. On October 16, 2015 KFV's song "Turnt Up" appears in the movie "Tales Of Halloween" which landed at #1 on iTunes for a month straight.

On January 1, 2017 KFV was invited to participate in the Juggalo March On Washington. He accepted on January 2, 2017 stating that The Juggalos have earned his respect and vice versa and would give a free day to them anytime.[7]

Style and influences[edit]

Kung Fu Vampire performs a style of Classic Hip Hop fusing goth, funk and electro.[2][5] Kung Fu Vampire referred to this style as "gothic hip hop" and "goth hop" to describe the true sound and separate himself from generic genre labeling, but later learned that it was also similar to the preexisting style horrorcore.[3]<!

Kung Fu Vampire avoids overly rapping about graphic violence, and makes little or no reference to campy horror films or smoking cannabis.[6] His lyrics have spoken out against drug use in particular Meth and Alcohol, and advocated for healthy living.[6]

Kung Fu Vampire was initially known for making appearances with a shaved head and pale face paint.[6] Since 2011, Kung Fu Vampire grew his hair out and has stopped using face paint in his performances stating that he would rather spend that time connecting with fans at concert as opposed to preparation.[6]

Live Band members[edit]

Current

Production Team[edit]

Current
  • ProHoezak

• TunnA Beatz

  • Skytzo Beatz

• Subliminal Beats

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Blood Bath Beyond
  • Released: October 13, 2003
  • Label: Kung Fu Vampire Publishing, Journees Music
Dead Sexy
  • Released: October 31, 2008
  • Label: Kung Fu Vampire Publishing, Mad Insanity Records
Love Bites
  • Released: October 31, 2012
  • Label: Kung Fu Vampire Publishing, Mad Insanity Records
Look Alive
  • Released: July 8, 2016
  • Label: Kung Fu Vampire Publishing
Come Dawn
  • Released: 2018
  • Label:

Compilations[edit]

Year Album
Womb Til Tomb
  • Released: April 20, 2002
  • Label: Shotcallers Recordings, Journees Music, Kung Fu Vampire Publishing
Re-Animated
  • Released: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Kung Fu Vampire Publishing, Mad Insanity Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2016 "Little Girl Big Mouth" Look Alive

Features[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Wheeler, Garrett (October 29, 2006). "Creature of The Night". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rudy, Stewart. "Interview with a (Rapping) Vampire". The Wave Magazine. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Dark Jedi Hillz (December 6, 2009). "Exclusive Interview - Kung Fu Vampire". JuggaloNews. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Best of Silicon Valley 2006". Metro Silicon Valley. September 20–26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Osterbeck, Ryan (October 18–24, 2006). "Interview With the Vampire". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Carnes, Aaron (December 5, 2012) Cover Story: Local Rapper Kung Fu Vampire Sheds Costume to Focus on Music. metroactive.com
  7. ^ "The Concert - Juggalo March on Washington - Sept 16th, 2017". juggalomarch.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

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