Label: Beautiful Struggle
Knowledge Over Nonsense…
Fed up with the lack of love from local producers and fellow MC’s, KON took matters into his own hands. His thirst for musical knowledge pushed him to the edge. At age 13, he would make a life changing decision. He was through with being patient…he understood now what it took to be an independent artist.
Born and raised in Jackson Heights/Corona, Queens in a Cuban household, KON was exposed to a variety of Latin music at an early age. His father was an avid collector of Old Latino Boleros and classic Soul music from the 60′s and 70′s which greatly influenced and helped shape KON’s musical character. His music describes his adolescence, his love and his thirst. His music describes his plight to be more.
First mastering a free piece of production software on his PC then buying his first MPC at age 17, rapper and producer KON decided it was time to take his artistry to the next level. Having the opportunity to advance doing what he loved, he was accepted into the Institute of Audio Research and received an audio engineering degree. Now having both the skill and knowledge to manipulate his talent into a generated income, KON was producing beats for many talented underground and legendary MC’s such as Blahzay, Lil Fame of M.O.P. and Thaitanium, to engineering and mixing/mastering music projects for many local artists on the scene. However, paying the rent wasn’t enough. His passion and lust for rhyming was beginning to over power him.
In 2010, it was time to bring his emceeing prowess to light. Unsure of how his craft would be accepted, he released his first EP Above the Clouds to a new brand of people. Show after show, open mic after open mic, with much praise from his new fans and bravado from his newfound confidence, KON had decided on a release party. Drawing a crowd of over 200 people and packing out location Public Assembly, in Brooklyn, NY, KON discovered his stride and need to reach an even higher level.
Shortly after, KON released another project in March 2011 entitled LIKE IT or LOVE IT, which features industry beats varying from producers such as Kanye West to J Dilla to Nottz and Hi-Tek. Blended by DJ Dyllemma, the mix bring’s KON back to a time where he first fell in love with Hip-Hop culture.
In between both projects Rapper KON’s been strategically piecing together his debut album My Glorious Imperfection. In August 2011, he released inaugural single and video, “Victory Lap” . Between releasing mixtapes, performing and putting the finishing touches on his debut release, KON finally unveiled the follow-up single to the highly anticipated debut with self-produced “About My Business” which features a guest verse from his long time collaborator, Silent Knight.
Arraying heart, soul and struggle in the highest quality possible, KON has performed shows with the likes of Joe Budden, Masta Ace, Rah Digga, Immortal Technique and Blu, to name a few. Currently working with independent artists such as Silent Knight, Erin Barra, Brown Bag Allstars, Tenille, Mazzi, ASR and prevailing with a live punch to the gut with his latest endeavor, a neo-soul, Hip-Hop, rock infused band named Death.By.Plastic, which continues to proves the boundless evolution of KON’s music. Stay tuned…the movement has just begun.