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Monday, October 8, 2012

Artist Of The Month: Kenoe (Month Of October)

Allow for The Junkie Alley to introduce you to Long Beach, California artist Kenoe. If you have never heard about him before your about to get to know him real well. See what hes got going on & what he has out. make sure you get you a feature with him. 

I was born in los angeles My name is kenoe aka sir kenoe I'm of Mexican and Honduran (Honduras) descent I grew up in the east side of long beach on 10th and norman and 11th and hoffman. MY hood is fkc hellman block drifters. I have been into music since a kid when rundmc and beastie boys ran shit I also was influenced by whoodini krs one nwa king t too short snoop dog pound kid frost mellow menace and various other rappers. I started off dee jayen wit my brother he taught me how to mix blend an scratch I used to spend ours in his lab pumpin out mix tapes and slangen them at school. But our equipment got stolen ending that. We weren't very rich actually kind of poor and equipment is expensive. After our stuff was stolen I started hangin out on the streets taggin my hood across long beach I used to get such an adrenaline rush when I mobbed from hevans to rtds busses streets and freeways--but writing was always my passion. I loved writing poetry and was even starting a book about the Latinos and the low-rider movement another (one of my passions) but one day I left my folder on a bench during lunch and it got stolen. shortly after that I dropped out of school and went back to the streets. I used to recite the verses of a lot of my favorite artist so one day my boy exit asked me to join him in a freestyle session it introduced me to my true calling bein an mc. When I started it was just freestylin--but then I started getting a hunger to get better and stared dreaming of stardom--so I started writing more and freestylin more I would spend all my money on studio time for me and my group drunk-n-faded hopin that we would strike it big but it was a stuggle. one of my group members got locked up for selling drugs so our group broke up. after that I made a group with my boy exit,sent,and epic it was called the street addicts we made a couple of hood anthems when jealousy set in to us mostly against me cause I was always prepared and writing comes real easy to me I wrote most of our hooks. they thought I was showing off but I was just trying to get our music finished...but we all know how mens' egos are. we fell out and I decided to go solo cuz I didn't want to depend on people no more. I branched out on my own I started flooding the streets with undaground albums I developed a pretty big fan base and discovered a new talent musical engineering I wanted my shit to sound with quality so I went hard on pro-tools went to school and sharpened my skills on the boards I also decided to buy my own equipment and learned how to make beats. my first peace of equipment was a korg workstation. then I started upgrading my studio with more beat machines like the korg vocoder yamaha motif and a couple of drum machines.Eventually I met don cisco and started touring with him as his hype man I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from a great mc I did mix tapes with him and thizz nation in the bay I was starting a journey I had seen in my life since I stared this. I was featered on his album hustlers paradise now called still hustlin eventually we ended up in new york after doin a show at the house of blues in Hollywood we met the founder of airware AL he wanted us to do a mix tape and told us to come out to new york Im from the west but I loved new york its were it all started. we touched down in NYC and started parting from the gate then we went to the studio and knocked out a couple of songs for the mix tape I met big daddy cane joel ortiz and nore on my trip the mix tape was called airware the chosen few, I produced our track, and it was a good feeling to get that accomplished. I also worked with baby bash mc magic and yuck mouth while workin with cisco we did shows on the whole west coast Las Vegas was always fun Utah was cool Arizona and new Mexico were hot but they showed their love for music as did Oregon.I started feeling a hunger to be my own act not just a hype man so I went back into the studio and stareted working on more solo projects I finished a album with my boy lil soilder,mesik,tone from on blast and scientist all great beat makers soldier is my protege I know how to make beats but writing and recording are my passions. I started slingin out the trunk and boy was it sellin like crack fast when one day I got a call from don cisco askin me to drive out rigo luna a artist from machete music (don omars label) for a hook so I did on the way to the session rigo asked if I had any music to show him so I did and he loved it he said he wanted to do some songs together so we did he then introduced me to the costars I did a verse for a movie with the game called the millionaire boys club got paid and started workin on a album with luna and them.While me and rigo were workin he also had engagements for his label and introduced me to Duane darock Ramos a producer from the rocafella camp he loved my style and seen big things in my future so with him and the costars I put out some off the best underground music in the city but rigos managers didn't want us releasing the album cause he was under contract with machete and I didn't want to sign to that label I felt that they couldn't promote hip hop the way there supposed to so me and darock started working on my album and other projects.He felt I was a good engineer so he gave my first shot at producing a major artist and I co-produced a track (all my men) on krs ones new album maximum strength 2008. I also got the privilege to get on the stop the violence album landing on the second single with mary j blidge krs one da game fat joe chamillionaire ll cool jay and other artist. I did an interview with B.E.T for the album due out in 2009 during all this I was told by my boy alex silva aka hast and alex castro about a touring opportunity in japan so I finished a album with Duane darock mesik soldier and dr. claw all beat makers on my album I mix masterd all tracks with DAROCK supervising my first international album went overseas twice living my dream came to full fruition but during all this time became years my daughter was growing up with me out there i missed my fam..I never wanted my kid to grow without me so i came home and did my dad thing which is  fulfill-en  i kept doing show slanging cds but i did this near home my hunger arose again to get in the game so now i am almost finished with my second album with contributions from Loon3,solider,Dr.klaw,Duane Darock Ramos,fatt corey I feel this album is different cause im in command no one choosing tracks for me im calling it kenoe vs Jose inner turmoil..because its life my life struggle from being a artist to being a family man the hood in me "kenoe" wants to be out there doing the dam thing the jose in me is fine with how life is after all it is good...but im going to learn to balance both...

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