BK-One

BK-One's love of music has been a lifelong affair. From an early age, he studied classical piano and jazz theory, taught himself to play the vibraphone, and began collecting records. Before he was old enough to get into clubs, BK was touring the country as a vibes player in a jazz band and experimenting with multiple genres alongside local music veterans. After moving to Minneapolis in 1996, BK wasted no time finding a place for himself in the local hip hop scene. He helped to start the city's first independent hip hop radio show and put his record collection to work, DJing regularly across the city. After meeting a hungry young rapper named Brother Ali and introducing him to the local Rhymesayers crew, BK-One found his best job yet...as the backbone of Ali's live show. Crafting elaborate routines with quick mixes and pounding beats, he and Ali have spent 10 straight years earning their reputation as masters of the stage. In that time, BK has also released several popular mix-cd's, like "For The Love Of Music" and "Set In Motion", which skillfully blend hip hop, funk, afrobeat, reggae, and jazz records.

This year, BK recorded his first solo album, "Rádio do Canibal". With music drawn entirely from records collected on a recent visit to Brazil, "Rádio do Canibal" features artists like Black Thought, Scarface, Raekwon, Slug, Murs, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Phonte, The Grouch, and of course Brother Ali. BK's years of experience in different styles of music shine through on this album, as he collaborates with rappers, jazz musicians, and singers alike. He says of the experience, "This album combines my three favorite things...music, travel, and working alongside my friends."

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Single: Tema Do Canibal

15 Response to "BK-One"

  1. ed says:

    i can respect someone who is a self taught musician and made it

    Diggable Planets did some good stuff with Jazz and Hip Hop too, I really dig that sound!

    pennywise says:

    I like the sound.

    that's cool man, and it sounds really excellent! =)

    Alex says:

    Pretty sick sound all around.

    tearinox says:

    Digging that trumpet. Reminds me of Deltron

    Adam says:

    Dope tunes!

    Zakk says:

    that's awesome, thanks for sharing. you always got my support bro.

    Rahman says:

    Wicked tunes!

    Jcache says:

    Pretty sick stuff, props on posting it up for us to enjoy!

    Another gangsta ass rapper, love it!

    Sweet sound, man.

    Fourra says:

    didnt know him but this music sounds good

    i´ve always liked his music

    BK-One is amazing I'm glad there are more people who do enjoy his music.

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