James Lowery, also known as Anybody Killa, or ABK (born June 26, 1973), is a Native American rapper from Detroit, Michigan, whose stage persona is that of a Native American warrior. He is signed to Psychopathic Records.
Early Years (1980's):
Lowery was raised on the east side of Detroit. His parents were from Pembroke, North Carolina and were of the Lumbee tribe. Lowery's father was a preacher. His aunt and mother taught him about his Native American heritage, telling him Cherokee and Lumbee legends and teaching him about dreamcatchers. Lowery started making music at a young age, using anything he could find as instruments, and began writing his own songs at the age of 13. By the age of 15, local kids would pay to watch him perform in his garage.
Krazy Klan (1995):
In 1995, he formed the group Krazy Klan with childhood friend Lavel, performing as Jaymo and J-ho, respectively. During this period, Lowery worked at a side plant that produced parts for Chrysler. His middle finger was partially cut off in an accident. After releasing two albums independently and performing at local clubs and parties, Krazy Klan broke up.
(Slangtown Records and Native Funk (2000)== Seeking a solo career under the stage name "Native Funk," Lowery released his first solo album, Rain from the Sun. After being introduced to rapper Chris Rouleau, known professionally as "Blaze Ya Dead Homie," Lowery adopted the stage name "Anybody Killa," and the two toured as the opening act for Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid. They also created the group Drive-By, and released their first single "Foodang"
Psychopathic Records (2001 - 2006):
Hatchet Warrior Era (2003):
Lowery signed to Psychopathic Records, and recorded his second album, Hatchet Warrior, released on April 8, 2003. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart, #42 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #98 on the Billboard 200.Allmusic reviewer Johnny Loftus wrote that "Mostly, Hatchet Warrior is a rehash of Psychopathic Records mystique. References to Faygo abound and shout-outs to Detroit and the Juggalos are frequent, while much of ABK et al.'s raps are workmanlike run-throughs of familiar themes".
Dirty History Era (2004):
On July 27, 2004, Lowery released his third album, Dirty History. It peaked at #7 on the Top Heatseekers chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums, #53 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #152 on the Billboard 200. Lowery also joined the groups Dark Lotus and Psychopathic Rydas, performing in the latter as "Sawed Off." Lowery and Rouleau also formed the group Drive-By.
Road Fools EP Era (2005):
The EP Road Fools, released on March 22, 2005, peaked at #23 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Native World Inc. (2006 - present):
In 2006, Lowery left Psychopathic, continuing to release albums and merchandise from his Native World label. In 2007, Lowery performed Main Stage at the Gathering of the Juggalos, and returned to Psychopathic Records the following year. He rereleased "Rain from the Sun" with Rattlesnake EP, also Black Halloween EP, Orange Halloween EP, "Detroit Warriors: Strike 1 Mixx" and "Detroit Warriors: Strike 2 Mixx", and Holiday Jingles EP in 2006.
He released Devilish EP, and Frosty The Dopeman EP in 2007.
He released Perception vs Reality EP in 2012.
ABK released Don't Let Go EP in 2013.
Return to Psychopathic Records (2008 - present):
Mudface Era (2008 - 2009):
ABK returned to the label in 2008, and released Mudface. The album features Insane Clown Posse, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Strict 9, and Boondox. In the pamphlet in the album it advertised his upcoming album to be called Possessed. He later revealed the idea was scrapped.
Medicine Bag Era (2010 - 2011):
In 2010 he released his next album titled Medicine Bag. The album features the songs scrapped from Possessed, two on each version of the album.
Shapeshifter Era (2012 - present):
The December 21, 2012 edition of Hatchet Herald indicates that Lowery will release a new album in 2013, which he has confirmed will be titled "Shape Shifter".
On March 28, 2014 Anybody Killa posted on his official Twitter account that his new album "Shape Shifter" was almost finished. In the April 11, 2014 Hatchet Herald, it was announced that ABK will be releasing a greatist hits album titled "The Perfection Collection" on June 10, 2014. In a June 2014 interview with YadaMedia ABK discussed his 2 new albums coming out on Psychopathic Records: "Shape Shifter" and "Road Fools 2". During his 2014 GOTJ seminar, it was announced that he and Big Hoodoo have created a new group called Tha Hav Knots. He also stated that Tha Hav Knots may incorporate more people other than just he and Big Hoodoo.
On May 14, 2015 on the debut edition of "Hoodoo's Hood" it was announced that ABK's Shape Shifter will be released after Otis's (of Axe Murder Boyz) debut solo album Slaughter, and before Big Hoodoo's album in 2015. Also it was announced that there will be a third member added to Tha Hav Knots. It is speculated that it will be Bonez Dubb of Axe Murder Boyz.
On May 28, 2015 it was announced on "The Warpath" that ABK will release "Shapeshifter (prelude)" at the GOTJ 2015 to give the fans a taste of what the album will be like.
Lyrical and performance style:
Lowery's lyrical content draws heavily from his Native American heritage. Lowery refers to his style as being "like a spiritual rap". He states that "I get a vibe from dreams, more or less. That's where a lot of my writing comes from. That and a lot of my fans' personal experiences. ... It's their music, my fans' music. I'm just putting it to words behind lyrics for them." In his review of Hatchet Warrior, Johnny Loftus describes the album as crossing Native American culture with gangsta rap and horror themes and humor derived from Juggalo and cannabis culture. Lowery has a lisp, which gives him a distinctive delivery. According to Lowery, "A lot of fans will say, 'Oh, he's just doing that to make it up.' Why would I want to make up a lisp while I'm rappin? I wish it was gone sometimes but a lot of people love it."
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