About KC DA ROOKEE
After taking a break from a deal with Universal Music and raising his son, he's returned to the Hip-Hop scene and has signed with Moroni 7 Records.
From the beginning...
KC Da Rookee is a UK Hip Hop Artist whose debut Album Rookee Stizza was released on Showdown Records in Germany in 1999.
This was followed up by the Album Nexcalibur in 2002 with the single Four Fists reaching no.15 in the National German charts.
KC Da Rookee: Childhood and Early Work
KC Da Rookee was born in Derby in the East Midlands and moved with his Mother and Sister aged 2 to Nottingham. KC’s Mother introduced him to Hip Hop by purchasing him his first single – Doug E Fresh featuring Slick Rick “The Show”. Since then KC has been living and breathing the Hip Hop life.
KC joined the British Army aged 15 and after 1 year of basic training was posted to Germany. On weekends KC would leave the Army camp and visit the local Hip Hop clubs, immersing himself in the local culture and scene. After 5 years, he decided to leave the Army, learn fluent German and pursue a career in music.
KC Da Rookee: Breakthrough
Within a year KC had managed to establish himself into the German Hip Hop Scene with the help of close friend and mentor Rene Goldenbeld. Rene helped KC release his first single independently “First Draft”, and then signed KC to his newly formed label, Showdown Records. KC went on to release the 2 aforementioned albums, Rookee Stizza 1999, and Nexcalibur 2002. The single Four Fists from Nexcalibur was nominated for an Echo award in Germany for Best Single.
KC moved to Berlin and joined Hip Hop Crew, KMC. Whilst working on his 2 solo Albums with one of KMC’s producers, DJ Desue, KC also released music with KMC “KINZMANCLIKK” and the group was then signed to Universal Records and released the first album “Kinzman Come” 2002.
KC has collaborated with an array of Hip Hop artists in Germany and the USA and has also toured with many international known artists such as Outkast, Eminem, Noreaga, The Fugees, Sean Price and Gangstarr.
In 2005 KC decided to return to the UK with his Son to take a well-deserved break from the music scene. However he continued to write and began work as a youth worker in a deprived area of Nottingham.
In 2012 KC decided that the time was now right to launch back into the music scene.
He is now ready to cement his legacy on the culture which he felt was misunderstood in the UK, by writing an Album which is fresh, inspiring and positive. The New Album “Chosen” features production from top German producers, DJ Desue, C.L.A.S, and Berlin producer and BMI 2011 winner Paul Nza, Hamburg newcomer Rob Easy, French producer Azaia, and Nottingham producer DJ Fever, giving the album and all round European Hip Hop sound, something which has never been accomplished before.
KC Da Rookee has been signed to newly formed UK independent label Moroni 7 Records who focus on delivering positive, conscious and uplifting music to a worldwide audience.
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