There are a million different opinions on what makes a great MC. One person might say flow; another may offer charisma as their choice. Another still, may choose lyricism, or stage presence. The truth however, lies somewhere in between...that in between, is King Pen.
Who is King Pen, you may ask...
California born and raised, King Pen embodies the soul and spirit of “Golden Age Hip Hop” while still effortlessly navigating today’s music scene. Having drawn comparisons to Ice Cube and Scarface because of his deliberate flow, storytelling ability, presence and expert song writing has been an honor, as they both top the list of King Pen’s influences. However, a special place has been reserved for the incomparable Tupac Shakur as King Pen’s biggest musical influence. Names like The Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Jay-Z, Bun-B, Andre 3000, and Lupe Fiasco round off the list.
Having been a songwriter since the age of 14 has afforded King Pen a veteran’s swagger in the booth, and a shooter’s touch at live performances. This much is evident as he’s seamlessly shared stages with Hip Hop heavyweights such as Talib Kweli, The Game, Slum Village and Cypress Hill. All while maintaining a presence at historical venues such as Empire, The Key Club, LeVel 3, The Roxy Theatre and The Viper Room.
A thunderous delivery, witty wordplay, meaningful content and delivery, are the jewels that adorn the halls of this King’s treasure room. Each of these attributes is used to precision, in order to further his career goals. King Pen works to distinguish himself as a professional that cherishes rap music and works tirelessly at perfecting his craft, as such, no goal is too lofty. King Pen has been quoted as saying he wants to win a Grammy in time enough to celebrate with his Grandparents.
There were a million different opinions on what makes a great MC. Now there is a million and one... Prepare yourselves...the King has arrived!