"Everything he do is strategetic...real tactical...it's like he's playing Chess" Says personal manager Spade. Born Kevin Givens in 1987 Checkmate is from the fast gritty streets of Miami,Fl. At the tender age of 8 Checkmate fell in love with hip-hop listening to southern pioneers like Trick Daddy, 2 Live Crew, and JT Money. Though influcened by the southern pioneers he found inspiration from all over including Nas, Notorious B.I.G, 2 Pac, and Snoop Dogg. At the age of 13 he starting writing rhymes to express his difficult up bringing with local artists but it was his commanding vocal presence and tactical rhyming that made Check stand out.
Checkmate combination of unique vocal presence and clever rhyme scheme on the mic has landed him in showcases streaming from Miami to Chicago. A number of blogs such as EveryoneLovesHipHop, AllDMVHipHop, DopeShit and many more. Along with countless mixtape & online blog talk radio appearances across the country causing queit a buzz! Delivering winning club rockers and unique street anthems at a consistent rate is resulting in a ever growing fanbase from the streets to the net!
Building a foundation based off dedication, good business, and great music Checkmate is recording new material for the mixtape entitled "Ape Shit". Where he looks to solidify his spot as the next rising star in hip-hop and expand his growing fanbase. With a mixtape on the way and two buzzing singles "Money Clap" and "Stick Up" Checkmate doesn't show any signs of slowing down. "The only formula for success is consistency! I just wanna be consistent in everything I do because consistency only leads to success!"