K.O. Da Beast is an up-and-coming rapper is the rare kind of musician who can combine influences from two of hip-hop’s most notorious towns: Flint, Michigan, and Atlanta. Born Derrill Knighten II on June 18, 1988, in Flint, Michigan, the young rapper grew up in an area known for its unique hip-hop sound and its long list of notorious rappers. He became fascinated with weird, lyrical and disturbing metaphors from rappers like Eminem, and the diabolical, punch-line-spitting storytelling from Biggie Smalls. He became a founding member of the group H.M.O.B., which would become one of the city’s most talked-about young hip-hop groups – including rappers such as Fresh, Tez, Vic, Soop, Kut, Chuck and more.
And then in his early adult years K.O. moved to Atlanta to chase his dream of becoming a world-famous hip-hop artist. He brought his Flint-area sound and style to a region that has a distinct trap and Southern influence. He began to fuse the two sounds, exploring new concepts with albums like “The Chosen One,” “Resilient,” “K.O. Kruger” and “Gifted Curse,” which he said was his most successful.
Today, K.O. has already released his fifth album, “Watz Hood 1.0.” It’s a project that he said showcases his unique sound and style in ways that will make lovers of hip-hop sit up and pay attention.