» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums

» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add MP3
» Add News

Kwame the Boy Genius

Kwamé Holland (born 1974) is an American emcee who enjoyed brief popularity in the late-1980s and early-1990s. He is currently a music producer sometimes credited as K-1 Million or K1 Mil.

He was 16 when he released his debut album Kwamé the Boy Genius featuring A New Beginning in 1989, which was produced by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor. A New Beginning was his backing band and Kwamé was one of the rare emcees at the time to use a live band. The album spawned the singles "The Man We All Know and Love" and "The Rhythm." The accompanying music videos featured a polka-dot motif in the c ...read more

Kwamé Holland (born 1974) is an American emcee who enjoyed brief popularity in the late-1980s and early-1990s. He is currently a music producer sometimes credited as K-1 Million or K1 Mil.

He was 16 when he released his debut album Kwamé the Boy Genius featuring A New Beginning in 1989, which was produced by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor. A New Beginning was his backing band and Kwamé was one of the rare emcees at the time to use a live band. The album spawned the singles "The Man We All Know and Love" and "The Rhythm." The accompanying music videos featured a polka-dot motif in the costumes and production design. This was to become Kwamé's trademark and started a hip hop fashion trend as fans began wearing polka-dotted clothing. In 1990, his second album A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure was released. It was a concept album about a day in the life of a high school student. The album spawned the hit singles "Oneovdabigboiz" and "Ownlee Eue." Holland is a cousin of Vin Diesel, who danced in some of his early music videos.

In 1992, he released his third album Nastee. Now 18, Kwamé tried an image change by discarding the polka-dots and writing more sexually charged lyrics in contrast to his previously playful, intellectual persona. The title track was a minor hit but the album quickly fell from the charts.[5] His fourth album, 1994's Incognito failed to chart and Kwamé was dropped from his record label. That same year, Kwamé became a punch line in The Notorious B.I.G.'s popular song "Unbelievable":"Your life is played out like Kwamé, and them fuckin' polka-dots!"The lyric was a major blow to Kwamé's esteem and career as he suddenly became an object of ridicule in the hip-hop community. But in 2002, Kwamé reemerged as a music producer nicknamed "K-1 Million." He worked for many artists such as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige and Dru Hill. In 2004, he had a major success as the co-producer (with Eminem) of Lloyd Banks' smash hit song "On Fire". In 2005, he had even more success with Will Smith's single "Switch". He continues to work steadily as a producer with his current artists Beyond Belief and Profit and has since returned to using his real name.

To date, he has produced and contributed to records selling over 30 million copies.

« hide

Similar Bands: Slick Rick, Dana Dane, Leaders of the New School

Kwamé the Boy Genius: Featuring a New Beginning
1989

3.5
1 Votes

Contributors: BigPoppaDiesel,

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy