Covered from head to toe in tattoos, 24-year-old Los Angeles-based rapper Kid Ink is wrecking havoc on the streets and in cyber world. The rapper, producer, songwriter, and tattoo aficionado has over 25 million hits on YouTube with lyrical gems like, "Tat It Up" "La La La," and "Keep It Rollin'." Having spent the majority of the early part of his career behind the control board and not the mic, Kid Ink crafting his production skills working with multi-platinum artists like Sean "Diddy" Combs and Sean Kingston, as well Yung Berg and Nipsey Hussle. But sitting behind the board was not enough for Kid Ink. Just a few short years ago, he picked up the mic, and a new contender in the hip-hop game was born.
2010 was a breakout year in Kid Ink's career. Teaming up with world-renowned DJ Ill Will and DJ Rockstar's newly-formed Tha Alumni Music Group, the young rapper became more focused in his grind and began working on the underground hit, Crash Landing Mixtape (2010). Within 10 days of its release, the mixtape garnered critical acclaim, a position at the top of Datpiff.com's Top Mixtapes of the Week section, and an astonishing 50 thousand downloads. In collaboration with director Alex Nazari, he also released an astounding eight cutting-edge music videos by the end of the year. He has since released just under 20 in total.
2011 was also phenomenal for this young emcee. Releasing his sophomore album Daydreamer in June, the lyrical juggernaut accumulated over 150 thousand downloads in the disc's first week. He continued his 2011 tear by releasing Wheels Up, yet another all-original mixtape, in October. Again, the fan response was overwhelming, and Kid Ink embarked on a small supporting tour. Among his latest releases is the track "Time of Your Life," which dropped in February. Bucking the norm of waiting for a major label deal to kick off his career, this rapper has taken his fate into his own hands with an internet campaign that rivals many of the acts resting high on the Billboard charts. If the last two years are any indication, Kid Ink will soon be topping those charts too.