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Down A.K.A. Kilo

Regardless of debuting using the hard, Western Coastline funk-rap album, California Cowboys, Chicano rapper Down aka Kilo broke to the nationwide arena using the dance-offering club solitary “Lean Just like a Cholo” in 2007. Down, actual name Juan Martinez, was created to undocumented immigrants in Oxnard, CA. Hearing the hardcore hip-hop and stoner-funk of Cypress Hill as well as the explosive gangsta rap of NWA at a age, Down highly identified making use of their music and design of living. He started rapping at age group 13 and produced his 1st recordings inside a makeshift studio room in the garage area of his child years friend, Edward “E-Dub” Rios, who later turn into a maker for the Pocos Pero Locos radio display on L.A.’s Power 106. Both Down and Rios ultimately established their very own businesses, Kilogram GROUP and Silent Large Entertainment, respectively, and jointly released Down’s California Cowboys LP in 2003. Even though album’s guests included Western Coast top canines MC Ren, Daz Dillinger, and Snoop Dogg, California Cowboys experienced limited exposure. Exactly the same was accurate for the double-disc recording (all Spanish around the first disk and mostly British on the next), Bosses and Jefes (2004), documented for Venemusic and billed beneath the Kilo alias. Within the entire year before summer 2007, many well-known rap/R&B singles had been spawning fresh dances for all of those other nation to capture onto. Down just slice into that marketplace, providing a Latino-themed dance strike, “Lean Just like a Cholo.” The ensuing recording, The Definition of the Ese, had exactly the same strategy, providing smoother, R&B-driven productions, thanks to up-and-comer Fingazz (Lil’ Robb, Kurupt, Dark brown Boy). Released via Universal’s Latin-based imprint Machete Music, the LP peaked in the very best 20 on both dance and rap graphs.

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