Kingpin - Earthquake
Kingpin - Nothing else left
Kingpin -Round and round
Born in 1983, to Bessie Tarver and Fred Jennings, Rodney “Kingpin” Townsend grew up in Charleston, Missouri (a rural town in the “Bootheel” of the show-me-state). Whether he was b-boxing on his grandmother’s porch or making up catchy jingles while eating a bowl of cereal before school each morning, music was part of his life. At that time, he had no idea these early attempts at performing was the foundation for his future aspiration to garner a spot in the genre of rap. Nor did he know the events and experiences he witnessed, while growing into manhood in the housing projects of Charleston, would become the blueprint for his dream of becoming a renowned rap artist.
From birth to the age of 14, Kingpin and his family lived in the housing projects. The societal ills (poverty, substance abuse, black-on-black crime and homicide) that plague many urban African-American communities are the same ones prevalent in rural ones too. Often times, to escape the harsh realities of his surroundings, he began putting pen to paper to document what he felt and found an outlet of release for the hopelessness and anguish the madness created within him. Eventually that was not enough and Kingpin succumbed to the draw and allure of the deception living the good life presents to many young African-American men. Unfortunately, his first arrest on the state level for selling drugs did little to deter his desire to survive in the streets, or better yet the school of hard knocks. It took being sentenced to 30 months in federal prison before he began a self and life re-evaluation and determined that with the material he had created and the raw talent he possessed, he needed to focus on realizing his dream of becoming a rap recording artist.
Once released, armed with a renewed sense of determination and the sense that he was in control of his destiny, Kingpin began experimenting with the songs he had penned by mixing in different hooks and beats. With impeccable lyrics born of his street mentality, he found he was a natural in the rap genre. Influenced by Tupac, Pastor Troy, Biggie, and Lil Wayne, Kingpin began booking his own gigs and performing in front of audiences at various venues across the tri-state area of Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. Throughout his travels, he has been afforded the opportunity to meet and/or perform for Yo Gotti and Gangsta Black. Presently, he is in proactive pursuit of his dream and is poised to take the rap game by storm. You can hear his music at www.myspace.com/kingpinmo or at www.myspace.com/bellesqaud2 www.chartbreakerzmusic.com . Kingpin is currently working on his solo album “State of Mind” which is scheduled for release late winter/early spring. Chartbreakerz Music!!!!! Pics and more click here
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