A new day is upon us and hip hop's answer to the question "what happened to the female rap game" is here. Blessed with the lyrical prowess to compete with the hottest emcees in the business, as well as singing every R&B hook on their album, and being touted as the female version of the Neptunes, the female Hip Hop duo KIN4LIFE is a triple threat. Together as a group for ten years and friends for over fifteen years, IQ and Nor have solidified their family ties and KIN4LIFE has never had a truer meaning.
Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, a town known for its contribution to hip hop in the late 80s and early 90s, KIN4LIFE is determined to bring hip hop glory back to their hometown. KIN4LIFE has decided to put the whole female rap game on their back, and are determined to bring respect back to their genre. As young black entrepreneurs, IQ and Nor incorporated their label, Noriq (pronounced Nor-reek) Records in 2002. Under their imprint, KIN4LIFE has released 2 albums and an EP entitled, "Rock Star". "Rock Star" is a precursor to their upcoming album, "KIN4LIFE Volume 2", slated for national release. Single handedly they have created a buzz so loud that the international scene has come calling. With major overseas play in the UK, Italy, France, and our northern neighbor, Canada, the US market is not far behind. Not only do these females write all of their music but they produce as well.
KIN4LIFE admits that their first love is emceeing, but their production and songwriting skills have made them a hot commodity behind the scenes. Working with the hottest up and coming R&B acts have garnered comparison to Missy, prompting them to form Noriq Records' subsidiaries, Red Eye Productions and KIN Writing Factory. It is a promise that you will be hearing them all over your radio in the near future. IQ is quoted as saying "We put an album out with zero to no budget." This hunger and determination will make it hard for majors to ignore, but the streets are listening, and KIN4LIFE is the answer. Visit KIN4LIFE's website at WWW.KIN4LIFE.COM or WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KIN4LIFE and see what the fans are really saying. The major labels are afraid of change but fortunately KIN4LIFE is not afraid of a challenge.
Out of that challenge Control the Mic was born. Control the Mic allowed unsigned artists to return to the true essence of hip hop. For over a year, they promoted and hosted the most artist friendly open mic in New York City. Almost a year later, people are still asking "when's the next Control the Mic". Always on the grind, KIN4LIFE switched gears in order to focus more of their attention on promoting and creating more great music for their fans and the world. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing these two talented females perform, you definitely need to make it your business to do so (WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/TIFFJONES820). Not only are their songs hot but their live show is electrifying and has been compared to the glory days of Run DMC. The industry has now been fair warned. Hold on because it's going to be a crazy ride.
currently: Featured on MTV LOGO's NEW NOW NEXT video count down
Featured on Video Music Box with Uncle Ralph McDaniels.
Honored in GONYC Magazine as the "100 Women in Music We Love"
Cover story of The Chicago Free Press August1st2007.
Featured in NYC's Village Voice September2007.
Featured in French Hip Hop Magazine Anattitude Magazine Summer 2007.
Subject of 2008 Documentary "black./womyn conversations" by Tiona M 2008.
Subject of PBS Emmy Award winning documentary series, "In The Life" January 2008.
Allhiphop.com Feature January 31st, 2008.
Featured in the June/July Issue (2008) of Out Magazine as #8 on The Hot List
Featured in the July/August Issue (2008) of Curve Magazine.
Performed at various clubs and showcases