Behind the studio glass, commanding the sound boards is where Kid Ink started his career, mixing beats for the likes of P Diddy and Sean Kingston—but with such a natural talent for creating seamless hooks and loops, it was only a matter of seconds before he picked up a microphone. The 24-year old MC Kid Ink, named for his sprawling mass of tattoos (he's covered pretty much entirely from the jawline down, including a few choice spots on his face), erupted onto the scene with a debut mix tape, appropriately titled Crash Landing, that hit 50,000 downloads with its first ten days. Now, he's worked with everyone from Tyga to 2Chainz to Chris Brown, but Kid Ink shines brightly on his own with a tireless work ethic, a constant outpour of new music and a collection of music videos that are, actually, pretty damn good.
Wed., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., 2012
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