Having been born into a musical family in Corozal, Belize, King Kosh was introduced to his life-long crush, Hip Hop when his father brought him from Central America to the Bronx where he discovered the new art form. King Kosh later swapped for the West Coast to live with his mother in Oakland, CA where he grew up.
King Kosh discovered the greats in Hip Hop off the bat; such as Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD, Boogie Down Productions (BDP); The Bay Area’s own The Coup, Too Short, E-40 and Askari X and the infamous West-Coast classic rap group NWA. These talents helped guide King Kosh's rhyming skills in this new genre called Hip Hop, that he encountered on his arrival to the mainland.
King Kosh has turned many heads with his talent as a lyricist over the years and has been a member of numerous groups such as Syrkal of Souls (Syrk), who appeared on a well-known rap compilation, titled, “Pimps, Playa’s & Hustlas” This project went gold and was released by Loc-N-Load Records in 1997. King Kosh became famous for his verse on the track, “Dark Core” with the other SYRK members and 3X Krazy, where he mixed his rap lyrics with a reggae chant. Another group he was a part of was, 5StarGeez who released "The California Gold Rush" (Mixtape, Jan 2009) and “365 Grind Ave” (April 27, 2020) in the dedication of Base Rox, one of the founding members who passed away.
He also released two solo mixtapes in the early 2000’s titled, “Bring The Yellow Tape” featuring M1 of Dead Prez and “G-5 Power Raps” which featured Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers. He recently appeared on The Far Side formerly of The Pharcyde new album Imanifatlipslimkid3, produced and released by Spear of the Nation, which includes the track “Vortex” that features King Kosh. Along the on his music journey, King Kosh has opened up for headlining acts such as reggae legend Nicodemus, Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees, Brand Nubian, KRS1, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, Black Moon and many more.
Rhyming over beats and chanting to Caribbean riddims is not his only calling, King Kosh owns his own fashion company, TreeMoon Apparel, which is a cannabis-influenced clothing brand. King Kosh also owns Gemstone Official Media Group, which is a multi-media music company, specializing in recording music and video production.
For over two decades, King Kosh, a man of many hats, has taught school-age youth in East Oakland about the history of Hip Hop, its culture and how it conducts business. His classes entail step-by-step lessons on digital recording, editing, copyrighting your material, publishing, branding, marketing and more.
“I just wanted to give them the tools they needed to make their dreams a reality!” King Kosh shares his passion to keep Hip Hop culture and the independent entertainment industry alive.
Recently, King Kosh has been getting comfortable with making appearances on the big screen where he has played a leading role in the award-winning film “My Father Belize,” directed by Leon Lozano and co-written by Ron Sierra. The film premiered at Belize Film Festival (Trailer, 2019) which Channel 5 Belize covered in the local news. “My Father Belize” coincidently won “Short Film” and “Audience Choice” awards at the Oakland International Film Festival in The Bay Area, CA (2019). The film now is available on AmazonPrime Video. The film is an inspirational island story about self-discovery, hope, family and love.
He also appeared in “Strong Hawk - My Sister’s Keeper,” now available on Amazon Prime VIdeo. "Strong Hawk" is a film about three sisters who lost their parents a long time ago and are fighting for their innate right to live and thrive together with their tribe as they discover they have special powers.
King Kosh’s film reel is exceptional and still growing. His music catalog is massive and the impression that he has made on hundreds of Oakland youth that he has taught is immeasurable. King Kosh is a well-traveled, mild-tempered, humble man whose multi-genre career is taking flight.