Many have witnessed the countless phases of this Texas artist; now he is confidently stepping into himself for the betterment of his artistic language. Draped in swagger, like the sap from a tree, Ken Casio reveals yet another clue of exactly who this being is…
Ken ‘cashflow’ Casio is a Texas hip hop artist born in 1996. Although he is commonly known for his artistry, he is the owner of Austin-based recording studio, Swaycon Studios of which he opened in conjunction to Sonae Styles(@sonaestyles) salon in January of 2022. Ken has came from a musical background from a very young age; he was in a calypso steel drum band from his childhood and a large portion of his family have ties to music and entertainment that sent his natural disposition towards music.
The worlds he chooses to blend within his music are derived from a number of different influences as he grew up listening to a number of genres. He takes artistic notes from the likes of Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Quincy Jones, Flying Lotus, & MF DOOM; the list can go on. Ken started out with the name Kenny Casanova but in 2022 He officially changed to Ken Casio as he felt the name was more authentic to what he wants to represent. Under his former name, Ken released 5 solo mixtape/eps, two duo tapes and 4 projects with a large rap group, PNTHN in The span of 5 years. Key 2 The Lock is Ken’s latest project and is the first that he has released under his new name.
Ken’s music is a hurricane of braggadocios and facetious lyricism commonly over a grandiose soundscape that draws you into his prototypical dimension in a way similar to the way a black hole draws in all surrounding light.
We can find that Ken has a number of projects already out in the world in a various number of places(almost like the poneglyphs scattered in the realm of one piece).
You can start with Sweet Aromatic, his solo debut ep, available on all platforms. This project, produced by Mane98, provides a base foundation for the style Ken Casio has been written for himself in this realm, mixing his mono-melodic story-phors with transic, 808 heavy, soundscapes.
He carries his style on into his a band camp exclusive, 3D SHIFT, bringing sounds from the same producer but also featuring beats from Texas producer NoFriends and MEoff3backwoods.
His debut album, .RAR Format, featuring heavy hitting production, is a real understanding of the persona. Kenny has expressed the motive is to do exactly what he wants to do, whether its in music or in life.
In 2021, Ken dropped, Mercury In Water, a project that represented his Mercury sign in Pisces to express the thoughts occurring through Ken's head.
Simply seeing the evolution of Kenny in under a year leaves a lot of wonder in what’s to come for this natural born star.
Key 2 The Lock is Ken's first album dropped under his new title. It was released in October of 2022 and was mainly produced by his alter ego, MEoff3Backwoods. The nine song project is a great example of the many ways this being can evolve effortlessly and still connect to the human experience with every song he makes.
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