Kingpin is an established Hip Hop artist and newly emerging filmmaker (writer/director) based in London. Those familiar to his work know him for his thought provoking social content, explosive rhythmical flow and delivery, high energy stage presence and continual contribution within the Hip Hop scene.
He was born in the inner city environment of London, among a back drop of council estates, deprived communities, drug abuse and gang culture, an environment which has provided endless inspiration for his written material. At a young age he discovered a passion for literature and music which progressed into a talent for writing and performing lyrics.
Kingpin began his career as a Hip Hop artist by appearing on the London underground hip hop scene where he gained a reputation for his energetic performances, intricate flow and hard hitting lyrical content. As Kingpin’s profile grew, he founded a creative company called Underworld Konnect, through which he masterminded the independent releases of his own solo project called ‘The Initiative’ and a collaborative project under the guise of Caxton Press entitled ‘Shame the Devil’. Both of the these music projects were critically acclaimed following their publication, receiving praise from Hip Hop legends such as De La Soul and Chuck D (Public Enemy), written coverage from N.M.E, Metro Paper, SBTV, Kmag and DJ Magazine. Radio support from Capital Xtra, Kiss, Reprezent, Xfm, Whoa, Oxjam and Itch FM among others and music videos broadcasted on the likes of 4music and Channel AKA. The project was also voted album of the year by the readers of Wordplay Magazine and a request to have his material submitted to the British Library. This coverage has aided to raising Kingpin’s profile in the Hip Hop scene and given him the opportunity to work among Hip Hop’s elite, performing his material in the USA and across numerous countries and cities in Europe, where he has established a large and continually growing fan-base.
Kingpin’s emergence as an independent film maker started after shooting a number of music videos for his album. His determination to project his creative vision meant Kingpin was involved in many aspects of the music videos from designing storyboards and treatments to organising locations and directing scenes. Gaining hands on experience encouraged Kingpin to push the boundaries and write the script to his first short film entitled ‘The Initiative’. The film was created by using two songs from his first music album and combining them with a strong narrative, resulting in an entirely independently financed Hip Hop musical. For a debut short film ‘The Initiative’ was incredibly well received, having its premiere screening to a select audience at the prestigious Camden Roundhouse and being selected for the British Urban Film Festival 2014 in conjunction with Channel 4. This is the first short film by Kingpin and third official releases under his creative company Underworld Konnect and demonstrates the potential and promise of a new filmmaker who intends to make an impact on the urban film scene with his unique and unconventional, story-telling style.