Before the sun rises, Kenyon Lowe has done more work than most people will accomplish in their entire day. Determined to be Arkansas’s first major recording hip hop artist, he works very hard to make that goal come into fruition. It would be a great understatement to call him a triple threat, multi-talented, or even a jack-of-all-trades. His long list of endowments include: businessman, engineer, producer, promoter, writer and performing artist.
Lowe started to write songs at the tender age of 9. By the time he entered high school, he was a singer, poet and well-respected MC, entertaining his peers at the cafeteria and on the bus with rhymes about life on the south side of Little Rock, Arkansas. He credits Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and the artists of No Limit Records as early musical influences and inspirations. In addition, Kenyon studied theater, which he credits with helping with his stage presence. Due to the comfort of performing on stage, he made a seamless transition into theatre arts during his freshman year of college.
It was that same year that he entered his first rap battle, a grueling 10-round bout that ended with a tie-breaker/rap-off which Lowe received second place.
“It was at that point that I felt I really had an opportunity to do it big,” Lowe says.
Motivated to become number one and amplify himself as a hip hop artist, he became known as “the DAWN”, a metaphoric homage to the rising sun; a name which he proudly holds to this day.
Shortly after the rap battle, Kenyon connected with fellow students to form the band, Fan 4. Fan 4, which originally started with four members, increased in size with the addition of more artists. As the popularity and success of Fan 4 increased, he began to manage other music groups and his production company, K&K Unlimited, was founded. During this time, Kenyon recorded hundreds of songs that appeared on various mixtapes and album.
All the while he stayed very active in campus organizations.
“I was an orientation leader and resident assistant, heavily involved in student government, the judicial board and several organizations,” Kenyon said.
Being active and making his presence known was beneficial in establishing a solid fan-base throughout Northwest Arkansas. It paid off in a great way in 2009 with the drop of “I Ball”, a song dedicated to the University of Arkansas Razorback football team. The song, which featured fellow K&K Unlimited label mate and UA football player Reggie Fish, became an overnight hit.
“In the song we made some big predictions about winning the [upcoming] game. It was like wildfire spread through Hog Nation. I was hearing the song being played all over the radio and in the parking lots at all the games”.
Lowe graduated from the UA and his fan-base broadened even wider, with the song’s debut on YouTube, the local news and radio stations throughout the state. Though the success of “I Ball” did not attract a deal from a major record company as he anticipated, Kenyon continued to work on other projects.
As a manager, he continued to amplify his artists’ careers while introducing new talent to the K&K Unlimited label. As an artist, he continued to build his brand, after being invited to be the front man for a local band and embarking on a tri-city, 20-show tour. By the tour’s end he was asked to open up for Roscoe Dash at a hip hop festival in May 2011.
“I had a 20 minute show set and the crowd was electrifying. It was an overwhelming feeling,” he proudly stated.
Lowe felt the need to relocate in order to reach the next level in his career and receive the recording contract he had earned and greatly deserved.
“My main reason was to put myself in a better position to put Arkansas on the map. Every other state in the south has broken a major artist or group except Arkansas.”
He recently moved to Dallas, found a manager/contractor and producer, and he gained entry into the SCMC: Center Stage Music Conference. He recently performed in front of Maybach Music Group, Lisa Davis, Atlantic Records.
Additionally, Lowe still records and produces albums and mixtapes. Though he’s no longer in the state of Arkansas, Kenyon definitely hasn’t forgotten his roots, as he records with K & K Unlimited artists.
“I just finished a mixtape with Reggie Fish called Lockout Over, available on datpiff, I am dropping a mixtape called The Lost Keys with Courtney J and Daily Drops 3 which features Yung Bloka. I try to keep my collaboration in-house. We're a team and most of the work I do I do with my team.”
And to prove that the sun never sets, this talented artist has more projects on the table, one which is reflective of his performing arts background.
“I have a Youtube show called KDTV, a vlog series centered around me talking about what's going on in hip hop; from fashion to business, and it features a rap section.”
Over the duration of seven years, Lowe has recorded 11 solo albums: Rising DAWN (2005), The Hillz Finest (2006), Street Fame (2007), Hunting Season (2010), Aggressive Pursuit (2010), Daily Drops (2011), Daily Drops 2 (2011), Pens and Papers (2012), Lockout Over (2012), Daily Drops 3 (2012), the Lost Keys (2012).
Fans can hear his music at:
Kenyon The DAWN’s tracks