Originating from two dreamy eyed college kids' minds, Classic Kings is a duo striving to push the message of Peace, Love, Education and, most importantly, Originality.
Hickman L.A. is a Los Angeles born MC, influenced by the depths of Tupac's lyrics and the consciousness/imagery of Lupe Fiasco. After meeting Lupe in 9th grade and hearing Lupe (Keith's favorite rapper) tell him that he was going to be creating Hip Hop after Lupe retires was all the drive Hickman L.A. needed to take his craft seriously. He has stayed true to his insightful lyrics about his community, society and how he can use his words to heal the wounds of his people. At the same time, he uses the competitiveness, hunger, and fearlessness that he learned from Tupac to craft witty metaphors and bars (combined with a love for flow) that proves he can hold his own with the best of wordsmiths. At Tuskegee University, he built a following and released his first solo mixtape, Just A Start: Reconstruction, which received high praise from both peers and hip hop heads alike.
Gho$t Plato is a Houston born MC, who realized at an early age that hip hop was his calling when he witnessed his father's (350 of the Houston rap group Bigga Figgas) album in stores such as F.Y.E and Best Buy at the age of 9. In high school he started chopping and screwing, where he released (and successfully SOLD) his mixtapes called The Yellow Light Tapes. His inspirations include DJ Screw, DJ 4OZ, OG Ron C, and DJ Michael Watts. As a rapper, Gho$t speaks on all topics across the board of his own life: Relationships, Government issues, Parties, and Education. As a student of Tuskegee University, he grew a fanbase and released many mixtapes including Skegee Taught Me Vol. 1-3, SummwurrOnACloud Vol 1-2 and Thelonious Minds.
These two met in college and realized they had the same love for Hip Hop. Being long-time good friends, they finally created Classic Kings their senior year at Tuskegee University. In the summer of 2014, these two put their talents together to released their most widely accepted project A Tribe Called Kings. With this project, they contacted music and party promoters at neighboring universities such as Alabama and Auburn University. Hip Hop is their culture and they want to spread the message across the nation! Classic Kings have opened for acts such as:
- Kid Ink - Hurricane Chris - Skooly - Project Pat -Dorrough Music - DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia) - Pastor Troy - Wale - Juicy J -