Before ’90s sensation Sir-Mix-A-Lot belts out his infamous rap about the female derriere, homegrown wonder Kid Official (K.O.) will take the stage tonight at Downtown Brew.
An aspiring singer-song writer originally from Arroyo Grande, K.O. specializes in dance breakdowns and remixes. Since his musical debut in 2000, he has worked with multiple Hollywood hotshots including Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child and The Pussycat Dolls.
“I’m mainly a song writer and occasionally an artist,” K.O. said. “And I’m very excited to see everyone here (in San Luis Obispo) because I don’t get to come home too often, especially in this capacity.”
According to his profile on MySpace.com, K.O. began working in the music industry straight out of high school when he assembled an “eclectic, Central Coast-based, hip-hop group and dubbed it The Danjarus Syndicate.” The group recorded its first album, “The Alpha Project,” in 2001 and sold more than 1,500 copies locally.
The album’s success gave K.O. and his group members sizable name recognition in Hollywood and after almost a year of recording together, they decided to work on individual projects.
Since then, K.O. has written background vocals for Britney Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour and even opened for Destiny’s Child.
“The biggest thing I’ve ever done was open for Destiny’s Child. I was performing for over 50,000 people,” K.O. said.
When asked how he would describe his musical style K.O. said, “I draw from a whole mix of (different styles), like Jay-Z and Outkast. And then I’m really into the fun element like Nelly.”
Downtown Brew opens its doors at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for the “21 and over” show are available at Boo Boo Records. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/one8one6.