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Kero One


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Known for spearheading the Jazz-Hop genre, Kero One, a San Francisco rapper/producer/DJ, stands as a testament to the do-it-yourself success story.

Using only his homemade studio and personal credit card, Kero One pressed and released his first 12” record Check the Blueprints in 2003 on his own imprint, Plug Label. Without any experience as to how he should distribute his new record, Kero One spent endless hours researching, cold calling, and seeking help from friends. Of the 50 copies that were eventually distributed around the world, one landed in a tiny record store in Tokyo, Japan. A few weeks later, it was found by a Japanese DJ who played it at a club that night and received dozens of inquires, including a Japanese label executive who immediately contacted Kero One and asked for 3,000 copies of the record. The record, “Check the Blueprints” became an underground Hiphop classic in Japan, and Kero One was invited to tour the country just a few months after. He performed in cities throughout Japan where he was greeted by hundreds of fans waiting to take photographs and autographs, much to his surprise. It was at this point that making a career out of music became a reality.

Kero One went on to finish his first album, Windmills of the Soul, in 2005, handling everything from playing instruments, rapping, and sound engineering. Without a strong label backing or a street team, Kero One handled almost all the business himself.


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  • Jeployic

    Kero One is always going to be one of my fave artists. Really great beats and smart lyrics are always a great thing really.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Wonderful. Awesome beats with positive lyrics. Chillin' :)

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • dehumpn


    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • theblack2636

    wonderful music

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Krumbumbes

    Молодчага ) Cool positive beat !

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Naboyan

    Even though all albums are good shit the first one is still the best one. What I mean by this is that Windmills are just so witty, so chilly and dope it just blows my mind. Not too much electro like in the newest albums (not that I dont like electro, just it doesnt fit Kero in my opinion), nice lyrics, makes me smile every time i listen for example to Give Thanks or Fly Fly away.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • oosher

    The song "Groovin'" on the Mushroom Jazz 6 compilation.... why is it not on any studio album? It rocks.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • dimitrismagk

    dope beat gets my balls

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Ney_ther

    An amazing stuff!!! Love his positive message.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Tyrant1x

    I had never heard of him till less than a week ago but it's some of the best music I've heard in a long time.

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Baster_Jazzster

    New album new love.Wonderful music!!!

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • danubao

    this would be better with no lyrics,...windmills of my soul???

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • Exino

    I love it man. Great style you got goin on.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Bizmonial

    how can you not like Kero? Screw you, man!

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • a_spaceman

    @Sechs911 You are a dumb piece of shit shut up

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tenmllnsounds

    Find out how to get 10 free tracks from Kero One (made available by Kero himself), including tracks from his albums Windmills of the Soul, Early Believers, & Kinetic World!

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Sechs911

    I'm with futhamucka. This shit would be awesome if it weren't for the crappy nigger lyrics

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cinnamondearie


    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • beatdigger

    jazz hiphop

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • futhamucka

    did plug label read my comment and create peterock234?

    18 May 2011 Reply
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