Keaton (born Keaton Wendt) is a 21 year old rising start taking the Carolina hip-hop scene by storm. He was born in Pennsylvania and spent some time in New Jersey before his family finally settled in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Keaton proudly represents the “Capital City” (Raleigh) and in a short time has become a prominent face in the talent pool in NC.
Keaton’s love of music developed as an infant when his mother would rock him to sleep while playing country music. It was the only remedy that would soothe him and keep him from crying. In addition to country music Keaton was also heavily exposed to rock music and at the age of 14 he started playing the drums, influenced by bands such as Staind and 3 Doors Down. He always liked hip-hop but really fell in love with it around the age of 15 and started writing and recording lyrics at 19.
As a hip-hop fan, Keaton was influenced by legends like Biggie, Tupac, Outkast and Jay-Z as well as Eminem and since he discovered his passion for the genre in his later teenage years he also cites the newer generation of emcees such as Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa as heavy influences on his craft. Bob Marley’s music has also had a profound impact on Keaton. The subject matter in his music is usually on the lighter side, typically centered around girls, drinking and smoking marijuana, sometimes tying these topics into more serious matters. “I have a story to tell like everyone else,” says Keaton. “I really just want to have fun with this music and connect with people.”
Keaton has always had aspirations of working in the music industry but never really took his artistry seriously until after he dropped his first mixtape The Pregame in February 2011. The success of The Pregame and the accolades he received from other artists and fans made him realize that it was possible to make his dreams a reality. Keaton started to focus more of his attention on writing rhymes and recording and teamed up with other underground artists in the area for collaborations. Keaton was featured on the successful collaborative underground project The Millie Tape released in late 2011, contributing a verse to the hit record “Get Lifted” with fellow emcees Azon Blaze and Lazurus. Keaton dropped an EP on April 20 called Exit 420 and is currently working on his sophomore project Party of the Year set for a release date in 2013, fueled by the single “Doin What I Do.”
Already a well known face on the Raleigh-Durham hip-hop scene, Keaton intends to continue to build his growing fan base by increasing his online presence through social media and doing more shows outside of North Carolina. He is definitely an artist to keep on the radar having garnered the respect of veterans and newcomers alike.