Kevin Lanier Moore aka Kaoz is a native Clevelander and an award winning writer, actor, spoken word artist and educator. Kaoz began his career in the arts at age 8. After competing in the National Poetry Slam competitions twice, he independently released his first Project Mayhem Vol. 1.5 (2004) a spoken word/hip-hop mix tape that serves as first in what he calls the Fight Club Trilogy . Also in 2004 Kaoz made his playwriting debut with "Baba King" at the Ohio Theater. Also to his playwriting credits is Unseen: The Book Of Job which premiered at the Cleveland Playhouse and Voices: The Rhythm of Me at Cleveland State University Factory Theater.
In 2010 Kaoz re-emerged onto the hip hop scene, collaborating with numerous hip hop, pop and R&B artists from across the country. The Tyler Durden EP (Experience) (2010), was followed up by The Tyler Durden Mixtape (2010) completing the Fight Club trilogy. He also executive produced and co-wrote a full length compilation entitled Kaoz Presents: Real Talk MPLS - which tackles HIV/STI prevention, stigma and homophobia (2011).
Kaoz’s lyrical style and energy bring to mind the skills of hip hop pioneers such as Ice Cube and Rakim, mixed with wordplay and humor much like a Madlib or Ghostface Killah. He’s an extremely versatile lyricist with outspoken social and political views. This is evidenced in his high energy stage performances that continue to garner attention and drop jaws nationwide and abroad. Kaoz has opened for major label acts such as Mos Def, hip hop duo Dead Prez, MIMS, and Syleena Johnson. . Recently, Kaoz was profiled in the Lavender Magazine’s "Lavender 100" list of key people to know, and as runner up to Prince as Best Artist of the Twin Cities. "EnterSexTions” (2013) is his latest and most decadent collection of stories, realities, pains and pleasures. Kaoz consistently pushes his creative boundaries, and we willingly are going along for the ride.