“We Loud,” the catchy and infectious buzz-worthy club-banger by rapper/lyricist Temel Karango aka TK, has been generating excitement from DJs and music fans alike. It’s the type of song guarantee to get everyone turn’t up and on to the dancefloor. But like with every Temel Karango song, you can always bet on strong and important messages contained within the music.
“‘We Loud’ is a hood anthem,” says TK, “but it’s got political undertones to it. It’s giving a voice to a side of the culture that’s been kind of silenced. As with most of the music I do there is a strong edge, and memorable delivery. I believe in providing commentary to what’s going on politically and socially.”
The single, “We Loud” (produced by Blak) is slated to be featured on TK’s forthcoming album, from his independent label, Karango World Records (KWR). As its CEO, he launched the label in order to blaze his own path with like minded others in the music/recording industry.
TK currently resides in Atlanta, but was raised by the streets between the east side of Cleveland and the southside of Chicago. TK’s music influences are far-reaching having also lived in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. “I’ve gotten a lot of love from the West Coast,” he says, having such L.A.-based connections like Suga Free, Badass, and Snoop Dogg, but he’s long-been inspired by a list of hip-hop icons that include Tupac, the Notorious BIG, and DMX; the latter who Temel toured with in the early 2000s.
TK is no stranger to the stage, having opened shows and toured with the likes of Lil’ Wayne and Cash Money, Eminem, Ginuwine, and many more.
Before his recent return, TK took a bit of a hiatus from the music scene. “I stepped out for a minute to get life stuff situated,” he says. “I have a brother who’s been locked up for some time, with still many years left to serve. I said to myself, if I’m going to make this return to music, I want to be fully-focused, which requires me to wear many hats. Entrepreneurship was especially important to me,” he continues. “I didn’t just want to be an artist. Being influenced by people like Jay-Z, I wanted to have control as an executive and an owner.”
In addition TK is a publisher and songwriter. He is now back doing shows and will be soon touring nationally and abroad. Last year TK released an album called “It’s Time,” a title that is symbolic of his return. TK’s goal is simple, to not only produce hit songs, but to drop classics…and hopefully deliver some powerful messages on behalf of his audience in the process.