In 1989, at only 16 years old and at the height of his adolescence, Kwamé released his first album entitled Kwamé The Boy Genius with a fresh start. The new Atlantic Records artist found himself a hit on the Rap and R&B charts with the aptly titled second single, “The Rhythm”.
During this famous period of hip-hop, teens were in demand not only for its lyrical and playful flow, but also for its daring sense of style. Coming from the same part of Queens as Kool G Rap and The Beatnuts, Kwamé Holland sported a full polka dot costume in the visual “The Rhythm”. The record was about a teenager crushing a girl with overly indulgent brothers. Chased on stage without any bends to cut and without the time to develop a plan, the microphone became the only solution. He adjusted the polka dots, relied on his storytelling skills and rhymed for her beauty by letting her know who Kwamé was; “a cool and sweet brother. ”
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This now memorable polka dot costume (also featured in magazine layouts and single / album artwork) kicked off a new fashion trend for hip-hop fans and has become a part of the brand of MC manufactures / producer. Indeed, during one of his many shows, the public was dressed in all the polka dots in the image of the artist and his innovative fashion. Kwamé continued to create music and released three more albums after the phenomenon surrounding Kwame the genius boy with a new start.
It wasn’t until he was 18 and into adulthood that Kwamé gave up his polka dots and cheerful words. While he began to write amplified, often sexual songs, his albums lost their commercial momentum compared to the first two. In the early 2000s (following a legendary Biggie Smalls name check for those peas on “Unbelievable”), he returned to the industry as a producer. In this role, he bonded with major artists such as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole and Missy Elliott under the name “K-Million”. To add to this, in 2015, Kwame expanded her label, Make Noise Recordings, and signed R&B singer Vivian Green.