With over a decade in the making, Magnum K.I. is
set to release their first full-length self-titled
album. Consisting of Michael Arnone (aka DJ
Kutdown), Rob Crooks and Ismaila Alfa, this trio
feels as though they have reached a new stage in
their musical development.
Ismaila, the lead vocalist for Magnum K.I., first
gained notoriety in the mid- to late-nineties, as a
member of the pioneering hip-hop group, Frek Sho.
In 1996, Frek Sho released the first music video by
any Manitoban hip-hop artists to be in regular
rotation on Much Music. In 1999, Arnone was
recruited to join the seminal hip-hop act, as their
main audio engineer, producer and DJ. Since then,
Ismaila and Arnone have released over 10 CD’s and
two vinyl EPs, and have won praise internationally
as both a duo and as solo-performers.
In 2005, Magnum K.I. was given a great opportunity
when they were invited to join Van’s Warped Tour.
As performers on the Code of the Cuts stage, the
duo played 9 U.S. cities along side acts from both
Definitive Jux and Rhymesayers. Now, with over
one hundred shows as Magnum K.I. under their
belt, they have shared stages with Ill Bill, the
Alkaholiks, DJ A-Trak, and Black Moon, just to
name a few.
In 2009, Magnum K.I. became even more dynamic when
they made song-writer/producer Rob Crooks an
official member of the group. With Crooks’ added
presence on stage, backing up Ismaila’s vocals,
and his precocious song-writing ability, the
duo-turned-trio are stronger than they’ve ever
been. With feel good songs such as the nostalgic
Ol’Skool, socially charged songs like Phoenix, and
hip-hop pop songs like the infectious Dreaming,
Magnum K.I.’s self-titled debut is sure to be noticed
by industry insiders and music fans alike.