Born and raised in a city rich in music history, Memphis native AL KAPONE found himself along with other peers following in their forefathers Stax, Hi Records, etc. footsteps developing a new southern hip hop sound that would later become the southern rap standard. Outside of groups like Three Six Mafia, Eightball & MJG, and Yo Gotti most Memphis artist along with Kapone would go unnoticed to the rest of the country until Craig Brewer and John Singleton’s cult classic film Hustle and Flow which would thrust AL KAPONE in the global spotlight. Kapone wrote and produced three songs for the film and soundtrack, the Oscar winning music would earn AL KAPONE a Critic’s Choice Award for “It Ain’t Over” the Hustle and Flow theme song and “Whoop That Trick” would become one of the most memorable crunk songs of all time and would be the Memphis Grizzlies unofficial fan chant at the Grizzlies home games. This led Kapone to write and produce music for other films such as #1 box office movie Stomp The Yard feat. platinum artist Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, Cadillac Records feat. multi platinum megastar Beyonce. Kapone would also go on to co-write top 10 Billboard hits “Snap Yo Fingaz” ( Lil Jon) and “U and Dat” (E40 feat. T-Pain) both songs reached platinum sales making Kapone a multi-platinum songwriter.
AL KAPONE never stopped developing his own music career as an artist/performer, instead of riding the crunk wave of the time he would take a detour and start focusing on the Memphis music legacy (Al Green, Stax Records, Isaac Hayes, Elvis, B.B. King, etc.) and decided to record a project with live instruments which would enable him to perform his new songs with a live band. This would create a fresh new sound that’s unique to the Memphis scene. His latest indie hit “New Jewelry” showcases this new sound which will be featured on his upcoming ep “the Al Bailey project” which also features a song with Melissa Ethridge and John Mayer but for Kapone’s true underground Memphis rap fans he will re-release all of his original recordings dating back to 1990 up to 2014 with his “Memphis O.G. Music volumes”. AL KAPONE has been a trailblazer from the beginning and today is no exception, becoming the first hip hop artist to be president of the Memphis Chapter of the Grammys and was a featured artist on MTV’s webisodes $5 COVER produced by Craig Brewer. His new sound and stage show is crossing all race and age barriers and has tremendous global appeal. Kapone is currently an associate producer and featured artist on the film documentary “Take Me To The River” featuring collaborations with Memphis/Delta soul artist and hip hop artist from Memphis. The film has won awards at numerous film festivals and has enabled Kapone to travel and rep Memphis music globally as well as mentor future music students through the Take Me To The River education program. Be sure to check out Al Kapone’s latest videos and links to his social media at alkaponememphis.com.