On the perimeter looking in as if waiting for the right time to strike is K-Dash. Rather than conform to the current state of today’s Hip-Hop industry, K-Dash (born Nicholas West) has driven past the fork in the road and gone straight. With an arsenal of perplexing punch-lines, enigmatic metaphors, and sophisticated wordplay, he is blazing his own path to global recognition. Forming a unique hybrid, comprised of both commercial and underground elements, this 28-year-old lyricist is proof that craft and content still hold a strong place in Rap music. K-Dash is a true product of the east coast. Born in Florida, he’s lived in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and now currently resides in Washington, D.C. Growing up as an only child in a single parent household, he was encouraged at an early age to excel in all areas of life. Possessing a natural aptitude for academics and the arts, school has always kept him occupied and out of trouble. A surprisingly late bloomer to the hip-hop culture, K-Dash gravitated to DMX, Jadakiss and other hardcore rap icons of the late 90s. Over the years he gradually grew out of this stage, from which he used this genre as a rebellious escape from his school-boy lifestyle.

Eventually, he turned to the brilliant lyricism of such “conscious” artists as Nas, Talib Kweli and Mos Def. In 2005, K-Dash signed to ACEO Records and since then he’s been refining his skills to rival that of even the most successful artists in the game. Releasing mixtapes like “It So K 2 B Smart”, “I’m NOT an R&B Singer Vol. 1” and “No Skool Vol. 1” he has proven time and time again his style attracts underground and main-stream fans alike. From his entertaining and sometimes outlandish school-day accounts, to his witty and often satirical descriptions of his daily grind, K-Dash undoubtedly paints a picture for all to enjoy. His personality often walks the line between cocky and confident, while his appearance struggles between college student and R&B singer.

Nevertheless, the one facet that remains consistent is that his over-all image commands attention. If hip-hop status is determined by how catchy your beats are or what new fashion trend you’ve started, then K-Dash is patiently watching the competition. He’s calculating the exact moment set precedence and fulfill prophecy. Witness the future.