Krizz Kaliko

Strong Survive presents

Krizz Kaliko

Slo Pain, Izzy Dunfore, P Win, *Hosted By Neema

Fri · December 29, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Krizz Kaliko
Krizz Kaliko
There are two kinds of crazy in this world — crazy you stay away from and crazy that manifests itself as

brilliance. Krizz Kaliko knows both ends of that extreme, whether by design or not.

Born Samuel William Christopher Watson, at age two — well before becoming musical co-conspirator to

Midwest rap legend Tech N9ne — he developed vitiligo, a skin disorder that causes loss of pigmentation.

His eyelids and lips are splotched white and he cuts an odd figure; in a crowd or alone, he’s impossible to


“Growing up, kids would pick on me and kids would bully me,” he says. “They’d throw rocks at me and

chase me home, because I looked different. It hurt. It changed me. Made me sad. But then, also, it made

me do things to alleviate that sadness. I learned to sing. I learned to dance. I learned to rap. I was a fat

little kid that didn’t look like anyone else — naturally, that became my biggest asset. Somehow, I became

pretty popular.”

Kaliko was reared in the racially-diverse suburbs of South Kansas City, Missouri. His mother was a

singer of local renowned gospel group; father, the superintendent of a Sunday school. He first stretched

his vocal cords in the choir, and, had it been up to his parents (they divorced when he was just 4-years-

old), he’d have gone on to a fine career as an attorney. After two years at Penn Valley Community

College he quit school. Something else was tugging at his soul. Something from his youth.

“My stepfather used to whoop on me,” Krizz says, “He was fresh out of the pen, and he was a terrible

dude. He was physically abusive and crazy, institutionalized crazy. Not only was he crazy, but also a

criminal. He made his bones robbing banks and committing other serious crimes. For Kaliko, step-pops is

an enduring source of much psychological pain.

“He terrified me” he says. “When people weren’t around and my mother wasn’t there, he’d abuse me.

And nobody believed what I said. It was like I was the crazy one. I thought about killing him all the time,

I’d think about it endlessly. Visualizing it, how I’d do it, I was that mad. I would get weapons from my

friends — bats, knives, or whatever it would take. I thought: I will kill him in his sleep. And then

miraculously the boogie man disappeared, he and my mother split up.”

Carrying his childhood scars, Kaliko spent his teens and early twenties drifting, not especially successful

or unsuccessful at anything, he opted to not continue with college. He went on to hold a series of odd

jobs. He was a grocery store clerk, corrections officer and even a customer service rep for VoiceStream

(later to be known as T-Mobile) meanwhile, he quietly pursued music by rapping and singing, not hewing

to any conventional standard for what it should sound like.

“I was just a fan,” he says. “And that allowed me to go in many different directions. I could identify with

country songs, gospel songs, Christian rock songs, songs that were meant for dancing, commercial songs,

non-commercial songs. I was and still am, a liberal thinker. I enjoyed everything, and through music I

could do anything, be anything. Most importantly, I could be myself.”

One artist who appreciated Kaliko’s approach was rapper Tech N9ne. The pair met in 1999, through DJ

Icy Roc, who once dated Kaliko’s sister. After paying Tech the whopping sum of $500 to feature on his

solo album, the Strange Music co-founder discovered Kaliko’s diverse skill set. He asked him to appear

on “Who You Came To See,” from his 2001 album, Anghellic, and then they began performing together

locally. It lead to a years-long series of collaborations — Kaliko writing, producing, featuring on, touring

with and generally being a musical wunderkind in the Strange Music family.

“It was like I was his musical muse, and he was mine,” says Kaliko. “We learned from each other. On

stage, in the studio— nobody has believed in me, wanted more for me, wanted the entire world to hear

and know and understand my talent, more than him.”

In 2007, Kaliko officially linked with Strange Music. Since then he’s released five albums, each one more

confessional, more expressively oddball than the previous. Songs in his oeuvre include: “Bipolar,”

“Misunderstood,” “Freaks,” “Rejections,” and “Scars,” as well as appearing on many others, endearing

him to society’s misfits. In recent years, he’s also become more clear-headed about who he is and what he

wants to do musically.

“For years I rapped and rapped well,” he says. “The fans enjoyed it, I enjoyed it. I made some good

music, but it was time to try some new things.”

That much is clear from his new album, Go, where he ditches rapping almost completely. Instead he

commands listeners to the dance floor, belts out melodies, softly croons, plaintively coos while generally

seeming to enjoy himself more than he ever has before. Yes, nearly a decade into his career, Krizz Kaliko

is rebranding, rebirthing — or as he’d say, returning to his roots — as a full-fledged singer. Pop, rock,

R&B, trap, funk, no genre is off limits, no scale unsung.

“I just wanted to make timeless music, songs that could play twenty years from now,” he explains. “Go is

a roller coaster ride. It starts out as dance, but then there are other parts where one might listen on a pair

of headphones, because it’s very meaningful. Other songs you might turn up in your car. Through it all,

I’m speaking from the heart.”

The album is chock full of earworms, songs both aesthetically-appeasing, yet also immediately

captivating and catchy. Case in point: the brooding “Stop The World;” folky anti-depression ode,

“Happy-ish;” or the shout-along “Didn’t Wanna Wake You.” Not completely abandoning hip-hop, songs

like “More,” featuring labelmate Stevie Stone, and “Orangutan” — with Strange Music all-stars Tech

N9ne, Rittz, Ces Cru, JL, and Wrekonize — invoke the crew’s knowing, trusty Midwestern flavor.

Mostly though, Go is a new sound; all frenetic, inspired energy. It’s the biggest, broadest, most accessible

project Krizz Kaliko has ever made.

“The truth is I’m an unlikely guy to be a pop star,” he says. “Look at me— I’m a big dude, I have vitiligo,

I get anxiety attacks, and I’m bipolar. But Top 40 radio and a global audience, that’s what this music is

worthy of. I’ve always been an unlikely dude to do anything, whether it’s music, working with Tech N9ne

or even being alive. Frankly, the odds being against me, that’s good, I like that. I have trust that the music

will ultimately reign supreme.”
Slo Pain
Slo Pain
Troll, also known as SLO PAIN, started rapping in a jail cell in 2002.
With nothing to do but read books or write songs he developed a taste of rhymes similar to what he listened to while growing up. Troll thrives on music! Some of his most inspiring artists are Ice Cube, ICP, Tech n9ne, twisted, Sugar Free and even old school Easy E, 2pac and Brotha Lynch. When he got out of jail he went straight to a halfway house. While in the halfway house he would go to school and use the computers to look up other local rappers on Myspace and found the scene that best suits his genre. The Horror Core scene in Denver has a lot of underground talent and a huge fan base, but it was hard for Troll to adapt with such a large amount of underground rappers. Fans wouldn't listen to just anybody. That's when he started changing his style so he could gain a fan base and start making his name and record label (Slo Pain Reckordz) more known in the state of Colorado.

Troll calls his style of music Dark rap or murder music.
Dark rap is a compilation of several different styles of rap, such as Horror Core, Hip Hop, Gangster Rap and even Club rap. After a year and a half of promoting his name and his style of music he gained a fan base. As his fan base grew he booked more and more openings for shows. Troll has opened for many artists, such as Esham, Any Body Killa, Black Pegasus, Liquid Assassin Scum and more. He has also played at the Gathering Of Juggalo's 2008. Troll is known for his very hype and energetic stage performance and for the ability to get the crowd motivated to the point where the venue shacks and walls crack. He is also known to open and close the show all in one set due to draining the energy from his fans.

Troll now has 2 other artists on his record label, several different lines of merchandise, one CD produced and another CD about to drop in mid 2009 titled "HIGHWAY EIGHTY SICKS"! The new CD HIGHWAY EIGHTY SICKS is going to blow the doors off the hinges and knock any other CD off the shelf with its new flavor and fresh collabs with Colorado's sickest and biggest names in the game. Troll is currently seeking out-of-state shows that will get him promotions and more Colorado opening slots with bigger named artists. For more info on Troll or Slo Pain Reckordz please visit the myspace links listed below. For booking info please email us at:
Izzy Dunfore
Izzy Dunfore is a genuinely talented and exciting hip hop artist who has the drive, as well as the charisma, to be the next big thing. His influences begin in the Midwest of the U.S. and reach out all over the globe. He has collaborated with over 100 artists, written over 200 songs, and continues to wow audiences everytime he takes the stage. Born Lucas Lloyd Hewitt (9-11-80), Izzy Dunfore has made many connections through his work. He began his rap career recording under the name Luke Dogg and released his first recordings locally on an album called "Little Black Cap on a White Boy" in 2002.

He learned a lot from recording that album because it was his first time in the studio, paying for studio time, so he paid attention to everything the engineers showed him. In 2003, Izzy bought his own recording equipment and began production from home. His first attempts were captured and released that same year on an album called "Double Diamond Presents...". This was about the same time Izzy moved to Des Moines for the third time in four years. He was getting tired of working for other people, always being told what to do, and just going through the motions. Izzy wanted to be held to a higher standard.

He knew if he were going to reach his potential and expectations, he was going to have to live the part. He began selling drugs to make extra money, hung out at strip clubs, and started battling other mc's every week. This was a true test of Izzy's strength in the streets, as well as his ability and raw talent behind a microphone. By 2004, Izzy was living a fast paced life, but going no where in a hurry. He was working on a mixtape called "Originally Jacked" when he began planning a new beginning. Luke Dogg was growing to the point of change, and the "dogg" label was certainly beyond played out in the hip hop culture, and so the name Izzy Dunfore was adopted. He would become the one who never quits or gives up, no matter what is thrown at him.

The change was kept a secret until after the release of "Originally Jacked" and was met with many obsticals and hurdles to overcome. In 2005, decisions Izzy had made in the past couple years caught up to him. He was arrested in 2004, and while on probation, was raided by Ames and Story County Police and Drug Task Force. Unsure about his future, Izzy wrote two songs that would eventually break him into radio under his new name, Izzy Dunfore, which had lived up to it's creation right off the bat. The first song was called "I Can Deal With the Rain". At that time, Tony Tarbox was the host of "The Garage" a radio show which promoted local artists. He liked the song and asked if there was any other material available. Izzy offered him "Another Song of Mine". In that song, Izzy named the undercover officer who filed for the warrant to search his home. The Ames Police Department heard the song on the radio, called the station, and requested a copy of the song for their records.

Soon after, Izzy was asked to guest host "The Garage" and discuss the situation on air. This made the name Izzy Dunfore official, and the debut album "Only I" was released that same year. While "Only I" was being pressed up by Discmakers, Izzy Dunfore met Kombine began working as a group called "Simply Komplik8d". Together, Izzy and Kombine wrote and released "Front Page Newz" under White Trash Records. This was one of the busiest times of Izzy's life and career. He was on probation, in college, working a full time job, marketing a solo album, writing a group album, booking shows and pushing harder than ever before to create a "buzz". In 2006, just a few months after "Front Page Newz" was released, they put out another mixtape called "The Dunfore Project", which featured Kombine and Izzy along with collaborations from many other artists and friends in the MidWest. "Simply Komplik8d" was eventually prospected by DJ Starscream (#0 of Slipknot) and approached to be a part of his upcoming label, Tuff Bong Records.

They recorded eight songs with the new label when Starscream decided to sign Izzy Dunfore as a solo project, rather than Simply Komplik8d as a group. This put the group at odds and in March of 2007, the group split. In December 2007, Tuff Bong Records released the self titled album "Izzy Dunfore" into the world. "From start to finish, this record is a hit!" Izzy was given high expectations for this album, and shared the hopes of great success himself, however conflicts, cancellations, and internal management quarrels left Tuff Bong Records in ruins and left Izzy caught in the middle. He was made an offer to buy out his contract with the label, and did exactly that. Today, through all the drama and turbulence, Izzy Dunfore has found a friend and DJ in Fate, born Samuel Elgin (4-28-82). Izzy and Fate have been performing together across the country for thousands of fans. In 2009, Izzy and Fate moved to Minnesota and openned up the Dunfore Ranch which is home to Dunfore Records. The first release from Dunfore Records is "Fields of Opportunity", a double disc album. Izzy and Fate are currently touring and promoting the "Fields of Opportunity" album, and will be working with many artists along the road. Don't miss your chance to catch this act!! The World is DUNFORE!!!!
Venue Information:
Mesa Theater
538 Main St
Grand Junction, CO, 81501