For the better part of a decade, King Louie has been a prominent part of the drill rap sound. He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter for his contributions to the Kanye West track “New Slaves.”
He has collaborated with 2 Chainz, Lil Durk, Chief Keef, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, Katie Got Bandz, DJ Victorious, Twista, SD, Fredo Santana, Soulja Boy, Rockie Fresh, Bo Deal, Trouble, Chin Chilla Meek, Shawnna and many more.
King Louie Early Life
Born on December 27, 1987, as Louis Johnson, King Louie attended Illinois’ Corkery Elementary, Myra Bradwell Academy for high school and Hyde Park Academy for college. He grew up on the Southeast Side and was raised in Champaign, Illinois. His mother struggled with drug addiction for most of his youthful years.
As a young chap, King Louie idolized Impressive who is a fellow Illinois rapper. It was his love for Impressive and the things she did that drew him to hip-hop and wanting to make a career out of it.
He worked on one-one-one mixtapes and is often credited with coining the term “Chiraq”. He started selling CDs and mixtapes at bus stops and parties to make some money for producing his tape. And eventually, released his first tape entitled Boss Shit in 2007 and Cloud 9 as a follow-up.
King Louie was involved in a car accident and had to go to rehab for a really long time. This left his career in jeopardy after both of his legs were broken and he had to learn to walk again. However, he soon got back to where his heart belonged and released a series of mixtapes which he made available online. His song Too Cool was placed on regular rotation at WGCI-FM and he soon became a notable personality in the rap music scene in America.
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His Songs and Music Career
Louie is also known for inventing the word ‘Thott’ which is now getting into mainstream America. He promoted his music videos on YouTube and some of his songs and mixtapes like ‘I’m Arrogant’ ‘Man Up, Band Up’ etc. helped him to grow his following.
In 2012, King Louie signed with Epic Records, but unlike the usual announcement methods, he chose to announce it in the most unusual manner by tattooing it on his body. He was also given a mention by Kanye West as an up and coming artist the same year. He then appeared on Kanye West’s Yeezus.
Sometime in 2015, King Louie was wounded in a shooting incident which took the life of two other people. He was shot on the side of his head. According to Chicago Police, he was shot while he was sitting in a vehicle in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street in the Ashburn neighbourhood.
Earlier, (in 2012) Spin Magazine named King Louie one of the rappers who made Chicago the hottest hip-hop scene of that year. King L has released over the years, scores of songs that have gained him a massive following.
His discography include the following albums and mixtapes: Boss Shit (2007), Cloud 9 (2008), Man Up Band Up (2010), More Boss Shit (2011), Man Up Band Up 2 (2011), The Motion Picture (2012), Showtime (2012), Drilluminati (2012), Jeep Music (2013), Drilluminati 2 (2013), Soprano (2014), Tony (2014), Drilluminati 3: God of Drill (2015), 6 God Tony (2015), Play Dat Again (2015), Tony 2 (2017) as well as Jeep Music 2 (2017).
His awards include a BET Award for Best Group and a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Collaboration.
King Louie’s Net Worth
Beyond being a rapper, King L is also considered as one of the ‘hottest MCs’ in Chicago. From his activities in the entertainment industry, King Louie enjoys a net worth of $2 million. This is so irrespective of the fact that he is still working to build a profile for himself.
The Rapper has had a hard time in life, but somehow he always just manages to come out on top all the time. He’s a firm believer in not letting circumstances define how you see life and how to react to situations.
Other Facts about King Louie
The Rapper was once accused of setting up a videotaped assault of a woman for publicity after which he released his Drilluminati 2 mixtape in December 2013. It was also rumored that he has an affiliation with the criminal gang known as the Gangster Disciples.
While it is believed that Louie has a girl child, no one knows who she is or even who her mother is. This is mostly because King L has always been known to be a private person who does not fancy discussing his private life. Nonetheless, the following are the indisputable facts about the rap star.
Full Name: Louis King Johnson Jr.
Profession: Rapper, Hip Hop artist
Date of Birth: December 27, 1987
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Marital status: Single
Astrological sign: Capricorn
Earnings: $2 million