Born in the late 1970s and raised in the early ‘80s, inspired by some of the greatest in the game, Kindu Kinte was bound to be a powerful rap artist. He grew up in a time when hip hop was at its finest. From Scarface and the Geto Boys to NWA, Run DMC to Flavor Flav and Chuck D, Kindu was birthed into a time drenched with raw talent. Hi dad was a singer and musician, which inspired Kindu to write at the early age of nine.
By the age of 14, Kindu took his career seriously, displaying his talents in junior high school by rapping at lunch, recess, and any free time he had. By 10th grade, he formed his first rap group Witt a few family members, taking his career to new heights. Before graduating high school, they had already made a great name for themselves in the city of Cleveland.
Their group unity and style were often compared to the iconic Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, also hailing from Cleveland. Having a wonderful stint with his family, Kindu decided to go solo in the late 90s, pursuing his career at deeper level. He put out his first solo album “Bring the Heat” in 2003 and dropped countless singles independently. “Best Rapper Alive,” his second solo album was released in 2007, months after his childhood sweetheart died due to complications from diabetes.
Still intent and dedicated to pursuing his passion, his raps were filled with sex, drugs, addiction, depression, anxiety, and the burden of pleasing the world at the cost of losing his soul. After many trials and tribulations as a secular rap artist, God began to tug at Kindu’s heart and convict him of his ungodly lifestyle.
At the close of 2010, Kindu decided to give up his lifelong dream of being rich and famous and quit rapping altogether. As a member of The Word Church (Cleveland, Ohio), he began attending more regularly, joined the media ministry and was led to Christian rap by some powerful and spirit-led brothers. He joined the rap group Set Apart Souljahs and has been chasing the things of God and passionately pursuing positivity ever since.
Kindu’s first Christian rap album “From Glory 2 Glory” was released in 2020 and immediately set the Cleveland rap scene on fire. Filled with purpose to bring positive change to the culture, Kindu is focused on much more than fame and fortune – he’s dedicated to seeing lives changed and souls saved. His lyrics resonate with people from all walks of life and meeting him in person always brings joy and peace and the realization that you can be real, down to earth, and saved.
Kindu is set to release his second album “Thy Kingdom Come” in the fall of 2021. He has directed and produced several videos for his first album, garnering nearly 120k views and 2K subscribers. The album did so well, his Instagram following skyrocketed above 7K in less than a year. His hottest IG Reel? A clip of his summertime hit “Coming Up” which snatched nearly 3K plays. Kindu has also laced the airways, having his second single “Energized” played on Isaac Carree’s Good Vibes on Sirius/XM’s Kirk Franklin’s Praise in October 2020. The airplay led him to perform live on James Fortune’s Live Talent Show in 2021. He has been featured on countless radio shows, including The Solomon Paulk Radio Show, Vibin with K Will (Roku TV), The UnderGround Music Report, and Rappers in My Backyard with Lisa Oliver.
A leader by nature, Kindu is also an entrepreneur. He launched Cultivated Ground Apparel in 2019 and a nonprofit Cultivated Missionary Foundation in 2020. A family man, Kindu currently resides in Cleveland with his fiancé and two daughters.