Kay One

Kenneth Glöckler, better known by his stage names Kay One and Prince Kay One, is a German rapper of Filipino descent, born on September 7, 1984. Kay got famous due to his exceptionally skilled freestyle raps, causing him to win several battle rap tournaments. After having been a featured artist on several tracks by different rappers, he finally signed to Bushido’s label ersguterjunge where he released 2 solo albums and became part of the supergroup Berlins Most Wanted (along Bushido and Fler), which released one studio album, in the early 2010s.

In 2013, he left the label overnight. This spawned a huge feud between Kay One and his former personal friends Bushido and Shindy, who is also signed to ersguterjunge, that caused massive media attention. The reasons for Kay One leaving remain controversial, one side arguing him to be a “traitor”, having signed a more profitable contract elsewhere and therefore leaving his friends for money, while the other side rumors him to have been scared by Bushido’s connections to the Mafia-like Abou-Chaker clan and having felt abused. The feud, including two diss tracks that were exchanged ("Leben und Tod des Kenneth Glöckler" by Bushido and "Tag des jüngsten Gerichts" by Kay One), became notorious and sparked many phrases that became parts of everyday language. The feud officially ended in 2018 when Bushido left the Abou-Chaker clan, with the two years before already having been calm between the two.

Despite being rooted in battle rap, Kay One’s musical style on his first three albums was party rap that heavily resembles techno music, which lead to mixed to negative reception in the German rap scene. However, after uploading the 25-minute diss track “Tag des jüngsten Gerichts” aimed at several fellow rappers who turned against him, on YouTube in 2014, reception has been more positive. His 2015 album “J.G.U.D.Z.S. - Jung genug um drauf zu scheissen ” and his 2016 record "Der Junge von damals" had Kay One going back to his hip hop roots. On his 2018 album "Makers Gonna Make" however he continued his party style pop.

Among Kay One's best known songs are "Style und das Geld", "Tag des jüngsten Gerichts", "Señorita", "Louis Louis" and "Keep Calm (F*** U)"

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