American born, Trinidadian raised artist King Thayo began his creative identity as a youngster in Sacramento, California. While pursuing his education in Trinidad, King obtained a football scholarship to further his studies @ New Jersey City University. While playing collegiate football, he was injured and off the field for some time. It was at this moment where the residue of sounds and funk of California blended with his Caribbean and African influences. King Thayo could not resist his true calling to music and enrolled himself in Full Sail University in Orlando, FL where he studied Recording Arts. Music has always been his bridge.
His experience as a hip-hop and reggae performer whose blended identity shines with a versatile sound and dynamic flow, King Thayo has performed in major cities and collaborated with performers across Hip-Hop and Reggae: Has shared the same stage with likes of Queen Omega, Pato Banton, Mighty Diamonds, Isasha & Million Voice, Eek A Mouse, Kymani Marley, Ras Attitude, Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, Messenjah Selah,Rootz Underground, Twista, Rick Ross, Kirko Bangz, The Rangers, New Boyz, and Nipsey Hussle. Thayo has completed performances at the 2019 Portland Hip Hop Festival, a 2 Part unplugged series at the world famous Belle Fiore Winery .
Thayo has already conquered the stage with Grammy Winner Macklemore, infront of 10,000 screaming fans. His stellar performance led to him getting booked to perform at Dancing With The Stars, which he ended up being the main attraction for the night. Known for his high energetic, crowd engaging performances, 2020 saw King Thayo headlined the World Renown "Mic Check" series in Portland, Oregon. He set his marker as one of the top live performers and the go to guy for Reggae and world music in the PNW.
Stellar performances and collabs led to King being called for the NFL players association on Juneteenth Black Lives Matter event put on by Texans Brennon Scarlet. King Thayo has also recently performed at the 1st Annual Portland’s Black Music Expo, with Grammy Winner Mike Phillips and Portland Trailblazers DJ OG One.
His debut EP “Bad Mind” dropped Sep 25. It’ s Hip Hop blend of Caribbean flavor that highlights the mental it game it takes to steer clear of negativity and find happiness.
Look out for "Afro Meets King" album dropping on October 30th 2020.
Afro meets King is an album looking into the future of Afro-Beat Diaspora Fusion. Adopting West African rhythms, and Trinidadian roots, Thayo creates a soundscape filled with soulful melodies, down to earth lyrics coalescing around a rugged, baritone vocal texture. Each song displays Thayo’s ability to make fusing cultures sound so beautiful.