Kato (producer)

Kato (born Christopher Ju, December 25, 1986) is an American record producer. Originally hailing from Fairfax, Virginia, in 2006, he moved to Atlanta where he currently resides. Notable artists he has worked with includes Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Roscoe Dash, Rittz, Lil' Scrappy, Kalenna (Diddy Dirty Money), as well as numerous upcoming independent artists like Dumbfoundead. His name 'Kato' comes from the 1960s television show The Green Hornet, where Bruce Lee plays the role of Kato. In September 2013, he signed with American rapper Hopsin's record label Funk Volume as an in-house producer.

Kato
Birth nameChris Ju
Also known asKato on the Track
BornDecember 25, 1986 (1986-12-25) (age 33)
OriginFairfax, Virginia, U.S.
GenresHip hop, R&B
Occupation(s)Record Producer
InstrumentsPropellerhead Reason
Years active2006–Present
LabelsNastyTrax (Current), Funk Volume, SMKA Productions (Former)
Websitewww.katoonthetrack.com

BiographyEdit

Chris was born and raised in Fairfax, Va. where he attended elementary and high school. As a child, Chris had aspirations of being a model/actor as well as Tae Kwon Do star. Even at a young age Chris pursued these dreams passionately, landing several local jobs. He was also highly interested in vexing his older sister.

During his early college years, he attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, where his love for creating hip-hop music began. While in Philadelphia, he started a rap duo with a high school friend - C.U.R.E. (Can't Underestimate Real Emcees), where he took on the alias 'Inkarnation' and played the dual role of emcee/producer. They soon released a demo that included 4 self-produced tracks. Shortly after, he relocated to Flowery Branch, Ga. where he lived with his family for a year. He continued to produce and record music throughout this time, also taking on a new alias - 'Kato'.[1]

During the next few years, his parents divorced and he bounced around between midtown and north Atlanta, where he currently resides. He also attended Georgia State University for two years, before dropping out to pursue music full-time.

In 2008, Kato was selected to perform at Atlanta's first Kollaboration event, a nationwide talent showcase for Asian-Americans. He was again selected in 2010 for the 3rd annual Atlanta Kollaboration show.[2] He has performed in much of the Southeastern U.S. region, as far up north as Philadelphia. Kato's music has also been featured on mixtapes and popular sites like The Source Magazine,[3] On September 18, 2013, Kato announced that he had signed to Hopsin's Funk Volume record label as a producer.[4] Kato released his album "Kato's Revenge", in February 2014, which featured guest appearances from Dizzy Wright, Chamillionaire, Chris Webby, Rittz, and Irv Da Phenom.[5] He announced December 2016 that he would be the founder of his NastyTrax Label.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums/mixtapesEdit

Album Album details
Kato EP
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Ears and Voices
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
T.I.M.E. Vol. 1
  • Released: August 1, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
T.I.M.E. Vol. 2
  • Released: June 18, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
T.I.M.E. Vol. 3
  • Released: June 11, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
SMKA Presents: A Kato Production
  • Released: July 14, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Funk Volume Presents: Kato's Revenge
  • Released: February 19, 2014
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Formats: Digital download
Pathomania
  • Released: June 5, 2015
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Formats: Digital download

Production CreditsEdit

  • Above Ave - "Don't Be Hard On Yourself", "Every Time", "Sip Of Life" (2008)
  • Tommy Lee Soul - Go (2009)
  • Dumbfoundead - Rapper-O's (2009)
  • Thirsty Fish - Party Snatchers (2009)
  • Adrift Da Belle - Real Song (2009)
  • Mike Petrone featuring Lil' Scrappy - Crank It (2010)
  • Grady featuring Roscoe Dash - I Go Hard (2010)
  • Vox Merger - More Reasons (2010)
  • The Canz featuring Young Lyxx, Niko Villamor, and FKi - Bananas (2010)
  • Jarren Benton featuring Elz Jenkins - Justin Bieber (2011)
  • Jarren Benton - Skitzo (2011)
  • Elz Jenkins - Fallin' Off The Floor (2011)
  • Dizzy Wright featuring Jarren Benton - Hotel Stripper (2012)
  • Chamillionaire - End of a Knife (2014)
  • Chris Webby - R.A.D. (Roll A Doobie) (2014)
  • San E - 모두가 내 발아래 On Top of Your Head (feat. MC그리) (2015)
  • Ces Cru - Recession Proof (2015)
  • Locksmith - Grime (2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "04fef Blogging Platform". Kollaborationatlanta.org.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3][dead link]
  5. ^ [4]

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