Starting out young, Kenny Segal experimented with digital music before he could even drive, building homemade pickups for his cello, and crafting drum-n-bass beats out of early MSDOS music software at a time when most people were still learning the term “World Wide Web”. He won a computer engineering scholarship to the University of Southern California and quickly endeared himself to the indie hip-hop community, producing beats for the highly respected Freestyle Fellowship crew from his dorm room.
During those college years he put out a prolific amount of releases on respected indie labels including full lengths with P.E.A.C.E., Dr.oop, Phoenix Orion, plus tracks for Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Busdriver, and others. His first solo full-length, Ken Can Cook, dropped in 2008 via Decon records and featured appearances by the creme-de-la-creme of the LA underground. As his artist career took off, Kenny also quietly started composing music for TV shows, commercials and films on the side, garnering industry kudos, two awards, and a bevy of new outlets for his music to be heard including numerous Superbowl ads, TV show theme songs, and even Hollywood films.
This time period also saw Segal start working at J.U.I.C.E., a Los Angeles based hip-hop afterschool program, where he mentored youth in music production and MCing classes as well as forged early relationships with young up-and-comers NoCanDo, Dumbfoundead, Open Mike Eagle, and others. Some of these relationships were brought to fruition this last year as Segal dropped two critically acclaimed singles with NoCanDo (“Zero Hour” and “More Credit”), plus “Cobra Commander” featuring Open Mike and Danny Brown which debuted on the front page of Pitchfork. Kenny dropped his latest opus, The Kleenrz, a collaboration with Fellowship MC Self Jupiter, which has already yielded two amazing animated music videos and a 20 date US tour. As if that wasn’t enough, 2012 was also when Kenny was inducted into Team Supreme, a collective of like minded producers who host weekly beat cyphers.