Keak Da Sneak

Real Name:
Charles Toby Bowens
Profile:
Keak Da Sneak (full name Charles "Kunta Kinte" Bowens, commonly referred to as Keak) is a rapper from Oakland, California. At the age of 16 he was known as Z-Kush, but became known as "Keak Da Sneak" at 17. His mother was a professional DJ, and he grew up surrounded by music and influential older siblings.
He found popularity while attending Allendale Elementary School, which he parlayed into later friendships and talent show performances at Oakland's Bret Harte Junior High. It was there he met later collaborator Agerman. Together, they formed Dual Committee, which ,at the age of 15, was first heard on the song "Stompin In My Steel Toes" on C-Bo's 1994 EP The Autopsy. By the end of his 11th grade year, they had added rapper Bart (3) to form the group 3X Krazy. Their first EP, Sick-O, was released independently in 1995. In 1996 they signed to Virgin records, releasing the album Stackin' Chips in 1997, and the sophomore album Immortilized, and then the release of Real talk 2000 in Late 1999. The last 3X Krazy album, a collection of previously unreleased material, was "flowamatic-9", which was released in 2004. Citing the personal growth of all three artists, he later signed as a solo artist with Sacramento-based Moe Doe records as a solo artist. At this point, Keak began to receive more radio airplay (although his lyrics had grown more explicit), especially on San Francisco hip-hop station KMEL.

Keak is now is gaining popularity beyond the Bay Area with his recent songs "Super Hyphy" (2005) and "T-Shirt, Blue Jeans, and Nikes" featuring E-40. The Super Hyphy song has three versions of music videos created for it. The first by Director Dain Turner. The second most notable music video for "Super Hyphy" was directed by Shannon W. Rawls of the Los Angeles based Cinema Hill Motion Picture Company and was debuted on Yahoo! Launch and Canadian based music channel, Much Music. It can now be found on YouTube. The third and final version of the Super Hyphy music video was created by Mickey Finnegan of Los Angeles based Half-White Productions, and has received frequent airplay on MTV, elevating Keak and the hyphy movement to nation-wide recognition. The video features Keak as a spelling bee contestant correctly spelling the word "hyphy". The video features fellow Oakland-native, Keyshia Cole. He gained more recognition when he was featured on MTV's My Block: The Bay where he explains how the word hyphy came about.

Keak largely produces the original versions of the beats used in his songs, noting that he writes a song, lyrics and instrumental, entirely himself. He currently is living on a farm outside of Sacramento with his wife and family, which he says helps him to stay focused.

Additionally, he was featured on E-40's 2006 hit, "Tell Me When to Go."
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8 28730-0107-2 0 Sneakacydal — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Sneakacydal (Album) Moe Doe Entertainment 8 28730-0107-2 0 US 1999 Sell This Version
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6-15157-30012-7 Hi-Tek — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Hi-Tek(CD, Album) Moe Doe Entertainment 6-15157-30012-7 US 2001 Sell This Version
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BMR 5100C Retaliation: The Black Market Album — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Retaliation: The Black Market Album (Album) Black Market Records (2) BMR 5100C US 2002 Sell This Version
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OUTB2008-2 The Farm Boyz — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak The Farm Boyz (Album) Out Of Bounds OUTB2008-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
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8-28730-01042-3 Copium — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Copium(CD, Album) Moe Doe Entertainment 8-28730-01042-3 US 2003 Sell This Version
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NLE-0238-2 Town Business — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Town Business(CD, Album) Next Level Entertainment NLE-0238-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
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none Baba / WhereThey At? / Town Buziness — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Presents Dopegame* Keak Da Sneak Presents Dopegame* - Baba / WhereThey At? / Town Buziness(CDr, Promo) Rah Muzic none US 2004 Sell This Version
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MOH 7184 Keak Da Sneak — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak(CD, Album) Moe Doe Entertainment MOH 7184 US 2004 Sell This Version
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RTE 131 That's My Word — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak That's My Word(CD, Album) Rah Records RTE 131 US 2005 Sell This Version
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none Town Business: Raw-N-Uncut — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Town Business: Raw-N-Uncut(CD, Album) JLM Entertainment none US 2005 Sell This Version
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SSR-5001-2, none Dope Man, Dope Music, Dope Money — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Presents Dubb 20 Keak Da Sneak Presents Dubb 20 - Dope Man, Dope Music, Dope Money(CD, Album) Supa Star Records, Supernatural Records SSR-5001-2, none US 2005 Sell This Version
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REX00690 On One — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak On One(CD, Album) Sidwayz Records REX00690 US 2005 Sell This Version
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THA-6332 Thizz Iz Allndadoe — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Thizz Iz Allndadoe(CD, Album) Thizz Nation THA-6332 US 2006 Sell This Version
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none Contact Sport — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Contact Sport(CD, Album + DVD-V) Siccness.net none US 2006 Sell This Version
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none The Farm Boyz: Starring Keak — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak The Farm Boyz: Starring Keak(CD, Album) Thizz Entertainment none US 2006 Sell This Version
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SMC-165, 85281 90016 5 1 Da Bidness — Keak Da Sneak P.S.D. Tha Drivah*, Keak Da Sneak, Messy Marv P.S.D. Tha Drivah*, Keak Da Sneak, Messy Marv - Da Bidness(CD, Album) SMC Recordings, Gateway Records (2), Thizz Entertainment, AllNDaDoe SMC-165, 85281 90016 5 1 US 2007 Sell This Version
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none G-14: Classified — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak G-14: Classified(CD, Album) Eye Entertainment, Rapbay, Urbanlife Distribution none US 2007 Sell This Version
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EH-0259 Word Pimpin 2: We Don't Need You — Keak Da Sneak Baby S, Q-z, Keak Da Sneak Baby S, Q-z, Keak Da Sneak - Word Pimpin 2: We Don't Need You (Album) Ehustle.com Entertainment EH-0259 US 2008 Sell This Version
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none All N Da Doe — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak & Mike Mosley Keak Da Sneak & Mike Mosley - All N Da Doe(CD, Album) Black Market Records (2) none US 2008 Sell This Version
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KOC-CD-5016 Deified — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Deified(CD, Album) AllNDaDoe, Koch Records KOC-CD-5016 US 2008 Sell This Version
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EH-0261-2 Welcome to Scokland — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak & San Quinn Keak Da Sneak & San Quinn - Welcome to Scokland(CD, Album) Ehustle.com Entertainment EH-0261-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
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none Thizz Iz All N Da Doe Volume 2 — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Thizz Iz All N Da Doe Volume 2(CD, Album) Thizz Nation none US 2009 Sell This Version
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YWE-0001-2 Mobb Boss — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Mobb Boss(CD, Album) Yurps YWE-0001-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
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556 The Tonite Show (Sneakacydal Returns) With Keak Da Sneak — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak & DJ Fresh (7) Keak Da Sneak & DJ Fresh (7) - The Tonite Show (Sneakacydal Returns) With Keak Da Sneak(CD, Album) Fresh In The Flesh Music 556 US 2011 Sell This Version
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none Keak Hendrix — Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak Keak Hendrix(CD, Album) Ehustle.com Entertainment none US 2011 Sell This Version