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Keak da Sneak
|Charles Kente Williams (Bowens)|
|Keak Da Sneak|
|Born||October 21, 1977|
|Labels||Koch, E1 Entertainment, Thizz Entertainment, Allnfallndoe, Allndadoe|
Charles Kente Williams (Bowens) (born October 21, 1977), commonly known by his stage name Keak da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California; He is known for his scratchy, gruff voice and for coining the term hyphy in 1994. He is the leader of the Hyphy Movement, which was generated in the early and mid 2000s with hits like "Super Hyphy", "White T-shirt, Blue Jeans, and Nikes", and his major hit feature with E-40 "Tell Me When To Go".
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Keak da Sneak was born in Evergreen, Alabama, like most of his family. 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. Through theater he met his collaborator Agerman.
Keak and Agerman formed Dual Committee when Keak was 15 years old. The duo's performances were first recorded on "Murder Man" and "Stompin in My Steel Toes" on C-BO's 1994 EP The Autopsy. Citing the personal growth of all three artists, he later signed as a solo artist with Sacramento-based Moe Doe Records. At this point, he began to receive more radio airplay, especially on San Francisco hip-hop station KMEL.
Keak da Sneak has collaborated with recording artists such as E-40, Daz Dillinger, Akon, MC Hammer, Mac Dre, Prodigy, Alchemist, and Lil Wayne. He collaborates and tours with his DJ, E-Tech, from the SBC DJ's, associated with KMEL DJ Rick "The Dragon" Lee and SBC DJ's San Francisco. Keak was featured on MTV's My Super Sweet 16.
By the end of their junior year in high school, they had added rapper B.A. to form the group 3X Krazy. Their first EP, Sick-O, was released independently on August 5, 1995. In 1996 they signed to Virgin Records, releasing the album Stackin' Chips on March 8, 1997 (with help from the single Keep It on the Real; the album received national attention), and the second album Immortalized, and then the release of Real Talk 2000 on January 18, 2000. The last 3X Krazy album, a collection of previously unreleased material and remixed songs from Sick-O, was flowamatic-9, which was released in 2004.