Lyricist, musician, songwriter. Locke Kaushal is already on his way to hip-hop stardom. Deriving his stage name from the Hindi term “Kaushal” meaning skillful and pairing it with that of his government name; the Virginia bred emcee depicts visual paintings crafted by witty lyrics inspired by life.
Locke Kaushal’s first mixtape The Prologue: The Story Before the Storywas released independently in February 2010 under the Dream Out Loud imprint and quickly found itself a success locally in North Carolina and the Virginia/ Washington, D.C. area. Lead by the track “Daykeeper” the Prologue served as a introduction/ tease for what was to come from Locke Kaushal. With Locke Kaushal’s unique wordplay over some of the industries hottest beats it was evident that Locke Kaushal is one of the most promising up and coming talents in hip-hop.
In 2010, Locke Kaushal went on a small promotional tour to promote his first mixtape. Playing several cities and some of the hottest venues, he had the chance to open up for grammy nominated artist Melanie Fiona and Dru Hill. Being no stranger to performing, he relishes in the opportunity to get on stage. “Live performances are something that I look forward to, it gives me a chance to connect with the people that support my music on a more personal level.”
In 2011, Locke Kaushal released his second and long awaited follow up mixtape entitled A Drunken Mans Words in the Spring of that year. Executively produced by DJ LES (Illmatic, It Was Written, Big Willie Style, Press Play), this mixtape was formatted as if it were an album. 12-14 original tracks, great lyrics, a lot of emotion, and a lot of personal experiences.
In 2012, Locke has had the opportunity to open for notable acts such as Meek Mill, Wale, and Black Cobain. In August, Kaushal opened up for the first hip-hop/electric music festival to ever grace the streets of Washington, DC; also known as Trillectro. This past October, Locke was featured as an up and coming artist on MTV’s RapFix Live hosted by Sway, and also received his first radio appearance, landing an interview on 93.9 WKYS’s DMV’s Own- a segment designed to spotlight rising stars within and around the nation’s capital.
Currently back in the studio, Locke is already focused on his next project entitled The Rise, and he quotes, ”this tape will be the start of something huge.”
And with that said, stay tuned. There’s nothing but good things to come for this young talented artist.