kNERO performing during the Liberian Independent Celebration in August 2012.
|Daniel Boimah Kenney Lapaé Edwards II|
|Born||May 19, 1985|
|Genres||Hip hop, Afropop, Afrobeat|
|Jamal Woolard, Amil, Raekwon, Toure Designs|
Daniel Boimah Kenney Knero Lapaé Edwards II (born May 19, 1985), better known by his stage name Knero Lapaé or simply kNERO (pronounced knee ro), is a Liberian-born American hip hop recording artist, record producer, songwriter, model and author.
kNERO was born in Monrovia, Liberia and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father is Gola and his mother is from the K'pelle tribe. He is one of four children of Sara Léla and Rev. D. Boimah Lapaé Edwards, who was the youngest Liberian to managed an American corporation in Liberia, which led them to America. He is now the President of a non-profit called "The Bomi County Association". kNERO was brought up in a predominant political background. Nephew of Liberia's 24th president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Uncle was a judge of the Magistrate Court, a District Commissioner and County Development Coordinator for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and first cousin Richard B. Devine, former Senator of Liberia. They were fortunate enough to escape the Liberian Civil War by his father's achievements but still suffered the loss of family and friends.
kNERO released "Not Drunk Enuff" featuring Norwegian singer Adele Erichsen, a former contestant on The Voice - Norges beste stemme. The single was released under CCAP records. Due to his political ties, he celebrated the Liberian Declaration of Independence by performing his single "A.F.R.I.C.A" at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He performed at the Hip Hop of Pioneers event held at the Newark Symphony Hall; the event featured additional performances from MC Lyte, Kool and the Gang, Dana Dane and Slick Rick.
Between 2006 and 2007, he performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta for Dr. Malachi Z. York's 11th Annual Nuwaupu Ball; his name was announced alongside Erykah Badu, Jimmy Cliff and Musiq Soulchild. kNERO released his single "My Thang" featuring Jamal "Gravy" Woolard and former Roc-A-Fella artist Amil, which appeared on several urban blog sites.
In 2014, kNERO closed a deal to release his next single "King" under Universal Music Group.
While growing up, kNERO listened to artists such as Buck Shot, Smif N Wessun, Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Phil Collins, Sade Adu, Method Man, Rakim, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, 50 Cent, Kool G Rap, Tracy Chapman and Bob Marley.
In 1995, kNERO fell in love with the art of barbering. To avoid street violence and other criminal activities, he learned to master his craft over the years. He then travels from state to state gaining connections in the hair industry, which helped his music career. His limitless experiences, becoming rapper Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan personal barber. Gaining clients as Comedian Kyle Grooms, Fashion Designer Toure Designs, Humanitarian/Motivational speaker George Green, Celebrity Hairstylist Keith Campbell, Middleweight Boxer Peter Quillin, and more.
In 2012, kNERO was a model for photos of The Toure Designs' fall season collection. Later that year, the model in The Toure Designs' Target First Saturdays "Carnival Inspired Fashion" themed at the Brooklyn Museum. He continued to walk the runway alongside actress/singer Demetria Mckinney, modeling for Toure Designs' for the 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion week presented by ICU Network hosted by SB Stunts.
In 2014, kNERO landed a role on Red Dot series. A series about a group of trained killers, which expands into stories of many other individuals that they come into contact with. He first appeared in the Red Dot episode "The Walking Dead", as Fritzoy, a goon of a hit-man leader named Cassius who's out for revenge after finding out his friend Eddie was murdered.
|NO||U.S. Pop||U.S. Rap|
|2011||"Not Drunk Rnuff" (featuring Adele Erichsen)
|2012||"My Thang" (featuring Gravy, Amil )||--||--||--||N/A|
|2013||"The Vent" (featuring Emmaline)||--||--||--||N/A|
|2013||"A Story To Tell Pt 2"||--||--||--||N/A|
|2013||"Aint Like Me"||--||--||--||N/A|
|2013||"Awaken" (featuring Keynotez)||--||--||--||N/A|
|2014||"King" (featuring Rikroot)
|2015||"On Ur Mind" (featuring Chaseforever)||--||--||--||N/A|
|2014||kNERO||Artist of the Year - USA||Nominated|
|Hip Hop Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Hip Hop Artist of the Year||Nominated|