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Kevin Burgess

Kevin Elijah Burgess, better known by his stage name KB, is an American Christian hip hop artist from St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the leader of HGA, and was signed as a solo artist to Reach Records in 2010. He is also a member of the Reach Records-based hip-hop collective 116 Clique. After releasing a mixtape in 2011 entitled Who Is KB?, his debut album, Weight & Glory, was released on July 17, 2012, to critical acclaim.

   

 

Early life

Kevin Burgess was born in St. Petersburg, Florida into a military family. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Southern Illinois where he was raised for eight years. When he was 8 years old, his parents divorced and he moved back with his mother to the south-side of St. Petersburg, which according to KB is “probably one of the worst areas in the state.” He did well in school and at age 15 was offered an opportunity to pursue college through a program called St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.But despite this opportunity, he struggled with extreme depression and experimented with various drugs to try to relieve it. He began struggling at school due to his problems with his personal life, and even contemplated suicide. During this period of his life he met a Christian named Jeremy who introduced him to Christian rap. Jeremy offered him a CD, and KB says he was saved after hearing the Gospel presentation on the recording.

Formation of HGA

After high school, KB enrolled in Bible college and befriended a group of Christian rappers and together they formed a hip hop group called HGA, short for His Glory Alone.HGA eventually caught the interest of Lecrae, Ben Washer, and DJ Official, and were featured with Tedashii on the track “Go” from DJ Official’s album Entermission. KB was invited onto the “Acquire the Fire” tour by Lecrae, and was asked to join the Reach Records team just a few months later.

Signing with Reach Records

KB signed with Reach Records in 2010, and appeared that year on the album Rehab by Lecrae. His mixtape Who is KB? followed a year later, as did appearances with Derek Minor and Tedashii. Who is KB? garnered 30,000 downloads by the following year.His first single, “Hello”, featured Suzy Rock and was released in October 2011In January 2012, a second single, “Zone Out” featuring Chris Lee Cobbins, was released. KB then made an appearance with Andy Mineo on the Trip Lee album The Good Life. A third single by KB, “Go Off”, featured Tedashii and Andy Mineo, and was released in June. The following month, his debut album Weight & Glory was released to critical acclaim. On May 30, 2013, Reach announced a four-part project entitled “1st & 16th”. This project would consist of KB releasing a new song every first and sixteenth of June and July. On June 1, Part 1 HCB Freestyle was released.

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KB resides in Tampa, FL with his wife where he indulges in crab legs, boxing, heading up HGA, and serving at Living Faith Bible Fellowship Church. “Right now I am learning to steward and shepherd my platform as a rapper. “His idea of success is wrapped up in the act of obedience.  He says that “being faithful and obedient to what God has asked of you whether in Beverly Hills or Ethiopia” determines success. KB hopes that his role on the Reach Records team will be that of a leading thinker. “I want to be someone people can look up to and trust as a deliverer of truth. “If I can accomplish that, I will have been successful.”

Discography

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HGA is a group of brothers and sisters committed to an obsession. And that obsession is to be about what God has always been about, His Glory Alone. What started as a bible study with 7 men in a two-bed room apartment quickly grew into a citywide mini-movement. As I reflect on the genesis of our community, I some times get emotional as it becomes more and more apparent to me that “God did it all!” We prayed that it rain in our city and God made it pour! Young, unchurched, multi-ethnic, urban men and women abandoning their lives to take a new life in Jesus. They felt that their youth meant one thing, we have more years to serve Jesus. God taught them that. How else could this be explained? How did we go from thieves, drug dealers, goody tow shoes, players, and atheists to missionaries to Iraq, Peru, China, Costa Rica, Brazil, and most dearly Tampa? There was a time where the brothers and sisters tried to walk 15 miles to another city and share the gospel with every person they came across. Why? For fun! (It actually didn’t work. We ended up taking a bus the last 13 miles.) This is what we enjoyed. We loved Jesus not perfectly but consistently. As we’ve grown into adulthood and become husbands, wives, college students, business owners, so on and so forth. His Glory Alone is still the cry of almost every person that started with us almost 6 years ago. They said we’d grow out of this but in reality we’ve only grown in to this. “HGA until the casket drops.” Join us in this most happy pursuit declaring, “His glory among the nations!”

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