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.
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.
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.”