About

About

Kaus:

San Diego native Kaus started exercising his craft at a young age. Enthused with an affinity for poetry as early as elementary school, he started developing an aptitude for language. In high school, isolated from his peers on the proverbial playground, he found refuge in a notepad ridden with rhymes. It was in the rich soil of his adolescence that the seed of his sonorous style was sowed. Compelled by his fascination with phonetics, the anatomization of sound itself, and his various eclectic musical influences, he innovated a resonant and technical style that staunchly distinguishes himself amongst the landscape of the prolific talent that San Diego has to offer. City Beat makes it comparable as "reminiscent of Guru in his prime."

Kaus' debut was with his partner in rhyme, Craze, on "The Quick and The Dead" (2008). They followed up with another mixtape, "Sessions", in 2010. After a setback on a full-length from the duo (produced by Mr. Ridley) subsequent to a hard drive crashing, Kaus invested his creative energies into "Welcome to the World of..." This would prove to be an arduous and lengthy project, spanning nearly half a decade to finish. He has actively performed and released singles with Emphasize, another San Diego emcee featured on his new full-length. The two have prospective plans for the future and are rumored to have an album in the works also produced by Mr. Ridley. Kaus has also been featured on various artists' albums such as Left in Company's "Artifacts", Bazerkwoitz' and Black Mikey's "BB King Kong" and Left-Handed Scientists' "Kill Your Present Future", that particular feature a testament to his lyrical prowess. He has performed under the banner of Altered States, a group including him, DJ Inform, Generik, and Mr. Ridley, all who have had a hand in the aforementioned "Welcome to The World of..."

Since his humble beginnings, he truly can contrast his past in the sentiment of one of his singles: "This is how [he's] living today." Not yet a veteran, but certainly with dues paid, Kaus has performed alongside some of Hip Hop's most respected artists; he has shared the stage with legends such as Pharoahe Monch, Yassin Bey (Mos Def) and KRS-One. Aside from the greater narrative of hip hop, Kaus has become a venerated artist in his local community. Whether it's catering to an audience of hundreds or simply his cohorts at small venues like the Kava Lounge, Kaus maintains an air of professionalism, candidness, and an earnest love for the culture of Hip Hop.