Payne - Songwriter - Long Beach, New York, USA

Kris Payne

Long Beach, New York, USA


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Rapper/songwriter Kristofer Tyrese Payne was born on August 1, 1989, in Wilmington, North Carolina. One of today's most talented rappers, Kris Payne has been creating rhymes since he was 15 years old. When Payne was less than a year old, his single mother moved him to back her hometown in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood where he attended elementary school and was first exposed to the mesmerizing sounds of the 90’s Hip-Hop. In August 2004, he won Best Rap Performance at a local community organization’s talent contest in Brooklyn.
When Payne was five years old, his mother met his stepfather and five years later they married and moved to Baldwin, Long Island, where Payne graduated from Baldwin High School in 2007. While in high school, Payne and four friends formed the rap group Illuminati and produced their first CD and music video. In the fall of 2007, Payne went on to study media and communications at the State University College at Old Westbury. Within a month’s time, he had made a name for himself winning campus rap battles and was invited for an interview at the school’s radio station. By the end of his freshman year, everyone knew his name and he was sought after to perform at campus parties all over Long Island. A testament to his heart and perseverance, Payne was the only pledge to cross into his beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated the Spring semester of 2008.
To date, Payne’s rap battles and hip hop performances have been featured on You Tube, BCATV, and websites & DVD’s all over the tri-state area. He is the recipient of various trophies and awards for hip hop performances. Payne’s talent and reputation has caught the ear of music producers and hip hop aficionados who are eager to work with him. Payne’s talent and styl



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Work History

Hip-Hop Artist/Entertainer/Promoter/Performer/Producer

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Qualifications & Certifications

Baldwin Senior High School

State University of New York at Old Westbury

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