About King Los: Carlos "Los" Coleman is one cocky dude. But it's hard to hate on his swagga. After initially turning down a chance to ink with Diddy in 2002, only to be sought after by the Bad Boy CEO a second time years later, the Baltimore native has acquired an almost legendary status in some hip-hop circles, bolstered by an unfailing stream of mixtapes. "People are already placing me in their top five." says the MC.
He dropped his first mixtape, Los Freestyles
, in 2000 and enjoyed a moderate buzz, before trying out for, and making, the final cut of MTV's Making The Band
in 2002. But he opted out, "I didn't want to be in a group," Los explains. Diddy, however, remembered Los, and after a 10-minute freestyle audition, he finally signed him in early 2006. After nearly two years on the roster, though, Los left when a legal situation with his other label, the Baltimore-based indie Da Bloc Inc., soured the deal.
After the split, Los has built his brand online, releasing several critically acclaimed mixtapes and a slew of freestyles that displayed his uncanny wordplay. "As quickly as he raps and as much as he is really saying, I would put him in a category of a Jadakiss, Nas, or even go as far as Eminem." says DJ Ill Will.
In 2012, Los rejoined Bad Boy records
. In 2014, he left the label
again and signed with RCA
. Regardless of what his label situation is, King Los is one of the most talented rappers in the game.