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Kid Ink
KidInkMarch2012.jpgKid Ink in 2012
Background information
Birth nameBrian Todd Collins
Born(1986-04-01) April 1, 1986 (age 31)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2005–present
  • Tha Alumni
  • 88 Classic
  • RCA[2]
Associated acts
  • DJ Mustard
  • Maejor Ali
  • Chris Brown
  • Ty Dolla Sign
  • Omarion
  • Tyga
  • Jay Burna

Brian Todd Collins (born April 1, 1986),[1] better known by his stage name Kid Ink is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Los Angeles, California. He is signed to RCA Records.[2][3][4] He released the independent album Up & Away, an EP titled Almost Home, and his second studio album My Own Lane. The latter spawned the singles "Show Me", "Iz U Down", and "Main Chick". On February 3, 2015, he released his third studio album Full Speed, which spawned the singles "Body Language", "Hotel", and "Be Real". On December 25, 2015, he released a surprise fourth studio album Summer in the Winter with the supporting single "Promise". Kid Ink has also released "RSS2" (a mixtape) in 2016, and EP "7 Series" with leading single "F With U" in 2017.


  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 2005–12: Career beginnings, Tha Alumni Music Group and Up & Away
    • 1.2 2013–14: Signing with RCA, Almost Home and My Own Lane
    • 1.3 2015–2016: Full Speed and Summer in the Winter
    • 1.4 2016–present: RSS2 and 7 Series
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

2005–12: Career beginnings, Tha Alumni Music Group and Up & Away

During his teenage years, Collins went to the after-school music programs, where he was making beats and producing tracks. He cites Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz as part of his inspiration for its work ethic with the production and songwriting, when he said: "These were artists and producers who were writing for other people in all types of genres. It just gave me an open ear for all different types of music and that's how I approached it". At the age of 22, Collins began starting rapping at full-time.[5] In 2009, Collins adopted the moniker for his stage name, called Rockstar. On February 1, 2010, Rockstar released his first official mixtape, titled World Tour. The mixtape gained popularity that grabbed some of the attention towards a radio disc jockey, DJ Ill Will, whom created the hip hop site, called HotNewHipHop. DJ Ill Will later discovered Rockstar, to which led Rockstar signing a deal to DJ Ill Will's Tha Alumni Group label. After signing a deal, Rockstar later decided to changed his stage name into Kid Ink.

In 2011, Ink released his second mixtape, called Crash Landing. The mixtape features guest appearances from Roscoe Dash, Ty Dolla Sign and Meek Mill, among others. During the summer of 2011, Ink released his third mixtape, called Daydreamer that made available for digital download. The mixtape features guest appearances from Cory Gunz, Maejor Ali, Ray J, Sean Kingston and Bow Wow, among others. In September 2011, Ink released his fourth mixtape, called Wheels Up. The mixtape features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Nipsey Hussle and Tyga, among others.[6] On June 12, 2012, Ink released his debut studio album, called Up & Away; including the production that was provided from Ned Cameron, Kyle Justice and Jahlil Beats, among others. The album debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200. Supporting this album was the release of his single, called "Time of Your Life", followed by a release of his second single, called "Lost in the Sauce".[7][8] On November 21, 2012, Ink released his fifth mixtape, titled "Rocketshipshawty".[9]

2013–14: Signing with RCA, Almost Home and My Own Lane

See also: Almost Home (Kid Ink EP) and My Own Lane

On January 4, 2013, he announced that he had signed a deal with RCA Records and premiered his first major label single, titled "Bad Ass" featuring Wale and Meek Mill and produced by Devin Cruise.[2][10] The song would be released for digital download on January 22, 2013.[11] The song was released to Rhythm Crossover radio in the United States on February 26, 2013.[12] It has since peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On May 14, he announced his first project released under RCA, would be an EP titled Almost Home on May 28, 2013. It featured artists such as French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill, ASAP Ferg and Rico Love among others.[13] Upon its release, the EP debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200. It also produced the single "Money and the Power" which was featured in HBO's Hard Knocks and in the sports video game NBA Live 14 as well as being one of the official theme songs of WrestleMania 31. On September 17, 2013, he released the first single from his second studio album My Own Lane, entitled "Show Me" featuring Chris Brown and produced by DJ Mustard.[14][15] On November 4, 2013, he revealed that My Own Lane would be released on January 7, 2014.[16] On January 13, 2014, at Kid Ink's album release party, he was rewarded his first Gold plaque from the RIAA for his single "Show Me".[17][18]

2015–2016: Full Speed and Summer in the Winter

See also: Full Speed (album)

On 9 September 2014, "Body Language", which features Usher and Tinashe, was released as the first single from his third studio album, Full Speed. The album was released on February 3, 2015, and has since peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 album chart.[19] On 25 December 2015 Kid Ink released his new studio album, Summer in the Winter, with songs featuring Fetty Wap, Akon, Omarion, Starrah and Bïa Krieger.

2016–present: RSS2 and 7 Series

On the 19th of September 2016, Kid Ink released RSS2 on Soundcloud. RSS2 was a mixtape, as Kid Ink wanted to get back into his old mixtape sound. RSS2 has a ton of features from underground artists, and even one from his younger brother, "Juliann Alexander". RSS2 spawned the "One Day" single from the project, which Kid Ink also made a music video for. RSS2 was released on Spotify and every other streaming service on the 30th of March 2017. On the 7th of April Kid Ink released the single "F With U" featuring Ty Dolla Sign, and with DJ Mustard on the production. On the 11th of April, Kid Ink announced that he would be releasing the EP "7 Series" on the 5th of May 2017. The name "7 Series" comes from the fact, that the EP is 7 new songs, and 1 bonus track (Swish with 2 Chainz). On the 21th of April, Kid Ink released the 2nd single from "7 Series" with the name "Lottery". On the 28th of April Kid Ink released the 3rd single named "Supersoaka". On the 4th of May 2017, the music video for "F With U" was released. The EP released on the 5th of May 2017 with mixed reviews.

Personal life

Kid Ink has 27 tattoos on his face, arms, hands, and torso. He got his first tattoo when he was 16 and has been "addicted" to getting tattoos since. His favorites include portraits of his mother and grandfather on his chest and a tiger on the front of his neck, which represents his Chinese symbol. He showed off his tattoos for one of PETA's "Ink Not Mink" anti-fur ads in 2013.[20]

Kid Ink is the older brother of hip hop artist Juliann Alexander. He has been dating fitness model Asiah Azante for over a decade. The couple became engaged in June 2015.[21] Azante gave birth to a girl named Aislin Parvaneh Collins, in February 2016.[citation needed]


Main article: Kid Ink discography
  • Up & Away (2012)
  • Almost Home (2013)
  • My Own Lane (2014)
  • Full Speed (2015)
  • Summer in the Winter (2015)
  • RSS2 (2016)
  • 7 Series (2017)


  1. ^ a b Artist Biography by Andy Kellman. "Kid Ink | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Markma, Rob (2013-01-04). "Kid Ink Inks Deal With RCA Records". MTV. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kid Ink - MTV UK". Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Gustafson, Kyle (2012-05-07). "Kid Ink at Howard Theatre". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY 7 a.m. EST February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23). "On the Verge: Kid Ink embraces radio-friendly rap". Retrieved 2014-03-20. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Introducing Kid Ink: Rising L.A. Artist Talks Transition From Producing & Quick Notoriety". 2012-02-13. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kid Ink "Up & Away" Cover Art, Release Date". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kid Ink Reveals 'Up & Away' Album Cover Art x Confirms Release Date". Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  9. ^, HipHopDX -. "Mixtape Release Dates: Joe Budden, Wale, Pusha T, Young Jeezy". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  10. ^, HipHopDX -. "Kid Ink Signs To RCA Records". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bad Ass (feat. Meek Mill & Wale) - Single by Kid Ink". iTunes. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  12. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  13. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-05-14). "Kid Ink "Almost Home EP" Release Date & Cover Art". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  14. ^ Nigel D. (2013-01-11). "Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown - Show Me (Prod. By DJ Mustard) » RealTalkNY Brought To You By Nigel D". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  15. ^ "Kid Ink - Show Me Feat. Chris Brown (Prod. By DJ Mustard) [Radio Rip] | Stream & Listen [New Song]". 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / Kid_Ink: #MyOwnLane January 7th!". 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  17. ^ "DJ Enuff Presents Kid Ink w/ Gold Plaque @ Webster Hall In NYC!! |". 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  18. ^ "DJ Enuff Presents Kid Ink w/ Gold Plaque at Webster Hall in NYC". YouTube. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  19. ^ "Kid Ink Announces New Single "Vegas Strip"". September 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ Latifa Muhamed,"Kid Ink Joins PETA’s “Ink Not Mink” Campaign,", 12 March 2013.
  21. ^ "Kid Ink Gets Engaged To Longtime Girlfriend Asiah Azante". July 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ "MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 - All this year's nominees and winners". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Kid Ink - 7 Series at HipHop Archief (Dutch)

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