Bronx Drill Breakout Kenzo Balla Announces Mr. Ready To Blitz EP, Shares New Video for “Krash Out”
Rising in NYC on the Back of Singles Like “Ready To Blitz” and “5th to Sev,” the 10k Projects Signee Prepares to Drop His New EP On 11/15
“Kenzo Balla’s commanding voice makes the new [“Let Me Know”] single an immediate standout.” – Audiomack
Hailing from the Bronx with a cucumber cool composure that sets him apart from the hectic scene he occupies, Kenzo Balla is determined to magnify the spotlight he’s earned. Preparing to flood the zone with his Bronx drill bangers, Kenzo announces Mr. Ready To Blitz, his next EP. Featuring appearances from his brother TG Crippy, plus other risers from his home borough’s ascendant scene, Mr. Ready To Blitz arrives on November 15th via 10K Projects.
With two hands on the wheel and a full tank of gas, the BX bruiser drops off his new video single, “Krash Out,” the first single from the EP. A subdued drill heater which owes its explosiveness to the agile flows Kenzo latches onto the track’s mellowed instrumental, “Krash Out” delivers the high-octane performance of an SRT with the muted celerity of a Tesla. It’s a tough balance to strike, but one that distinguishes Kenzo from the pack, and he knows it: “I’m a different n****, they can see that/And a bozo, I could never be that.”
Directed by CREA, who last linked with Kenzo for “Don’t Panic” in August, “Krash Out” follows Kenzo and his crew of black puffer-clad accomplices as they assert their presence on the block on a brisk Bronx night. Whether he’s blowing clouds in the air or busting moves on pavement, Kenzo’s comfortably undefeated on home turf.
A rising name in one of the nation’s busiest rap scenes, Kenzo Balla made his mark on the scene with his relentless rhymes and high-energy vocals. Known for collaborating with fellow Bronx heavyweights like his brother TG Crippy, Kenzo kicked off his career with a frenzy of fiery videos, including local hits like “5th To Sev” ft. TG Crippy & Pdot Sav (1.9 million video views), “OOTAZ,” and the “Love Nwantiti”-remixing “Let Me Know” (1.8 million views). This summer, the former AAU baller tore up the streets with “Dead Gzz,” a vicious, uptempo missive that racked up over 800k video views since its release in June.
Now signed to 10K Projects, Kenzo Balla is ready to emerge from his perch in the Bronx and blitz the rap game. Sit back and watch his rise.
Watch “Krash Out”: https://youtu.be/ZiVuC9pnQJk
Stream “Krash Out”: https://kenzoballa.lnk.to/krashout
Pre-Order Mr. Ready To Blitz EP: https://kenzoballa.lnk.to/mrreadytoblitz
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Kenzo Balla evokes both the ecstasy and the peril of New York street rap. The Bronx artist serves up chilly bars over hammering drill beats for stylish, yet raw anthems that are drawing the attention of the world by the day. Teaming with frequent collaborators TG Crippy (his brother) and Jay Da Chaser, he blends those elements on tracks like “OOTAZ,” which drips with adrenaline and confrontation. While the track and others like it evoke unsettling force, they’ve also become the soundtrack of functions across the East Coast, and Kenzo wouldn’t have it any other way. Growing up in the BX, everyone knew each other and attended the same parties, but as he became a teenager, the drama escalated. Kenzo realized he’d have to change his lifestyle to survive. He’d spent much of his early years freestyling with friends, so he decided to record his first songs in 2018. After catching attention with melodic tracks like “Backends,” each new release earned more streams than the last. In September 2021, he unloaded “5th to the Sev,” an anthem for his neighborhood that garnered 1 million YouTube views. By 2022, he’d signed a deal with 10K Projects, alongside Crippy. With a growing fan base and an evolving sound in the works for a new project, Kenzo recognizes the potential of the moment he’s having now. On a grander level, he wants to rep the neighborhood that raised him. “I’m making music for me, my brother, my block, for the Bronx, and the whole city,” he says. “The Bronx is just me”.
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“Krash Out”: https://kenzoballa.lnk.to/krashout / https://youtu.be/ZiVuC9pnQJk
“Don’t Panic” ft. Cito Blick & Pdot Sav: https://kenzoballa.lnk.to/dontpanic / https://youtu.be/eAKju7ALGPk
“Dead Gzz”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-i6u70lSpY
“Let Me Know”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn0jGNT_QV8
“5th To Sav”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY2tBWgA81U