Raised on the streets of Ft. Worth, Texas, Loknes was there during the time of the city’s darkest criminal years. Drugs, gangs and murder covered “Funkytown” in the late 80’s and early 90’s. One year, Fort Worth was named the deadliest city in the nation based on the number of people killed per 100,000 population.
Born in 1983, Loknes moved from Texas to Florida for a few years before coming back to Fort Worth. After getting caught up in street life, Loknes found himself battling a murder change at a young age. With the case being dropped for lack of evidence, Loknes used this incident to rethink his lifestyle.
To stay off the streets, Loknes turned to music and started rapping. “Going so hard people would call me a monster, I came up with the name Loknes”, he explains. After forming his own record label Grind 2 Shine Records, he met up with fellow artist Pimpsta. Well known regionally for his classic hit “Dickies & House Shoes”, Pimpsta was one of the few independent artists in the late 90’s to get played on the radio and get booked city to city to perform. Loknes linked up with Pimpsta and learned the business side of music. He also traveled with Pimpsta for his many performances as Loknes soaked up in the game.
“I’m bringing a whole new sound”, says Loknes, “I’m Latin and I feel like there’s no other like me.” Original sound, lyrics and a grind that doesn’t stop. Loknes has been funding and giving away his music across different states to get the attention of all music fans. Making moves with his Grind 2 Shine team, Loknes has also been featured with the likes of DJ Smallz (Southern Smoke), Block2Block Magazine and a countless amount of music blogs.
“Last of a Dying Breed” / “Mr. Hott 16”, Loknes is here to set his mark. Look out for Grind 2 Shine Records’ future releases including features from Rocko and Blac Youngsta.