Date of Birth: March 23, 1982
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Labels: Bad Boy Records / Interscope Records / After Platinum Records
CEO of The Lot Crew aka Leaders Gang
Nicknames: King Los, Swagga Boy Los, Pitbull, Best Rapper Alive, Bad Boy Los & Shooter
Los is from Liberty Heights and Garrison in Baltimore, Maryland, a city known for hustlers who get it in the streets. The city has been well publicized on shows like “The Wire” and “The Corner”. Now Baltimore has another conduit to catapult the city to national visibility. The real name of Baltimore rapper Los is Carlos Coleman. Los has been on his grind since 1999 and showed his hunger in the battles he dominated. He solidified himself in the streets and then signed with Da Bloc in 2001 which fueled his momentum and drastic increase in star power. Da Bloc proved to be the label that could propel Los to the heights of star status. However, due to a tumultuous time, Los had to put things on hold while Da Bloc took a hiatus to restructure the company. During that time, the company did not release music or host any events. However, in ‘07-‘08, with back to back mix cd releases, historic events, and endless performances, Los and Da Bloc made more of an impact on the music industry than prior years!
Los released several mix cds in ‘07-‘08, but he has the streets on fire with his “G5” series! He has released several versions of the mix cd i.e. G5 “Certified”, G5 “Special Edition” and G5.2. These volumes have far exceeded sales of mix cd releases in Baltimore, including past releases from Da Bloc records. Los has such a strong following, he has networked with every major promoter in Baltimore with them incorporating “G5” into the marketing scheme of their concerts and other events. Baltimore native Mario & Los made a remix to “Crying out for me” & “Music for Love” with both featuring on the “G5” series. The response was so overwhelming it prompted Mario to have Los perform on several tour dates with him. Los was also featured on the “Gangsta Grillz” tour with Young Jeezy, D.J. Drama, UGK, B.G. and others. If he is not performing and releasing mix cds, Los has been building his catalog writing for well-known artists in the music industry. Fans have been swarming with requests for the song he pinned on a Cheri Dennis album entitled “Showdown”. His performances have been in high demand on YouTube and he has hundreds of thousands of viewers (collectively) logging on to watch the rise of a superstar!
As a 16-year-old high school student, Los, began writing poetry and literature to deal with the pain of losing his father to murder. Right out of high school in 2002, Los auditioned for Diddy’s Making the Band 2, but after being selected to appear on the show, he refused to sign any of the paperwork required, so he was unable to appear on it. As fate would have it, Los would end up signed to Bad Boy Records in 2005, through Bloc Incorporated a local Baltimore record label. His signing to Bad Boy came after he auditioned for Diddy with a 10-minute freestyle. However, Bloc Incorporated eventually disbanded due to a legal issue and Los lost his deal in 2008, before he was able to release an album. Once he returned independent in 2008, Los released a number of mixtapes and online freestyles in the following years to build his buzz.
On July 18, 2011, Los released a mixtape titled Worth the Wait, mostly made of tracks cut from his upcoming mixtape. On December 5, 2011, Los released The Crown Ain’t Safe. It was met with positive critical reception upon release. Following the release of The Crown Ain’t Safe, there was something of a bidding war to sign Los by multiple labels. He was then nominated for XXL’s 2012 Freshman 10 list. On February 6, 2012, Diddy announced to MTV that his newest signee to Bad Boy Records was Los. Right after the announcement he begun working on his debut mixtape for Bad Boy. The mixtape Becoming King was released on April 25, 2013, as his first project released since his return to Bad Boy Records. It was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. On August 13, 2013, Los released a freestyle over the controversial Control song. Kendrick Lamar would shortly after praise Los’ response as the best one released.
On December 25, 2012, Los’ girlfriend, rapper Lola Monroe announced that she and Los were expecting their first child together. She then gave birth to a baby boy named Brixton Royal Coleman on March 12, 2013.