Houston Lyricist KenTheMan is All About Sexual Liberation and Girl Power with Her Latest EP “Back to 304’n”
KenTheMan is a Houston-bred beauty who also happens to be a slick-talking lyrical beast that can ride a beat with aggressively raw storytelling proving that women can be hypersexual, intelligent and talented, all at the same time. In the male-dominated battlefield of rap, the liberated emcee has assumed soldier status. Her stage moniker, built in part from her childhood nickname “Ken,” is an alter ego that speaks to her ability to go bar for bar with the boys through the lens of ratchet womanism. Signed to Roc Nation, KenTheMan is a rapper but also a business, man.
On her latest EP Back to 304’n KenTheMan made prodigious use of her artistry by curating a project that is vastly different from the ones before it. While her sexual prowess and the individuality of her voice live through the explicit content, her cadence and tone communicate a modern form of womanhood. The single “I Love a Freak” offers an assertive and self-indulgent warning about the type of man KenTheMan likes, both in and out of the bedroom. On this curated body of mood music, KenTheMan kicks it up a notch by insisting she’s willing to seek other options if her feminine and financial needs aren’t met.
This current project title is somewhat of a throwback to 2020, when Ken made her EP debut with 4 Da 304s (pronounced For the Hoes) letting her freaky flag fly high turning skeptics into stans. KenTheMan cemented her ability to turn raunchy yet relatable situationship woes into certifiable bops. KenTheMan is a woman’s woman with the DNA of a hustler. She makes clever, all occasion anthems; whether it’s to get dressed, party, vibe or heal. “I’ve met girls who were crying and telling me how my music helped them get through a breakup.”
The year 2022 assisted KenTheMan in understanding her impactful influence and how her unique personality was her secret sauce, which she sprinkled on everything. She rightfully earned a coveted spot on the 2022 XXL Freshman cover and her Freshman freestyle oozed with confidence and spicy charisma that showcased her playful yet bossed up sex appeal. KenTheMan also got the opportunity to flex on the mic for the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher, taking her crafty wordplay to an elevated dimension.
KenTheMan has made a sport out of taking control of her narrative and artistry by curating a soundtrack for women to reclaim their power; over their bodies, minds, finances and relationships. With women having experienced a storied history of sexual oppression, she boldly brags about who she bags while getting to a bag without shame. Her outspokenness on the subject of sex isn’t so much about shock value as it is for women to know their value and prioritize their own satisfaction, be it sexual or otherwise.
“Men have been sexualizing us for decades but when we sexualize ourselves, it’s seen as this taboo thing. Why can’t we talk about our own bodies? Why can’t we live our lives where our pleasure is at the center of the story?” KenTheMan’s sex and body-positive feminism has given her a seat at the table. However, in authentic Big Ken fashion, she chooses to shake the table along with the culture. The future is not only female, but it belongs to KenTheMan.