Kwame Katana

Katana is a wordsmith from York. Photo from artist's archives.

Back in the day—20 years ago to be exact—celebrity rapper Kwamé Holland changed the game with his polka dot gear and radio-friendly debut album, Kwamé the Boy Genius Featuring a New Beginning. (Kwamé even performed at Harrisburg’s Forum back then.) Today, a local rapper with the same moniker is also making his own lane in the rap game. Kwame Katana’s swagger is Mick Jagger. On top of that, the rapper, who reps York, dropped his bangin’ mixtape, I Just Wanna Be Heard in January 2009.

Katana is also one of Liana Renee‘s favorite local rappers. What’s Katana up to these days? Aside from working on I Just Wanna Be Heard Vol. II, he’s preparing to open up for the Fabolous and Trey Songz concert on Dec. 20. When vigoronline.com hit him on the cell a few weeks ago, the college junior, who studies business marketing at Millersville University, was also getting ready for final exams. “My workload is crazy,” the rapper affirms. On I Just Wanna Be Heard, Katana shows why he ranks high on the list of top Central Pa. lyricists. The mixtape is replete with a reputable rap delivery and tight production/engineering by Windstar, who also hails from York. Peep this video of Katana, Phene (another York rapper) and City Haze (rapper from New York).

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5 Responses to “Kwame Katana”


  1. 1 youngsix December 19, 2009 at 2:08 am

    ay gotta show major love for Kwame he got mad talent… he stands out from the rest… big motivation for me to keep going hard on the music… so far i havent heard many on his level.. keep up the good work brah you got my support to the end no doubt.. holla atcha boy Six Bossland ceo~

  2. 2 Liana Renee January 16, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Go ahead Kwame you know you da man….Keep doin what chu doin…n you know im already a fan… Yupp Yupp!!!

  3. 3 David Maul August 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    The only thing better than a punchline throwin lyricist is a local one and he goes hard. I mean the can’t tell me nothing freestyle, and his baby shower line…I almost Fn died.


  1. 1 Local artist showcase « vigoronline Trackback on April 18, 2010 at 12:08 am

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