Eric Kaiser (born September 9, 1970), better known by his stage name K-Rino, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He founded the South Park Coalition, and John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press described him as "the conscience of Houston rap, king of the Houston battle rappers," and a "true pioneer of Southern hip-hop." K-Rino has released over 20 solo albums and still counting.
K-Rino grew up in South Park, a neighborhood in Houston, Texas. He began rapping in 1983 and by 1984 he was participating in rap battles and talent shows around the city of Houston. Two years later, he formed a group called Real Chill with two classmates, G.T. and Preppy J, and released a 12” single called “Rockin’It in 1987”. It was also in 1987 that he created the S.P.C. (South Park Coalition) which consisted of several rappers from the area, most of whom attended school with him.
K-Rino says when he started out in the industry he was no different from most artists trying to get a record deal, but he says as his knowledge of how the industry works increased, it turned him off. He said the lack of creative control was the biggest turn off, he said "I don't like people telling me what I can or can't say..plus I like to own 100% of my work.."
In 1992, he and his father (Larry Vaughn), started a label called Electric City Records. In 1993, he released his debut solo album titled 'Stories from the Black Book'. He followed that up with the album 'Danger Zone' in 1995.
In 1997 K-Rino signed with Cerebral Records and began production on his 3rd album. Disputes over creative control led to an eventual split between him and the label. The album was released without K-Rino's cooperation and many of the songs were changed. Eventually, Cerebral Records agreed to let him out of the contract and allowed him to return to his Electric City label exclusively. The album was never given a name by K-Rino himself and Cerebral Records released it as a self-titled CD 'K-Rino (album)'. In 1999, K-Rino released his 4th album 'No Mercy'.
In 2003, K-Rino started a new label called 'Black Book International'. As well as releasing K-Rino's solo albums, the label has also been responsible for releases by The 144 ELiTE, Rapper K., Sniper and Section A; all of which featured appearances from K-Rino. He began to hit his creative stride and started to release an average of 2-3 projects a year making him one of the most prolific artists in hip hop. In 2008 he released 4 albums, 3 of which were part of a 3 disc series entitled 'Triple Darkness'. 2009 was the year his album 'Solitary Confinement' was recorded and released. This CD featured his most popular and controversial song "Grand Deception", which has amassed well over 1 million views on YouTube. K-Rino said "Well I'm a believer in the teachings of the honorable Elijah Muhammad and I've learned so much under that body of knowledge and wisdom so I wanted to put a song together that covered a lot of falsehoods and unknown information that I was blessed to learn. When I say unknown I mean unknown to the average person in the street. Naturally, the people who perpetuate the lies know the truth but a lot of that B.S. has been passed over as facts for years... So 'Grand Deception' was me just combining several categories of info in an attempt to expose the perpetrators of it."
In 2010, K-Rino released his first double disc album titled "Annihilation Of The Evil Machine". In 2011, K-Rino released two albums "Alien Baby", and "The Day Of The Storm". "Deeper Elevation", and "80 Minute Eternity" were released in 2012. In 2013, K-Rino released three albums: "The Maven", "theRAPeutic" and "Plantation Rebellion".
On June 23, 2014, K-Rino took to his official Twitter page to announce that he would be releasing a new album titled "The Deprogramming Pill" later this year in September. An exact date, however, was not given as of yet.