The artist K.O.V.E. (pronounced "cuv") was born John Covington in the Bronx, New York. The acronym stands for Knowledge Of a Versatile Entertainer. K.O.V.E. is the prime example of a boy from the hood trying to make it out. At a very young age K.O.V.E. was introduced to music by his older brother Marlon. K.O.V.E. took an immediate liking to the music. Whether it was on the radio or rappers anywhere on the streets. K.O.V.E. knew that being a lyrical genius is what he wanted to do at a young age. It started with K.R.S., Rakim, LL Cool J, and Big Daddy Kane. While growing up in the Bronx, K.O.V.E. faced his share of hardships and troubles; even with his family, specifically his mother. K.O.V.E had to be separated from his mother.He would then move to Jersey City, New Jersey with his grandmother. Being a emcee was still on his mind but lifes challenges was overwhelming him at the same time. He began to write at an early age. It was mainly an outlet to release the pain inside of him. He would read his writings to Marlon and he would pat him on the back. Marlon was a emcee also but he was big brother. He would try coaching K.O.V.E. into spitting in cyphers or just rapping for friends in general but K.O.V.E. would never do it. As gifted as he may have seemed, he didn't realize it himself.
After a few years in Jersey City K.O.V.E. moved back to the Bronx with his mother. Life with his mother in the Bronx just wasn't working out for him; being a victim of child-abuse he would be taken from his mother and put into the system. While in the system all K.O.V.E. could think of is a better life for himself. The pain inspired him to write more and more. He never let anyone hear his work. No one even knew he was a writer. A lack of confidence and not being able to stand ridicule, he just kept it secret from everybody. He would always find time to go to a quiet place and voice himself on paper. Away from family only made things worst. New York was the jungle and K.O.V.E. was a diamond in that jungle. He got out the system and moved back to Jersey City. His grandmother eventually passed away and things had turned for the worst for him. He ended up leaving Jersey City behind and moving to Virginia at the age 16. With all the negativity around him, he always had something positive, HIP HOP. 90's music really had a relation. With new artist like Notorius B.I.G., Tupac, Wu-tan Clan, The LOX, Jay-Z, and DMX music just became more fun. K.O.V.E. linked with local rappers in his new community and began to polish his craft. He finally started to let people hear him even though he was still reluctant. his words were so passionate and deep that anyone who heard him took a liking to what he had to say. Before the age 19 K.O.V.E. joined the military. He looked at it as a way to start fresh with him in total control. He would re-unite with is mother. After a year she passed away. This left K.O.V.E. confused and angry. He went right to the paper and wrote a tribute for his mother and voiced some of the unsaid. He played this record for those who were around him and the response was overwhelming. This was the first time he ever let anyone hear a song. It was the beginning of what K.O.V.E. fans hear now. After the loss of his mother, nothing mattered. What else did he have to lose. He began writing 2-3 songs a day. He found out about any local hip hop spots and started performing any and everywhere. The fear of ridicule didn't matter anymore. It was on and poppin. Anger, confusion and pain fueled his passion and you could hear it. K.O.V.E. likes to say, "I ain't got nothin to lose, every verse filled wit hunger cuz I feel I got somethin to prove." These are bars he lives by.
Joining the military plays a big role in the music K.O.V.E. makes today. Exposed to different music, and different cultures, he has been able to really versify his style. Even though he remains a lyrical beast, he will step out of the box and make sum crazy wild music. As all things come to an end so did his time in the military. He always wanted to do music but his obligation to the military restricted it. After fulfilling his commitment to the military K.O.V.E. is now ready to take Hip Hop by storm. Inspired by life K.O.V.E. is here to share his life's experiences with the world through his music. K.O.V.E. is going to make you dance, listen, and think with his hard hitting hits. With a strong mic presence, a witty delivery, versatile flow, and fun loving music, here is the next big thing