King Bogus the Monarch elevates the rap scene

King Bogus, The Monarch worked hard to earn his royal title. The Savannah rapper recently released his latest album, ‘Death of a Simp’, to great response, with the record generating over 20,000 streams on its first day and tracks appearing on playlists curated by Spotify. King Bogus will be riding that wave when he takes the stage at the UnderGo festival this weekend.

The concept of “Death of a Simp” takes pejorative expression and gives it the burial it deserves.

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“A lot of people come to their own conclusions,” King Bogus said of the album’s title. “The word simp has now become this word with a negative connotation. This is what I bring death to. There’s a way to be in a relationship with someone, or show someone you’re interested in them, and often you’ll see someone calling someone simp because they bought them flowers. or paid for dinner, gentlemanly stuff. I address the question of why people are called simp. As men, we also go through relationship problems, but we have to smile and bear it and say nothing. All the kindness and sweetness disappears over the years as we become more and more jaded.

“‘Death of a Simp’ sounds more like the term death. It’s okay to be in love and it’s okay to be hurt. And it’s okay to still be romantic after that. He doesn’t there’s nothing wrong with that.”

A self-proclaimed book fanatic, King Bogus found a way to write lyrics through a family tragedy. When he was in 5th grade, three of his grandparents died in quick succession one month after another. The shock suffered by King Bogus and his family left him discouraged and mentally excluded from school, until one day he began to express his troubled feelings in poetry.

Due to his older brother’s interest in 90s music and rap, King Bogus started thinking about rap as a way to impress him one day.

Hip-hop and R&B artist King Bogus, The Monarch outside Shabazz Seafood.  He put this photo on the cover of his 2019 album "The 9St."

“From then on, I started walking around with a rap book,” King Bogus recalled. “I remember Busta Rhymes’ ‘Touch It’ remix came out and my friends and I were going to do a remix of that song because we liked the rhythm. It was my first time writing rhythm. Since , it hasn’t stopped.”

“It’s probably weird to say this but I have to thank my grandparents. They say everything happens for a reason and I don’t know where I would be if this tragedy hadn’t struck. What else would have held my Interest? Music and poetry really spoke to me like nothing else in life.

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King Bogus’ style combines the sway of R&B with a rap lyricism heavy with clever puns, puns and punchlines. His rapping took him to Atlanta where he was named Mr. AUC at the Atlanta University Center and won a rapping title at the Atlanta Hip-Hop Expo. While studying in Atlanta, he was taken under the wing of Big Fraze where he learned engineering, and later worked with artists like Bangladesh, Lil Baby, Bando Jonez, Summer Walker, and award-winning YK Osiris. a Grammy Award.

Born Nicolas Bogus, King Bogus was inspired to take on the nickname “King” by jazz legends with aristocratic titles like King Creole, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

King Bogus, The Monarch outside the Tire City Muffler Center in Savannah.

“Here in Savannah, we had King Oliver who ended up mentoring Louie Armstrong,” King Bogus said. Part of King Bogus’ big personality is wearing sharp costumes in his promotional materials and performances.

“I watched the evolution of music and saw pictures of all these old jazzmen in suits and suspenders,” King Bogus said. “I really wanted to keep it going. It’s not always about wearing a suit. It’s not always about wearing your street clothes. It’s about being able to do whatever you want.”

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Although he learned a lot about the Atlanta hip hop scene, King Bogus considered himself a rapper exclusively from Savannah and recognizes how difficult it can be to succeed here.

“I was raised here in Savannah and spent a lot of time in Atlanta as well,” King Bogus said. “I feel like that was more the case because I grew up here, it was a bit harder to put your foot down because people feel like they know you. There are a lot of people we went to school with who are also rappers. You are already put in this bubble and you have to fight to burst the bubble and get outside. A lot of people, you’ll see them traveling somewhere and getting on a stage somewhere else, and I did, but every time I came back to Savannah, I really wanted to sum up that I’m a Savannah rapper.

“To me, Savannah’s rapping is like taking you around town.”

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King Bogus’ love for Savannah can be seen on the album cover like the snap of him sitting outside Shabazz Seafood that adorns his debut, or heard in his lyrics that reference places like Victory Drive. and Claire’s Cafe. King Bogus also expresses his love for the city through his label/brand/collective The 9er.

King Bogus, The Monarch is a hip-hop and R&B artist.  A native of Savannah, he credits the city with shaping his “exponential” growth as an artist.

“Savannah isn’t Atlanta, but it’s still famous,” King Bogus said. “Every time I travel to Cali and tell them I’m from Savannah, they know it. It’s not like a small town in Nowhere, USA. Savannah rapping is really its own culture, so as a rapper from Savannah, you’re not really going to sound like an Atlanta rapper. I don’t sound like a southern rapper either, not with my style of music.

“It’s very important for me to make sure I embrace this concept. It’s Savannah rap. We do it differently here.


What: UnderGo Fest with King Bogus, The Monarch

When: Sunday at 6 p.m.

Where: Re:Purpose Savannah Lumberyard, 2302 E. Gwinnett St.

No cost


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