Kirk Raymond Randal-Benitez (born August 20, 1989), better known by his stage name Kirko Bangz, is an American rapper signed to Warner Bros. Records. Bangz started rapping at the age of fifteen, due in part to witnessing his mother struggle as a single parent; using his mother’s pain as motivation.
He attends Prairie View A&M University and is majoring in mass communications. At Prairie View he was able to focus on his music, and in 2009 he released his first mixtape Procrastination Kills. He stole the attention of a fellow student and now manager D Will. Bangz released his first official single titled “What Yo Name Iz?” on February 7, 2011.
The single debuted at number ninety-seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the week of October 23, 2010. It has since peaked at number forty-one on the chart. A remix was released on June 24, 2011 and features Big Sean, Wale and Bun B. He released a mixtape shortly after on March 1, 2011 entitled Procrastination Kills 3.
His second single entitled “Drank In My Cup” Featuring Isaac Lukes,” released in 2011, peaked at #28 at the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single debuted at number ninety-six on the Billboard Hot 100.