Brotha Lynch Hung (real name Kevin Mann) is a hip-hop/rap artist and record producer from the Garden Blocc neighborhood of Sacramento, California.His lyrics are notorious for featuring highly explicit themes, including murder, gang violence, drug use, rape, and cannibalism. He has been described as an innovator of horrorcore and one of the forefathers of the genre.
Brotha Lynch Hung is a member of the Garden Blocc Crips gang. He has been involved in gang confrontations, and was shot once near Arden Fair Mall. Brotha Lynch Hung has described his personal experiences in his music. Brotha Lynch Hung appeared on and produced 11 of the 12 tracks on X-Raided's 1992 debut album Psycho Active. He was also featured on the song "Ho's E Schemin Too" as well as a skit with Sicx on KRD's album Sac-Town Funk. Performing as the Street Talk Crew, Brotha Lynch Hung, X-Raided, and Sicx released the cassette Niggaz In Blacc in 1991. It is regarded by Brotha Lynch Hung as "some of my best work."
In 1992, Brotha Lynch Hung began to record his first EP, 24 Deep, and it was released in 1993 by Black Market Records.His second album, Season Of Da Siccness, released in 1995, proved to be the one of the most gruesome and misogynistic gangsta rap albums ever released, graphically chronicling a life of drug use and sale, promiscuity, ultra-violence, rape, infanticide (he often spoke of eating and killing his baby momma's children while still in the womb), and supposed cannibalism. This is Brotha Lynch Hung's most commercially successful album, as it has now achieved gold album sales status.
In September 1996, Joseph Edward Gallegos, an 18-year-old Colorado man, listened to Brotha Lynch Hung's song "Locc 2 da Brain" repeatedly before fatally shooting three of his friends. Gallegos was himself subsequently killed in a police shootout. Although Gallegos' motive was determined to be depression over a breakup with his girlfriend, his minister suggested that the music played a role in the killings.
Brotha Lynch Hung's lyrics are known for incorporation of graphic themes including ultraviolence, misogyny, rape and cannibalism. His rapping style has been described as "smooth and quickly delivered," similar in style to Spice 1. His third album, Loaded, was released in 1997. The album most notably features guest appearances from Kokane, E-40 and Ice-T.
In May 2009, Brotha Lynch Hung signed a deal with Midwest rapper Tech N9ne's Strange Music label. In March 2010, he released his Strange Music debut, Dinner And A Movie, selling around 7,000 copies during its first week. His second Strange album, Coathanga Strangla, was released a year later in April 2011, and his third album with Strange Music, Mannibalector was released on February 5th, 2013.