Houston rapper KenTheMan delivers frank yet humorous rhymes about sex and relationships. After starting out with a more freestyle-based, punchline-heavy style, her career took off with the viral success of her commanding 2019 song “He Be Like,” which was included on her breakthrough 2020 mixtape 4 da 304’s. She continued refining her skills while remaining lyrically unfiltered on her 2021 release What’s My Name.
Kentavia Miller started rapping with her friends as a high school student, around the beginning of the 2010s, but her potential career was stalled when her ex-boyfriend (who was also a rapper) broke her heart. She took time off to raise her child, but she regained her confidence and released a fiery diss track against her ex, set to the beat for “Chiraq” by G Herbo and Nicki Minaj. The track appeared on Kenny’s Back, her 2015 debut mixtape, which consisted entirely of freestyles. She continued releasing tracks and freestyles as KenTheMan, a moniker chosen in reference to her aggressive, dominant ego. Her 2017 single “Deserve,” a dancehall-influenced reflection on the pain of a busted relationship, started gaining traction online, and the sexually charged “He Be Like” went viral in 2019. Miller’s 2020 mixtape 4 da 304’s continued in the same vein, and the rapper additionally released the single “For Me” with Chase B and OMB Bloodbath. KenTheMan signed to Asylum and released What’s My Name in 2021.