Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
RIYL: Mitchy Slick, South Psycho Cide
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Influences: Ice T, Ice Cube, South Psycho Cide
Filipino-American Charles Quimiro -- aka Cookoo -- was born and raised in San Diego, winning producer Flip Matrix’s (Ice Cube/Xzibit) Best of the Best MC contest in 2008. He has since collaborated on underground mix-tape songs with multi-platinum a.Fam Entertainment producer Focus'¦ (Dr. Dre/Beyonce).
As of 2010, the 31 year-old Cookoo is also a member of frequent SDMA nominees South Psycho Cide, with a day job as a graphic designer. His single “We Charge Hard” is themed for San Diego Chargers fans. He performed it on Fox 5 Morning News on August 31, 2010.
The November 13, 2010, issue of the Filipino Press included a Cookoo feature. He was also interviewed for Balitang America TV, a Filipino/American global news network on the Filipino Channel ABS-CBN which airs in several countries, and for definitelyfilipino.com.
In early 2012, he shot a video for his Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao anthem which can be viewed on YouTube.