Kans is the alias of Randall Felter, hailing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was born in Amsterdam Zuidoost and grew up in Amsterdam Oost/Oud-Zuid. During his teenage years, he discovered his talent for the microphone and began writing lyrics. Kans (formerly known as YOUNGBOYKANSIE) released his first solo project in 2017, titled ‘Mooie Man.’ That same year, his album ‘VIBES’ was released, featuring collaborations with top artists in the Dutch rap scene and produced by Project Money and Ramiks.
From 2017 to 2020, Kans made notable appearances on hit singles like “Doe Je Dans” by Bizzey and “Was Je Bij Me” by Josylvio. He also contributed guest verses to albums by Jonna Fraser, Bizzey, and Josylvio during this period. In 2020, he changed his stage name from YOUNGBOYKANSIE to Kans.
On September 25, 2020, Kans released his debut album, ‘Deze Eenzaamheid Laat Mij Niet Alleen.’ This cohesive Dutch R&B album, infused with influences from various genres, was independently produced and features thirteen tracks produced by Project Money, Ramiks, The Fishermans Collective, and Kans himself. The same year, Kans released his first entirely Surinamese single, “Tranga Udu,” which he wrote and co-produced. The track held the number one spot for three weeks on the biggest radio station in Suriname.
On March 30, 2022, his second album, titled ‘Hennessy & Beckies,’ was released. The album, consisting of thirteen tracks, continues in the same musical direction as ‘Deze Eenzaamheid Laat Mij Niet Alleen.’ ‘Hennessy & Beckies’ features guest appearances from artists like Murda, Jonna Fraser, Ray Fuego, and Bokoesam. Production credits on the album go to Kans himself, The Fishermans Collective, Project Money, Cinco, SHY, Surg, Landje, and Yade Lauren. The album was mixed and mastered by David van Dijk.
On June 1, 2022, Kans performed a sold-out show at Melkweg, where he showcased songs from both his first and second albums for the first time. Accompanied by his band and team, Kans aimed to convince the audience that the Netherlands has gained a true top artist. The show featured guest performances by Jonna Fraser and Bokoesam.
Kans draws inspiration from genres such as hip-hop, R&B, and trap, as well as influences from his Caribbean roots. Some of his favorite artists and biggest musical influences include Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Future, André 3000, Drake, The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Hef.