Knightowl (sometimes styled as Mr. Knightowl) is a Chicano Rap artist. He began recording in 1993. His fame came with the hit single "Daddy Im in love with a gangsta".
He made a mix for the streets and one for the radio. The song proved to be a hit, and became a staple of the West Coast gangsta rap scene, while Knightowl became the first gangster rapper ever to make a song about love.
He signed with Columbia Records, but quickly decided to start his own record label, calling it "Sawed Off Records." His own label gave him the artistic freedom to do what he wanted.
In 1994, Eazy-E, founder of Ruthless Records and member of NWA was going to sign Knightowl, DJ Mikeski and Lil One from South San Diego as a weapon against DeathRow Records, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre. Due to the sudden death of Eazy-E, this did not happen.
Knightowl, one of the biggest names in Chicano rap, worked with prominent artists throughout his career: Daz Dillinger, Kid Frost, Eazy-E, Lil Rob, Mr Criminal and David Salas.
Knightowl raps in Caló (Chicano) and Spanglish, although English is the most prominent language in his raps. In 2000, Knightowl formed a duo with "Lil' One" for the Hollow-point collaborative venture, which released The Little & The Owl album. He is considered one of the West Coast's top gangsta rappers. In 2004 he changed his name to Mr. Knightowl.