Positive K, a rapper and emcee, was born Darryl Gibson on August 9, 1967, in the Bronx, New York. He was a member of the rap group Five-Percent Nation before joining the Queens-based Almighty God Committee and rapping under the alias Positive Knowledge Allah. Positive K launched his solo rap career in 1986 with the release of his debut Hip Hop album Fast Money on the small label Star Maker Records.
Positive K signed to Nat Robinson’s First Priority Music label in 1987. Positive K’s 1989 duet with rapper MC Lyte on the single “I’m Not Havin’ It” was his first Billboard music chart entry (Billboard’s RapHip-Hop chart).
Positive K’s full-length debut album on Island Records, The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills, debuted at number four on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, number fifty on Billboard’s R&B Album chart, and number 168 on the Billboard 200 Album chart in 1992. It sold over 500,000 copies. The album’s lead single, “Night Shift Positive K,” peaked at no. 10 R&B and no. 101 Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
The most successful single from The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills, however, was “I Got a Man,” which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number seventeen on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart in 1993. His next single, “Carhoppers,” peaked at no. 101 R&B but stayed on the chart for 24 weeks.
Positive K made a cameo appearance in the film A Bronx Tale and collaborated with Beavis and Butthead on The Beavis and Butthead Experience in a remix of “Come to Butthead.” In 1997, he released “Black Cinderella,” which peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and remained there for five weeks. He later appeared on rapper Nas’ “Where Are They Now” ’90s remix nine years later (2006).
Positive K’s compilation album Back to the Old School was released on the EchoVista label in 2008. He worked with Greg Nice on his song “Make It Happen” in 2015, and two years later, in 2017, they collaborated on the single “Bring It.” They later dubbed themselves PK Dolla and N.I., respectively, and Gr8te Mindz collectively. Their singles, however, are still marketed and sold online under the names “Positive K and Greg Nice.”
Positive K left the First Priority Music label in 2019 and began collaborating with rapper/producer Big Daddy Kane.