Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Ahem! Is this thing on? I'm a Minnesota grown singer/songwriter just trying to make my mark in our state and in the industry. I'm a goofball and tend to surround myself with the like. I like to think I am a humble person, but at the same time, I am fully confident in my ability- which to some comes off as cocky. I prefer to let my music speak for itself. And I like wine.
Who is youre biggest inspiration?
OH my. Inspirations. Maria Williams Kennedy, my voice coach and the reason I'm classically trained in vocal music. I'm grateful to her everyday. Rahki, MPLS native who produced my first album. He is an incredible talent and has worked so hard for years to be in the position he's in out in LA. My big brother Brad who had the biggest collection of hip hop/R&B tapes of any 12 year old Up North farm boy I know. I first heard R&B because of him. Also, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Jay-Z, Prince, Teena Maria, Coldplay, a number of local musicians. This could go on forever!
Where do you look to spark ideas during the writing process?
The writing process is...terrifying, sexy, exhausting and liberating. When I actually sit down to write I'm usually super nervous, and by the end of the song I don't know how the hell I got there! A conversation, a sentence, a stranger, a fight...all grounds for a song. Basically any1 in my life needs to know they could be thrown in there at any time. Hahaha no names I swear. Sometimes it's the melody first, other times it's lyrics first...wow, ok I get it. There's no method to the madness.
What is one of your favorite tracks you have ever done.
OK, THIS is hard. "Believe" is dope because in the first verse I talk about every doubt/question people might have about me, and in the second verse I go back and answer them in order. The breakdown pays homage to Prince and Rahki was not playing when he made the beat!! I have some new material I'd love to talk about, but I'll wait for interview #2.
What keeps you going to keep doing this? and what amps you before a show?
I keep doing this simply because I love it. It's not for the money, obviously haha but I hope that comes soon. I love being on stage, I love making my family/friends who have supported me for years proud. I love to apply what I've learned. It's awesome. I keep a tight circle and we always say a prayer before hitting the stage. It's not hard to stay amped with them around.
What is some advice you would give to discouraged artists out there trying to start their music career? What to look out for, where to start?
My advice would be don't think you can jump into this without training and hard work. My dose of real is that not everyone is qualified to be an "artist", "singer", "rapper", "producer". It sort of bothers me that it's become a trend. Overnight success takes 10 years. If you are serious about it, perform as often as possible. Write everyday, sing everyday, nurture your connections, study the greats. Become so good at what you do that you can't be denied. These are things I still have to tell myself everyday. I wanted to jump right into music after high school but my parents wanted me to get my degree also, so I did. I spend 8 hours a day away from music to be able to pay the bills and keep my dream alive. It's a struggle, but you have to be willing to put the work in.
What is next for Kison?
Right now I'm working on my second album! Grateful to have Paul 'PC' Collier as executive producer He's a very talented, hilarious, soulful person and that comes out in his music. I have a few other dope local producers on board, as well as a track from NY producer 88-Keys. I've grown a lot as a writer and a singer since my first album so you can expect a much different sound.
As unique & amazing as your voice, How do you explain your sound?
Oooh nice transition into this question. My sound is soulful, classical, pop, jazz. Oh wait, was I supposed to pick one? I honestly think I'm all of them but soulful best describes me. It's no secret I am judged on arrival. Lol, let's be real. Blonde haired, blue eyed white girl- Kison Gaga right? Wrong, but I happen to like it when people expect nothing. It's a great feeling winning someone over with a song, a high note, a cold line...I have a good range, a strong voice. I prefer my live sound over studio sound.
Anything else you want people to know about Kison, that they might not already know?
Yes, people should know my hoop skills are coming back and need to be respected. Give me another month and I'll be ready. (What?! I'm just serious.) Also, when in doubt, order the wings. I have a sweet show with a live band backing me at the Maplewood Theatre on 10.16 Only $5 cover. Another show 10.21 @ Barfly with some SICK acoustic/hip hop/R&B acts.
Be sure to pre order your tickets for Kison's up comin show at BarFly in downtown Minneapolis. Click the jump for ticket information and Download Kison's new song "Lovin it". Kison is currently working on new tracks, so stay tuned!
>>>TICKET INFO: Afton Shows
>>>DOWNLOAD: Kison - Lovin it
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
1. “Gonorrhea” feat. Drake
2. “Hold Up” feat. T-Streets
3. “With You” feat. Drake
4. “I Am Not a Human Being”
5. “I’m Single” feat. Drake
6. “What’s Wrong With Them” feat. Nicki Minaj
7. “Right Above It” feat. Drake
8. “Popular” feat. Lil Twist
9. “That Ain’t Me” feat. Jay Sean
10. “Bill Gates”
11. “YM Banger” feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Tyga
12. “YM Salute” feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicki Minaj
While nothing is exactly wrong with the tracklist, that wasn’t all the info which needs to be shared in regards to the project. Here’s what else you need to know.
* The first 10 tracks will be available on the digital version
* In reality, there will be 13 tracks. Tracks 11 and 12 you see in addition to Gudda and Weezy’s “Willy Wonka” song that dropped earlier this year. These three will be found on the physical copy of the CD.
I Am Not A Human Being is scheduled to crash land on Earth September 27th.
OUT Magazine caught up with Nicki Minaj for an interview. She touches base about Gay rappers in the music industry. The pictures are pretty cool too.
On If there Are Gay Rappers in Hip Hop
“I think there have been many gay rappers, they just haven’t come out of the closet,” Minaj says slyly. “Yup, lots of them. They’re lurking around the industry now. Obviously, the majority of the men in hip-hop don’t want you to think they’re gay. That’s just the reality of it. I’m a woman, so I have a lot more flexibility. And I don’t lose credibility in any way if I say I think girls are dope and sexy.”
The Politics of Women in the Music Business:
It’s interesting that people have more negative things to say about me saying ‘I’m Barbie’ than me saying ‘I’m a bad bitch, So you can call yourself a female dog because that’s cool in our community. But if you call yourself a Barbie, that’s fake. Once I figure something is irritating people, I’m going to do it more,” she says, smiling, “because I like to get on your nerves until you realize how f*cking stupid you are.”
On Being forced to speak on her sexual orientation
People who like me — they’ll listen to my music, and they’ll know who I am. I just don’t like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I just am. I do what the f*ck I want to do. The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle, and you’ve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say it. I don’t want to feel like I’ve got the gun pointed at my head and you’re about to pull the trigger if I don’t say what you want to hear. I just want to be me and do me.”
Monday, September 6, 2010
YBF: What can [YBF] readers expect from you this year?
Kevin Kaoz Moore is back with an all new mixtape. I got the chance to preview this and it was great. His funny,meaningful and clever lyrics are a breath of fresh air. I have met with Kevin a few times and he has a great personality and is so full of talent. My personal favorite is his song "It'z Not U it'z me" it's a very relateable song. The lyrics in it truly reminded me of the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship, not because of the other person's flaws/drawbacks but because of your own. Knowing and owning up to the fact that the baggage you carry is too heavy and because of that, trying to build another relationship with a new person is very hard and sometimes impossible. Some people tend to not think things all the way through and ask themselves " Am I ready for a relationship?" This song puts all of that into perspective.
Overall the mixtape is a MUST DOWNLOAD, full of amazing tracks and great features. So don't just sit there, GO DOWNLOAD IT! You can download the mixtape at Kevin's all new website WWW.FANSOFKAOZ.SPRUZ.COM also, sign up while you're there and check out all that is KAOZ. Click the jump for the mixtape. Enjoy!
DOWNLOAD>>> KAOZ - The Tyler Durden Mixtape
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Months after his release from a federal prison the rapper T.I.was arrested Wednesday night with his wife in Los Angeles on drug charges, The Associated Press reported. T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, was arrested at a traffic stop in West Hollywood and accused of possession of a controlled substance. A representative for the Los Angeles sheriff’s department told The A.P., “Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” adding that “a narcotics investigation ensued” that resulted in the arrest of T.I. and his wife, Tameka Cottle.
T.I., who currently appears in the action movie “Takers,” which was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, remains on probation for federal weapons charges stemming from a 2007 sting operation in which he was caught receiving three machine guns and two silencers that had been bought for him. After a guilty plea, T.I. performed more than 1,000 hours of community service and appeared on an MTV reality series, “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,”in which he warned teenagers about the dangers of guns and violence. He was released from an Arkansas prison in December and from a halfway house in March.