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Seven Questions With KiD Swoop.

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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH KID SWOOP

KiD SWOOP has been making waves throughout 2018 with his album “4SoLong” & has rose to become one of the prominent names when mentioning artists from Pontiac, MI. For my latest installment of Seven Questions I chop it up with Swoop about this years releases among other topics. Here we go…


COMMi$$ION: It’s been an eventful year for KiD SWOOP packed full of performances & releases. What are some of the favorite moments for you when reminiscing 2018?
KiD SWOOP: One of my top favorite moments of 2018 was dropping my debut album, “4SoLong” and watching everyone who doubted me crumble into pieces of disbelief. Accumulating over 100,000 streams within 4 months authentically has been a huge success! Moreover, simply knowing and witnessing my life change from what it was just a year ago is a massive blessing, I’m forever thankful for every little step. For the love of SwoopNation you guys keep supporting and I won’t let up, we have a couple more months until 2018 is up so it’s a lot more to be done!
COMMi$$ION: The year isn’t over though. You’ll be performing alongside Bizarre & King Gordy Oct. 27th for the Bizarre Halloween Party & on Nov. 11th at the Cobo Convention Center for the Inferno Hair Show. When it come’s to performing what elements do you find to be most important as you hit that stage?
KiD SWOOP: My Uncle Tony is my main element I can’t stress it enough. Before I ever had fans or supporters he was my number 1 everything. Therefore, once he committed suicide that took a huge toll of me. His last words ever spoken to me were, “Nephew if I’m not here to witness you succeed in this music field promise you will.” I promised him that exactly and I’m forever standing on that leverage. I refuse to keep a chain reaction of my generational curse of settling for 9 to 5s, being a “typical” civilian, and settling for where the world manages to place us. I can’t live the life of struggle I’m used to living anymore, so every time my feet hit that stage and those lights begin to beam off my forehead I give it my complete all until there’s nothing left.
COMMi$$ION: You put out two very different releases this year with your album “4SoLong” followed by the free mixtape “Ruò lǚ”. How would you explain the contrast between these two projects & what drove you to go two different directions in the same year?
KiD SWOOP: That’s a wonderful question and I’m glad you asked. 4SoLong was my breakthrough solidifying my standing ground within the industry. Giving the viewers insight on me as a person as well as a character knowing that I can go from local to global so quickly competing against the greats. 4SoLong is official industry content coming from KiD Swoop himself. On the other hand, you have SwoopieBaby, KiD Swoop’s arch enemy in which is his evil twin. The most clutch thing about SwoopieBaby is he knows when to be sweet and create a Don’t Pick Up The Phone moment, then on the flip side he gets raunchy with a Ruò lǚ moment when things get out of hand. Ruò lǚ came along due to critics believing I was just some sort of laid back artist and dancer who doesn’t want any smoke quote on quote. Little do they know smoke is what I’m definitely all for every bit of it. This mixtape was strictly for my nitty gritty underground following and the raunchy “knuck if you buck” audience. Ruò lǚ is that slide music, down for anything and I’m willing to die tonight music. This is my Hit Em Up, No Vaseline, and Ether directly to the streets. I chose to go this specific direction with two different approaches in one year to prep SwoopNation and the world for my highly anticipated 2nd studio album, “yo, KiD” in which will be phenomenal and include every aspect of music itself! My artistry intellect is on a whole new approach that the industry hasn’t seen, but is highly prepared for and if not so KiD Swoop is definitely breaking the doors and hinges down for so.
COMMi$$ION: When in the lab crafting a brand new record what sort of things do you draw inspiration from during the creation process?
KiD SWOOP: Pain. Pain running deep within my soul draws inspiration because during the struggle creativity was needed to survive. I treat my creation process as if it was me back at 10 years old sitting in a home with no heat, water, or lights and having to think of vast ideas just to get by. Music is universal and unifies, so why not be as open and vulnerable to the audience as much as I can. Vulnerability sells way more than commercial. I just stay true to myself while crafting a new record I refuse to be someone else. SwoopNation follows me and believes in me because of that ya digg.
COMMi$$ION: How do you view the current climate of the industry & if you had it your way what sort of changes would you like to see come together for artists in this digital era?
KiD SWOOP: The climate right now is one tracked minded and filled with clout. Everyone’s thinking with one brain that’s why my generation is so dumb founded. Now, it’s all mind control social media has affected the music industry terribly and continuously fails us everyday. For example, if Drake composes a record speaking on Fashion Nova while throwing a couple trend setting bars or quotes out there and it goes 3x platinum or whatever, the next millennium of artists are going to use the same exact formula just for some sort of status. Knowledge is missed nowadays in Hip-Hop, structure is definitely forgotten, and the sense of bars not even in the sake of intellectual or lyricism wise is obsolete. Bars are no longer needed within these artists anymore which unknowingly places them in this whirlpool or bucket of crabs. That whirlpool is so over saturated that the audience embraces it gravitating these rappers to the top. However, it’s only for the moment, none of these rappers are true artists nowadays and won’t even see a solid 5 year career. The word “rapper” has become so devalued that the music no longer sells itself anymore. That’s why you have payola and all type of paid promotions going on via social media. It’s pathetic that my generation only has 2 artist they consider top tier which is Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole, if they decided to retire today for good what would happen? Music would be junkie material in which it already typically is. The damn industry is looking like an ongoing project X party that’s controlled by a Hypnosis Trance. If I had it my way is an understatement because I honestly feel it is my way on my end as an artist. It’s my duty to stay true to myself and give the industry something real, give my generation a voice, give the streets a voice, and give my people a voice. The enemy has been winning for too long, now it’s time for a young jit to show up and show out. Fear is not an option, and being different isn’t going to change I must approach the industry like no other and I will definitely do as told!
COMMi$$ION: Scenario Question: You’ve stumbled across a time machine & can go back in time to be a part of any recording session in history. What artist/album session would you choose to be in attendance for?
KiD SWOOP: Tupac, Michael Jackson, and MC Hammer. Those sessions would be hella lit dipped in some Swoop sauce. Tupac and I record would have some sort of nitty gritty universal approach touching basis with the rural and urban streets. Seriously, Pac would’ve been my ace boon coon for sure! That Michael Jackson collaboration would be wild and filled with inexhaustible energy to the point your great great grandparents would have no choice but to hop out they graves dancing and going crazy. Michael Jackson and Chris Brown are my dancing idols. Furthermore, my joint with MC Hammer would’ve been powerful far as performance wise due to how much energy we both bring to that stage. Those days were just awesome, I honestly feel like I was born before my time definitely.
COMMi$$ION: Thanks for taking the time to chop it up with DetroitRap.com! Before we finish what can fans or followers of KiD SWOOP & the #SwoopNation movement expect as we look forward into 2019 and beyond?
KiD SWOOP: The industry rise of KiD Swoop and Family & Friends Entertainment. With my 2nd studio album being set to release New Year’s Day, that sums it up right there. These numbers about to triple, we’re aiming for those Grammy boards, that KiD Swoop and Chris Brown collaboration, touring all over, meeting new people and fans, and much more. One very specific milestone everyone needs to look forward for is my film, “One In The Head,” debuting on Netflix and others. Be on the lookout for “yo, KiD” January 1st preorder will be available by November. Time to witness history mark it in your calendars, much love to DetroitRap, HearItNation, ThaMuzikShop, StereoStickman, my family, and SwoopNation!

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KID JAY ROCKS OUT WITH STEVE HARVEY!!!

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Uncle P: We have had the privilege of watching you grow as an artist. How did this connection between you and Steve Harvey come about?

Kid Jay: Last year I was one of the mentees in the Steve Harvey Program and I got to talk to him, Charlamagne and Jeezy. I showed them my poem I wrote about George Floyd and how I work with kids on the Autistic Spectrum and they loved it. Charlamagne Tha God told me “your positive message is needed in hip hop”. It felt good hearing good things about me coming from other rappers in the game that I look up to like Jeezy.

Uncle P: What did it feel like to have someone with the stature of Steve Harvey gravitate towards you?
Kid Jay: It meant the world to me because I grew up watching the Steve Harvey Show so obviously I’m a big fan. So for him to fly me out to speak to the youth felt so unreal, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything .
Uncle P: Tell us about the most recent experience that you had with Mr Harvey?
Kid Jay: We were at the Mentoring Camp in Atlanta and they had their own Basketball tournament going on. Mr. Harvey was a coach and I thought it was hilarious how serious he took the games.
Uncle P:  You have been thrusted into being a role model and a mentor for young people. Is it hard? What challenges have you had with yourself still being young and figuring life out?
Kid Jay: It’s a lot of pressure that comes with being a role model, but I’m willing to take on that responsibility because at the end of day what I’m trying to do is save and encourage our youth. I know I still have a lot to figure out about myself, but everybody is a work in progress and If I can be the one to help the youth progress even farther than I will.
Uncle P: Do you find it challenging to be a positive force in the music industry when it seems like all your peers want to hear is music that doesn’t necessarily utilize or feed the soul in a productive manner?
Kid Jay: Yeah, because right now music has a specific sound and that’s the type of music listeners wanna hear because they’re used to it. I’ve always said as long as music sounds good to the ear, I love it and one day everybody else will because my music is GOOD.
Uncle P:  What’s Harvey’s favorite song of yours?
Kid Jay: Golden Child, he likes the old school beat because it got that West Coast Feel.
Uncle P: Tell me about this record you just dropped with your brother?
Kid Jay:  I dropped a track with my brother just for fun and everybody went crazy for it all over Facebook and Instagram. We spent like 3 hours recording it laughing, trying to figure out what we were gonna say, but I’m glad we did it because my brother is my best friend.
Uncle P: We are just over halfway done with 2022. How do you plan out closing the year?
Kid Jay: I plan on dropping a new song every 2 weeks for the rest of the year because I wanna be more consistent

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djkage PRESENTS: D-IMPORTS VOL. 3

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Djkage hit’s us off with the 3rd edition of the D-Imports Mix Tape series. Fully produced by djkage himself you’ll find over 35 artist dropping lyrics on this 28 song project. Strong promo has been done for this project with the release of a visual every week for the last 2 months. Now that’s how you roll out a record! Peep the latest visual THE CRAFT feat Guilty Simpson and Awesome Dre

 

https://djkage.bandcamp.com/album/djkage-presents-d-imports-vol-3-2

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Dame Black Releases “PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” (Artist Interview)

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Uncle P:  You have a serious buzz around the release of your latest release People under the stairs. With a title like that, what was your thought process around this project?

Dame Black: Well thanks to all the people who supported the movement and, the Dame Black brand first they’re one of the main reasons for the big buzz surrounding the project. So The People Under The Stairs is actually one of my favorite movies I had to mention that but, I used to be in the streets trapping and, what not an 90% of my content is street so I looked at the people under the stairs as the clientele. I took the movie and, flipped the perspective into a dealers view. I wanted to still reflect the movie as well so I used the actual movie cover as well and, flipped it to once people hear the EP they’ll definitely understand the similarities and, the references.

Uncle P: So when did you realize you wanted to make something out of that film? After watching it a few times or did the tracks inspire it all?

Dame Black:   I guess it came with the creative process of how I put together projects. The movie was definitely in the back of my mind but, I guess it was after the first song I knew how I wanted to sculpt the Ep. I try to give the fans a full meal to break down art, music, visuals, poetry, streets, all that exist with in this project so in short lol yea the tracks inspired me.

Uncle P:  What was your favorite song and what has the public gravitated to so far? What did you learn from having listening sessions?

Dame Black: I dont really have a favorite to tell you the truth and, there’s a reason. I dont have a favorite out of any music I put out yet…. Only because I know I have alot more greatness in me to achieve musically so I guess im still waiting on a favorite. As far as the listening party I learned alot and, s/o to the muzik shop for hosting the party but, wow it was amazing! I learned good music and, humility will definitely bring alot of great minds together. Thats the biggest thing I learned from that I could go on for days but, I would say thats the most important lesson I learned from the listening party.

 

Uncle P:  What was it like working with one producer for a entire Album? Can you share how it went down
Dame Black:  S/O to Aaron Green hes responsible for every beat on the EP hes an amazing producer which made it easy to put this project together check him out on IG @AGmusic1989. If I can recall im pretty sure it was Ub who tagged me in a IG post to a beat snippet on AG’s page. I heard one beat and, was amazed I loved his sound an feel so I checked out more beats on his page and, was convinced on the spot that I wanted some tracks from him. After I bought at least 3 tracks I was in album mode but, I wanted to bring that old feel of hip hop that I remember back one artist working with one producer feel. Im real big on the essence of hip hop even tho my content is street based I feel thats where hip hop came from anyways… I continued to search his catolog and, I asked him to do a couple special samples for me until I felt I had a complete body of work and, thats how the EP came together.
Uncle P:  How would you describe AG sound?
Dame Black:  AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P:  The music scene is like the wild wild west right now, whats been your experience trying to gain exposure in the crowded space of music?
Dame Black:  Thats a good question I would say for me its just easy being me my artisty comes from a truthplace so im just focused on being the best dame. Im not into gimicks or jumping on bandwagons or co-signs and, its alot of that going on alot of artist not being who they really are. I really think that changes the game alot and, makes it hard for true artits like me to break through but, all my recent buzz has comes from all organic work, quality music, and, me being the best dame I can be for my fans and, supporters.
Uncle P:  Who you feeling right now musically? If somone was reading this interview and hadn’t heard a record yet, whos vibe would you say is similar.
Dame Black:   AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P: What can we expect from Dame Black over the next year?
Dame Black: More and, more music lol I work hard and, I love putting out quality work for my fans so more music first. Im actually in album mode now working on another project with Sapiano Sounds as we speak. More dope artwork s/o to bryan gower on all my artwork hes the genious behind the Ep cover. Dropping more visuals s/o to mino shot dat on my recent drop the Kevin Garnett video on DetroitRap.com now. Ill definitely continue to keep people intrigued in my artisty with creative roll outs dope promotion s/o to my manager Ub hes a big driving force behind all that and, more. But im just gone keep grinding being humble and, putting out good music I think next year is MINE!!! Respect the scorpion.
Uncle P: You plan on getting out and touring any? How you plan on moving around the Midwest? Who do people contact to do some business with Dame Black?
Dame Black: S/O to my manager Ub again he put a dope concept together called “The pull up plays” and, the concept to that is we pulling up wherever rocking the stage. We get the dates in to the shows and, we give our fans acess thru flyer and, social posting then we pulling up and rocking the stage which is a “Pull up play”. Im definitely looking for bigger stages and, a bigger touring situation to reach more fans with the music but, for now we putting in all organic ground work trying to reach as many live bodies as possible which is a foreign art in todays game internet is the big thing. For anyone looking for verses, show booking, touring opportunities, etc… Contact my manager Ubadah McConner at   Beat6teen@gmail.com. Thanks for the interview I truly appreciate yall at DetroitRap.com s/o to Uncle P for all the help as well 6/21/22 I bring yall a true classic The People Under The Stairs Ep produced by Aaron Green (AG). Check my artist page out on FB Dame Black@ Facbook and, check all my latest content out on YouTube, Itunes, Spotify, etc…..

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