Kai Fortyfive discusses his inspirations and more!
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Kai: Since like 2014 foreal, Iʼve been rapping since like 2007 no funny but I started taking it more seriously in 2014.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Kai: I got started because my mans EJ (who lived down the block) was a producer, so my friends and I would be in EJʼs crib every day in the studio trying to get on his beats. Only the people with the nicest verses could get on the tracks so yeah. In 2014 I started taking it more seriously because I had recorded mixtape at my mans Ozzy crib and my other mans Ariel heard it and said: “yo you need to drop this”. I never dropped that tape exactly but I basically re-vamped it and added some new songs and that tape came to be “All Things Get Better” which is my first release ever.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your latest single?
Kai: I donʼt have a latest single but I dead just dropped a whole EP called “Silky Joints”. Itʼs definitely some Silky raps over smooth loops or whatever. Something to sip some champagne and set the mood for shorty to feel me.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Kai: I draw inspiration from a lot of places since Iʼm not only a rapper but a producer as well. As far as rap goes I draw inspiration from people like Common, 50 Cent, Ghostface Killah, GZA, and Nas to name a few, as far as producers I get inspiration from RZA, Madlib, Marley Marl, Havoc, Daringer, etc.
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing and producing a song and what is your process?
Kai: It really depends. Sometimes I donʼt write at all, sometimes I pull out the pen and the pad. Usually, though I come up with the lyrics before I make the beat, which is rare because I know most people write to music. I find it hard to write to music.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your forthcoming project?
Kai: Basically I just wanted to pay homage to the soul and quiet storm joints from back in the day feel me. I really love that type of music so I was like let me bring my style of Hip Hop to those styles of music and letʼs see what happens.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?
Kai: Currently I have no tours in place but I do have a show coming up in Elmont around the end of April where Iʼll be performing Silky Joints plus more so facts pop out.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Kai: I copped a full tank of gas and a plate from the Mexican spot, It wasnʼt that much bread truthfully.
Getmybuzzup: What are must-haves when you’re in the studio working?
Kai: I just need some incense and Iʼm good truthfully. I donʼt require much when I lock-in.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Kai: If they hatin let em hate and watch the money pile up.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?
Kai: Of course, my label mates WhoIsAriel and Denni-D. I also plan on collaborating with my guy Justin Crichlow, Tay Harmony, And a few others.
Getmybuzzup: What artist have you had the pleasure of producing for?
Kai: Iʼve cooked joints for Denni-D, Justin Crichlow, Me & WhoIsAriel co-produced a few joints, I highly want to cook for everybody from my hood.
Getmybuzzup: Name artist that you would like to work with production-wise?
Kai: I would like to rap over production from Olasegun, Madlib, and Pete Rock.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Kai: I think it varies from person to person. I will say that a lot of people tell me my flow is crazy. I feel like if you like my music youʼre there because you enjoy both.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Kai : Tbh I feel like I need to work on marketing, my music is fire, I know this already; But I highly hate social media so I need to grow out of that and get my social media marketing up.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Kai: Canʼt think of one off the top.
Getmybuzzup: What was the last album you listened to?
Kai: Leroy Hutson “Unforgettable”.
Getmybuzzup: Your favorite artist of all time and why?
Kai: Marvin Gaye is the goat. Theyʼll never be an album thatʼs, not Hip Hop that brings attention to whatʼs going on in the inner city like “Whatʼs Going On”.
Getmybuzzup: Who’s your fav five artist right now?
Kai: Right now Iʼd say Joey Bada$$, Westside Gunn, Tha God Fahim, WhoIsAriel, and Roc Marciano.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Kai: I would say, Drake, say what you want but the proof is in the pudding.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that youʼve been able to work with?
Kai: WhoIsAriel, Denni-D, Justin Crichlow.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Kai: I feel thatʼs itʼs in a beautiful space; Especially the underground. I feel like the underground is being heard and consumed more so than letʼs say 5 to 6 years ago.
Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?
Kai: The NAACP awards.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Kai: For my music to be heard and my pen is to be respected.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Kai: I like people from the hood relates to my music the most. And when I say people from the “hood” donʼt think Iʼm talking about the “gangstas” or “thugs”. I was never in a gang or a thug but I was raised in a “hood” environment feel me. So yeah the hood, the lovers out there feel me, the street scholars, etc.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Kai: I feel like my voice for one is very unique. Like when you hear Kai your know thatʼs Kai. Also, the beats I rap over are different. I rap over very minimal production, which I think is different because nowadays a lot of beats be having so much going on. I also think my rap style is different. The way I throw my punches and the way I flow is way different than your typical rapper.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Kai: I like to spend time with my family, I like to read. I like to expand my plate and eat foods from different ethnicities and cultures. I also like to crate dig for different types of music and sounds.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Kai: Olasegun, or Alchemist.
Getmybuzzup: Whatʼs the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Kai: Probably dropping Silky Joints.
Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?
Kai: Elmont Memorialʼs Auditorium.
Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?
Kai: WhoIsAriel, Denni-D, Griselda, Tha God Fahim, DFNS, Lung, YL, I really love Olasegunʼs production, a
a whole bunch of people no funny.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Getmybuzzup: When performing live and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
Kai : That’s highkey the best shit in the world no funny, like to make a song and have
people remember your thoughts, your feelings ? That’s crazy.
Getmybuzzup: Whatʼs the name of the last book you read and by whom?
Kai: The last book I read was “The Book Of Secret Wisdom” by Zioovia Dushkova.
Getmybuzzup: Whatʼs your favorite sports team and why?
Kai: My favorite team is the Giants of course because Iʼm from New York. I never got the whole “Iʼm from here but donʼt root for the home team” thing. Thatʼs wack.
Getmybuzzup: Whose your favorite actor or actress and their best movie?
Kai: My favorite actor is probably Denzel Washington. My favorite joint from him is John Q.
Getmybuzzup: Name someone famous who inspires you and why?
Kai: Nobody famous inspires me , My daughter inspires me , my girl inspires me, my mother inspires me; feel me. Thatʼs all the inspiration I need right there.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Kai: This year I project to drop at least 3 more projects (not including Silky Joints). I also have mad visuals coming. Oh yeah and merch.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Kai: Follow @lowcastelords on Instagram
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Kai: Iʼm on all streaming, but if you want to support and buy my music, hit up my Bandcamp.
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