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Interview with super-talented hip-hop artist Kingvic

Kingvic is an upcoming hip-hop artist from Chicago.


He is starting young in the game and is ready to take the industry by a storm.

How did it all start for you? What were your biggest influences that inspired you to pursue music?

Kingvic: It kinda all started when I was a little kid. I always heard music anywhere and everywhere. At home, on tv, on the radio, on the radio to school and back. I even heard music at school.
Social media wasn’t really big back then like how it is now. If I liked a song, I just liked it. I’ve
always heard R&B music, pop, and Hip Hop most of the time at home with my family or that’s
what they played on the radio. Artists like Keyshia Cole and Mary j Blige had me singing all
the time. Even Chris Brown and Usher and a little bit of old school music that came out before
my time. Beyoncé and Rihanna had me singing too. What I liked the most was hip hop. I
would hear a bit of old-school rap but what caught my attention was Nicki Minaj, Drake, and lil
Wayne. The big three of course. My favorite was Nicki. I played her songs the most. I love her
and how she makes her music along with her personality. Well, I didn’t get to witness her
personality until I found out about YouTube. I would watch her videos all the time and listen to
her songs. She inspired me to rap. Over the years I’ve watched and listened to other rappers
as well but no one caught my attention more than Nicki. I love J Cole and Kendrick Lamar as
well. Them songs used to hit! I would write songs when I was little but I didn’t take rapping
seriously until high school. I felt like I have something to talk about and maybe stuff people could
relate to. I wanted to speak up for myself. I fell In love with music as a child so it was only right
to pursue it .

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Kingvic: I would describe my music as inspirational, motivative, fun, versatile, and just good overall. I could be aggressive sometimes in my songs but once you get the message then you’ll understand. It’s really hip hop foreal and it’s kind of cool how it all turns out. I’m open to
different genres of music though.

What is the message you are trying to give with your music?

Kingvic: The message I am trying to give with my music is to always be and stay true to yourself. No matter what and how people try to tear you down, you are somebody. Never let one see you
sweat, and if you do, get up and dust yourself off. You’re a king and you’re a Queen and you
matter. It’s not about being tough it’s about knowing your purpose in life and being good and
the light. Don’t let anybody play with you basically. Caring for others and having a heart. That
makes you royalty.

Do you get creative blocks? If so, what do you do to move past them?

Kingvic: Yes, yes, yes I do. Sometimes I want to write a song to a cold beat and I’m just like Omg, like the beat is so good it is hard for me to concentrate on what I actually want to say. Sometimes I
either have too much to say or forget what I want to say. What I do is take a breather, don’t
rush it because if you do the outcome won’t be as right as you want it to be. I often think about
stuff throughout the day and sometimes words just come to me. And then it’s like you have to
choose your words wisely and be precise because you don’t want to offend anybody or possibly
make a fool out of yourself, but to be honest I don’t care, it’s Rap and I know people are always
listening so I often go over my raps and try to make sure I didn’t say anything too out of the box
.

Your latest single “Keep Winning” is awesome. What inspired you to write it?

Kingvic: Well one day I decided to take it seriously and actually come up with a song I could actually put out as my first. It was towards the end of 2019 and I wanted to have a song out either in the fall or in winter at the top of the year. In my head I’m thinking, This has to be a good song. I want people to hear me, hear my name, hear what I got to say. all that. I honestly didn’t know I
could even do all that. So I finished the song in January and performed the song at my sweet
16 and released it the next day . I’ve got good reviews back on it and they really like my verses
and lyrics on there. And then I re-released it on all platforms this year. I wanted this song to make a statement, not only talk about how I’m the king but to give people a game about what’s going on in real life and how serious I’m really about my craft and how people can be intimidated by you. Just because they see you shining or whatever positive thing you’re doing, people get envious of that and try to stop you. But I keep Winning and winning until the end tho!

What is the most useless talent you have?

Kingvic: I really can dance lol. I be trying to dance and when I really get into my groove, I am jamming. I don’t really use that talent unless I have to. I don’t wanna look cringy or anything so I try to dance at the appropriate time and place lol. I use TikTok but I’ve been on that app before it was
even that name. Around the “Musical.ly “ era. I would do silly dances with my friends and family.

How do you nourish your creative side when you’re not working? And how do you avoid burnout?

Kingvic: I try to do good in whatever I do. Making things or coming up with something reminds me of creativity. With work, I try not to think of it too much. I keep a message in the back of my head
saying I can do it and give myself the motivation to do it. I also pray and talk to god about it. I
never wanna burn out of what I’m made to do so I just try not to think about it and don’t let it stress me. I keep myself busy with other things, relax a bit and try to ease my mind. Make it fun, don’t treat it like work.

What’s a habit you find yourself returning to when you make work? Do you fight against it or accept it as part of you?

Kingvic: I try not to sound repetitive or sound the same. I want to stand out of the box and do things differently, you know try to switch it up a lil bit. I also have a point where I’m thinking of what
others would say about it so that adds on more pressure. But whether it’s good or bad people
talking. I fight against it and push myself forward more and sometimes accept it as a part of me.

What does your curiosity look like? How do you explore things?

Kingvic: I keep an open mind and never take things for granted. I love to explore things because I’m simply interested in new things. Positive things though. If I know it would benefit me in a good
way in the long run, then I’m all for it. I love to see how things play out and I love experimenting with something new, I get tired of the same things but at the same time, I don’t want to overwhelm myself.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Kingvic: It would be the way some of the things play out like as far as popularity over talent or the bad things that go on. I know that everybody doesn’t care about your well-being, some just see
you as an opportunity. I would change the bad factors in it. Bad business deals, bad contracts,
and the wrong parts of it all. I would give more talented people a chance to show what they
really got.

What are you currently working on, and what’s next for you?

Kingvic: I am currently working on new music. New songs, new freestyles, new everything. Building my brand and my name, making a name for myself, and just taking any blessings coming my way. I can’t wait to start performing. I plan to have a good summer and good time this year so it’s only right for me to release some music and maybe a Mixtape or album in the future. I have a whole bunch of tricks up my sleeve, you never know what you might get.

To find out more about Kingvic and his music, please make sure to check:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kingvic/1536418958

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2H5FqA79ZzNUEm7kttRBpc

Thank you!

What do you think?

Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.

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